The Oatmeal’s DOs and DO NOTs of Running your First Marathon (Recipe: Balsamic Couscous with Spinach)

This is freaking hilarious.  As in I have now read it 4 times, and it still makes me laugh out loud.

It is The Oatmeal’s DOs and DO NOTs of Running Your First Marathon.

Have you read this??  OMG.  You must.

Some of my favorites:

“DO over-accessorize.  Because you’re totally gonna need all that shit.”

“Marathon: (noun) A popular form of overpriced torture wherein participants wake up at ass-o-clock in the morning and stand in the freezing cold until it’s time to run, at which point they miserably trot for a god-awful interval of time that could be better spent sleeping in and/or consuming large quantities of beer and cupcakes.”

“DO NOT despair when thinking about how much farther you have to go.  Instead, console yourself by inventing bizarre ways of measuring distances.”

I hope it makes you laugh, too.

6 miles done today!  That’s my farthest run since San Diego!  I have 8 on the docket for my long run this weekend when I’m in Wisconsin!

Running Tip:  Feeling a bit blah about running today?  Take a second to try this:  Call up a positive running memory–experiencing a runner’s high, nabbing a PR, or enjoying a buddy’s company.  A new study says that recalling a good running-related experience can boost your motivation to get moving.

Food for Thought:  Grapes.  Whether green, red or black, grapes are a rich source of antioxidants.  All grapes contain resveratrol, but it’s more concentrated in red and black grapes.  This antioxidant may protect cells from aging and act as an anti-inflammatory.

This is one of my “go to” side dishes.  It has been in THE Cookbook for awhile now.  It’s finally time I share it.

Balsamic Couscous with Spinach

Balsamic Couscous with Spinach


– olive oil

– 5 garlic cloves, minced

– 8 ounces baby spinach

– 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

– 1/3 cup chicken broth

– 1 cup canned, chopped tomato with juice

– 2 cups cooked whole wheat couscous


– Add olive oil and garlic to saucepan; add spinach and cook until wilted. Set aside.
– Add balsamic vinegar and chicken broth to the pan and stir; add tomatoes. Bring to a simmer for 3-5 minutes.
– Place couscous, spinach and balsamic-tomato sauce in a bowl.

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One Response to The Oatmeal’s DOs and DO NOTs of Running your First Marathon (Recipe: Balsamic Couscous with Spinach)

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