So, I have a very specific post-long run craving. This craving began when I trained for my first marathon in the fall of 2011. I had the craving again when I trained for Boston. And now having completed my second weekend in a row doing a 10 miler, I once again had the same craving.
Greek salad from Panera.
Yup. That’s my craving. I’m never very hungry immediately after long runs, but a couple of hours later I always seem to crave the same thing. In 2011 when I was training for the Soldier Marathon in Columbus, GA it was during the prime of VT football season. I would wake up early, get my long run in and then go tailgate (minus alcohol, of course, because I was a serious runner like that) and go to the game. I was always given a hard time because after running 15, 18, 20, or 22 miles, I never ate a ton. And then after the game I would go to Panera. So strange. (Don’t worry. I was also given a hard time for not drinking. As soon as the marathon was over, my fellow tailgaters got me to drink quite a bit before our last night game.)
Anyway, I had a Greek salad for lunch on Sunday. The craving is back!
AND I got my first fluid-filled blister. Those things are awful. I pop them. I have found it makes them go away faster. Both of these are signs that I have started putting in some solid miles! And no pain! Last week I got in 32.51 miles! I like the sound of that!
Now, I must admit something. I have a HUGE soft spot for The Great American Cookie Factory’s slices of cookie cake. O.M.G. I have had their cookie cakes for my birthday from the ages of 12-22. No joke. And even once or twice in grad school! Today, I had to stop by the mall after work and I totally had a slice. Definitely worth the calories.
Also, have you seen the previews for the movie “About Time”? I saw it last night ($5 movie night!!), and I would say it is cute, creative and worth seeing. But I also love Rachel McAdams. Just throwin’ that out there.
Quote of the Day:
“Either you run the day or the day runs you.” -Jim Rohn
Need a potential side dish for Thanksgiving? This one isn’t too bad! Definitely not chock full of the calories in most Thanksgiving dishes if you are looking for a little bit healthier option. And it still has cheese!!
Potato, Cauliflower and Cheddar Bake
– 1 tbsp unsalted butter, plus more for dish
– 1 1/2 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes (about 6), peeled and sliced 1/2 inch thick
– salt and pepper
– 1 small head cauliflower, sliced 1/2 inch thick
– 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
– 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar (6 ounces)
– 1/3 cup chicken broth
– Preheat oven to 450*. Butter a 2-quart baking dish.
– In a large pot, cover potatoes with cold salted water by 2 inches. Bring to a boil, then add cauliflower and cook at a rapid simmer until potatoes are just cooked through and cauliflower is crisp-tender, about 10 minutes. Drain in a colander and let sit for 5 minutes.
– Place half the potatoes and cauliflower in dish, sprinkle with half the thyme and cheddar, and season with pepper. Repeat to make a second layer. Add broth and dot the top with butter.
– Bake until cheese is deep golden and bubbling, 15 to 20 minutes.
Courtesy of Everyday Food