1. Oh, how the mighty fall.
I needed to bake for a church event, and since I was rather busy on Saturday, I opted to go for a reliable, incredibly easy recipe, No Bake Peanut Butter Marshmallow Squares. I’ve made these twice before, and it’s about as straightforward as recipes come. Melt peanut butter, butter, and butterscotch, stir, let cool. Stir in marshmallows and exercise self-control so as to not eat the entire concoction at once. So easy! So simple!
So burnt. (Ideally, this entire mix should be light brown. All of those black bits are bad news)
Fortunately, I was able to salvage the top half of things and it tasted just fine, but MAN was I frustrated. This is what I get for being all, “Psh, easy recipes! I don’t need to pay attention anything! I am baker, hear me roar!”
(And don’t worry, friends: even though I burnt some of the peanut butter, I didn’t ruin it to such an extent that I wasn’t willing to eat it. This was half my dinner on Saturday night. I have no shame.)
2. Running question one of two: I want to be faster. Not Boston faster, but faster. I haven’t signed up for a spring half marathon yet, but ideally, I’d like to PR my half some time this spring, and I’d like to PR it significantly. I recognize to do that, I’m going to need to do more than easy runs, which is pretty much the only kind of run I do. I know intervals and tempo runs help you get faster, but I’m not sure how to incorporate them into my limited running schedule. I’m only running three days a week, and that’s not changing. When relegated to the treadmill, I’ve been playing with inclines to make my one of my runs for the week harder. Will that have the same impact as intervals or a tempo run? I’m mostly doing the inclines to mimic hills in an effort to not die during the Georgetown 10, but I’m nervous about the idea of doing intervals or a tempo run AND hills, and then having my only “easy” run for the week be my long run, which is always done at an easy pace but does not always feel “easy,” given that it’s my longest run of the week. If all goes according to my hopes and dreams, my running season this year will be much longer than usual, and I don’t want to get too ambitious with hard runs, especially since I’ve never done any before, and end up injured.
3. Running question two of two: What are our opinions on cadence? I had a video gait analysis a few months ago, and the PT doing it told me I need to increase my cadence. I know 180 seems to be the magic number, but when I’d occasionally pay attention during marathon training, I was always in the 160s, and this past week on my treadmill runs I checked my cadence a couple of times to give myself something to do, and I was, once again, always in the 160s. I tend to be of the thought that however your body naturally runs is probably the best way for you personally to run, but maybe that’s just me not wanting to put in a lot of work to change my form. I also don’t quite understand how to increase my cadence by 20 steps per minute without running a heck of a lot faster, which I 1) don’t want to do and 2) don’t think I’m capable of doing over long distances. I know shorter steps = higher turnover = higher cadence, but again, that’s something I can’t seem to reconcile with a pace that’s at all reasonable for me.
Kitchen woes? Let’s commiserate!
Any thoughts on my running questions?