I ran 535.98 training miles in the 16 weeks before the Pocatello, Marathon! That’s A LOT of miles! Needless to say, it is about time for a new pair of running shoes! (I switched out my shoes about halfway through training.)
So, what did I do post-race?
Well, first I took a bus back to my hotel. And I sat next to a very interesting man. Our conversation went a little like this:
Man: I am going to apologize before I even sit down next to you, but I smell.
Me: No worries! We all do. We just ran a marathon.
Man: So where are you from?
Me: Raleigh, North Carolina.
Man: I used to be stationed at Fort Bragg! But I’m originally from Columbia, South Carolina.
Me: No way! Me, too.
Man: Where’d you go to high school?
Me: Richland Northeast. You?
Man: C.A. Johnson. Small world!
Me: Even smaller because my dad used to teach there!
Man: Really? When did he teach there?
Me: A long time ago. As in about 30 years ago.
Man: 30 years ago as in 1982-1986?
Me: Actually, yes!
Man: What was his last name?
Me: Capogrossi. He coached football and wrestling.
Man: Name is familiar! I was more into track. Small world!
Me: That’s just crazy.
Man: So, how’d you do today?
Me: Not too bad. A much tougher course than I anticipated. I ran a 3:37.
Man: That’s a great time! I ran slow today because I have a marathon tomorrow, but I ran slower than I wanted.
Me: Another marathon tomorrow!?
Man: Yeah. I’m driving to Nebraska. 15 hours in the car. Not even getting a hotel because I’ll only have 2-3 hours of sleep before the race starts.
Me: You’re crazy.
Man: Even crazier. On Sunday I drive down to Missouri to run another marathon on Labor Day.
Me: You’ve got to be kidding me.
Man: Dead serious. I’m part of the group ‘Marathon Maniacs’. I’m trying to get in their hall of fame. One of the ways to do it is to run a marathon in every state in a single year three years in a row.
Man: Yeah. I ran all 50 states + DC in 2013. I did it again in 2014. And Idaho was state #37 for 2015.
Me: Oh. My. God.
Man: [laughing] I am a maniac. What can I say? I think you could be a ‘Marathon Maniac’ member.
Me: I don’t think so.
Man: Sure you could. How many races do you do in a year?
Me: The last two years I have done 3 and that is too many.
Man: [laughing as we pull up to the hotel] Think about it. It’s fun!
I get off the bus and think to myself, “Enjoy your 15 hour drive and your 3 hours of sleep. I’m going to nap and eat pizza.”
And that is exactly what I did.
Followed by french fries…because you have to eat french fries when in Idaho! Duh.
And then this decadent brownie dessert when I got to the airport that evening.
Run a second marathon on Sunday? Psh. I don’t want to run another marathon for at least another 16 weeks. 😉
Quote of the Day:
“My chest feels full of glitter and helium, the way it used to when I was little and riding my father’s shoulders…I knew that if I help up my hands and spread my fingers like a net, I could catch the coming stars.” -Jodi Picoult
Remember how we went to the puppy party Labor Day weekend? Well, we all brought dishes to pass. I brought these S’mores Cookie Cups. You know how I love s’mores. I’ll eat anything dessert that is s’more related. These cookie cups got some pretty good reviews.
S’mores Cookie Cups
- 2 cups minus 2 tablespoons cake flour
- 1 2/3 cups bread flour
- 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
- 2 1/2 sticks (1 1/4 cups) unsalted butter
- 1 1/4 cups (light brown sugar
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 pound semisweet chocolate chips
- 30 regular Marshmallows
- 30 milk chocolate squares
- Preheat oven to 350°F . Spray muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray.
- Sift flours, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Set aside.
- Using a mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream butter and sugars together until very light, about 5 minutes.
- Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla.
- Reduce speed to low, add dry ingredients and mix until just combined, 5 to 10 seconds. Stir in chocolate chips.
- Use a large cookie scoop to distribute about 3 tablespoons of dough into the prepared muffins wells.
- Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes. Allow cookies to cool completely in the muffin pans.
- When ready to serve, top with one roasted Marshmallow and a milk chocolate square.
Courtesy of My Baking Addiction