I have peanut flour again! I literally work across a parking lot from Trader Joe’s, and somehow have managed to be out of peanut flour for weeks. I finally went last night and got not one, but two packages. Thank God, I missed it!
You can’t tell, but there is oatmeal under there! I added egg whites to my oatmeal again, a la Allie. I don’t think I’ll ever go back to regular oats! I added half a sliced banana on top and peanut flour mixed with cocoa. I don’t remember whose blog I saw this on, but when I saw it, I knew I had to try it. It was especially delicious with the banana 🙂
I found this mug lurking in the cupboards last night. No one knows where it came from, but after a good washing, it was as good as new.
I thought I would get some more Christmas baking done today. It was raining and I didn’t have a car all day, so it was the perfect time to get it done. I started making Russian tea cakes, and per my mom’s suggestions, quadrupled the recipe. Too bad I ran out of flour after 7 cups! Since I was car-less, they’ll have to wait until tomorrow. I can’t wait to eat these… anything that has 4 cups of butter is going to be good, right?
Since I had the oven on already and nothing to bake, I decided to roast some veggies for lunch. I planned on roasting a huge pan and saving the rest for tomorrow. Operative word being ‘planned.’ The second the pan came out of the oven, I threw out my plans for a salad and ate every last veggie.
A head of broccoli, half of a kabocha, and two little potatoes. Still not done with that huge bag! This was incredibly filling. I guess there are worse things to fill up on than vegetables, right?
Always room for something sweet…
I had my usual vanilla yogurt and fiber cereal (actually from TJ’s, not Fiber One) but instead of pumpkin, I added some apple cranberry pie filling. Best…decision…ever! I wanted pumpkin butter from TJ’s yesterday, but all they had was cranberry apple butter. I was about to get it, when I saw that the pie filling was only a dollar more, and about four times as big. Delicious and chunky 🙂
Today was a rest day- I didn’t go the gym (I didn’t even leave my house!) Rather than go to the gym or go running, I spent a good chunk of time looking up local races. Right after I ran a marathon, I set my sights on beating my half marathon time. I figured that if I could run 26 miles, I could get a pretty bitchin’ half marathon time too, right? However, my plans of speedwork kind of flew out the window when I all but stopped running after the race. I ran a 10k and 5k, but didn’t do speedwork of any kind. I’d love to be able to run a sub 2 hour half marathon, but considering I haven’t run further than 6 miles in over two months, that’s not going to happen any time soon.
The half marathon I originally planned on doing was January 8th, which would have given me plenty of time to train. I started feeling really guilty when I thought about not doing it, mainly because my cousin and uncle were also planning on running it as well. When I last asked them about it, though, my uncle said he couldn’t get the time off work, and my cousin (the one I ran the marathon with) said she hadn’t been running much either. My guilt definitely lessened after that 🙂
But also, I’m not feeling guilty about it because a half marathon is a pretty big undertaking. When I was training for a marathon, I thought 13 miles was no big deal. Now? I can’t run that far, and certainly not at a 9:00 minute mile pace! So, I’ve made the decision to step down. One of my New Year’s resolutions will be to do more speedwork, so in due time, I can smash my PR. There will always be other races, and for now, I’m a little burned out on running. That new PR will come in due time… and in the mean time, I will be looking for half marathons in Southern California. 🙂 Any suggestions?
Have you ever decided a race wasn’t going to work out? Have you ever taken a break from running and come back stronger? Also… any ideas for training plans? I’m bad at following them, but I’ll try 🙂