After making it through the first week of school, Dan and I were ready to get away from all the hustle and bustle of Lawrence. To escape, we headed to the edge of town with the goal of finding a new trail to run.
We scanned a few trail maps and came up with a plan. Then, off we went!
We ran about 20 minutes out and 20 minutes back, which easily put us at more than four miles. Unfortunately, I forgot to start my watch until midway through, so I don’t have any exact information.
That was ok, though. We just enjoyed the scenery and some quality time with Tracker.
Compared with the streets, it felt really cool and breezy to run on the trails… At least at first. By the time we were done, Dan, Tracker and I were h-o-t.
Dan and I got some water, but Tracker had her own way to cool back down.
Trail runs might epitomize “fun” to everyone, but it was a great way to kick off the weekend for us. In fact, it was definitely my second favorite part of the day.
That’s right. There was something even more awesome.
Homemade Mocha Frappuccino
- 1 C chocolate soy milk (alternatively, skim chocolate milk or regular milk for a non-mocha frappuccino)
- 4-5 iced coffee ice cubes
- 1 C iced coffee
- Prepare 2 cups of iced coffee, which is brewed to double-strength and chilled in the refrigerator.
- Once chilled, freeze 1 cup worth of iced coffee in an ice-cube tray.
- In a blender, combine chocolate soy milk with coffee ice cubes. Blend until ice cubes are broken down. Add in iced coffee, blend to mix everything thoroughly.
Similar to the trail run, this felt like a major end-of-the-week treat. But, in reality, it is quite healthy with 30% of the daily recommended value of calcium.
Plus, there is less than one-third of the 65 grams of sugar in a nonfat, grande vanilla Frappuccino from Starbucks.
Now, that’s a treat that I’ll feel free to indulge in on any Friday… Or Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday or Sunday.
Questions: What are your favorite end-of-the-week indulgences? What’s your favorite coffee-house drink?