Whole Wheat Cinnamon-Raisin Swirl Bread + Weekly Menu


Yesterday morning, I rolled out of bed at 7:15 am.

I turned on the coffee maker, fed the dog, and did my usual morning routine. When I went upstairs to get dressed at 8:30, Mr. Prevention decided at that point that he would get out of bed and run the 5K race with me.

Five minutes later we were out the door, with Lily in tow. Mr. Prevention had no water, coffee, or breakfast. Hopefully, he paused to brush his teeth.


I’m convinced it was my breakfast that had me run half-way decent yesterday morning. I had the last 2 slices of this stunning Whole Wheat Cinnamon-Raisin Swirl Bread. Toasted, with a smear of Melt. And a latte. And water. Some people PREPARE for racing. Others just decide to run and place 8th overall (let’s note now that I am referencing Mr. Prevention).

We registered, met up with Donna and Layla, and tucked Lily away in the car parked under a shade tree with a peanut butter-stuffed bone.

I must have lost track of time because before I knew it the gun had fired and the clock had started. My MapMyRun app wasn’t recording and Pandora didn’t appreciate the sub-par signal out in the country. I walked the first 20 seconds to figure out my technology and began my run. At which point, I had a wardrobe malfunction. My capris kept falling down (due to being old and lacking elasticity, sadly…not because of weight loss) and I had to keep pulling them up.

cinnamonraisinbread5 The race was an out and back and I didn’t glance at my pace until the 1.5 mile mark. At which point I saw I was on track for a sub-30 finish. I saw Mr. Prevention right around this point and he was officially on the “back” leg of the “out and back” course. He looked good and stopped to give me a funny face. I told him to catch up with the 2 grade school-aged boys who were a few strides ahead of him. I told him his legs are longer, he should get’em. ;)

For a mid-March morning, the sun’s heat was brutal on the black asphalt and I wished it was just a few degrees cooler. Around 2.3 miles, I started to struggle and until I rounded the corner for the final 0.1, it was rough going. I honestly wanted to walk, but I knew that I could do it.

I had super power Whole Wheat Cinnamon-Raisin Swirl Bread fueling my legs!


I sprinted…maybe I should say “sprinted”…the last 0.1 and finished in 30:04 (9:14 min/mile pace) according to the race clock (my app had me clocked faster). Had I not had technological and wardrobe malfunctions, I would’ve finished in my much sought-after 29-minutes. Oh well…

After the race, Mr. Prevention informed me that he finished in “22 something” (SERIOUSLY?!) and 8th overall. We retrieved Lily from the car and joined Donna behind the YMCA for an Irish ale, as any classy group of adults would do when there’s an awards ceremony going on in the front. Funny part was she brought the cooler and beers, but forgot a bottle opener. Rest assured, another racer was questioned about his possession of a bottle opener — attempt #1. Winner!

He retrieved an Irish (he informed us) bottle-opener( that looked more like a shoe horn) from his car and very happily popped the caps off our beers. What a guy!

Bread, run, beer…now that’s one heck of a St. Patty’s Day!


Weekly Menu: March 18th – 22nd

 My grades are submitted for the quarter and I am relinquished of all teaching duties for the next week! I believe this is what students call “Spring Break”, but you can find me at either of my dialysis units!

Be well,


  1. I always struggle with what to eat before a race.

  2. For me, eating bread before a race is good and very light in the stomach. Yummy looking bread =)

  3. My brother asked me if I have a spring break yesterday. I laughed in his face. He’ll learn…one of these days.

    I can’t believe Mark got 8th overall, even without prep or eating or having COFFEE!! And, I bet he didn’t brush his teeth. Sometimes Nick leaves the house without brushing and I feel like a mom telling my son to go back in and BRUSH!

    Congrats on finishing with good time, despite the pants falling down :) That’s quite an image I have right now. lol

  4. Mmmm…nothing like a good swirl bread! This looks like perfection. :D

  5. This looks awesome! I made cinnamon swirl bread the other day, and while it tasted good, it turned out with huge holes between the swirls, and therefore, non-blog worthy. I think I will try this recipe next time :)

  6. Gorgeous bread and pictures! I don’t like raisins but I think I will be making a raisin free version of this! I love the whole wheat and cinnamon combination.

    Great job on your race!

  7. This is such a beautiful way to begin your day! This bread will give you all the energy necessary to face another day!

  8. Oh, Mr. Prevention. If only I could just roll out of bed and run a 22 minute 5k. :-P
    Congrats on your almost-sub 30 race, Nicole! I love the feeling of finishing a 5k race!

    Oh, and this cinnamon raisin bread looks faulous! I love that it doesn’t require use of a bread machine! :-)

  9. Obviously, I love a good yeast bread recipe :)

    Congrats with the run. Being that close to your goal time can be pretty annoying, eh? But at least you were close enough that you had a really great race. Awesome job!
    I’ve had that exact same type of wardrobe malfunction before and it’s one of the worst. Not painful (like bum-chaffing) but very bothersome. You basically have to run with one hand holding your pants up.

  10. There were so many races going on yesterday! Woohoo for finishing strong. This looks so delish. I’d love to tackle some bread soon.

  11. This wuld make fabulous French Bred also! I will definitly try this one. :)

  12. I was giggling a little picturing you pulling your capris up through the whole race! Poor Nicole! Well, at least you had a great breafkfast to power you through (your hubby is crazy–how did he finish so fast without any fuel?!). The bread looks great! Very impressive with the swirls.

  13. Layla Bowen says:

    I need to eat this before our next race! You guys did great. Your stories crack me up…I had no idea your pants were falling down when you passed me by!


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