8 Mile(s)

I ran 8 miles yesterday.

That’s the farthest I’ve ever run in my life! I’m trying not to care that I ran it as slow as the bologna-smelling grandma on the treadmill next to me probably would or that I took three baby breaks. I took one at the 60 min mark for a bathroom stop and to refill my camelbak and two 30 second stretch breaks at mile 6 and 7.

Whatevs, man, I did it.

I was also the sweatiest I’ve ever been in my entire life. I looked like I had jumped in a pool and swam around with smug-ass Ryan Lochte.

All in all the run wasn’t too bad, other than the fact that it took me FOREVER to get through it. I kicked off the run with a bottle full of nuun and had another 2 full bottles of water during and right after the run, along with a sesh of…

FOAM ROLLING!

I had heard from the running blog crazies about the magic of foam rolling but never thought I was runner enough to partake in the FRC (Foam Rolling Cult). I figured I would look like I was flopping around on land with a pool noodle. But when I saw the beautiful onyx roller summoning me from the corner of Crunch after my long run, I had to concede defeat.

Boy was I glad I gave in.

I rolled my hips, IT bands/quads, hammies, and calves.

Click here for instructions and videos on how to foam roll.

I think it helped because today I have minimal soreness from my ballin’ 8 mile(s). However, the night sweats are back. FML.

What’s the longest distance you’ve ever run?

Are you part of the FRC aka Foam Roller Cult too?

Spoiler Alert

Ok, so can you please shut your mouth about anything Olympic related until after the event actually airs?

Guys, he got second. (Original via)

Side note: Michael Phelps’ mom looks exactly like my crazy next door neighbor who puts stuffed animals out on her balcony.

No joke.

Anyway.

Is it just me, or are the Olympics especially spoilerific this year?

Maybe I didn’t care as much about the Olympics when I was younger, so I maybe don’t remember them being that spoilertastic. Nah, I always liked the Olympics – so that can’t be it.

After thoughtful consideration of this issue, my genius theory is that the electronic globalization  of the world is spewing out information into our brains at an unprecedented rate.

As soon as the U.S. women’s gymnastics team won gold, photos of the medal ceremony were splattered all over Pinterest and #fabfive was trending on Twitter.

Same thing for Phelp’s three-peat win.

I should have known better than to pick the middle treadmill along the balcony at the gym yesterday. It had the best view of the 4 giant TVs along the main wall. I tried to avert my eyes as much as I could, but of course immediately after the competition in London ended for women’s gymnastics all around, NBC thought it would be a frickin’ fantastic idea to display Gabby Douglas’ smiling face blown up on the screen for the entirety of the news program. Thanks bunches.

So cute. But. Whyyyyyyy (source)

No, really: DAMN YOU.

Can’t a girl wait until Primetime?

Have any Olympic events been spoiled for you?

Do you enjoy watching the events even if they’ve been spoiled? I still do, but I’m pissy about it the whole time.

My Very Own Spin Class

I’ve probably been to a total of five or six spin classes in the past few months.

Since I’m trying to focus more on running and weight lifting for the Tough Mudder, I don’t like “wasting” a running day at the gym spinning. The spin instructors I like only have classes at 6:30pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, and half of the time those days don’t align with my workout plan.

My favorite spin instructor reminds me of Scary Spice – not in looks obvi, but  encouragement wise.

She always screams, “KEEP GOING! THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME HERE FOR!”

I will do whatever you say, Scary Spice. You are terrifying.

While puttering around the gym on Sunday afternoon, I looked at the dark empty silence of the usually rambunctious spin room.

Then I had an idea.

I’m allowed to go in the spin room even when there isn’t a spin class! (I think I’m allowed, right Crunch?)

I planned to do just arms and abs that afternoon, but let’s be honest, just an arms and abs workout is kind of boring. I wanted to do some cardio beforehand, but didn’t want to put too much pressure on my joints since I ran on Saturday.

Venturing in to the spin room by myself was just so…different – it didn’t stink of humans like it usually does.

 I took my time adjusting my bike (it always takes me approx 10 min to get the stupid heights right) and was quite proud of myself when I finished my 30 min spin workout.

Watch out, I may be your next spin instructor! (Kidding! I think.)

Song 1: Warm-up
Slowly pedal from your push point (level 3/4) and build up coasting speed up to level 5.

Song 2: Wake-up Hill Climb
Start at level 5, move up a turn at each chorus, going up to level 8 at the end. For each turn added stand up for the chorus.

Song 3: Jump Around
Take it back to push point for a little, first chorus turn up to 6 and do saddle jumps to the beat of each chorus.

Song 4: Sprint it Out
Keep your level 6 and SPRINT at the fast parts!

Song 5: Chill Out
Back to push point and bring your heart rate down for a hot sec.

Song 6: Big Ol’ Climb
Keep on climbing to level 10 – you need an internal Scary Spice yelling at you during this one. After the last chorus, bring it back down to 9.

Song 7: Move It
Move down to level 7 and try to pedal to the off beat – at the choruses, do saddle jumps to the beat.

Song 8: Fast Recover
Bring it down to level 6 and pedal 85% speed at the choruses.

Song 9: Warm-down
Slowly bring yourself back to push point and stretch your arms/shoulders, ending with leg stretches off the bike

All you need is a spin bike and some music – have fun sweatin’!

Hazelnut Cookie Pies

When I saw Michelle’s delicious looking giant hazelnut cookies a few weeks ago, I knew I had to try them out.

Hazelnut is a new thing for me – I tried hazelnut coffee at work two months ago and now I have a cup of it every morning!

This is the first time that I made this recipe (I promised I would make something new for What I Ate Wednesday, Min!) and I definitely could make a few adjustments the next time I make them, especially because I switched up some things that I probably shouldn’t have, i.e. flour choices.

And I WILL be making them again, not only because they tasted great but because the ingredients were so damn expensive and I have a lot left over. I’m really encouraging you to make these, huh? 😉

No, but really. They are good.

Ingredients

1 cup oats (I used oat flour)
1 cup wholegrain spelt flour (I used oat flour)
3 tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup apple sauce
2 tbsp almond milk
1/4 cup hazelnuts coarsely chopped
1 tbsp ground flax+ 3 tbsp water
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp powdered sugar (nixing this in the future)

(Also – note: next time I’m going to add 1/4 cup of Truvia Natural Sweetener. I have a sweet tooth!)

Directions

Dump the ground flax seed into the water in a little bowl and mix it together. Let it sit for 15 minutes while you’re making the rest of your batter.

Preheat oven to 350F.

I skipped Michelle’s step: “Process oats in a food processor until you’re left with a coarse flour” and used regular oat flour instead since I don’t own a food processor. Maybe next time I’ll just dump in the oats as is for more of an oatmeally cookie.

Chop up your hazelnuts.

That was the first time I’ve ever tried an actual hazelnut! It was softer than I thought it would be – I was thinking it would be harder, like an almond.

Put the flour, hazelnuts, cocoa powder, and baking powder in a large bowl and mix together.

In a smaller, separate bowl mix together the brown sugar, apple sauce, and almond milk and stir generously.

Add in the flax/water combo to the wet bowl and stir some more.

Dump the wet bowl into the dry bowl and keep on stirrin’.

Once the batter starts to get thick and gooey, begin to separate the dough into six equal sized balls and place on a non-stick cookie tray. It helps to wet your hands before rolling the dough – it kept sticking to my hands!

Flatten down the balls on the cookie sheet so they look like cookie pies.

Put your tray in the already preheated oven and bake for 10-12 minutes while keeping your eyes glued to the TV watching Olympic gymnastics and biting your nails.

My pies didn’t turn out to look as pretty as I’d hoped…

So I decided to add a little sprinkle (or a big blob) of powdered sugar on top.

Much prettier!

Like my cheap-ass cooling rack? I don’t own a cooling rack, and my middle refrigerator rack has been resting next to my fridge since girls’ night. Perf.

Every time I bake something I end up burning some part of my body.

This time it was my finger.

The cookie pies are SO dense and chewy that they needed a little something extra to soften them up.

I’m not a huge milk person, but you sure can’t beat cookies and milk.

I think these are going to become a comfort food ’round my apartment. They could be especially good on cold winter nights – maybe served warm!

Did you bake anything this week?

What is your favorite comfort food?