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Beautiful British Columbia

25 Aug

The license plate motto does not lie. British Columbia truly is beautiful. We are staying in the centre of Penticton which is surrounded by¬† mountains. They are a mix of lush and full of florae and dry and semi-arid mountains. It is quite spectacular and made for a very scenic run this morning. I ran just over half of Sunday’s marathon course and part of the bike course. It is a 21.1km out and back course. I ran 14km out and back. Kilometres 8-12 are very up hill with little flat or downhill for rest. It was tough and the sun was scorching at 9am!


This is the false flat portion where after that bend became an all-out hill.

On my way back, however, I was struck with such beauty that the pain was barely felt. But while I was awe-struck, I didn’t take any pictures. It was a view, while running downhill, of Skaha Lake with vineyards along the water and running up the mountain. The city of Penticton was in the background and I had a descent for 4 kms. Although it was welcomed, it was hard on the feet.

I must admit that although this run was one of the most difficult I’ve ever done (rolling hills and distance: 28km), my body/joints did not feel as taxed as they do during a run in Milton where the route is flat.

As for news on the Ironman and how Mark is feeling: the event and everything so far as been well organized and there such a great feeling in the air. The local community is friendly and the race is pretty much what everyone talks about. Mark is feeling good but he did not sleep very well or long enough last night. Mainly this afternoon will consist of a good and nutritious lunch, lots of rest, and homemade pizza (topped with veggies and a bit of salted ham) for dinner. This hotel room will be calling a lights out around 8pm as we hit the road for the start at 4:45am.

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Sunday bake series: Citrus raisin scones

19 Aug

I’ve decided to start a series of posts called the “Sunday bake series.” I do most of my baking on Sunday to prepare for a week of lunch snacks. So I’d like to share those recipes and ideas with you. The first installment of the series will be a bit different from what I envision because I actually did my baking yesterday (for company) and we only need snacks for a few days as we leave Wednesday for B.C.

Yesterday, a family friend of Mark’s visited our new apartment. It was my first time meeting him so I wanted to make a good impression. So, of course, I baked! I made scones to pair with tea or coffee and they turned out absolutely fantastic.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 2 tsp of lemon or orange zest (I used lemon)
  • 1 3/4 cups of flour (I mixed half with all purpose and half whole wheat)
  • 2 1/2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp of butter
  • 1/3 cup of plain yogurt
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 raisins or currants

Directions:

  1. Mix sugar and lemon/orange zest. Keep 1 tbsp aside.
  2. Mix sugar mixture with flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl.
  3. Cut in butter. Stir in yogurt, egg whites and raisins/currants until you can form a dough ball.
  4. Knead dough on lightly floured surface.
  5. Place dough on un-greased cookie sheet and pat into 8″ circle.
  6. Cut into 12 wedges before baking.
  7. Brush with milk and sprinkle with sugar/zest mixture.
  8. Bake at 375F for 25 minutes.

Don’t they look delish?!

In other news, training is going very well. I had an other 26km run yesterday and it instilled a lot of confidence. It was a little windy so that made the run a bit of a battle but I beat last week’s time by a few minutes and I didn’t walk as much. My knees also felt a lot better and didn’t slow me down as they did last weekend. One of my toe nails is discoloured, however. I had developed a blister under the nail about 2 weeks ago and now it’s purple. I’m not sure if it’s getting ready to fall off or what… It doesn’t hurt, it’s just really bizarre.

This week is going to be a little hectic. I leave for Ottawa Tuesday afternoon to attend a meeting on Wednesday. Mark will be meeting me in Ottawa Wednesday evening and we fly out to B.C. Thursday. I also have to find time to go on a few runs during the week so I don’t die on my 28km run on Saturday in Penticton.

I will be updated the blog while in B.C. but there won’t be a Sunday bake series post next week. On the other hand, there will be an Ironman race report to look forward to from Mark.