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December 15, 2010

So It’s Not Tuna…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 15:48

I like that you liked my truths post.  I encourage y’all to do it (even though I know lots of you already have and I’m late to the game!) Apparently lots of you were shocked that I eat lots of tuna.  But let’s face it: I am beyond poor (just google AmeriCorps VISTA stipend!) and beyond lazy, so tuna shows up a lot.  I’ll gladly let some of you come and cook for me however 😉

In my defense I have posted some of my better meals (like chilis and pasta salads etc).  Sadly (?) this is not one of them.  Because it’s dessert.  I should have spent my energy on my dinner (and then redeemed my quite possible lame-cooking status) but I was focused on the after-dinner part.  For the record: I baked chicken in italian dressing with a baked potato and beans.  Not picture worthy though and definitely not tuna!

But this baby is totally picture worthy:

Mmmmmmmmmm slice of goodness

It’s a pineapple cake.  Not a pineapple upside down cake.  But a pineapple one.  C’mon I’m lazy remember? I got the recipe from a friend but I’m pretty sure she got it off of or

“Wicked Simple Pineapple Cake”



  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 2 tablespoons pineapple juice

Directions to make this beauty


  1. Combine flour, sugar, vanilla, baking soda.
  2. Gently mix in undrained can of crushed pineapple. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the pineapple juice to use in the glaze.
  3. Pour into greased and floured 9×13 pan.
  4. Bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes, until center is set. Let cool for 5 minutes.


  1. In a separate bowl, combine powdered sugar, vanilla, pineapple juice, and milk. Add more milk if the mixture is too thick. It should be a little runny.
  2. Pour glaze over hot cake.


Like I clearly did because I forgot to get a good entire cake shot BEFORE we dug in. Oops.

As far as my running stuff goes…

I finally broke out the tights as the feels like temp was 3*.  Sure it was really 16* (and actually when the wind blew I felt a bit overdressed) but I figured that tight muscles are part of the issue with my leg and so I’d rather avoid making them scrunch up more and not being able to fully extend/hurt when I do.

That said, my leg didn’t bother me during the entirety of the ~6 mile run.  Maybe I didn’t go far enough (6 miles has been the threshold so far), maybe it was the XT yesterday, maybe it was the PT/rolling/stretching yesterday or maybe it was me visualizing my hip muscles to relax while running (corny yes but the more I think about how tight they are the worse they seem to get!) as well. Who knows but the run felt good and, despite it being ridiculously slow by my usual standards, it was faster than oodless of my runs as of late.  Ahhhhh recovery ; )

After the run I ran the risk of being WAY late to work to spend lots and lots of time babying: rolling (which felt amazing yet painful), stretching (which felt great too) and doing the PT exercises (which, like yesterday, made me realize how weak my hip muscles are!).

I also saw the volunteer podiatrist on Tuesday during clinic. Mostly to thank him for the socks recommendation because I used the new socks during the marathon and my feet ended up with NO BLISTERS during the race.  I also wanted to show him a callus that formed on my big toe because, unlike most calluses, this one HURT.  Or at least whenever it rubbed up against something.  So he removed part of it and now? No pain.  Apparently my big toe joint doesn’t have the greatest range of motion because I’m a runner and I’ve developed a pinch-callus.  Luckily they take a really long time to grow back so I’m good to go.  I love having a podiatrist who is good with working WITH athletes rather than just telling them to stop doing what they love.  This guy is the MAN.

Maybe I should have showed my appreciation through cake hahah!


  1. Yum! That looks awesome – thank you for sharing it! Oh, and please enter my giveaway, if you have a minute! I have a soft spot for starving students!

    Comment by Terri — December 15, 2010 @ 15:56

  2. See? Definitely take socks seriously. I heart my workout socks. And even wear them when just lounging. Then, I call them my lazy socks… Either way, they’re fab.

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — December 15, 2010 @ 16:19

  3. I eat so much tuna too…it is so cheap and has so much protein!! LOVED your truth post!!! No blisters, what kind of socks did you use?? That pineapple cake looks amazing!

    Comment by janae — December 15, 2010 @ 16:24

    • I think I mentioned it? But they’re polypropylene sock liners. I ❤ them

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 16, 2010 @ 22:21

  4. There’s nothing wrong with tuna!!! I remember when I was in college we used to eat a lot of Dinty Moore chicken and dumplings. Now that was sad. I’m sure it had about 20938402398 times my sodium needs for the day, and the dumplings were square. Unnatural.

    Comment by Chelsea — December 15, 2010 @ 17:02

  5. I actually despise tuna! I buy some frozen tuna burgers that I eat sometimes, but the stuff from a can? Makes me gag 😉

    Comment by Matt — December 15, 2010 @ 17:26

    • Hahah the things that a poor person will do though 😉 And re: your comment to my comment on your post: yes I am trying to XT more. Limited success of course. And biking? Ummm not now but I can see myself getting more into it as I get older.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 16, 2010 @ 22:23

  6. That podiatrist is the best.

    No hating on tuna from me. Three cranks of the can opener and you’ve got yourself a few ounces of delicious meal-enhancing power.

    Waaait, you are “beyond poor”?! Is that because you spent all yo money in the baaaaank? (It will never get old). Hooray that most important things in life (like running) are free or cheap!

    Comment by sweatykid — December 15, 2010 @ 17:37

    • That podiatrist deserves christmas cookies from me. Every month for years. For real. And no that joke will never get old. Because we’ll refuse to let it 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 16, 2010 @ 22:24

  7. Last year, living on my AmeriCorps budget, I ate the same three or four things in rotation every day pretty much. Usually I’d try to make each meal stretch an extra day or two. And I always eat pb & j for lunch. So yeah, I know the feeling of eating lots of tuna haha. I wish I had a podiatrist like that readily available to me

    Comment by runningmanz — December 15, 2010 @ 18:20

    • That’s exactly what I do: a rotating 4 day meal plan. And work at a clinic with a volunteer podiatrist. Or volunteer at a clinic with a volunteer podiatrist. Sometimes I really love my job!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 16, 2010 @ 22:25

  8. Nice Cake; great doctor!

    Comment by Detroit Runner — December 15, 2010 @ 18:53

  9. The cake looks scrumptious! Yay on getting the callous removed, that sounds like it was an easy fix. And congrats on feeling better on the run today. Yay!

    Comment by Flo — December 15, 2010 @ 19:33

  10. If you love tuna, you should try sardines, too. So cheap, and SO good, and SO nutritious!

    Comment by sophia — December 16, 2010 @ 02:02

    • And I’d imagine that they’re salty too which would be a win as well.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 16, 2010 @ 22:25

  11. That cake looks yum! Thanks for sharing!

    Comment by laura @ box run eat — December 16, 2010 @ 05:41

  12. wow i’m impressed!!!!!!!!!! that looks really delicious. i am reading sophia’s comment and laughing… if you do try sardines, let me know. i have never ventured there.. but i love tuna! if you go to trader joe’s ever there is this really great canned tuna that is packed in oil. i know you’re not “supposed” to go the oil route but i actually end up adding olive oil to a lot of my veggie based dishes anyway and so it sort of just does it for you and the flavor is amped up. really great.

    Comment by Lacey — December 16, 2010 @ 08:27

    • Let’s make that at our sleepover? Thanks in advance 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 16, 2010 @ 22:26

  13. I like how we get the same shot of the cake but in three different ways. I also like how it appears you just seem to eat directly off the cake instead of cutting pieces. That is how I roll.

    Comment by Lindsay — December 16, 2010 @ 10:14

    • I think I like how you roll. And yes the same shot. Because I’m too lazy to really do anything other than hit zoom hah!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 16, 2010 @ 22:27

  14. Um, you don’t want me to come over and cook – I’m thinking your tuna is a much better alternative to what I can make. And hey, why not dessert for dinner? Looks yummy to me!!!!

    Comment by Jill — December 16, 2010 @ 11:37

  15. How was your 8-miler?? Oh and mocha chip is AMAZING!

    Comment by janae — December 16, 2010 @ 12:43

  16. Thank goodness your leg felt ok! I knew it would take a potential injury to get you to stretch. 😉

    Comment by Jess — December 16, 2010 @ 15:17

    • Hopefully I’ll get to the point where I stretch all the time without the threat of an incoming injury. We can only hope right? 😉 And I appreciate you not blantantly saying “I told you so” hahah

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 16, 2010 @ 22:28

  17. That cake looks delish! I could eat some right now! Glad your knee is feeling better! Hopefully that cross training did the trick! I love tuna – I wish I ate it more but I just don’t.

    Comment by J — December 16, 2010 @ 19:57

  18. Pineapple cake sounds amaze right now!!! my sister and I have been baking with the 1000 lemons our trees have been producing, so I’m loving everything citrus-y! gahh I had no idea your hip/knee were bugging you 😦 I’ve been a bad sis lately! I miss you, and hope you can west coast trip soon…damn americorp salary! Have fun this weekend 😉 get it sis!!!

    Comment by lizzyj1305 — December 16, 2010 @ 23:08

  19. I love how easy that pineapple cake recipe is! And you could totally make it vegan (if you’re into that kind of thing), since it doesn’t contain butter or eggs.

    Keep taking care of your hip! You just motivated me to do a lil stretching…

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — December 17, 2010 @ 07:41

  20. Love the cake’s title! Wicked simple sounds right up my alley!!

    Comment by Ameena — December 17, 2010 @ 10:19

    • Exactly why I decided to share it. Sometimes all you have to do to make something tasty is mix everything together and bake!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 19, 2010 @ 19:17

  21. Is that a fiesta ware plate? I LOVE Fiesta Ware! I love pinapple cake! Gotta try this one.

    Comment by Megan — December 18, 2010 @ 12:35

    • Ummmm yes it is. I LOVE that you could identify it hahah!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 19, 2010 @ 19:18

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