Speed Work and Blackberry Mojito on Italian Ice

by Joanne on August 17, 2010

When I started running, my goals were just to finish races.  Since I was getting awards within my age group, I wanted to get faster and faster.  That’s the typical progression for a runner which is why we all ultimately engage in speed work:  get faster.

Simple logic from WalkingRunning:  To improve on your long distance run, you must improve your short distance speed.  “The speed that can be run at any distance correlates directly to the maximum speed at a shorter distance or…. a runner’s marathon pace is mathematically related to his/her speed capability over one mile – as it is to every distance in between. “

That being said, my speed workout was yesterday, today was slow and easy for 6.57 miles.  I really prefer the slow and easy days.  That’s me, the lazy runner…. and it feels so good.

The weight workout for the week was completed today by finishing up with back and arms.  

My long run is scheduled for Wednesday.  Jenn and I are running together again. Not sure for how long but I’ll get some extra miles to and from our meet up.  The morning temps look great this week: below 65.  Great for running.


Dedicated to Zaya Rum and Driscoll Berries.  This was a dessert that met all the components of a perfect warm summer evening:  light and fresh.


Because I used Luigi’s Italian no sugar added ice, it made it easy to serve a not too sweet dessert.  The following recipe will make about 4 – 5 servings.


  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 fresh mint leaves + some for garnish
  • 2 TBS Zaya Rum
  • 1 tsp lime juice
  • 4 cups or scoops Italian Ice *Your favorite flavor. I used Cherry and Lemon
  • 1 pint Driscoll’s Blackberries

Place the sugar and water in a pan and bring to a boil. Boil for 3 minutes – no longer!   Remove from heat and let cool 5 minutes.  Add the 2 fresh mint leaves, rum and lime juice.  Let cool.

Place the Italian Ice into serving bowls, add just a couple of berries, drizzle on some rum mojito sauce and top with more berries.  So Delish!


I still have a little more Zaya rum left PLUS some big, red Discoll raspberries.  I’m thinking poached peaches topped with a berry rum sauce?  Or how about a wonderful rum based BBQ glaze?

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  • At 2010.08.17 11:19, dawn hutchins said:

    Woo yummy, yummy. Looks so cool and refreshing!

    • At 2010.08.17 12:34, Monet said:

      This is my kind of dessert…simple, sweet and spiked 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

      • At 2010.08.17 12:50, Amanda @ baking w/o a box said:

        Yum. Simple, elegant, and grownup. What a perfect dessert.
        Congrats on completing the speed work and strength training!

        • At 2010.08.17 13:34, kilax said:

          So you are one of those addicted to the awards? 😉

          I like slower runs too. Long and easy!

          • At 2010.08.17 18:24, Molly said:

            I’m so glad the temperatures are getting cooler!!

            So far my longest run has been 19 miles. I feel like my training has gone by in the blink of an eye!

            • At 2010.08.17 20:02, Soma said:

              mint, lime, rum and berries for summer. can’t get better than this. could have a few extra servings for this triple digit temperature here.

              • At 2010.08.18 13:43, Anne@ Food Loving Polar Bear said:

                Your dressers looks soooo fresh and perfect for summer!

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