Did a run!

8km at 5:57mins/km. Nothing on this plan went to plan. The plan was to get up at 6am and run straight up the A4 towards Keynsham, turn around and enjoy the downhill return, at an average pace of about 5:30 mins/km.

What actually happened.

What actually happened.

Lurgy

Since coming back from Morocco I’ve had an inconvenient cold. Google’s advice was, as usual, that I should carry on running. Hate Google sometimes.

I’ve managed to drag myself from my lovely warm sick bed to go for a run in cold, damp Brislington a couple of times. Mixed reviews of these runs. I think they made me feel slightly better in the short term, but they were pretty difficult so not so great for my confidence/motivation.

Anyway, despite the lurgy, I’ve managed to keep to my training schedule reasonably well. Go me! (These self-congratulatory exclamations are pretty integral to running success. I imagine.)

Did a run!

Actually, I did this run last Tuesday. I was feeling pretty rotten and had the day off work. The run made me feel much better, although about 2km in I thought I was going to throw up in the street so started heading home. Things picked up (I didn’t throw up. Winner.) and I managed the planned 8km in the end. Yay.

Oops

Yesterday, I came back from a three night holiday in Marrakech. It was an incredibly interesting place to visit, the riad we stayed in was absolutely beautiful and the weather was practically perfect.

The whole thing really messed up my running schedule.

I missed an 8km run while I was away and a 12km run that I was too tired to do yesterday and too lazy to do this morning.

Tomorrow.

Monday Morning Muffins

**UPDATE!**

This went pretty badly. I made about 40 muffins, 10 of which were edible (the others were a bit chargrilled), but none of which were nice. For my sanity, let’s not consider it a complete waste of £30 though. More like a traumatising learning experience. Sigh.

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I’m spending my Sunday afternoon making 32 muffins to sell at work tomorrow. Hopefully people will be willing to pay around £50 per muffin, so I’ll surpass the £1500 fundraising target in one day. At the very least I’m hoping to make over £30, since the ingredients were about that much. If I don’t make at least £30 I might have to question why I don’t just give LLR all the money myself and cut out the muffin-laden middle-man.

Anyway. I’m going to have a go at making two types of muffin:

1) White chocolate, cranberry and pistachio

2) Blueberry and blackberry crumble

I took the recipe from here, but doubled the quantities and converted the units to make it a bit less American. I’ve just realised our scales are broken though, so maybe measuring everything by “cups” isn’t as deranged as I originally thought. Hmm.

THE RECIPE!

To make 32 muffins (16 of each):

Ingredients for the muffin batter:

  • 836g plain flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 227g unsalted butter
  • 400g sugar
  • 6 large eggs
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 454g sour cream

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 205°C.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together with a mixer until light and fluffy. Scrape down the bowl to make sure all the butter is incorporated, then add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Add the vanilla and sour cream and mix until incorporated.
  5. Add the dry ingredients and mix on low-speed just until the batter is smooth. Do not over beat the muffins here if you want to keep them tender. Mix just enough to moisten the flour. Don’t worry about any small lumps you might see.
  6. Split the batter in half.

BATCH 1 (white chocolate, cranberry, pistachio):

  • Soak 120g cranberries in rum.
  • Break 175g white chocolate into chocolate chip-sized bits (or just buy white chocolate chips instead).
  • Fold the cranberries and white chocolate into the batter. Fill the muffin cases and top with crushed pistachios.

BATCH 2 (blueberry/blackberry crumble):

  • Fold 150g blueberries and 150g blackberries into the batter.
  • Mix 64g plain flour with 85g brown sugar, a pinch of salt, half a teaspoon of cinnamon and 43g soft butter. Make into a crumble mixture.
  •  Fill the muffin cases and sprinkle the crumble mixture on top.
  1. Bake for 18 to 24 minutes or until a knife inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  2. Remove the muffins from the oven, cool in the tin for 5 minutes and then remove the muffins from the tin to finish cooling on a rack.

Fun-draising (geddit?)

It’s not that hard to get.

I’m trying to raise as much money as I possibly can for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, who have funded my place in the London Marathon.

Apparently, it’s not enough that I just do loads of running, I have to think of other ways to raise money too. I don’t fancy shaving my head (in fact, I’m trying to grow it. Hence the bulky bowl ‘do I’m currently sporting), so I’ve decided to do two things:

1) Make and sell loads of baked goods to colleagues.

2) Get loads of people to pay to come to a bar and listen to some friends play music that only some people will enjoy.

I’m going to organise the second one for after the Christmas party season, but there’s probably no time like the present to get started on the first one.

I’ve got as far as making some Pinterest boards of baking ideas (“Bakey stuff“, and “Savoury bakey stuff“). I’ve also bought an electric whisk and a covered cake tray. I haven’t quite got as far as actually baking a cake.

All in good time.

Slow 5K

Dragged myself up at 6:15 for a really slow and difficult 5K. Not sure why it was quite so gruelling this morning. Maybe a mixture of being half asleep, not warming up properly and running a crappy route along the A4 because it’s well-lit.

I’ve realised this blog is getting increasingly boring. I’m going to carry on logging every run here, but since this is purely for my own benefit, I’m going to stop going into needless detail.

Occasionally, I’m going to say super-interesting, intelligent, witty things though, so stick around for that, eh?