Sep 232013
 

One year ago today I scratched something off my bucket list.

Run A 5K.

Run a 5K.  Me.  The girl who did everything she ever could to get out of running in high school.  I remember rowing on the crew team and my entire boat would go out and run a mile and I would stay back and do strength training and row a zillion meters on the erg to avoid having to run that mile.  In fact, the only time I ran was when I had to get to a ball on the tennis court.  Suffice it to say I was not a runner.  Not in the least.

Fast forward to March 2012.  I was in the gym, using the elliptical and I thought maybe I should giving running a try.  Came home, downloaded a couch to 5K app and jumped in.  It took me from March until September to complete the 8 week training program.  I started, stopped and restarted several times.  But I was determined to run and I had my sights set on running a 5K.

September 22, 2012 I ventured out of my comfort zone…out of the gym and out of my neighborhood and joined over 3,000 people and I ran my first 5K, Miracle Miles, in Orlando.  I did it with several MoM’s (Mothers of Multiples) in my local twins club.  It took me 47 minutes to do it, but I did it.  I crossed that finish line and it was an amazing feeling.

Miracle Miles Finish Line 2012

My friend Gina, on the left, was a huge support that day. She encouraged me the entire way and willingly stuck with me, when she could have run the race twice in the time it took me to do it once. I’m on the right, and the girl in white is some random person who unknowingly photobombed us.

What’s the significance of this first 5K?

Well, since last September I have run in and completed six more 5K’s including the Everest Challenge at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, which was not just a 5K, but also had obstacles and a scavenger hunt.  (In fact, according to Runkeeper we ran over 5.5 miles that night!) Me!  The non-runner.  The girl who got out of running whenever possible.

And that brings me to my point.  Yesterday, my husband and I woke up at 5:40, got dressed and ran in the Miracle Miles race.  A year ago he wasn’t a runner and now he runs half marathons.  A year ago I had never run in a race and now I’ve run in several.

A year.

I guess  this means I’ve officially been a runner for one year.

I hadn’t realized it until Dan turned to me in the car on the way to the race and said, “Congratulations on making it one year”.  He went on to say that most don’t make it.  Most people give up.  Or maybe they get bored.  Or injured.  Or lazy. Or maybe they discover that they hate running.  But whatever the reason, many give up.

But I didn’t.

I worked through the boredom of the treadmill and graduated to running on the streets and trails.  I battled injury and spent the summer in physical therapy.  I overcame the laziness that so easily creeps into your day if you let it.  And I decided that I loved running.

Who would have thought?

Yes, I am proud of him!  The one who has encouraged me like no other.  The one who hasn't said a word about any money I've sunk into shoes and clothes.  The one who ran a 15K yesterday in less than 77 minutes! And I'm proud of me.  For making it one year.  I can't wait to see what the next year brings me.  All I need is my shoes, my headphones and the street.

Yes, I am proud of him! The one who has encouraged me like no other. The one who hasn’t said a word about any money I’ve sunk into shoes and clothes. The one who ran a 15K yesterday in less than 77 minutes! And I’m proud of me. For making it one year. I can’t wait to see what the next year brings me. All I need is my shoes, my headphones and the street.

Next item to scratch off the Bucket List?  Running a 10K!

 

Miracle Miles 2013 photo credit to Charla Kim Photography.

 

 

Sep 152013
 

Churro Cupcake - cinnamon cake with a cinnamon buttercream topped with a churro.

Churro Cupcake – cinnamon cake with a cinnamon buttercream topped with a churro.

It’s Mexican Night with our Community Group and we’re bringing dessert!  These tasty little treats are sure to hit the spot.  Enjoy!

Churro Cupcakes
(24 Cupcakes)

Cake Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup milk, room temperature
  • small bowl of cinnamon sugar mixture (approx. 1/4 cup sugar to 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.
  3. Cream butter and sugar together using a stand mixer until combined.  Add the eggs one at a time,mixing until just combined.  Then add vanilla.
  4. Alternating between flour mixture and milk, add a little bit at the time, stirring until just combined, beginning and ending with the flour mixture flour mixture over the butter mixture and gently stir in until barely combined. Add half of the milk, mixing until just combined.  DO NOT overmix.
  5. Fill each muffin cup with about 2 tablespoons of batter.
  6. Bake the cupcakes for 15-17 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with one or two crumbs clinging to it.
  7. Cool cupcakes for 2 minutes and then dip the top of the cupcakes in your cinnamon sugar mixture.
  8. Cool completely before frosting with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting.

 

Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting

Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks, plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (A stick equals 1/2 cup)
  •   4-41/2 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon, or to taste
  • 2-2.5 tsp. milk, to desired consistency

Directions:

1. Cream butter on medium speed.
2.  Slowly add sifted sugar.
3.  Add vanilla.
4.  Add milk a little at the time until you get the consistency you desire.  (The stiffer the frosting, the better it will hold its shape when piping.

When cupcakes are completely cool, pipe your frosting on, sprinkle a little more of your cinnamon sugar mixture on top and then garnish with a small churro slice.  I bought my churros at Tijuana Flats, but you can also find them at Costco.  Or, if you’re ambitious you can make your own!

(Recipe adapted from Legally Delish.)