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Happy Sunday everyone! 🙂  Did this weekend fly by or what?!


I almost didn’t bake today, but man am I glad I did. 

Sugar and Spice Cake – original recipe here


1 1/4 cups flour
1 cup sugar
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 eggs



  1. Heat oven to 350º. Grease bottom and side of round pan, 9×1 1/2 inches, or square pan, 8x8x2 inches
  2.  Mix flour sugar, cinnamon and salt in large bowl. Cut in butter, using pastry blender or crisscrossing 2 knives, until mixture is size of small peas; reserve 1/3 cup.
  3.  Stir remaining ingredients into flour mixture with spoon until well blended. Pour into pan. Sprinkle reserved flour mixture over batter.

 Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Serve warm or cool.

*I don’t have a pastry blender so I used the two knives and it worked just fine


 This is soooo light and fluffy.  It also makes me want fall time to be here NOW 🙂


Question of the night:

What’s your favorite thing about fall?




I have no idea where yesterday went to.  Sorry for no five facts or book review.  No biggie!!  There’s always next friday 🙂


Yesterday, I was given two Gu’s to try today.  I was talking to a couple that are training for a half marathon (her) and a marathon (him).  I was telling them about my problem, and he let me take two Gu’s home. 

I’m not going to lie, I was a little nervous about trying them.  I’m a huge texture person and I was afraid it would kick my gag reflex into high gear.  I had a 7 mile run on the agenda today and I didn’t want to feel like crap after.  So, I put on my big girl pants and tried them. 

Per instructions, I used this one about 15 minutes before I started running

It actually wasn’t too bad.  I took my time with it.  I can not stand anything thick and this is thick.  Not too bad though.  I survived!

45 minutes into my run, I took this one

I slowed to a walk so I didn’t have to squeeze the whole thing in my mouth.  I’m not a huge on banana flavored stuff, but this was pretty good.  I knocked out 7 miles like it was nothing!!  I felt good the WHOLE time 🙂

I’m really excited because I think I have found a solution to the problem.  Come Monday, I will be at the running store investing in some of these bad boys 🙂

Please disregard the tile of my kitchen floor 😉


Question of the night:

What is your running/exercise fuel?

“Can I Help You?”

I had to sneak in a Diesel pic since he’s so handsome 🙂

Today was day 10 on the ole training plan and as you may know, I’ve been having some problems around mile 4.5ish.  I think I may have figured it out!!  I ate half of a tortilla with 1/2 a teaspoon of peanut butter RIGHT before my run.    As I was running, I sipped on water even if I wasn’t feeling thirsty.  It seemed to work.  Keep your fingers crossed!!


Workout (Yesterdays)

I got to the gym around 7:00 am to do a weights session.  I love lifting weights, but since I have been focusing on half marathon training, I’ve been having a hard time getting motivated to weight lift.

Push Ups-15

Bent Over Row-15

Hammer Curls-15

Bent Over Fly-15

Shoulder Press-15

Tricep Dips-15

I used 10 pound weights.  I did this circuit style, so I completed this two more times for of total of three times.  I followed up with some ab work. 

50 frog crunches

50 ab turns

25 sit ups

25 crunches

I rounded it all out with 15 minutes of incline walking on the treadmill.

I was a nice sweaty beast when I was finished. 


Tomorrow’s Friday!!  Woot -Woot

On the agenda for the blog tomorrow:

Five Facts

Book Review of “French Women Don’t Get Fat.”  Hint: AMAZING

Question of the night:

Any plans for the weekend?

I’ll be running the 10 mile CRIM.  I’m super excited/nervous!


I can’t believe it’s AUGUST already.  Where has this year went to?  Let’s recap the month:

I ran my first 5k

I officially signed up for the CRIM and Brooksie Way

Made some yummy Orange Pop Cupcakes….

….and an even yummier Pineapple Upside Down Cake 


It’s been pretty nice here in Michigan.  Hot, but nice

I love instagram


Half Marathon Training

Today was day 9.  It was a 3 mile run.  Every Tuesdays are 3 milers.  I wanted to see what I could do without dying and I maintained an 8:49/mile pretty much the whole three miles.  For me, that was flying.  This is what I felt like after flying for 3 miles

That’s my “hurry up and take a picture before people come in and think I’m weird” picture.  Not that I really care though. 🙂


I’m actually home a little early, so I’m going to do some work on the blog


Question of the night:

How has the summer been so far where you are at?  <—-Here in the mitten, we had rain all spring and it’s pretty much been 185* degrees ever since.

Hey there!! I'm April. I'm the writer here at Motor City Runner. I'm 26 years old and have a passion for running, all things fitness, healthy eating (most of the time), and everything sweet!! I am also training for my first half marathon. Feel free to stick around and watch as I make the journey to 13.1 miles!!


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