Marathon Training Thoughts And Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Today’s Happy Note: My hair.  Even though it annoys me sometimes, I’m really in love with it.  It’s dark, wavy, and mysterious, and I like how it looks sexy down or up.

Marathon Training: I was super tired after work yesterday (which is sad considering I didn’t start until 11) and fell asleep afterwards.  One of the things I despise most about fall and winter is the loss of daylight in the evenings.  I mourn that loss.  As a runner — and a lover of evenings in general — I need that space.  I’m not asking for full-blown light after 6:00 or so, just a sort of twilight.  It is pretty tricky for me to run safely after 6:00 or 6:30.  Blech.

So, when I woke up from my nap at 6:45 I thought all was lost and started getting mad at myself for missing a run.

But then I realized that a run was still possible if I stayed on the main streets, rather than going into any parks.  I try not to do this too often, but my legs were itching and I really needed to clear my head.  I promised myself a trip to Whole Foods afterwards too. 🙂  I ended up getting in 7.5 miles. “The plan” called for 8 hilly miles, so it might not have been perfect, but it was the best I could do and I’m proud of myself for getting out there.

I did 5.5 miles this morning. They were not pleasant.  I was sllooooowwwww.  I hope that means my body is saving up lots of energy for tomorrow morning’s early 22 miler!  Wish me luck!

Sometimes I get tired of talking about running.  Of thinking about it, even.  When you start training for a marathon, you know (or at least you should know) that running is going to take up a hell of a lot of time.  But no one tells you that it will somehow manage to take up all your non-running time too: when I am not running, I am thinking about when I will squeeze my next run in, that I need to stretch, that X body part really hurts because of running, how many miles I have run this week, what the running plan for next week is, and, most importantly, when will my next meal be.  And how I will ever make it big enough to fill my constantly-hungry belly.

Now that we’re on the subject of food…

These, my friends, are chocolate chip pumpkin cookies.  Tasty, tasty cookies.  I haven’t baked in a while and was feeling in the mood.  Sometimes ya just have to bake, ya know?  I made this recipe from Tasty Kitchen.  Momma2Girls, you rock!

I will always have a soft spot for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies.  My freshman year of college, I turned 18 in November.  I had made two really good friends by that point and had some more acquaintances.  I am not great at making new friends or adjusting to new circumstances.  I was feeling lonely and sad on my birthday.  A week or so beforehand my mom had asked me if I wanted her to send me a birthday treat and I gloomily acquiesced.  A few days before my birthday, it arrived.  I can’t remember if I opened it then or waited until my birthday. But it was pumpkin chocolate chip cookies. They were soft and fresh and made me so happy.  I ended up crying myself to sleep that night; those cookies felt like the only bright spot of the day.

Time to go night night.  I have a very early wake up call for my 22 miler!  I’m doing it with a friend so hopefully that helps.

What’s your favorite kind of cookie?  Do you like pumpkin or do you think it’s just a silly blogger obsession?

Goodnight friends!

13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. thebettylife
    Oct 16, 2010 @ 23:58:09

    Hello! Typed in running and your post popped up! 7.5 and 5.5 miles are great runs – I am currently doing 3.5 miles in 20 minutes but would love to increase stamia. Any tips on how to do this? Or does it just come with time and practice? 🙂


    • caronae
      Oct 17, 2010 @ 00:05:28

      Hello there! Thanks for stopping by the blog. 🙂 I think the best way to increase running stamina is to be consistent with it. Don’t overwork yourself, but do be sure to run often (when your body feels “right”doing it). And slowly increase your distance. For a few weeks, do three and four mile runs, then five,etc. Before you know it you will be able to do 6-8! Consistency is definitely the key, in my experience.

      Good luck!


  2. thebettylife
    Oct 17, 2010 @ 00:10:45

    Thanks for the advice! It is something I need to keep at – I try and run 6 days a week and have a night off. However, I am pretty new to all this, only started running properly in the last 2 weeks. How long have you been running?


    • caronae
      Oct 17, 2010 @ 00:32:36

      Don’t overexert yourself in the beginning — 6 times a week is a lot for someone who just began running. You don’t want to get an injury or get bored and then never want to run again. 🙂

      I started running when I was 12, so I have been running for about nine years.


  3. thebettylife
    Oct 17, 2010 @ 00:39:39

    How many times a week would you recommend for a beginner? I am new to running, but have been working out at the gym 6 days a week for the past year, so wanted to keep the habit in place and not cut down. x


    • caronae
      Oct 17, 2010 @ 06:58:04

      Hmmmm, I would think maybe three or so, but I can’t speak for everyone — I would check with someone who has expertise in this area, like a personal trainer, or a sports medicine doctor or something. 🙂


  4. Anne@ Food Loving Polar Bear
    Oct 17, 2010 @ 06:05:27

    I haven’t had pumpkin in any other form than as pumpkin seeds, so I can’t really say if I like it but it seems many people from UK and US love it a lot, I guess it could also be a cultural difference because I haven’t come across many pumpkin producst in shops either 🙂

    Yay for sexy hair!


  5. Kate
    Oct 17, 2010 @ 07:54:29

    you do have awesome hair! i have always been jealous of those who can grow long, thick hair.

    and i think pumpkin may be a universal like this time of year. we have a sign that we put outside the shop listing what is fresh or new for the day. whenever we have something pumpkiny written on it, we get lots of people in inquiring about the product. so perhaps we bloggers aren’t so crazy!


  6. Erin
    Oct 17, 2010 @ 08:10:40

    I *love* pumpkin everything: lattes, cookies, scones, ice cream, pie, smoothies… The list goes on. 😉


  7. Jess
    Oct 17, 2010 @ 08:24:15

    I love pumpkin! But my favorite kind of cookie is definitely white chocolate chip with macadamia nuts. yum!


  8. ~Jessica Zara~
    Oct 17, 2010 @ 15:57:23

    I too am in love with your hair: mine is fine, blonde and straggly. So to have thick, dark, lustrous hair would be just amazing.

    I like pumpkin a lot, particularly in polenta or oat bran. I’m not crazy about it in savoury things though, and it does need a lot of spice and sweetness to it. I only go for Libby’s canned though…pumpkin as in the whole veg that can be carved tastes so bland and bitter to me, even when roasted.

    Your cookies look amazing though 😀



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