Muffin Wednesday is back!!!!
Baking muffins with my students was a pretty big deal in the past. But with duties added to my plate, it sorta fell by the wayside in recent years. But this year, we're making it a priority again!
Today, Beto and I whipped up some coffee cake muffins from a Scratch and Grain mix. The local business, featured on Shark Tank, is one of our internships, and they sometimes send over kits. Yes, please! This was the Organic Coffee Cake and Muffin Kit - just add milk, egg and butter.
Beto learned each step, from measuring butter to greasing the pan to stirring the batter and crumb topping. Then we shared with our friends:
Yummo! A tasty treat for a fall-like morning in CE2 :)
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
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It's now September, so of course I'd better talk about a race I ran in August. Ugh. Where has the time been going?!?
Brad was out of town on a canyoneering trip, and I was bored. Summer plans just kept falling through, and I was desperate for something fun. The weekend of August 12 offered a bunch of different race options in our area and also at the coast! Since I was home alone, I figured I might as well pick one :)
I decided on the Garlic Festival 10K in North Plains. I've seen this advertised for years with this cute little elephant garlic:
The course was a simple loop around Pumpkin Ridge Golf Course:
I arrived nice and early, parked a couple blocks away in a neighborhood, and walked to the starting line. I hit the porta-potties before the line grew and did a little warmup jog. The weather had been super hot, but, fortunately, Aug. 12 was cloudy! I can handle hot a lot easier when the sun isn't beating down on me! I even felt a couple rain drops on the run :)
I wasn't there to race, just to have a structured training run. I kept the pace comfortable, my main goal just to run the entire hill. And I did it - no problem!
Coming down the backside of the hill, I cranked up the speed a little. I always take advantage of gravity :)
With less than a mile to go, the course went gradually uphill - nothing big, but enough to tire me out in the final stretch. The photog caught me working hard:
A thumbs up, even though I was running out of steam:
Eryn came to join me for the Garlic Festival after and was waiting at the end:
There was a woman ahead of me in a purple tank top. I turned the corner and dropped it down a gear... and I took her right at the finish line :)
All done! Finishers got medals, socks and elephant garlic :)I finished in 57:16, a 9:13 average. That's good enough for 76/207 overall, 31/123 female and 8/25 female 40-44. For a training run, I'll take it! I hadn't raced in a while, and it felt great to pin on a bib and stretch my legs a bit.
The race was put on by ORRC, which always does a great job! They offer quality races at good prices. This was well organized and well supported, and the course was great. I would definitely recommend this race.
After I cooled down, Eryn and I went to the pancake feed at the senior center. It was perfectly small-town :)