A Dilemma

31 08 2011

It’s me again! Chloe’s been swamped, so I’m sharing with you today. Hope you don’t mind 🙂

Back in 2006, I ran the Marine Corps Marathon.

How did I get there? Well…

One day in the spring of 2006, I was on a kickball team:

A few of my teammates were runners, and one night after a game they were talking about doing the Marine Corps Marathon. I thought to myself, I run (to stay in shape). I was a college athlete (swimming). I’m tough (tough enough to do a marathon?). By the end of the night, we had decided that we were all going to sign up. Um, did I really just commit to a marathon? I’ve never even raced a 5K before.

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At the time, I was still lifeguarding in the summer, and spent many mornings running a few miles on the boardwalk, or doing mile ocean swims followed by a beach run, or killing a stair workout at the casino behind my beach, or doing what I was paid to do- saving some lives. I was in good shape, and thought I could just keep increasing my running mileage to be ready.

I don’t have a training plan for my tris, and I didn’t have a training plan for my marathon. I didn’t know what I was doing. I figured I’d just keep running. This was not a good idea. I would HIGHLY recommend finding a training plan instead of just “wingin’ it”.  I honestly have no idea what my mileage was while I was training for the marathon, but I know that I only did 2 long runs: one 15 and one 18 miler. Not. Smart.

The day of the race, my inexperienced self showed up to the starting line, feeling nervous. I really had no idea what it was going to be like.

Thankfully, my parents had come down to cheer me on (and to be my paparazzi).

I was feeling pretty good for the first half of the race, until about mile 15. Ugh. I still had 11.2 miles to go. What was I thinking, believing I could run a marathon?

As those negative thoughts creeped into my head, I recalled what one of my lifeguard stand partners said to me, “You’re not going to finish the marathon.” Oh yeah? Watch me.

Two tenths of a mile after I saw that lovely mile marker, I finished. And, I never stopped to walk. I ran a whole marathon!

But it was painful. I’m pretty sure that by mile 20, I could have walked faster than I was running. After that I wasn’t sure I’d ever do a marathon again. Not because I didn’t enjoy myself (I did, in that I like to do hard stuff so I can feel accomplished kind of way!), but because I know that it’s probably not the best for my body to be pounding the pavement for 26.2 miles.

But my competitive spirit told me not to rule out the possibility for the future. A year and a half later, I got into triathlons, and the thought of doing another marathon completely left my thoughts.

Until recently.

I noticed a few weeks ago that the Miami marathon and half marathon fall on my birthday.

This birthday happens to be my “golden birthday” – 29 on the 29th. Do I want to spend my birthday running 26.2 miles? Or would I rather take a trip to the spa and eat some amazing food?

I chuckled to myself for even thinking about registering, as the excuses ran through my head. I’m not even finished my tri season; I should focus on my last race!  It’s on my birthday, I should relax with my girlfriends! I don’t want to go to Miami alone; races are always better with friends! If I sign up, I’ll hardly get any bit of down time before I need to start training (with a training plan).

But…after all of those excuses, I’m still thinking about doing it…

The race is in January…In Miami…I could make it a 3-day weekend…

My finger is awfully close to the “Register” button…

Help! Do I do it?

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Natural Disaster Doughnuts

30 08 2011

I know you’re probably all very tired of hearing about Irene, but I just HAVE to tell you about what I did to prepare.

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No, I don’t have dogs. But aren’t they cute?

For fear of not being able to make my favorite breakfast of oatmeal, peanut butter, and banana if the power went out, I needed a breakfast replacement that required no refrigeration and no heating. That replacement would be DOUGHNUTS! Yes, friends, I thought I’d take another stab at doughnuts. Not the kind that requires yeast, but the kind that requires the pan I so anxiously have been wanting to use!

The problem though, was that I used the last of my eggs in my lasagna. I also didn’t have any milk, only almond milk. I was NOT about to trek into a grocery store on the eve of a hurricane. Long lines and empty shelves? No thank you!

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But I just HAD to make doughnuts! If I was going to be powerless, I needed breakfast!

If I could find a cupcake or muffin recipe that didn’t call for an egg, I’d be golden. I knew that vegan baking is done sans animal products, so I immediately grabbed a few of my vegan cookbooks and flipped through ’em. I figured that MamaPea would be able to help, and of course, she did not disappoint!

I adapted the recipe for her pb & j muffins from her cookbook, Peas and Thank You, to make some delicious banana and peanut butter doughnuts with chocolate peanut butter icing!

The recipe made 9 doughnuts. I’m embarrassed to say that I ate every. single. one. (Last one was this morning!) They were SO YUMMY! There’s no eggs, oil or butter in them, so they’re healthy, right?

They weren’t exceptionally moist, but they certainly weren’t dry. They were light and fluffy, and delicious when dipped in chocolate 🙂

These are essential in case of a natural disaster. So keep watching the weather channel for the next hurricane and then run out to the grocery store stay home and make these!

Banana Peanut Butter Doughnuts with Chocolate Peanut Butter Icing

Adapted from Mama Pea

Ingredients

Doughnuts:

1 cup whole wheat flour

1/3 cup raw oats, ground into a powder (in a blender or food processor)

¼ cup coconut flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

2/3 cup sugar

2/3 cup vanilla almond milk

¼ cup peanut butter

1 very ripe banana, mashed

Icing

1/3 cup chocolate chips

2 tbs almond milk

¼ cup peanut butter

1 Tablespoon powdered sugar

How to:

Start by making the doughnuts. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray your doughnut pan with cooking spray.

Mix together the dry ingredients (flours, baking powder, and salt) in a large bowl. In another bowl, mix together the remaining doughnut ingredients (vanilla, sugar, milk, peanut butter, banana).

Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients, and stir until just combined.

Fill a large Ziploc bag with the batter, and give the bag several big shakes, so the batter packs down toward the bottom. Snip off about ½ in from one corner. Pipe the batter into your greased doughnut pan.

Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely before icing.

While they are baking, make the icing. In a small saucepan over low heat, put the milk, chocolate chips, and peanut butter. Stir constantly. When all the ingredients are melted, stir in the sugar. Remove from heat. Dip the doughnuts in the icing.

ENJOY!

Question of the day: Have you ever done any vegan cooking? What have you made?





Irene Brings Beautiful Weather to D.C.

29 08 2011

Good Morning 321delish readers. Sorry about the late post this morning…Chris and I lost power on Saturday night and didn’t get it back until late last night, so my post preparation was delayed. That being said, I hope that all of you fared OK in Irene. I know that the storm was a bit of a “disappointment” for many, but there are still thousands without power and many who have trees in their houses or on their cars (including 2 families in my parents neighborhood in Baltimore). Luckily, D.C. fared pretty well and we were barely confined to the house for more than 24 hours, but by the time Sunday morning rolled around, Chris and I were MORE than ready to get out of the house. We ventured out on Sunday morning to assess the damage and find some coffee. We thought that Great Falls would be an awesome place to not only burn off some energy but also check out some big downed trees and rushing waterfalls. Turned out that Irene came in with a vengeance and left behind very little damage and one of the most beautiful days that D.C. has seen in a long time.

 

 

Question of the Day: How did you keep yourself amused during Irene?