A little more detail about speed & the verdict is in…

Todays run was 7.5  miles at an 8:31 pace. Can I just say how wonderful 50 degrees feels to a runner!!!

I thought I would add a little more detail on my speed workouts. I have, for a long time, used and loved the McMillan calculator to determine the pace for my speedwork. It is great because you can pick a time you are going for, put it into the calculator and it will tell you what your training paces should be. Once you plug in your distance and time it will go to your training paces. From there you can even put it if you are better at speed or distance (top right corner).

Right now I am actually not using that. I am using MPR’s (maximum performance running) training paces and workouts. I don’t love their short speed workouts because I like to do mine based on distance not time. So for example for 400, 800 and even 1200 track workouts I use McMillan’s running calculator. Right now though, I am focusing more on stamina and I am really loving the workouts and paces provided by MPR. (It is a bit trickier to figure out…but not too hard). For about the last 2 weeks I have replaced my speed workout with a tough stamina workout in hopes that this will help me hold my pace through the marathon.

As for the rest of the day goes….we made an oreo dessert (crushing oreos is a great stress reliever 🙂 ) to have with some friends…. DSC_0057



Oreo Layer Dessert
1 pkg of regular Oreos
1/2 c. of butter
1 lg box of instant chocolate pudding
2-8 oz cool whips
8 oz. of cream cheese, softened
1 c. powdered sugar
Crush the whole package of cookies either with a food processor, or in a bag and a rolling pin.  Save a 1/2 c. to sprinkle on top of dessert when it’s done.  Pour remaining crumbs in a 13×9 pan.  Melt butter and pour into crumb mix.  Stir it up good and press crumbs in bottom of pan to make a crust.  Make chocolate pudding according to package directions and let it setup in the fridge.  In a mixing bowl blend cream cheese until nice and smooth and then add powdered sugar, mix.  Then fold in 1-8 oz thing of cool whip.  Top oreo layer with cream cheese mix, then pudding, then your last 8 oz thing of cool whip, and then sprinkle remaining Oreo’s on top.  Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
We also did an some art….


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Now onto the verdict….

I do not like sweet potatoes! If you love them I am sorry…send me your recipe and I will try it :). I made them again last night hoping to like them because they are so good for runners….nope. I baked them and then added a butter, brown sugar, walnut and cinnamon topping. My husband thought it was really good…me, nah! I ate 1/2 of mine to reap some benefits but I didn’t really like it. Oh well!


Who loves oreos?

Do you use McMillan running calculator?

Sweet potatoes…yes or no?


  1. says

    I am not an oreo eater…but the hubs is (as well as most of my friends) and that is an easy recipe which means – I will make it!! Thanks for that. And 50 degree weather? YES please!!!

  2. says

    Yum that dessert sounds amazing! I actually like my sweet potatoes plain with a sprinkle of salt. I also like to mash up an avocado in it. Talk about power foods right there. I’m sorry you don’t like them!

    • Jen says

      Hi!!! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!!! Total super food right there! I have never heard of putting avacado in it!!!

  3. says

    I LOVE sweet potatoes. This may sound strange, but I eat them with peanut butter and cinnamon on top. If you love peanut butter, this will make you love sweet potatoes. Another way I have eaten them (which is more of a vegetable-side-dish than a savory-treat) is to cut them into thick slices, boil them until they’re tender, put them on a baking pan, brush them with olive oil, add salt & pepper, then bake at 400 degrees until they’re a little crispy on the edges. The weird peanut butter concoction is my favorite, though!! =)

  4. says

    That Oreo yumminess is making my mouth water! I WILL be making that!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe and great pic!

    I don’t use that calculater, but I will have to check it out!

    Thumbs up for sweet potatoes!! You should just eat another helping of your Oreo goodness! 🙂

    • Jen says

      It is a really easy recipe too which is always nice :)…I would take seconds on the oreo dessert anyday (wish it had the same nutitional valuye as the sweet potatoe)!

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