Progression Running and Mother’s Day Recipes


I really enjoyed my work out yesterday morning. So much so that I put together a fun little graphic for you in case you want to give it a shot the next time you are in the gym unsure of what you feel like doing with yourself while you are there.

mix it up workout

You may be wondering what a progression mile is so let’s discuss it.

A progression run is one where you begin slowly and gradually increase your pace to finish faster.

I chose to run each mile of yesterday’s workout progression style by increasing my speed every tenth of a mile.

I started at a comfortable pace  and then hit the button up every tenth of a mile so it looked something like this:

 0  –  .10 –  6.8

.10 – .20  -6.9

.20 – .30-  7.0

.30 – .40 –  7.1

.40 – .50-  7.2

.50 – .60-  7.3

.60 – .70-  7.4

.70 – .80-  7.5

.80. – 90-  7.6

.90 – 1.00 –  7.7

Each time I got back on the treadmill, I started at a faster speed. This is a great little workout and since you are only running a mile at a time, the increase in speed is totally doable mentally and physically.

Pick a comfortable pace for you; what I find comfortable may be too fast or too slow for you.

In fact, interval workouts such as this make me sweat more than just plain old running yet give you the runner’s high quickly. It’s super good for you to change up your normal workout routine to get the heart rate up there and make use of different muscles by varying intensities and moves.

Running Links of Interest:

Progression Runs

How To Achieve A Runners High


I think we are officially starting to feel the spring weather and with that comes that blasted ice cream truck jingling his way around my neighborhood.

If you recall from last year around this time, my silent battle with the ice cream man was just beginning.

I don’t remember who won last year but I have been hearing his music over the last several days so it is time once again for war.

Edy's Slow Churned

I picked up this Edy’s Neapolitan and my son is all sorts of happy and obsessed with a nice bowl in the evening topping off with whipped cream.

$2.50 for the entire carton gives us several happy servings –> Take that Ice Cream Man!

Mother’s Day on Sunday. Wow. Time is flying, isn’t it?

In case you didn’t know, my son and I started an annual Mother’s Day tradition a bunch of years ago where we go out super early for breakfast.

We go to our favorite diner (the one with the baked oatmeal!) and actually try not to go there all year for breakfast just to make our Mother’s Day tradition extra special.

Here’s the thing though – we are considering switching up our breakfast location. We have two other places in mind and once we decide I will let you know.

This is a big deal around these parts and a constant conversation for the last few weeks.

I may have a ton of recipes and enjoy whipping goodies up but when it comes to a holiday such as Mother’s Day or my birthday (yes, I consider my birthday a holiday), I don’t want to cook, I want it all done for me.

That being said, I will be picking up dessert on the way to my parent’s house Sunday for dinner. I haven’t decided what that dessert is just yet but make no mistake, it will be fabulous.

If you are not like me and actually feel like cooking, here are some recipes worth checking out:

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes If a picture could define me, it would be these cookie cupcakes.

Flourless Banana Bread MuffinsI do have a few overripe bananas staring at me on my counter….

If only I had enough blueberries to go around:

Banana Blueberry Baked Pancake   – Love the concept of baking the pancakes rather than dealing with the flipping. My immediate thoughts are to sub out some ingredients and even use Kodiak Cakes for the pancake batter. Hmm

Whole Wheat Blueberry Crumb MuffinsNeed these in my life.

Rosemary Brussels Sprouts with Blueberries I have shared this one before and I am sharing again since it is still on my mind. I must make them already and you should too.

Have a very Happy Mother’s Day and a wonderful weekend!


Are you willing to share your blueberries yet?

Is there ice cream/frozen yogurt in your freezer? What kind?

What are you doing this weekend? Baking or cooking for Mother’s Day?




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  1. says

    You know I love this, I do entire progression runs of 18 miles! They are a great way to feel strong, I have never seen it done throughout a mile, but that is an awesome idea, especially with a break in between! Bet you can get flying 🙂 You are making me sad that I cannot bake for my mummy, hopefully someday she will be visiting! I hope to live it through you when you show us what your lovely kids do for you 🙂

    As for ice cream; cake batter is my ice cream of choice….and of course a vanilla sits in there for smoothies 🙂
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    • says

      I thought it was creative of me yesterday morning when I was in the gym really not in the mood for anything in particular lol. I cannot imagine progression running 18 miles. Actually, I have yet to run any sort of 18 miles at one time and I wonder if I ever will. Hmm. Something to think about. I love mixing things up on the treadmill to keep from getting bored and giving me something to focus on.

  2. says

    I have two different cartons of vanilla ice cream hanging out in my freezer right now. OH! And a mint chocolate chip :mrgreen: Now if only the weather would warm up a little so that I could eat ice cream without freezing. And me & Mom are going up to the mountains this weekend, but I feel like I should bake some snacks or something to take along… No idea what kind, though!

    • says

      You just reminded me that somewhere in my freezer are mini mint chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches from Trader Joe’s. I actually hate mint chocolate chip anything but my son loves it.

  3. says

    You know how I feel about ice cream. And if anyone touches my blueberries, I will knife them. Basically, I’m territorial over my food, haha. I’m a horrible person 😀

    • says

      If you are horrible, so am I – I am totally selfish when it comes to my foods. Especially the blueberries which are too hard to come by at a decent price….I rarely share my peanut butter either. Or anything off of my plate. Ever.

  4. says

    There is always room for ice cream in my freezer! Right now I have sugar free vanilla bean coconut dream ice cream and vanilla maple arctic zero! They both get my fix of ice cream !
    This weekend I am packing, and spending mother’s day with my wonderful mother of course !
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