18 hours of sleep + granola bars for marathon week!

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I accomplished all of 4 things yesterday: I slept, snuggled Marfa, texted Casey about her drunken LA adventures, and tried on my new running shorts. I slept for about 18 hours of the day and dare I say it… blew … Continue reading

13 in 2013

Hope you enjoyed that snapshot of Marfa and her Hefeweizen for NYE 🙂 I decided the best thing to do in light of the holidays and losing my grandma, would be to drive back to Lewisburg and settle in New … Continue reading

my best friend is faster than yours

Sunday was exactly what I was hoping for- I woke up before sunrise and took the dog for a nice long walk before the rain hit. I got my Dunkin and settled back into bed with her by my side to track Meghan’s run at MCM. I was holding my breath because of hurricane Sandy, knowing that Meg was totally capable of PRing with a time sub 3:25, but with the conditions not looking great, I was afraid she’d have to scale it back a bit and go for the PR in Philly.

Laura and I anxiously texted through the entire race, checking every split and commenting on how consistant (and fast) Meghan was running. We knew she could do it… and she did. Meg shattered her PR/goal time and finished with a chip time of 03:21:10. What a day, what an accomplishment! I couldn’t be more proud of her and in complete awe of her! 7:40 pace consistently for the entire race. Strong and steady all the way through. I can’t wait to have her next to me in Philly and I hope her marathon running mojo rubs off on me 🙂

In her honor, after logging the last 3 miles of the week, I made the Pumpkin Energy Bites she blogged about last week. They are super yummy and the perfect snack to pack for this week at work. It was a quick and easy recipe for a Sunday evening and I stored them in the fridge over night so they will be ready for me to pack with Monday’s lunch. It’s a simple no-bake recipe and one that will definelty be on my menu regularly!

a menu for pre-22

Last night I needed the perfect pre-long run meal to get me ready for the 22 mile run I had this morning. Normally, I leave protein packed meals for after my long run, to help with muscle recovery, but my mom sent me home from NJ this weekend with her amazing spicy,homemade Italian sausages, meatballs and gravy. YUM!

I decided to simmer two of the sausages in gravy with kale, red pepper, onion and 1/4 cup of gluten free pasta. Gluten free pastas are perfect for nights like last; they taste just like wheat pastas do, except you don’t have any of that “I’m so full of carbs I burst my jeans” feeling later. And, after loading my pan with kale, you really don’t need too much pasta. I wish I snapped a better picture and one with the pasta added but I was so hungry I forgot!

A pre-long run meal wouldn’t be complete without satisfying my sweet tooth. I’ve learned from my running guru/Spatularette/BFF Meghan that getting in your sweet fix makes the legs work better (seriously, we have proven this time and time again haha). Rather than reaching for processed Halloween candy I realized I still had a hugeeeee bag of apples in my fridge. I visited my friends at The Spatularettes and found the perfect recipe- Apple Crumb Bars! double YUM!

I tweaked the recipe a bit, quite the risk since I haven’t made these before but they turned out delish!!! Follow Meg’s recipe as is or you can swap out some ingredients to follow my changes:

– I substituted agave nectar instead of the brown sugar (2/3 cup for every 1 cup brown sugar). I also substituted two personal sized containers of UNsweeted apple sauce instead of butter

– I didn’t have brandy or appropriate alcohol in my house so as Meg suggests, I used a squeeze of lemon juice

– I omitted the glaze

Meghan’s finished product defiently takes the cake on the appearance scale 🙂 (hey, it’s tough getting that first one out the of pan haha) but man, these sure do taste yummy and my house still smells like it did when these came out of the oven! Keep checking in with the The Spatularettes! They have been on a roll with yummy treats and recipes packed with ingredients that fuel!