Five on Friday: Dance, Run and Pumpkin Bars

Early Morning Runs:
I am back, so far this week two pre-sunrise runs and I love it! Why did it take me so long to get back to this? The bad part is in a few months it will be done for winter L Honestly what can be better than the cool morning air, the peaceful sounds and watching the sun rise as you run? I love the way I feel after an early workout, it is so awakening and no matter how tired I start I am always feeling better than 2 cups of coffee after! Isn’t it nice to know that the workout is done, no letting time or other commitments get in the way of something later in the day.

All Taped Up
Another appointment with my sports chiro yesterday and I am once again taped and ready to run. She still wants me to avoid hills (or at least take it easy on hills) and no more doubles! (After this weekend of course). I am also to cut out my recovery runs since I seem to be fine with long runs until after. This past weekend I ran 20 miles on Saturday, 3 on Sunday and Monday was bad on the leg. So the new plan push the speed, run long but rest in between.

Dance, Dance, Dance
Last night was summer dance recital, this not nearly the production of the spring show. No costumes and a short show with only a few dances. It was a little chaotic and you sure could see the difference in this and O’s last show (and practice) but she had fun and got to dance with her friend who has now moved to the other side of the cities L
Love this picture!
Guess where I am this weekend? Yep, in a van with 5 other women running 200+ miles! Super excited to be out there running again. The last time I did this race was the day I turned 30 J Believe me I got a lot of strange comments when people heard how I was spending my 30th birthday. Doesn’t everyone run 200+ miles and life in a van for the big birthdays? No, honestly it does push me out of my comfort zone, needing to be in control of things, sleeping at a normal time, planning meals and instead just letting things happen.

Crazy Baking
This week has been crazy baking week for some reason, I think once I start I just get on a roll and go with it. First Pumpkin Spice granola, then Lemon Cashew Bites and yesterday a new Pumpkin Protein Bar
Pumpkin Protein Bars
1 cup pumpkin puree
½  cup date puree
¼ cup molasses
1 cup oats
1 cup flour (I used oat)
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 ½- 2 cups add ins (Raisins, nuts, seeds, chocolate chips, etc)

Combine pumpkin, date puree and molasses. In separate bowl mix remaining ingredients then add wet to dry. Pour into a greased 9x13 pan and press down. Bake 30 min at 350F.

Have a great weekend. Any fun plans?


  1. A relay sounds like the perfect way to celebrate a birthday! It's on my bucket list.

  2. Hope the tape helps and you have a great run & feel good after!

  3. Good luck with the relay! Ragnars are always full of memories! You tape job looks crazy! I can decide if it looks like a pi sign with an exclamation at the bottom. Hope it helps!!

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  5. I love getting up-and-at-em in the morning. That way I know NOTHING can interfere with my workout, because it's done! And I love the feeling of having accomplished so much before the day as really even started.

  6. Enjoy Ragnar! Can't wait to hear all about it. Early morning runs are the BEST!

  7. A relay like that is on my bucket list!


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