Saturday, September 8, 2012

My Fit Romance & Cookies

The love of my life and my favorite activity do not necessarily get along.

Ken hates running.

So, when he signed up for the Highmark Quad Games, he sort of kept ignoring the fact that he'd eventually have to complete a five-mile run.

He swims regularly, so the Quad Swim race was no big deal.

He bought himself a cool ride for the Bike race and even enjoyed training hard all around our hilly neighborhood.

Then came the run.

I signed up to run with him even though I'm not competing in the Quad.  
If my people are running, I'm not going to be left out.

We don't normally run together and I can't keep up with him in the pool, so I was looking forward to doing this race together.

Imagine how excited we were when the weather looked like this.

Ken was more thrilled than usual on the road.

And I took a moment to take yet another makeup-free picture of myself just for you.
I don't know why I show you these kinds of pictures.

That's the last of the Quad Run pictures I have for you.  The rain was pretty steady during the first part of the race and I didn't want to take my phone with me and get it drenched.

The good news is that we ran the five miles together and from my side of the road, it seemed like we had a good time.  I got my own Quad t-shirt so I can be match-y with the rest of my family.

Ken still doesn't love running, but I don't think he hates it quite as much as he used to.  I think he has already put the run behind him and he's looking forward to the final event of the Quad, the Cross-Country Ski race in January.

I invited him to run my half marathon next weekend.  He did not jump at that opportunity.

Tonight we're relaxing and I made PB&J cookies.
PB&J Cookie Recipe
3/4 cup granular sugar substitute
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup creamy trans-fat free peanut butter
(I like natural peanut butter from Wegmans. 2 ingredients- Peanuts & salt)
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup sugar-free jam, any falvor

Preheart oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Mix sugar substitute, egg, and vanilla with an electric mixer on low for 3 minutes.
Add peanut butter and baking soda.
Mix on medium until dough comes together, about 30 seconds.

Form dough into 24 balls and place on baking sheet 1 inch apart.  Gently press your thumb into the center of each to make an indentation.  Fill each indentation with 1/2 tsp jam.

Bake until lightly browned on the bottom, 12 to 14 minutes. 
Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

These are so good- the kids have probably eaten them already.

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