Weeks 10 & 11 Marathon Update

I’m a little late with this update but here it is anyways.

Week 10

May 5 – 2.9

May 6 – 0

May 7 – 2.71

May 8 – 2.8

May 9 – 0

May 10 – 5.95

May 11 – 0

Average – 2.05

Total – 14.36

Week 11

May 12 – 0

May 13 – 0

May 14 – 3.73

May 15 – 0

May 16 – 2.86

May 17 – 0

May 18 – 0

Average – .94

Total – 6.59

Last week was pretty bad, I think it might’ve been my worst week since starting training. The last 2 weeks I haven’t been good at planning out my runs in advance and essentially run out of time at the end of the week. I will say that I’ve done a very good job with doing pushups and planks consistently. I can definitely notice a difference in my arm, chest, and core strength.

I continue to have a really hard time with pacing. Today I am going to run a 40 minute temp run so that will be my focus. I always start out too fast.

Fundraising Update

So far we have raised $675! The number keeps climbing and I’m very impressed with our success tomorrow. Tonight I am making 3 dozen cupcakes for donations that were made.

Cupcake Bouquet

So, I thought Mother’s Day was today. I had to work all day yesterday and today so on Friday I decided to make a bouquet of lemon cupcakes for my mom. I also offered to make a 2nd one in exchange for a donation of $25. I finished the bouquets Friday afternoon and then called my mom to see when I could deliver her surprise. That is when I found out that Mother’s Day is in fact next week. When Colin found out he simply said “that’s so Jennie”. The good news is that I had a blast making them, my mom loved it, and I got an extra donation out of it!

This recipe is definitely in my top 5 right now. I’ve made them twice in the last 2 weeks. The 1st time I used a cream cheese frosting and the 2nd I used buttercream. The buttercream was definitely the winner for this cupcake, and it made beautiful roses! This is the 2nd recipe I’ve tried from Sally’s Baking Addiction and I’m addicted!

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Lemon Cupcakes

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup milk (I used 1%)
zest & juice of 2 “jumbo” lemons
Lemon Buttercream
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
3-4 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
zest & juice of 1 lemon
Directions
For the cupcakes
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 1 tray with cupcake liners.
2. Combine dry ingredients together; flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
3. Cream together butter and sugar for 2-3 minutes until very light.
4. Slowly stir the dry ingredients into the butter and sugar mixture. The batter will be thick and a little dry.
5. Add milk, lemon zest, and lemon juice until just combined.
6. Pour batter evenly into 12 cupcake liners.
7. Ask Siri to set a timer for 18 minutes. Bake until toothpick comes out smooth.
For the frosting
1. Beat the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer until smooth and creamy.
2. Add powdered sugar, cream, vanilla, salt, lemon zest, and lemon juice.
3. Beat on high for 3 minutes. Add powdered sugar until you reached desired consistency.
Notes
-If you over fill these cupcakes the batter will rise over the sides and brown quickly. If you look closely at my picture you’ll see what I mean. If you want them to be pretty, be sure not to over fill. On the other hand, that crispy part around the edge is one of my favorite thing about this recipe. Also, I found that this recipe make just over 12 cupcakes so feel free to grab another tray! Lastly, when you taste the batter don’t be scared if it tastes a little to “lemony” after baking some of the lemon taste goes away.
– You can make these with a vanilla buttercream by just leaving out the lemon zest & juice. I love lemon so I went all out!
-Wilton 1M tip
-recipe adapted from Sally’s Baking Addiction

Week 9 Marathon Update

Another week gone by! I had my longest run in quite some time. Almost 9 miles!! Putting a reminder in my phone for push ups is definitely helping. It’s set to go off at 10pm every night because I know I’m usually home at that time. I literally drop and do 20, haha. Tomorrow I start physical therapy for my back again. I have started getting spasms again and I want to be proactive. I would rather prevent than fix!

Here’s how last week went…

April 28 – 0

April 29 – 6.09

April 30- 8.8 (20 push ups)

May 1 – 2.31

May 2 – 0

May 3 – 0

May 4 – 0

Average – 2.6 miles

Total – 17.2 miles

I’m am struggling with finding a rhythm at a slower pace. I know that I need to run a bit slower in order to run longer, but when I try to slow down I feel a little disjointed. I will have to do some research this week about form and such. This is a learning experience for sure!

Fundraising Update

We’ve made even more progress! We are up to $405. I can’t believe how much we have already. It’s really exciting to see the number keep going up.

Week 8 Marathon Update

It was a decent week, but it definitely could’ve been better. I had put a reminder in my phone for pushups but then I had to get my phone replaced. Adding the new reminder right now!

 

April 21 – 4.38

April 22 – 3.57

April 23 – 6.41

April 24 – 20 pushups

April 25- 0

April 26 – 0

April 27 – 0

Average – 2.05 miles

Total – 14.36 miles

May is here and it’s time to get a little more serious!

Tomorrow will be a rest day, Friday I will be doing my first tempo run, and Saturday I will probably run around 4 miles. Sunday I will get into the May training plan full swing.

May/June/July the goal is 4-5 days a week and the workouts get more specific

Weekly Goal

Day 1 – 3 miles

Day 2 – 35 min. tempo run

Day 3 – 3 miles

Day 4 – 6 miles

Day 5 – off

My off days will be doing yoga, planks, push-ups, etc. Also, I’m hoping that Colin and I can get out to my parent’s house sometime this week to get our weight system.

 

Fundraising Update

This was a great week for fundraising! Josie sent out an e-mail and we shot up to $285. I am so excited about our progress so far.