WIAW [Running, not training]

As I mentioned on Monday, I am running again. I would say training, but it’s loose training. I am doing some speed and tempo stuff, but mostly LSD (long, slow distance). After a bit of rough runs and mental stuff last week, I realized I am ready for the running part of training, but not the other stuff.

I’m not doing too much mobility and strength maintenance.

I’m not in a training diet mode.

I’m just not ready for that yet. All I really am ready for is a few faster runs, some light strength and form work and careless eating. I still eat good food, but I don’t want to end the fun stuff. I don’t want to reign in my processed food or gluten. I simply don’t want to think about stuff like that yet. I will eventually, but right now, I’m happy just where I am.

It was hard to come to that, because I want to be all in when I train. Loosening up a few things regarding training is almost harder than a speed workout! However, in my heart, I know I will be fine and this is good for me.

Without too much rambling, it’s time for WIAW. I’m linking up with Jen, Laura and Arman 🙂


Breakfast: Chocolate Overnight Oats topped with Banana


Snack: Three plums and an apple


Lunch: Cajun Seitan Burrito via Strong Hearts Café <3


Dinner: Chocolate Almond Cookie Dough Banana Ice Cream (unpictured bowl of greens and banana chips)



Tell me your favorite ice cream topping!

Are you a fan of Cajun food?

Microwave Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread For One

Do you ever go through you cupboards and find something you were so excited to get, used once and then forgot about? That was me and powdered peanut butter.

A few months ago, I walked into my gym and on the desk was a basket of free samples of powdered peanut butter. Not only were the samples an actual 12 ounce size, but it was chocolate powdered peanut butter. Not just the original!

Yippee for this runner! I skipped home and promptly made something with it (it escapes me now) and put it on the shelf. Well, folks, it hasn’t left the shelf since.

Until the other evening when I had a bit of extra time and actually moved a few things in my cupboard and found it again. Again I squealed like a suckling pig and wondered what I could make with it.

A smoothie? Not a fan.

Peanut butter yogurt? Don’t have that.

Chia pudding? Sounds great but I want to eat it now!

Banana bread? For one? Yes!

This recipe is a take on my microwave banana bread that was one of my most popular on my old blog.

It takes a total of three minutes from start to finish and is great for the morning or evening when the cravings hit. It’s also a great way to use up leftover browning bananas.

Here’s the clutch, you can change out the mix-ins and topping if you aren’t a hardcore chocolate peanut butter fan.

But really, who would do that?

Microwave Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bread for One

1 large browning banana

1 T oat flour***

1 T coconut flour

1 T oat bran

1 T powdered chocolate peanut butter (or regular powdered PB, if you want it chocolatey then add 1 t cocoa powder)

2-3 T chocolate chips

1/4 c peanut butter (for topping)

Mash the banana till a smooth consistency is achieved. Stir in all the flours until incorporated. Mix in powdered peanut butter and then chocolate chips. Microwave for 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Top with peanut butter for a meaty, heavenly experience.

**Any three tablespoons of flour would work, except coconut. dO NOT use three tablespoons of coconut flour!

What is your favorite sweet bread?

What kind should I make next?

Strawberry-Banana Vegan Protein Cookie Dough

Do you ever have one of those moments in a grocery store where ingredients blow you away? I’m not much of an ingredient label checker (one of my vegan faults), but when I do randomly check ingredients, I am often surprised at the variety of things that are already vegan.

Bacon bits? Vegan.

Cream cheese frosting? Vegan

My latest recipe in the Plant Fusion protein cookie dough series would not have been possible without another of these gems. Ok, it would have been possible, but it takes an extra step…and this way is kind of fun.

Ok guys, strawberry pudding mix, yep it’s vegan! I checked the ingredients. Twice.

That is some dedication right there.

Why, you might ask, was I even in the pudding isle? Well, back in my yogurt days in college, I realized that pudding mix was a great flavor addition to plain or vanilla yogurt. I could buy the cheapest, plain yogurt and then make it fancy while saving money at the same time.

This same concept came to me in the store when I was buying some spices for other recipes. Surely pudding wasn’t vegan right? Well, to my surprise and utter glee, it was! It only turns non-vegan with the addition of milk.

Oh, the possibilities! Beginning with this one.

Nope, it’s not organic or non-processed, but it’s tasty and a good “once in a while” breakfast. If you do want a bit healthier, instead of pudding mix, blend up 3-4 strawberries and mix that in instead. Or strawberry jam. Whatever strikes your fancy. I’ll just stick to my lazy bones approach, and take the vegan gift that is pudding mix.

Strawberry-Banana Vegan Protein Cookie Dough

1 ripe banana mashed

1 scoop Plant Fusion vanilla protein powder

1 T strawberry pudding mix (or 2 T strawberry jam)

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

Pumpkin seeds for garnish

Mash the banana in a bowl until fully macerated. Stir in protein powder and pudding mix until incorporated. Mix in sunflower seeds. Top with strawberries or pumpkin seeds if you feel fancy.


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What is one food item that has blown you away with its ingredients?

Have you ever used pudding to flavor something other than milk?

The Post Marathon Blues?

It has been four days since my first 26.2.

SHR trail

Four days since I’ve run, breathed hard or moved very fast. I really can’t remember the last time I took more than a day off in a row. Running and movement are just part of who I am.

Honestly, I do get thoughts in my head.

What if I lose all my fitness?

What if I stop liking running if I don’t do it?

What if I eat too much?

What am I supposed to do with all this time?

Well, any rational person can see these things are ridiculous, but I still think about them. I want to dispel these thoughts right here and show what I combat them with if they ever come up. I’m not saying it’s easy, but it helps to actually think up the appropriate argument against that demon in your mind.

1. What if I lose fitness?

That is the point. It is not healthy to be at peak marathon shape all year. I could feel in the last couple weeks that I was about to peak. This feeling is exciting but it also rides a very fine line into overreaching. The potential for injury is great and increases with mileage and fitness. If I kept going, I was on the one way path the overtraining and injury. No thanks. This marathon has proved I can train for 6 months and complete a goal. Losing fitness means nothing because I will get it again.

2. What is I stop liking running so much?

I know I will run again. Sure, walking and yoga is great to give my mind and lungs a break, but I miss the euphoria running gives me to. I miss the sweat, the highs, the lows and how it makes me feel. The fact that I am asking these questions means I will go back to running after this break.

3. What if I eat too much?

Again, this is the point! I probably eat the same amount of calories in my meals as I did when I was training. I do not find myself hungry after a huge dinner like I did when training. After dinner during training I would always open the nut butter jar and eat about 3 spoonfuls downed with milk. I do not do that anymore as I am not ravenous, but if I did want something like that, I am satisfying a need, so I eat it. I trained for 6 months. 6 months filled with ravenous hunger somethings and workouts that destroyed me. All of that work? It’s still getting repaired in my system. I still need the same amount of calories. End of story.

4. What am I supposed to do with all this free time?

Luckily, most of us work an 8 or 9 hour day, so that takes time. Other things I do with my time are blog, read, take a walk, take pictures, network, see people I don’t usually see and take time for myself. I nap and sleep for many hours hahaha. I started doing yoga in the mornings from YouTube (because I’m too poor to go to a class and I can choose the length of time) which eases my mind. If you want, think of your relaxation as a necessary part of your next training block. Your putting in the base recovery now so you can go hard later. Quite honestly, this is the hardest one for me because the last year of my life has been running and job, but I’m working on it. I am still an introvert, but I get out and see things which is important even if it’s by myself.

I hope that this helps anyone out there who is struggling with the post race blues. Just remind yourself how hard you worked, how often you went to the pain cave, crushed your workout and then still went to your job. Thinking about that makes me tired and want to kick back.

SHR trail 2

For two other posts about this read Hollie’s Blog and Tina’s Blog!

How do you deal with the days after a race?

Any suggestions four men?

Final Marathon Thoughts

This will be my last post before my race on Sunday. In order to not go completely insane, it think a mind dump is in order here.

I’ve learned so much in the past six months and wrote about it here.

That’s not what I want to talk about today. Today I just want to bare it all.

To be honest, I’m not as anxious as I predicted I would be. I get anxiety a lot actually, but I’m good at holding it in and coping. I know what to do when I get anxiety. As of right now, I only feel one thing:



I just want to get out there and run!

My runs this week have felt fine. Nothing good or bad. I think that is a sign that I want to race. I want to run 26.2 miles in one go, cross the finish line and smile.

I have a time goal, sure. But I think what I keep remembering is that this is my first marathon. I am not putting as much pressure on myself as I used to. I feel relaxed about this. I know I am only 24, and have many running years left. Nothing rests on this.

I also have decided that it’s ok if I do not like this race and choose not to do another one. It is ok if I decide that my favorite distance is something shorter (or longer and slower). I have freed myself from needing to be a marathoner. I can be a one and done person.

My plans for this race are to enter the pain cave, but manage it. My friend and SHVP teammate said this of the marathon:

“It’s like, the longest distance where you have to go fast.”

I agree with this. I will have to push for 26.2 miles and hope it doesn’t go to shit. There are a lot of opportunities for it go to hell. There will be low points, high points and mental battles. I know I can physically run the distance and I feel confident and mentally strong. However, that does not guarantee success. I will have to race longer than I ever have before.

Shit show or not, it will be epic.

I have fears (not practicing nutrition enough), doubts (why am I entering the elite field again?) and just general worries (what if I get lost?). But what keeps me from going down those rabbit holes is the confidence I have in what the past 6 months have showed me and the wise words from my running mentors about my chances.

I’m not going for any other reason than to finish 26.2 miles with a smile.

Let’s talk post race. I’m already getting emails from fast women in my community about XC season or other races. I have decided to put all those thoughts on the back burner.

I am not ready to think about after the race. Regardless of how it goes, I am taking a 1-2 week break from exercise and my pretty good nutrition plan. Even if I end up only jogging or don’t feel tired, I need this mental break. I have been focused on this goal for 6 months (plus all the base building beforehand). I tuned my diet in, I slept as much as I could, I prioritized recovery, I ran hard. I need the time off.

Then and only during those weeks after will I even think about what’s next. I will not entertain too much thinking about this or commit to anything before I am done with the goal at hand. Running will be there after the two weeks.

So that’s what I’ve got today guys. That’s it. I’m ready. I’m going to do it.

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No questions. Thanks for reading!