I got a great long run in today. It was absolutely gorgeous this morning, and I took full advantage of God's creation. I got in just over 8 miles in about 1:06. I had intended to run 9-minute miles, a nice, easy, slow pace, but I didn't look at my watch until mile 5 and saw 41:xx. I knew I was running closer to 8s and was actually pretty happy. The last 3 miles are mostly uphill and my average went down slightly, but I'm not complaining, especially since I was planning on 1:12.
I had a little time to relax during the afternoon, then it was off to Parri's house for a season-ending party with the team and a bunch of other people. I made some tasty taffy apple salad and we enjoyed tons of other treats and everyone's company. Altogether a fantastic day!
Todd gave out little things to each of the women as a little thank you and I'm proud of you token, and they were great gifts. Everyone enjoyed them and laughed a lot!
- Anna: "Criterium Raceing is a SNAP" t-shirt, homemade, to remind her that she can do it!
- Cali: "Bride to Bling" sash since she got so many 2nds before finally placing 1st in the final race
- Jonell: Gun and holster because she was so good a going from the gun
- Kailin: Pom-poms for my incessant cheerleading throughout the season
- Lee: A teacher ruler and pencils for her role as team mentor
- Lisa C: Boxing gloves to remind her to be a little less nice during the races
- Lisa S: A rain gauge for her ability to predict the weather
- Parri: A bell to remind her when the last lap of a crit is starting
- Shelly: Barking stuffed dog for her tenacity
- Valerie: Angel wings and a halo because she's an awesome climber and "angel" is a nickname the TdF peloton gives climbers
Here's the recipe for Taffy Apple Salad. It's from memory, so I hope the vinegar/flour measurements are correct!
- 1 can pineapple tidbits or crushed
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 ½ Tbsp flour
- 1 ½ Tbsp vinegar
- 1 beaten egg
- 2 cups small marshmallows
- 3 cups diced apples
- 1 ½ cups peanuts
- 8 oz cool whip
- Drain the pineapple but save the juice.
- In a pan, combine the pineapple juice, sugar, flour, vinegar, and eggs. Cook over low to medium heat until sauce thickens.
- Combine marshmallows and pineapple.
- Refrigerate sauce overnight, and refrigerate marshmallow/pineapple mixture overnight.
- Mix the sauce and the cool whip.
- Mix all ingredients. Serve chilled.