Also, last night (before my run) was supposed to be my induction session at my new gym. Yes - I have finally caved and joined a gym. I reckoned that I needed to do something to ensure I could continue to run in the winter - whatever the daylight situation or weather - and the gym (or the treadmill) is the best place for me to do that. After doing a bit of research I managed to find that the church I used to go to has their own gym with a couple of treadmills, rowing machine, bikes, and various weights. It's quite basic, but to be honest all I really need to use is the treadmill (but I love rowing, so will doubtlessly use that too), so I thought it was a good solution. Little did I know that I have found, quite possibly, the cheapest gym in the entire world! It costs (wait for it) a whopping £25 - FOR A LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP!
Seeing as I plan to continue to run outside as much as possible, I plan to use the gym really only as a last resort - so the cost is seriously a bonus! But, as I said, I had to postpone my induction until I'm feeling better. On a positive note, I have 8 weeks until my 5 mile race and so I am actually ahead of schedule with my training. When I'm well enough to continue with the 8k training, I will finish the programme (which has about 4 weeks left) and then just go straight into 10k training.
I opened a BIG can of pumpkin the other day. I found this recipe on Pinterest for Pumpkin Spice waffles and wanted to try this for the kids breakfast - but literally the only can of pumpkin I had in the cupboard was the big 29oz one! Unfortunately, pumpkin is not something that you can just nip out to the shops to buy here in England - I have to buy it from a special American food stockist on the internet, it's expensive, the shipping is expensive, so normally I just ask my mom to bring a supply over when she visits (about once every two years...). This was my last can from my mom's last visit. The waffle recipe called for 1/2 cup, so now, I have all this pumpkin that I'm desperately trying to use up!
I've got a pumpkin cupcake recipe that I'm going to try out tomorrow (with cream cheese frosting - yum!), and I was also toying with the idea of making pumpkin pancakes and freezing them in batches for the kids to just pop in the toaster for an easy breakfast. The waffles I made were a bit disappointing - I only had a bite but they didn't taste very pumpkiny. And the funny thing about my kids - neither of them like pumpkin, but neither of them realised that I've been secretly feeding them pumpkin all week (first the waffles, then pancakes - and tomorrow cupcakes!). English people (well, the ones I know) aren't crazy about pumpkin, but my kids are half American so they will like pumpkin - even if they don't know it! :-)