Hello, hello! I hope you’ve been having a rockin’ Monday! Mine has been busy, busy, busy. After a totally relaxing weekend, Monday was quite a shock to the system!
Following a week of rain, today’s weather was gorgeous! The high was about 59 degrees, which couldn’t be more perfect for a run, as I prefer moderate running temperatures.
In South Carolina, the weather quickly turns too hot and humid for a run. I guess my body is extremely efficient (?) because I warm up almost instantaneously after I begin exercising, and any temperature over 78 degrees is absolutely miserable for my body to work out in.
One of my pet peeves is when gym thermostats are set at 72 degrees. Research shows that 55 degrees is the temperature where running performance is optimal. Shouldn’t the thermostat be set at least somewhere in the 60’s? A gym should be cool when you walk in, not sweltering and sticky!
Of course, that’s just my opinion. I know others enjoy exercising in the heat but my body is just not up for it. I do not foresee a Badwater Ultramarathon anywhere in my future!
Click here for an interesting article about running and temperature.
So, yesterday, my mom and I baked up a delicious muffin recipe. I think these might just be the best muffins ever created. My mom and dad agreed!
Apricot-Coconut Bran Muffins
(makes 12 muffins)
1 1/2 cups wheat bran
1 1/4 cups nonfat buttermilk
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour (could use all purpose)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cup natural turbinado sugar (could use refined cane sugar)
1 cup chopped, dried apricots
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut
Combine the wheat bran and buttermilk. (Simply wet bran with milk. Don’t over mix.) Set aside for 10 minutes.
Combine and stir flour, baking soda, and sugar. Add bran mixture and eggs. Stir just until ingredients are moistened. Fold in apricots and coconut.
Grease muffin tins. (I use coconut oil.) Equally distribute batter into 12 moulds. Bake at 350 degrees for 16 to 18 minutes.
Remove muffin tin from the oven. Let muffins sit for 5 minutes before serving.
Tasty, moist, and nutritious.
Give these a try!
I’m on the last Glee DVD, and I’m liking it more lately. How fun does their mattress commercial look??
If only I could sing. I’d totally be in Shuester’s glee club!
Question: what’s your ideal workout weather/temperature?