Long run of the week:
Distance: 10 miles
Weather: 5 degrees, clear and sunny
Overall, it was a decent run–nothing bad happened, it was just really cold, which never makes for a super enjoyable run, but I made it!
My hand are always cold–even when I am not running. Actually, often times the only time my hands are warm is when I am running.
In order to keep my hands warm when it is this cold, I have to wear these mittens:
These would be full-fledged ski mittens. They are super thick and it is the only way I can keep my hands warm.
Look at how ginormous they are.
While out on my run, I had the strangest thing happen to me. . . . out of no where, a loud POP sound came up from the snow at my feet and a very faint white cloud of “smoke” poofed up. I screamed a little and instantly thought someone threw a pop-it firework/firecracker at my feet. I turned around looking for someone lurking in the bushes, but of course there wasn’t anyone around. . . who else is crazy enough to be outside in this cold?!?!
I think what had happened was as I stepped, the snow cracked and made a pretty loud popping noise. It sure scared me though!
Sightings on my run:
– 3 moose
– 3 runners
– 3 walkers
– 2 bikers (I was hoping to see a third one, so it would have been all 3s.)
After my run, I made myself some lunch:
A good ol’ wrap with Taco Loco chips.
I also had this honey tangerine to eat.
I saw them on sale at the grocery store last night, and I’m always game for trying new produce. Sadly, it wasn’t as good as I thought it would be. The produce in Alaska is often sub-par and this was no exception.
Bars are such a Midwest thing. . . . . I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone else in Alaska make them–unless they grew up in the Midwest.
Peanut Butter Bars
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup oats
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons creamy peanut butter
2 Tablespoons milk
1. In a mixing bowl, combine the butter, sugars, and peanut butter. Add egg and vanilla; mIx well.
2. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking soda, and salt.
3. Stir into wet ingredients
4. Spread into a greased 9 inch x 13 inch baking pan. Wet fingers to press dough into pan.
5. Sprinkle chocolate chips on top.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
7. Cool 10 minutes. Make icing and drizzle over top.
Hope you are enjoying your weekend!!