Berry Delights

It was a good running weekend for me.  Yesterday I ran about three miles with my friend and her dog.  It was a rare opportunity to go for a jog with a childhood friend–my friend who always thought she’d never be a runner.  I’m really proud of her for getting out there and next month we’ll be doing a 5K together. I believe her first race ever which will be so much fun!

Today I was getting antzy after going to church and then doing some chores around my apartment.  I hung some some paintings on the wall as well as a mirror and I baked some homemade muffins (recipe below and another one from my Runner’s Cookbook so I sort of think they must be healthy…right?)  So after some work in the apartment I needed to move my legs so it was either the gym or outside and being the beautiful spring day it was I decided another run was in order.  So I hit the trails making one large loop down the W&O D Trail and then back up the Four-Mile Run trail.  Basically it was a mixture of the flat, sunny part of W&O D and then the shaded hilly side of Four-Mile.  I took my watch with me and clocked in at 5 miles at 47 minutes so not too bad considering it was just a nice Sunday jog and I have not been running much lately. 

I came home and made a delicious tropical smoothie (my own concoction and it is reallllly good…so good I feel like I’m on vacation at the beach).  Enjoy my treats below all using frozen berries and other delicious goodness. 

Mixed Berry Muffins

(The Runner’s Cookbook compiled by Alison Wade; recipe recommended by Sam Burley, a track and field All-American.  The recipe originally called for just blueberries but I mixed it up a bit.)


  • ½ cup soft margarine
  • 1 ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 2 cups mixed berries (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and strawberries)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  1. Beat eggs, add sugar, milk and margarine.
  2. In a separate bowl mix flour, salt and baking powder.
  3. Add first mixture to dry ingredients. 


4.   Add berries.

5.   Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes.

6.  Makes 12 large muffins or 24 small muffins.

Tropical Smoothie


  • Handful of ice
  • Handful of mixed fruit (strawberries, mango and pineapple)
  • 2 cups Simply Limeade
  • a little bit of cut up lime (not using the rind)
  • 1-2 cups vanilla yogurt
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein (25 g protein)

Mix all ingredients in blender and enjoy!

About mileoneandcounting

I'm a young professional living in the Washington, DC area. Since moving here in 2007 I have honed a passion for running and fitness. Growing up I played soccer and softball (and tested track & field for one year). After college I ran a few 5K races, but running was really only a means to staying in shape for me. Never in my wildest imagination had I thought I'd ever run a marathon, let alone three. Nor did I think I'd get the running bug after doing so, but I'll admit I'm hooked! Over the years my blog has grown into so much more than a running blog though. Sometimes I have deep thoughts. Other times I'm simply sharing a training story or a review of a product. Here's the place where you'll learn about me through my many adventures--even I enjoy going back to re-read some posts from time to time. I've also been able to hone my love for health and wellness through my business called IDLife which stands for Individually Designed Life. I'd love to help inspire you to live your best life yet so please don't hesitate to reach out to me and may my words resonate with you. See you on the trails...
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