Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Energy to burn!

What does one do with all her free time during the last week of taper before the marathon?

  • Nap. Naps are good. Definitely fell asleep for a good hour after coming home from school yesterday.
Too bad I wasn't napping with this cutie... sadly she is back in IL. 
  • Read for fun. No textbooks or basal readers for this girl. I'm in the middle of In the Woods; it's pretty good so far. We have book club on Thursday. Will I finish it? Probably not... but of course I will still go for the yummy eats and conversation.
I love the bumper sticker on my fridge. "Love People. Cook them tasty food." And yes, there is a bumper sticker on our fridge. Don't ask.
  • Obsessively check the weather forecast for the marathon on Sunday.
Can't we just exchange the forecasts for Saturday & Sunday?

  • Pump myself up by looking at old racing pics of myself. Yes, it might be a little weird to look through pictures of yourself, but at this point I need all the pumping-up I can get!
I like this pic because it looks like I am flying. Look Ma! No feet on the ground! It also looks like I am giving someone the stink-eye. It's hard to look cute all the time.

One of my favorite pics, obviously because I was leading... haha. Too bad we still had a lap to go and those two girls behind me passed me. It was still a PR tho!
    That was right at the end of our cross country championships senior year. (Hence the look of death on my face.) Yes, it was cross country, and yes, we ran on the roads. The course we usually ran was extremely flooded. It was an interesting experience to say the least!

  • When all else fails, bake

I have been craving a good monster cookie lately, and while browsing through the cookbook my Business Man's mom gave me, I stumbled across these Energy Cookies.

Perfect! Chock-ful of peanut butter, oats, wheat germ, dried fruit, and sunflower seeds, these definitely fit the bill. And they're even somewhat healthy!

Crisp on the edges, and chewy in the middle, just the way I like 'em.

Energy Cookies

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp. milk
  • ½ cup powdered milk
  • ¼ tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. baking soda
  • ¾ cup flour
  •  cup wheat germ
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1 cup dried cranberries (or cherries)
  •  cup sunflower seeds


Preheat oven to 375*F. In large bowl, cream together butter, peanut butter, and brown sugar. Add egg, milk, and vanilla extract and beat until smooth. Mix in powdered milk, baking powder, baking soda, flour, wheat germ, and oats. Stir in dried apricots, dried cranberries, and sunflower seeds. Dough will be sticky.

Drop by tablespoons-ful onto greased cookie sheet. Bake 9-10 minutes at 375*F or until set. Remove to wire racks to cool.



Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner said...

Great photos!
I'm crossing my fingers for good weather for your race on Sunday!

Running Girl said...

You are going to rock your race this weekend!

Kristin said...

Yay! Good luck at your marathon!!! I'm rooting for you from IL.

Sara said...

Thanks guys! I'm in the excited phase now... not so nervous anymore.

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