It’s Saturday morning, what better excuse to spend some time cooking something yummy for breakfast. Personally, I’m really excited about today, I’m meeting lots of yummy friends and visiting lots of yummy places! What are you up this weekend? Apart from reading about my muffins of course!
I know I’ve inspired some of you to get active with all my running talk, (sorry to the rest of you, feel free to tell me to shut it) so I wanted to share with you one of things that has really got me going with my running and is something you can take part in to. It’s at the bottom of this post, so you can avoid it 😉
- 170g punnet of blueberries
- 25g icing sugar
- 300g plain flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 80g light brown sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 medium egg
- 225ml milk
- 1tsp lemon juice or vinegar
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted (can substitute with butter or veg oil)
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- A handful of muesli
- Preheat oven to 180'c. Line a muffin tin with 10 cases.
- Firstly add the icing sugar to the blueberries and toss to cover, you get to enjoy the snowiness and turning them into bonbons!
- In a bowl mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar and cinnamon.
- In a jug mix together egg, milk, lemon juice (or vinegar) and your chosen oils or butter.
- Pour the liquid into the dry, mix to combine, fold in the blueberries and use an ice cream scoop to divide between the muffin cases.
- Sprinkle the top of each muffin with a little muesli. Just because.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean and the tops are golden brown.
Whilst you are reading this, I will be jogging up a muddy tow path at my local parkrun. parkrun is a free weekly 5km (3m) timed event which happens up and down the country.
The first time I took part in parkrun, I was coerced by my friend Liz who had been running for a while and wanted someone to go with her. This was last October and after agreeing to go, I realised I hadn’t run for about 3 years and then only on a treadmill. I only managed to do one 2km run in the week approaching the event and turned up on the Saturday morning full of dread.
Would I get round the course? Would I be last? I decided if I did it in less than 45 minutes I would be happy.
When the race started I was still super nervous and feeling a little bit sick, but I just ran. There were hundreds of other people all running at their own pace and I just plodded along at mine. It felt long but I kept going, reading slogans on others t-shirts to spur me on.
Before we set off my friend had given me a good piece of advice “When you think you want to stop, just keep going to the next tree”. At Bushy Park there are a lot of trees, for your parkrun, rock, bin or bench might be better, but the good news is I never stopped. I slowed, I dodged puddles (rookie) and I ran too fast at some points, but I made it all the way round. The nice thing was I saw plenty of people stopping, some because running is new, some for a stretch, some doing interval training. There is no shame in having to stop/walk.
At the end of the race, I felt on cloud nine, it feels so good when you cross the line. Not only the personal achievement but you get plenty of endorphins too!
A few hours later I got another boost of happiness when I received my (free) text, time confirmation. I had completed 5k in 31:57. I honestly couldn’t believe it! One of the great things about parkrun is as well as the text, you get an email confirming your place and a weekly e-newsletter. On the website there is a blog for each event and someone writes a race report so you can hear all about what happened that week and how well everyone did. I love reading it and love when I get a name check for getting a new PB!
Since then I have run 12 parkruns at 4 different courses and loved everyone, no matter my time or the weather. Everyone is always so kind and welcoming and I always have fun. I can’t encourage you enough to try your local parkrun, if you are getting into running or a seasoned treadmill runner. It’s even a good place to start if you are looking for new friends as there is always a designated post run coffee spot!
I can honestly say running is changing me and my life for the better and it was parkrun (and my mate Liz) that started it all. Find your local parkrun here:www.parkrun.org.uk