I had a great weekend. I spent time with family, first was a birthday party for my nephew and then poker with cousins. I also tried some new running gear and recipes and had success with both!

First, I got in a 9 mile training run and tired compression socks for the first time. I really liked compression socks. I have to be honest I wasn't sure what all the fuss was about with compression socks but now I know. On long runs your legs can start to get achy because you are running for over an hour. The theory behind compression socks is that they are tight socks (or sleeves) that go over your calves and are which improves blood flow, so they allow for less fatigue and faster recovery.

The issue with them for me is they come at a hefty price for socks. Most run between $25-$50. For a skeptic like me that is quite a large amount of money to spend on a pair of socks you are not sure will work. Recently, a friend was at a sale at a local soccer store and I asked her to check if they had compression socks and they did on sale for $7! That is the perfect price for a skeptic.

So I put them on Saturday and started on my run (on the treadmill because it was a little chilly for me to go outside). Throughout the entire 9 miles my legs felt great, they felt warm and I had zero pain as I got past the 1 hour mark of running. I am sold and now have my sites on some Pro Compression calf sleeves. They start at $45 so I am thinking that will be a purchase to get ready for my first half marathon of the year on April 13.

Second, I tried some new recipes. I have mentioned before that I am trying to do more clean eating and eat healthier. My family is not 100% on board, they are not fans of whole wheat pasta or Quinoa. I can sneak ground turkey into a recipe as long as it is hidden in sauce. They do like the new healthier spaghetti sauce I have found so there is a success.

I have been attempting to make the boys breakfasts a bit healthier. Let me preface this with the boys in my house are not morning people during the week. They do not like alarms and waking up when it is still dark. They are not fully awake until at least 30 minutes after getting out of bed. So breakfast has always been a struggle, they are just not breakfast guys. So when I found that I could get them to eat a bag of Entenmanns mini chocolate chip muffins it was a score! I decided to pick my battles and at least it was something in their stomachs before heading off to school and they would drink juice so they cancelled each other out, right?
Not right entirely, so I have been trying this school year to make different healthier mini muffins with zero success. Most call for whole wheat flour, well my boys are on to that. Things made with whole wheat flour taste different and they have denied all my attempts. UNTIL yesterday, I made these

Triple Chocolate Chunk Muffins
Triple Chocolate Chunk Muffins

Triple Chocolate Chunk Muffin Recipe

They have no whole wheat flour in fact no flour at all, and are made with all good things. I made them into mini muffins and got 48 of them and when I calculated the calories and fats, one mini muffin was 31 calories with 5 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of fat and 1 gram of protein. I am thinking that I will add a scoop of peanut butter next time to up the protein.
The true test came when I asked the boys to try them. They knew ahead of time I was making a healthy alternative to their breakfast muffins so I could not trick them but they LOVED them. SUCCESS!!!
I also, just for fun, made these which also was a success, 2 for 2 on the recipes makes for one happy mom!

Mini Ice Cream Sandwich
Mini Ice Cream Sandwich

Mini Ice Cream Sandwich Recipe
I made mine with frozen yogurt and I did some with chocolate and some with vanilla.

Lastly, this weekend I registered for the Susan G. Komen 5K Race for the Cure. I think of all my races this year I am now most excited for this one because it is raising money for such a great cause. I think most people have been touched by cancer whether it be breast cancer or another kind. So I am looking forward to being part of the fight against cancer. Want to help me raise money, here is my webpage Race for the Cure website

Question of the day:

Morning Madness Routine

My morning madness routine entails getting my non-morning children up, fed and out the door. This might not sound like much but it can be quite a battle some days. They just do not move fast at all in the morning. I implemented alarm clocks for them about 3 years ago because it allowed them time to get up, get dressed and accept the fact that they were up. Once out of their rooms they are a lot more pleasant then when I used to wake them up. Once they eat breakfast getting them to get their school stuff packed ready and then get in the car can sometimes take as long as 15 minutes because they just don't move.....

What is your morning madness routine?

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