GHSHC: Run 1 Mile {Check-In}

Good morning and happy Friday!

Today’s special: A chalk drawing of Murphy. My husband is quite the artist, isn’t he? Our kitchen chalk board sure does get a lot of action!

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Breakfast

I woke up craving pancakes for breakfast this morning, so I whipped up a two-ingredient pancake with sliced banana, almond butter, and marmalade on top. It was so tasty, and the perfect way to start a Friday.

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Recently, I’ve received a number of questions about how to make these two-ingredient pancakes. I wrote this post about my “secrets” for making a perfect one, but here are a few more tips to help you get it right.

  • To speed up the process, I mash up the banana inside the banana peel (with my hands) and then add it to a mug with my egg(s), cinnamon, vanilla extract, chia seeds, and whatever else I decide to mix in. Then, I use a fork to whisk it all together.
  • For minimal pan sticking, cook your pancake in melted coconut oil. I wait until there’s a thin layer of coconut oil in my pan and then pour in my batter. It works so much better than cooking spray to prevent the pancake from sticking to the pan.
  • Lately, I’ve been using 1 banana + 2 eggs, so my pancake has a little more protein and staying power. Using an extra egg also helps form the pancake better, so it doesn’t stick and fall apart.

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Workout

I still haven’t done my time trial for my mile run this week yet, but I’m hitting the gym right after I finish this post. My friends at Boston Sports Club hooked me up with a free 90-day membership, so I’ll have access to a treadmill (and some fun classes) all winter long. Yay! Obviously, I’m pumped, especially since I’m not sure what’s going to happen with my CrossFit workouts in the next few months and at least I’ll be able to walk on the treadmill or use the elliptical at the gym.

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If you’re also planning to hit the treadmill later today, here is a fun workout for you to try!

Health News & Views

Around this time every winter, I get sick and tired of running indoors on the treadmill. (Or should I say “dreadmill”?)

The treadmill can definitely get boring, so I try to do workouts that include frequent pace changes to mix things up and keep things interesting. That way, I actually enjoy my run instead of totally dreading it.

That said, here’s a 30-minute running workout that alternates varying inclines with short bursts of sprinting and slower recovery periods for a seriously booty-burning session that will blast fat and keep your mind engaged. Trust me, the time will fly!

A Booty-Burning, Fat-Blasting Treadmill Workout

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Questions of the Day

How’d your mile time trial go this week?

What’s your fastest mile time?

Would you rather run fast or long?

38 Comments

  1. Bahaha I LOVE that drawing of Murphy! So darn cute.

    I’ve always said I love to just run FAST rather than distance running, but now that I’m training for a half marathon (for the first time!), I’ve really began to love distance running. I do know that I don’t think I could do long distance running ALL the time. I don’t think my body would like me much, and I just don’t have the time to be running that many miles all the time.

  2. Good for you for running! I kept running during both of my pregnancies until the 8th month when my belly was just too big-LOL! Unfortunately I did have people tell me (one more than one occasion!) that I shouldn’t be running when I was that pregnant because I would overheat my baby, hurt my baby, etc. Hope you don’t have the same experience! I always just told them my doctor was aware and told me it was fine.

  3. I finally tried your 2-ingredient pancake last night and love it!! I use a small amount of butter to cook it in. I made 2 this morning and added my protein powder to it, topped it with a lil butter, chopped pecans and a lil syrup. I couldn’t eat it all. I save the rest of it for later today. 😉

    Thx!! 🙂

    1. I should have added a note about butter! I’ve tried that too, and it works great.

      Awesome idea about the protein powder!! I’m all over that the next time I make them! 🙂

  4. I prefer to run long. I get into a zone and solve all kinds of problems that way.
    By the way, I make a two ingredient version of a pancake too. It’s eggs and oats (not banana). The banana sounds good though! I just go home from the gym & I’m starving!!!

  5. I made your 2 ingredient pancake for breakfast yesterday and loved it! I am trying to mix up the breakfasts a little more and this totally did the trick!
    I did the time trial I did a tempo run and my fastest mile was 7:15! My fastest mile ever was like 6:58. It almost killed me! I love running fast, but I also love running distance it is a battle I am always fighting!
    Good luck with your run!

  6. I’m waiting for this weekend to tackle my mile with my hubs. We are thinking of taking it to the beach to add an extra sand-challenge. And I need the buddy because running and I are not besties. BUT I’m completing this challenge no matter what! I would rather run long, I hate sprinting!

  7. I had your 2-ingredient pancake for breakfast this morning! But I used more than 2 ingredients..hehe. I did one banana, one egg, cinnamon, flax seed, and some rolled oats. I sprayed the pan with coconut oil spray from Trader Joe’s!! I love that stuff

    I love running long and don’t like running fast. I would rather run for 2x as long than have to finish quickly, which is a problem in this cold winter because I can’t stay outside that long!

  8. Ran three times this week and another run planned for tomorrow! I still don’t care about time when I’m running (or maybe I don’t want to care about time…I put so much pressure on myself to run faster that I psych myself out of runs!). HOWEVER, I pushed myself on Wednesday to run a lot faster than usual for 2 miles. I averaged 9:15! Huge achievement…and I felt it afterward. 🙂

    I’m going to try your two ingredient pancake again. Yours look so good and not at all like my last attempt at making them. Saturdays are all about pancakes for me!

  9. I’d rather run long! But I after my half marathon, I am definitely going to focus more on running fast! My boyfriend helps with that- he’s a speed demon!

  10. I am so envious of your healthy eating lol. You make the food look so good yet seem so healthy. I am all about connivence. Well, at least I run and keep in shape. That counts for something right? Good post!

  11. I am so excited to have found your blog! My husband and I both started CrossFit workouts about 14 months ago and we LOVE it. I’m turning 30 this year so pregnancy is moving up on my list of things to possibly do =) I love that you are still able to modify your CrossFit WODs. I can’t wait to keep reading and thanks for sharing!

  12. I’d rather run fast. Probably because I was a sprinter in junior high and high-school for track and field.
    I wish I could enjoy running long distance, but I’m maxed out on boredom after the first 5 minutes. I’ve tried loving it so many times, but it’s just not for me. Maybe one day…

  13. I only really do short sprinting intervals on the treadmill at the moment as part of training….long runs are enjoyable outside but not on the treadmill 🙂 For so long it was all I did but then I discovered weight and HIIT training! Still yet to make your pancake!!! Definitely two eggs is the way to go! Still a small banana or a medium one?

  14. I just ran my fastest timed mile this week, which was 6:45! However, I definitely like running long. Running fast is like torture to me.

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