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January 19, 2011

Life is Good.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 10:02

Too corny for you? I’ve got snow, fast running and apple crisp.  Not to mention heat coming back on and great friends I’ve been hanging out with.  I’ve been spending so much time there that they’re jokingly talking about getting me my own key.  Oops? Hahah.

That said, this whole not complaining about the weather thing is *really hard* but I feel like my attitude towards life in general is improving the less I say “I am sooooooo over winter.  This sucks. I want to migrate south”.  Really. I’ve literally been biting my tongue every time I see cold, wet, gross weather.  Partly because I’m really trying to not complain but partly because every time it snows I think that this could be my last.  And no that’s not morbid but I’m trying to actually migrate south at some point real soon.

Of course the mention of the weather does come into play with my “tempo” on Tuesday.   I woke up to actual snow that morning, which had turned into nice freezing rain/sleet by the time I got out my door to run. This precipitation left my shirt a layer of sheer ice by the end. It felt like I was wearing a bullet proof vest!  I didn’t let the slushy roads, nor the cars that decided to slush me, really affect the workout and it went a little something like this:

  • Warm up
  • Tempo 5.6 miles @ 7:41 average (2.2 @ 7:47, 2.2 @ 7:39, 1.2 @ 735)
  • Easy 5.8 miles @ 9:19 – lots of snow!
  • Hard 1.2 miles @ 7:42
  • Warm down @ 9:00

Total: 16 miles in 137.59 minutes which is an average of 8:37

Funny how the warm down pace is faster than the easy pace.  Oops?  The run was actually pretty fun I guess.  Mostly in hindsight.   I was in a FOUL mood during most of the darn thing.  Maybe because I had no traction and was slipping over the roads. That said, at some point during the run I just gave into the weather and then, isurprisa!, my attitude turned around and running was fun again.  And the “tempo” part (question: what do you call what I did? Tempo isn’t accurate but it feels like the only word I know!) was actually really good. Sure the pace wasn’t where I’d like it but the EFFORT was there.  Silly snow making running harder than it has to be.

Anyway. This morning I ran 8 miles as recovery.  Mostly because the sleet from Tuesday had turned to sheets of ice overnight.  Slipping and sliding. And slushing because it was shorts weather at 36* (ahhhh relativity!) But nothing special overall.

Apple Crisp

BUT I mentioned in my last post that I made an apple crisp over the weekend with my friend.  And that it turned out delicious.  So I’ll share it with you.  I was actually a little skeptical when I read the original recipe because, contrary to all other apple crisps I have ever made, there are NO OATS in this.  My friend even acknowledged that in all other crisps in the “family recipe book” oats are a key ingredient.

I probably shouldn’t have been worried because this girl knows her stuff.  It was delicious.  I had some Friday night after making it, Saturday morning post- run and then me and her roomie finished it off Saturday before going out and then skiing Sunday (which I’m glad that lots of you haven’t done it yet. I felt so weird for being a ski virgin! Especially as a native New Englander) Essentially this apple crisp fueled my past weekend.


  • Apples, sliced, enough to cover bottom of cooking pan (We used Gala)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butter (Yes real butter because I was at my friend’s house and that’s what they had)
  1. Peel apples and slice into a buttered pan (we didn’t butter the pan, nor did we peel the apples) and fill to about 1/2 full of apples slices
  2. Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon over the apples
  3. Mix the last 3 ingredients (which we actually doubled and used 2 cups brown sugar, 2 cups flour and 1 cup butter.  More yummy topping!) and put on top of the apples.
  4. Bake at 350* for 40-45 minutes. And remember to check that the oven is on bake.  Apparently my friend’s roomie (whom I went skiing with on Sunday) likes to broil his bagels in the oven.  And we didn’t realize it until 5 minutes into cooking.  Luckily no damage done!)
  5. Serve with ice cream of whipped cream and enjoy!


And  now I’m at work dreaming of apple crisp.  Better than what I’m really doing.  Which isn’t working but rather fire drills all day because there was a fire earlier today in the clinic and the fire department keeps setting off the detectors. Fun.


  1. APPLE CRISP is my favorite…you are making me hungry!! Great job on your run speedy woman, I can’t imagine doing that much in the snow and ice, you are my hero!!! It really is so hard not to complain about the weather….thanks for inspiring me to stop complaining about it!

    Comment by janae — January 19, 2011 @ 10:14

  2. Hmm oatless apple crisp? I’ll take your word for it’s deliciousness. I too am trying not to complain about the weather. It makes us tough right?

    Comment by Marcia — January 19, 2011 @ 10:15

  3. The apple crisp looks great!!

    I don’t know what it is about this winter. I usually am great during the winter, it’s my favorite time to run. This year, though, I feel cold ALL THE TIME. I’m tired of running in the cold and dodging ice. I feel like it’s been colder here in MD than last year – we had a lot of snow last year, though. Last year, it seemed like most runs were in the 30’s. This year, most runs are in the 20’s. I’m tired of it!!!!!!!

    Comment by Kim — January 19, 2011 @ 10:16

  4. do you think its acceptable to eat that crisp for breakfast?

    i love how you gave into the weather and thats when things got better. i swear, resisting things is half the battle. awesome job on the 16. spring will be here before you know it.

    Comment by shutupandrun — January 19, 2011 @ 10:46

  5. I know what you mean about the winter thing. I try to complain less. It really does make it easier. And if I do let it slip, I try to make it funny. Because really… there are much worse issues to be complaining about. :p

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — January 19, 2011 @ 11:12

  6. For me, anything between MP and easy pace would be called a general aerobic run. I picked up the term from reading Pfitz. Not sure if the pace I think is GA is what he thinks GA is but whatevs.

    I don’t know about you but I’m so stoked to start my Boston cycle next week!

    Comment by Nick — January 19, 2011 @ 11:25

    • I go back and forth between being excited. I mean I love the IDEA of hard training right now but I’m not so sure my body is going to love the hard training hahah.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 23, 2011 @ 12:01

  7. you were “frolicking” in the snow like a child

    Comment by danny — January 19, 2011 @ 11:41

  8. I’m with you on the weather. This is my second “winter” in Tampa, FL … but before this I spent a winter in Indianapolis and I complained every single day! Never again!!

    That apple crisps looks yummy!! I could do some serious damage to that right now!

    Comment by Jaime — January 19, 2011 @ 12:22

  9. I looove apple crisp, but have never made it myself! Nice run too – pretty BAMF for you to run 16 miles in the crap weather we’ve been having!

    Comment by mealsformiles — January 19, 2011 @ 12:43

  10. I’m going to try that recipe! Good for you changing your attitute–I need to do that!

    Comment by Lindsay — January 19, 2011 @ 12:55

  11. Yum apple crisp! It was quite chilly out this morning. Great job on the tempo running – I am sure the temps have something to do with the slower paces. I am always slower in the winter…plus the slush and slippery snow doesn’t help!

    Comment by J — January 19, 2011 @ 12:57

  12. I have a dinner party this weekend and an apple crisp (warm, comforting, delicious) seems like just the thing I should bring!

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — January 19, 2011 @ 13:35

  13. Dude, migrate already, your shirt was ice! It’s sunny and pretty here!

    That apple crisp looks sooo good.

    Comment by Jess — January 19, 2011 @ 13:48

    • I’m already emailing people about jobs! I want sun and prettiness 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 23, 2011 @ 12:03

  14. Topping is by far the best part of apple crisp. Way to get out there in the ick. Spring will *hopefully* come soon.

    Comment by Chelsea — January 19, 2011 @ 13:57

  15. Sometimes I can’t decide what kind of winter conditions I despise the most… slushy? Freezy/icy? Rainy? There’s so much to be frustrated by, but a great attitude (and maybe some ice studs for the shoes) kinda takes care of it all. Not to mention that it’s kind of b-a to run 16 miles with a sleet-induced bullet-proof vest; maybe you’ve got a future in the mafia.

    Comment by sweatykid — January 19, 2011 @ 15:23

    • I think that lots of winter conditions suck equally. No wins there unless it’s bright and sunny and clear roads. It’s like Christmas morning when that happens. And providence = mafia so maybe I do hahah

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 23, 2011 @ 12:04

  16. I cannot turn down APPLE CRISP! WARM goodness when the weather is cold and blah!

    Your 16 miler was stellar! You incoporated how many different training runs into 1?!! 🙂 Love it! I want your speed!!!!

    Comment by Jess @ Blonde Ponytail — January 19, 2011 @ 15:41

  17. I like your positive attitude/trying not to complain! I always try to do this, but I’m not very good at it haha

    Comment by BostonRunner — January 19, 2011 @ 18:42

  18. nice job on the run!! and yay for a good attitude 🙂

    Comment by Aron — January 19, 2011 @ 21:22

  19. YUMMY, thanks now I want Apple crisp.. I am GLAD that we are free of snow and ice.. but that darn RAIN and cold.. UGHO..

    Hugs to your speed my dear!

    Comment by Tall Mom — January 20, 2011 @ 11:59

    • Rain and cold might be worse than snow. So props to you for dealing with it! 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 23, 2011 @ 12:05

  20. Your apple crisp looks delish!!! Please send me some!! I’m sure it would keep well even with standard shipping. My belly is waiting.

    Comment by K — January 20, 2011 @ 13:46

  21. I needed to read that!! I am the BIGGEST complainer about the weather and being cold. I need to stop, and I think it will probably be better, just like you said. THANKS. Your apple crisp does look divine. I bet it smelled sooooo good too. That makes a wintery day better! Yum!

    Comment by Muncher Cruncher — January 20, 2011 @ 15:06

  22. I think you have a great attitude about winter. I am so guilty of complaining about the cold and snow, but I know I will complain even more when it’s 90, and I’m dying while running. 🙂

    And apple crisp is amazing! 🙂

    Comment by emily — January 21, 2011 @ 09:30

  23. Is there anything that isn’t delicious when made with 1/2 cup of butter? Butter is the key to awesomeness.

    Have a wonderful weekend! Stay warm!

    Comment by Ameena — January 21, 2011 @ 09:51

  24. Oh God…8 miles is nothing at all….It PAINS me to hear that!

    Comment by specialkphd — January 22, 2011 @ 02:30

  25. Yum – apple crisp! 🙂 That looks seriously fabulous. Sounds like you had a great run, and I’m glad things are looking up for you!

    Comment by Terri — January 23, 2011 @ 08:36

    • Thanks lady. And my roomie texted me I have a package from you on my doorstep so thanks again 🙂 Things are looking up even more.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 23, 2011 @ 12:07

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