October Favorites

I know, I say it every month but it just seems like I was sharing my September faves. And now we are finishing up another a month and getting closer to Christmas and the end of 2018. So let’s get cozy with my favorite things from October!

Cables and Colorwork

I’ve been working on some Christmas knitting projects and am finding myself falling in love again with cable and colorwork patterns. There’s just something so comforting about these and they definitely make me feel like it’s fall. I’m already planning on asking for a sweater quantity of yarn for a colorwork sweater for Christmas!

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Smoothie Bowls

Even though it’s been chilly, I’m back on the smoothie bowl train! I still love my protein cakes and they are my favorite dessert but I’ve been defaulting to smoothie bowls after my cross training workouts. And our new NutriBullet blender makes them super fast to mix up! My favorite toppings for these have still been peanut butter, chocolate chips and coconut flakes.

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Fall Colors

By now, a lot of the trees have dropped their leaves but we had some gorgeous fall colors this fall. I was so glad that I was able to get out to Afton State Park for a run before most of the leaves dropped because it was magical. So many shades and yellow, red and orange and it occasionally looked like it was raining leaves as I ran..

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Don’t forget to share your favorite things from this month in the comments!


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Training Tip Tuesday #42: Dressing for Fall Running

It’s almost the end of October and fall running is in full force in Minnesota. And along with that comes the swing of fall temperatures that really make me think of what I’m going to wear on the run. So today, I’m dedicating some time to how I run when the weather changes from day to day (or even within the matter of hours)!

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Bring along layers for post-run

No matter how I feel while running, during the fall I make sure I have layers to wear immediately afterward. Sometimes it’s just a jacket, some time it’s a pair of long pants too but I know after I’m done running I start getting cooler. And since I’m usually doing something else before I can shower and change (whether I’m just taking Vinnie on a walk or doing grocery shopping on the weekend), I don’t want to get cold because I wasn’t prepared.

Don’t dress for how you feel when you first step out the door

I always have to remind myself not to dress to feel warm when I first step out the door but to feel slightly cool. If I forget and dress too warm, even though it’s comfortable at first, I will start feeling way too warm once I get about half an hour into my run.

Don’t forget gloves!

On my weekend runs, I’ve found myself bringing along lightweight gloves more often than not. With the sun sometimes not out and the cooler morning weather, gloves help keep heat in and my hands warm (especially on my long runs where I’m carrying weather). Plus they are super easy to stuff into my handheld pocket (or if I need to, in my bra) if I find my hands get too warm.

Plan a looped run

This might not be the most fun run but I found during my pace run last Saturday that passing by my car midway through was really helpful. I had been wearing a long sleeved shirt plus a running jacket since it was really windy outside (gusts of 25+ mph). It was comfortable for the first loop but I knew I was warming up and I’d be getting warmer as I started the second loop and got out of the wind. So I dropped the jacket off at my car and held onto my gloves (luckily I didn’t throw them in the car because once I got back into the wind I needed them).


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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Protein Cake

Now that it’s cooler outside, I’ve been passing over the post-workout smoothies I had all summer long for a warm protein cake. And since it’s pumpkin season, I had to experiment with a pumpkin version! And since who doesn’t need a little chocolate after a hard workout, I added in some mini chocolate chips which melt perfectly.

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Protein Cake

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder

  • ½ cup pumpkin puree

  • 2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ cup liquid as needed

Mix together all ingredients and microwave 60-90 seconds until outside is firm but inside is slightly gooey.

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Pumpkin Flaxseed Muffin: My New Favorite Fall Treat!

Since I’m not training for a fall marathon, I’ve been loving baking and experimenting with new recipes. And, of course, I had to create a pumpkin muffin recipe with one of my new favorite things: flaxseeds. These muffins come together so quickly and are perfect to eat before a workout!

Pumpkin Flaxseed Muffins

Makes a dozen muffins

Ingredients

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  • ⅓ cup unsweetened applesauce

  • ½ cup honey

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 cup pumpkin purée

  • ¼ cup milk of choice

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ tablespoon pumpkin pie spice

  • ½ teaspoon ginger

  • 1 ¼ ups whole wheat flour

  • ½ cup ground flaxseeds

  • ⅓ cup old-fashioned oats, plus more for sprinkling on top

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. If you use muffin liners in your pan, I would suggest greasing them (which I made the mistake of not doing, they stuck to the wrapper a little but not horribly)

  2. In a large bowl, beat the applesauce and  honey together with a whisk. Add the eggs, and beat well. Mix in the pumpkin purée and milk, followed by the baking soda, vanilla extract, salt, and spices.

  3. Add the flour, flaxseed and oats to the bowl and mix until combined. If you’d like to add any additional mix-ins, like nuts, chocolate or dried fruit, fold them in now.

  4. Divide the batter evenly between the muffin cups. For these muffins, it’s ok to fill the cups a little higher than you normally would. Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with a small amount of oats, followed by a sprinkle of cinnamon. Bake muffins for 22 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out clean.

  5. Place the muffin tin on a cooling rack to cool. These muffins are delicate until they cool down but mine came out easily from the pan once cooled.


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