The weather was rather icky yesterday (snow, slush, ice, sleet, rain) so I decided it was a good day to finally make black bean brownies.
I scoured my pinterest boards and did some google searching on the subject just to glance at the various combinations before formulating my own recipe.
When I finally came up with my plan, I took out the food processor and brownie pan, got the cocoa powder out of the cabinet, preheated the oven and opened the pantry for the rest of the ingredients including the black beans.
Guess who was out of black beans.
Pure Barre Mile High Series DVD & 6.71 miles
There was a black ice alert so I went slow at first to test the waters (I mean ice).
At the .71 mark of the first mile, I made the decision to complete my run inside on the treadmill because black ice means I can’t see it…but it was definitely slippery in spots and it was not a pleasant way to run.
Not to mention, I am a mother.
Being a mother automatically means to me that I put my son first and he does not deserve to have a mom falling on ice and getting really hurt because she insisted on running in dangerous conditions.
Once I took that pregnancy test about 12 years ago now (wow), my life was not my own anymore.
I mean, it technically is, but having a baby means that someone else needs you to think responsibly and be in one piece if you can help it.
I don’t love having to switch from running outside to inside but I do what I have to do so I stuffed my layers in one of the cubbies in the gym and hopped on the treadmill for six miles.
Pure Barre Studio Series DVD & 6 Easy Miles
I am getting better at the plank positions required in the Studio Series workouts.
And, when I do want to drop to my knees and die, I pop up into downward dog instead figuring that is somehow still a good thing.
When I don’t do Pure Barre in the early morning, I feel weird.
I have come to love it so much, even though it can be challenging, that when I skip it, I tend to do the stretching parts on my own to get the blood flowing before waking up my son, getting him ready for school and then heading out for my run.
6.30 miles @ a nice consistent pace of 8:49.
Pure Barre Mile High DVD & 45 Minutes Elliptical
I look forward to the Mile High DVD days because they really seem that much easier (while still burning) than the Studio Series.
It fascinates me that there are so many variations to barre and so many ways to make my abs ache.
I work with four Pure Barre videos and each one offers different exercises for each part of the body. Sometimes it’s ever so slightly different yet challenges me each and every time.
You must realize by now that when I say ?, it means my phone died so I lost track of mileage.
I never invested in a garmin because the MapMyRun app has always been fine for me.
Except for when my phone dies.
My phone konked out on me at the 6.30 mile mark so I finished what I think was ten miles but I may be off on that.
We will never know.
I ran a little more than my usual route just because it didn’t sound like I would get outside for a few days and I wasn’t in the mood to leave it all for the treadmill.
11 Treadmill Miles
I was correct in that the weather would prevent me from running outside but I wasn’t expecting to feel amazing for 11 miles on the treadmill.
You know it’s winter when you have to wear your boots into the gym and then change into your running shoes.
I figured I would go with how I felt and I felt great immediately.
I followed this pacing plan to keep myself comfortable without overdoing it.
Once I saw I felt amazing (seriously, I wish every run, especially on the treadmill, could feel like this) I decided on two sets of five miles each for a total of ten miles.
It actually ended up like this: 6 miles -> stop for bathroom, water, jelly beans->5 miles.
Average pace I think around 8:40.
Pure Barre DVD – not sure which one yet.
Did it snow by you this weekend? How did it affect your workouts?
Have you made black bean brownies before? If you have a recipe for me, please share it!
Best thing you ate so far this weekend?