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Marathon Training Week 4 Rewind

14 Aug

I love baking. Like, I REALLY love baking. I haven’t been baking lately because 1) it’s expensive; 2) I have no self control with baked goods in the house. But Mark is having a boys’ weekend in a few weeks so I decided to bake a few things for them to eat. I can’t have them eating cookies if they haven’t been tested, can I? What kind of girlfriend would I be?

Tonight I made Whiskey Oatmeal Raisin Cookies.

CookiesSorry about the quality of this photo. But trust me, this cookies are A-MA-ZING!

Now enough about cookies and onto running. Mark and I had a weekend up north for a wedding anniversary so I had a new 17km route planned. The small town where we were staying was so small that I had to run to the next town over to make the full run.

Instead of staying in a hotel, Mark and I stayed at my aunt’s house. When I woke up Saturday mentally preparing myself for that run but I just couldn’t will myself to finish the whole 17km. My cousin is just too cute and I didn’t want to stay away for long. I think I ran 5km… wah wah…

Having Mondays off is so awesome. It has saved me so many times before. That 17km route was covered and a new audiobook is on the iPod. I felt so good and I’m glad I didn’t sacrifice family time for a run.

My track workouts have been steadily climbing in distance and staying around 2:03min per 400 metre. I think by next week I’m going to have to kick it up and run a little faster.

14 Sideroad Hill
I’ve also added a new workout specifically for the Athens Marathon. It is going to be a mostly up-hill race so I should obviously start doing some uphill running. Thankfully the escarpment is right outside my door. So I started with two 500m uphill runs. My heart felt like it was going to explode! But worse than running uphill was the downhill. I don’t know the grade of the hill but it’s a pretty steep hill. The next day my shins were in quite a bit of pain; not to be confused with sore. I think I’m going to try just walking down the hill this week when I up the uphill runs to four. I’ll have to keep you updated on the hill runs.

Have you incorporated new workouts or training runs to complete a race? Or are you happy to just eat oatmeal cookies?

sneaking cookies

Blueberry oatmeal cookies

14 Aug

I wanted to make something different besides my usual granola bars or poppy seed loaf. I was getting the feeling that Mark was getting bored of the usual treat so I was thinking along the lines of raisin oatmeal cookies. But then I looked in the fridge and saw the fresh blueberries I had purchased from the farmer’s market on Saturday. The raisins were out and the blueberries were in!

Ingredients:

  • 2/3 cup of blueberries
  • 8 tbsp on butter (room temperature)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of flour (I did 1 cup all purpose and 1 cup whole wheat)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups of oats (not instant)

Directions:

  • Preheat at 350F
  • With a mixer or by hand, beat the butter, apple sauce, brown and white sugar. Using a mixer is best but I had to do it by hand because Mark was sleeping from night shift.
  • When fluffy, add egg and egg while, milk and vanilla.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together the dry ingredients: flour, baking soda and cinnamon. Add to the batter and beat until the flour is absorbed.
  • Fold in the oats and then the blueberries.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.

Also, when I was making pancakes last Thursday, my pancake batter took this form:

A shell! Isn’t that neat?! I thought it was cool…

It’s a gloomy day and I’ve got a 15km run ahead of me sometime today… when I get around to doing it. These cloudy days just suck the life out of me. Luckily, working from home allows me to get up and go whenever motivation finds me. I’m thinking it’ll come sometime mid-afternoon.