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Banana Bread!

Happy Saturday!

I made this lovely banana bread recipe that I found at Tasty Kitchen last night and I think it turn out excellent.  Maybe have been the BEST banana bread I have ever made.   I give it a 9/10.  I wish I’d had one more banana.  Then it would have been 10.  I made a few minor changes from the recipes above.

 Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Butter, Room Temperature
  • 1-1/4 cup Sugar
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt (I used honey flavor b/c I had no plain)
  • 1 teaspoon or more (I just use a capful)Vanilla
  • 1 cup Mashed Ripe Bananas (usually Equals 2 Bananas)*I would use 3 next time
  • 1-3/4 cup Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • LOTS of chocolate chips.  I used 3/4 of the bag. 
  • A sprinkle of brown sugar and cinnamon
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees.Beat together until blended the butter, sugar, eggs, sour cream, vanilla, and mashed ripe bananas.Stir in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and chocolate chips.Pour batter into 1 big greased loaf pan and any extra batter into muffin pans (I made only one HUGE muffin that I ate immediately after). Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top of the batter  (This is may favorite part of the bread. You NEED to do this)  Bake for 60 mins (you will want to keep an eye on it, as ovens vary).

    Cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removal.

  My oven door is so dirty.  Its embarassing. 

This morning is my long run day according to my half marathon program.  21km.  This will be my longest run ever! I hope I can make it. 🙂  Its overcast and rainy outside and I’m pretty happy about that.  I like it when its cooler.  I hate being too hot.  It makes me feel slow.

What is your favorite weather to run in?

~K~

If I Keep up with this Whole Running Thing I’m Going to Need a Bigger Bra.

Yup. 

And not for the reason you may think.  Or the reason that any normal person may need a bigger bra.  I am, indeed, a proud member of the IBTC. (sad face here).  THIS is why:

My keys, my ipod and my phone all go in there.  In the summer I dont have anywhere else to put these necessities and, therefore, the girls need to share my bra with my gadgets.  I really need an armband for my phone.  That would solve a world of problems, like a potential shortage of saran wrap since I wrap my phone in saran wrap before every run to protect it from sweat.  I’m resourceful.

I never used to bring my phone running but I now use my new Runkeeper app to track my kms and speed.  I wish I had discovered it much sooner.  I love that app.  I never used to have any idea how fast or far I went.  I am learning the art of pacing myself so I don’t need to take a lay down on the road half way through a race. This is a must-have for that.

Yesterday was the first day of my half marathon training plan.  Instead of running 5 km @ 6.03 min/km I ran 7.41 km @ 5.47 min/km. I learned one very important thing.  Never ever ever run the day after a race.  It was a baaaad run.  My legs hated me.  Why did I run longer than I needed to then?  As with most of my bad runs, its only bad for the 1st 25 mins.  After that my legs magically stop hurting and I stop feeling sluggish. So I needed to run longer to end on a high note.  Plus I was thinking.  Running is good for thinking.  I have a big job interview (HUGE job interview that could either end up with me having an awesome job or being completely unemployed) and needed to ponder it for a while. 

On a random note, here are my new shoes.  I love them more than someone should love shoes.  I did something I know I shouldn’t and wore them for the very first time to my race on Sunday.  They didn’t let me down.