Monday, September 13, 2010

Christa’s Cookies & A Mental Blogging Block

I can’t write. Some people have running woes during their taper. I have a blogging block during mine.

In less than one week, this Saturday, I’ll be running in the Air Force Marathon in Dayton, OH. It’s not my first marathon, but it’s the first one I feel fully prepped to run and all conditions are shaping up to be just about right. I’m not sick. The weather is going to be perfect. No nagging injuries and my good old Aunt Flow just left so there should be no surprise visits if you know what I mean.

But BECAUSE everything is shaping up to be just about right,  I seem to be ridiculously on edge. After all, there’s no excuses this time. I don’t even have a running partner to blame an untimely demise on.  It’s just me, my feet and the pavement (ok and maybe a few thousand other people but really who’s counting?). And since the ball is entirely in my court this time, I guess I’m just a little bit nervous that I’ll, well, drop it.

**SIGH** There I’ve admitted it. You see, because of all this, the thing is, I just have no idea what to talk about right now. I don’t want to dump a bunch of my worries out there for fear that they will come to pass, but I also don’t want to be overflowing with positivity and then wind up disappointing and disappointed. So I guess in essence, I’ve just resorted to silence which is really no fun for anyone.  So what to do? What to do?

Maybe I should randomly post on non running related topics about my kids. My 4 year old for instance this last week wanted a salad for dinner with only lettuce, cheese and raccoons on it. That was pretty funny. (She meant croutons btw). Or perhaps I could vent about the couple at the grocery store who despite the self checkout lane immediately next to mine being entirely empty, decided to get in my lane and start scanning and sending down their stuff even though the entire bagging area was still full of MY groceries which I was rapidly bagging. When they started huffing and puffing and rolling their eyes at me (while that lane right next to me was STILL empty I might add), I’m pretty sure that entitled me to bagging THEIR groceries and taking them home with me too. (I didn’t, but I seriously considered it. Have I mentioned I hate self checkout lanes?)

But that’s not the kind of delightful little diddies you’re here for now are you? So let me just move on to something we can all enjoy. Cookies. How about that highly sought after cookie recipe Christa promised us?

Christa is a Secrets of  A Running Mom (or SOARM as so many of you put it and I happen to love) reader and a running mom of 4, who happens to be running her 2nd marathon this year, Chicago. It’s sort of a revenge marathon for her, like this one will be for me, but you’ll have to go read her story to find out more on that.

She also happens to be one of the chosen few who were asked to profile their experience for the Chicago Marathon. You can follow here online diary by clicking here (that other link, her name, is a link to her personal running blog fyi).

Christa comments from time to time, but her recent comment on my food will not be ruling this house post, caused a bit of a stir when she mentioned she makes cookies that “are so healthy you feel guilty calling them cookies.” You can imagine the pressure I was under to get my hands on and publicly post this cookie recipe. In particular, from my own family, not only publicly on the blog, but also privately in person. So what could I do? I asked and Christa so graciously offered up the goods.

And not only did she send me just one cookie recipe, she sent me a few cookies recipes, some non-cookie recipes, and a few tips. I think it’s safe to say we’ve hit a virtual gold mine here with Christa folks.

Let’s start with just one cookie recipe (sorry, I have to find ways to keep you coming back for more or what else will I do with free time?), that I bought ingredients for this weekend, that way I can come back and tell you in the comments how tasty they were. And in the meantime, if any of you have a healthy, yummy, and/or fairly easy recipe you’d like to share to help me (and everybody else) out on my healthy eating journey, feel free to send it to me at I’ll be forming a separate section on this site somewhere to compile all of them for future reference.

Oatmeal Carrot Cookies

  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup quick cooking rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup margarine or butter softened
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots

1) Heat oven to 350. Grease cookie sheets. In large bowl, combine all ingredients except nuts and carrot; beat at low speed until well blended. Stir in nuts and carrot. Drop dough by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart onto greased cookie sheets.

2) Bake at 350 for 8 to 12 minutes or until edges are light golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheets.

There now, I believe I’ve successfully distracted you all from my upcoming event with cookies. Carry on with your day.

'Til next time...

P.S. Don’t forget about the Chica Band giveaway! There’s still time to get in. Click here for details.

P.P.S. Rachel and Adorable Wife be sure to let us know how the 5k and the Tri went! Leave us a link if you blogged about it (or are going to) so we can read about it.


Lani said...

Oh My! I WILL be making those cookies!!

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Runners Fuel said...

The cookies sound great!

misszippy said...

Just printed out the recipe--thank you! ANd you're just being a normal, anxiety-ridden marathoner right now! Good luck this weekend!

track coach and adorable wife said...

Of course I blogged about my first Tri, thanks for the shout out! Here is the link

Those cookies sound delish!

Jennifer Jones said...

Thanks for the cookie recipe - will look forward to the others as well! Good luck on Saturday! I know I will be a bundle of nerves before my (first) half on Oct 17 as well.

runnanna said...

You are finally really READY for a race! It's gonna' be your day! Have fun and enjoy the run!
p.s. Cookies sound great!

Christy said...

I'm going to try this new recipe. Thanks!

RunMom said...

Just had two of those cookies. good. Mildly sweet. My husband astutely noted that they could use a touch more honey. (I was short a little). Try them out and let me know what you think!

Thanks for all the good marathon vibes!