Sunday, February 19, 2012

Speedy Friendship Bread.

Hello friends!

I’m here watching the weather on TV and this coming week looks great!  They are predicting a high of 54 degrees on Wednesday before returning to normal temps by next weekend.  Sounds good to me!  Plus, in the background I have the 80's channel on Pandora Radio pumping out some oldies.  Good stuff.

So, this morning I did my weekly speed work with Jesse at the track.  I wasn’t feeling up to par so we decided to alter the workout midway through.  It ended up being a fairly decent session, but I hate changing whatever I set out to do so I left feeling a little frustrated (and guilty).  But, we all have those days, right? 

Here’s what we did:

2-mile warm-up

4 x 200 – 38.1, 37.23, 37.29, 36.29 with 45 seconds rest in between each
(leaving out the first one, that’s approximately 4:37 pace for 1500 meters)

2:30 rest

3 x 400 – 77.6, 78.1, 78.1 with 1 minute rest in between each
(78-second quarters = 4:52.5 pace for 1,500 meters)

Here’s where we adjusted the workout.  I can't ever end a workout on a bad note, so we decided to finish with some fast 200’s.  Jesse understood and he was fine with it.  He even ran with me today!!   

3 x 200 – 37.2, 35.9, 35.26 with 1 minute rest in between each

2 mile cool-down = about a 5 ½ mile day

I. was. exhausted.  I’ll just leave it at that…

So, on to the friendship bread…

Today was the day to finally make the bread.  I was so excited to see what the final result would taste like!

First, I had to add 1 cup of milk and 1 1/2 cups of sugar to the batter.  Then, like I said the other day, I had to separate the batter in four 1 cup portions into four gallon-sized baggies.  These are to be given away to friends, along with a copy of the recipe.

This is all the batter that was left in the bowl to be used in my bread.  

Next, I had to add the following to the batter in a large bowl:
Eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, baking powder, small box of pudding, oil, sugar, flour, salt, and baking soda.  

I greased my two required loaf pans with butter and then sprinkled a cinnamon and sugar mixture on the bottom.  

Then I divided the batter equally into the two pans.  

The pans went into a preheated 350-degree oven for an hour.  I am writing this post as they are baking, so this will be like a cliffhanger in a movie...you will have to wait until tomorrow's post to see the final result!  :) 

Next I am going to make my homemade granola....more on that tomorrow as well!

Enjoy your Sunday!



  1. If you were a true "granola" you'd use more re-usable bags! Sounds like a really good workout though, compared to what some of your other speed workouts have been. From previous blogs, I recall you stating you were running 56ish for 300s, and it now appears you're splitting that during 400s. That sounds like you're getting into good shape - but what would I know, I'm just a tree hugger!

  2. "Mother earth" and i seem to be the only 2 people who comment on Tracy's blog! I think other people should join in and contribute to what we both agree is one of the best blogs we've read online!!