Week #11, Snow to Our Knees, and Recipes!

As if we didn’t get enough snow last Tuesday, I woke up to this mess on Sunday morning.

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Thankfully the roads were fine so I could keep my plans to drive about an hour and 20 minutes to meet my friend Jen for a run. The universe has a funny way of bringing people you are supposed to meet into your life.   Last April, Jen and I were both running the Ironmaster’s Challenge, our first 50K.  We met on the course….well actually OFF the course on a fire road really far past a clearly marked turn we were supposed to have made.  I will forever be grateful that we both totally missed those bright orange spray painted arrows and ribbons.  We ended up running the rest of the race together and turned something that could have been devastating into a lasting friendship.  In a few short months we will both be running the Cayuga Trail 50, so having a kickass runner like Jen to share training with is awesome.

Meeting up at the Pretzel Hut in Lititz, PA is the perfect get together for us.

Saturday was our second meet up here.  You can read about our first adventure on this trail  here.   The Horse-Shoe Trail starts in the back of the parking lot of the Pretzel Hut, and to get to it you have to enter through a petting zoo.  This time we happened to get there before the animals were fed, so they were extra excited to see us.  hahah

Pics of My Run with Jen on the Horse-Shoe Trail

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It was a sunny day with temps in the low 40’s which felt like perfect running weather.
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We figure when the snow is up to your knees you should just multiply the hours you spent running in it by 1,000 to determine the calories you can eat later to refuel.  LOL

 

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Eagle Rock overlook, about a mile out from the Pretzel Hut.
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The snow started to melt on this side of the mountain and it’s about a 2 mile climb to the top.  Trust us when we say that the sliding down was equal parts technique, luck, and fun as hell.  
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Since we didn’t have snowshoes, we just pretended.  High-knees worked pretty well too.
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What DOES this place look like without snow on the ground?  We have NO idea!
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“Why does this snow feel like the mush on the inside of a diaper?”  BEST line ever.  haha

 

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Welcomed back to the Pretzel Hut after about 3 hours of running to find the animals were waiting for us.

I’m always too hungry when we get back to the Pretzel Hut to remember to take any food pics, but trust me when I say there are SO MANY options!  BLT’s on pretzel buns and chicken ranch on rye were our choices after this run.  You will not be disappointed  with anything you order here!

 

Week #11 Recap (cutback week and running for time over miles)

Monday:  ab roller, stretch, strengthen

Tuesday:  9 mile cycle & upper body & core

Wednesday:  4 icy/snowy miles on the road (9:46 pace)

Thursday:  6 easy progression road miles (9:03 pace)

Friday:  9.5 miles cycling hills & upper body & core

Saturday: 7.2 mile snowy trail run (1 hr 45 min)

Sunday:  8 mile snowy trail run (about 3 hours)

 

Protein Ball Recipes/ Food Prep for the Upcoming Miles!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip:

Mix 1 scoop protein powder (I used chocolate peanut butter), 1 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup crunchy natural peanut butter, and enough honey for dough to become sticky.  Add dark chocolate chips and form into balls. Store in fridge or freezer and enjoy!

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Cacao Date Almond Butter Balls:

Mix 1/4 cup milled flax seed, handful of chopped dates, 1/4 cup cacao powder, 1/4 cup rolled oats, 1/3 cup almond butter, tablespoon of vanilla extract, and drizzle honey until mixed dough becomes sticky.  Form into balls and roll into unsweetened coconut.  Place in fridge or freezer to enjoy later!

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Do you have a favorite protein ball recipe to share?

Have you ever gotten lost during a trail race?

 

 

 

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