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Saturday, February 25, 2012

The Bad Run

Anyone ever have a bad run? How about a bad run week?

Monday I was back and forth really bad about whether I was going to the gym, running at home, or both. I finally put my foot down and said I was going to skip the gym, but run at home. My regular route for running at home (yes, I know. As an undercover FBI agent I should switch up my route every day because someone could be watching me. That is just a risk I'm willing to take.) is four miles long.

On Monday I got a half mile from home and said "Screw you guys, I'm going home". (Say it like Cartman.)

I technically got one mile in since I had to walk that half mile back to my house. It was awful though. I was all geared up to go. Had my new phone pouch on my arm. My heart rate monitor on my other arm. My iPhillips tucked into the back pocket on my new tights and everything. I was set up for a four miler. Once I got going though, my legs said "screw you" and wouldn't go. My lungs were mad too.

It was all together an awful run.

So I decided to chalk it up to a bad run day, and not worry about it. Last week was a very high mileage week for me, so I won't sweat it.

Tuesday I went to the gym with every intention of running. The same thing happened to me though. I started going and I just couldn't. My legs and lungs wouldn't cooperate. I swear it was like my first week of running. I know I can do better than this, but for some reason this week I couldn't. After Tuesday I decided to take two solid days of rest. It turned into three. Today was my first day back in the gym, but I didn't try to run. Ingrid and I walked an hour and lifted an hour. It was a pretty good workout.

No idea why my running suddenly went down the drain though.


I basically need this water bottle.

Speaking of dessert, I just made the most fantastic chocolate cake.

Ok, fantastic is a stretch. It's really good. For what it is.

Let us be honest. Diet cake will never be fat cake. Nothing will ever be as good as fat food. It's just the truth.

At the gym today I decided I needed to get chocolate cake at the store, and somehow forgot it. I wanted to make a Diet Coke cake, but we didn't have any Diet Coke. As Ingrid and I already talked about, I do have a stockpile of cake mixes so this was not the problem.

I bought just about everything else Kroger has to offer except the pop. That's right. I said it. Pop. Call it soda if you wish, but this is my blog. It's pop.

I was standing in the kitchen looking for something to eat and realized I forgot the pop. Ingrid told me to walk to the vending machine across the street to get one. I wouldn't have gone even if I hadn't found the Coke Zero and Chocolate Cake Mix. It just wasn't happening.

Here is the recipe she sent me:

(version of recipe put into Community Recipe Swap by KJR1963)

1 box cake mix - any flavor
1 can diet soda - any flavor

Variations I've seen:
chocolate cake w/ diet coke
yellow cake w/ diet lemon-lime
use your imagination for the combinations! Oh the possibilities!

Mix the dry cake mix with 10-12 oz of diet soda. (Do not use the egg or oil listed
on the box). Spray a 9 x 12 cake pan (or cupcake tin) with non-stick spray and
bake according to package instructions.

Some have said an entire can of pop makes the cake TOO moist ... 10 oz. seems
to be the least I've seen suggested. Experiment yourself to find the best amount
for your taste.

Tip: Make sure to let the cake cook completely before you try to cut it. Because you aren't adding eggs, the cake will be tender and can tear if you cut it while it's warm. Some people have started adding 2 egg whites to the mix. It doesn't raise the points any (less than 1 point) but they report that the cake is firmer and rises better.

It's pretty ugly, but still pretty awesome. I don't do Weight Watchers Points, but I do believe if you eat this you get some of your points back. Just sayin'.

Have you experienced a week of the No Good Awful Bad Run? Do tell.
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