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January 25, 2011

About This Embracing Weather Thing…

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 17:26

Well I’m still all for winter at the moment. Despite yet another nor’easter supposedly bearing down on us sometime in the next few days I’m sort of digging the snow.  Maybe it’s because I know that this will be my last real winter?

While the snow may be really REALLY pretty to run in or look at while sipping hot cocoa or snowshoeing (I think I’m going this weekend!) or building snowmen, I am not such a big fan of this


Don’t get me wrong: I am a salt-a-holic and douse my food in it.  I think I’ve said before that I have the ability to go through a salt shaker every 10 days or so. I do NOT, however, enjoy road salt. As you can see in the picture above my legs get covered in it.  The sign of a salt truck now sends shivers down my spine. Because it dries out my skin and stings like a….

I didn’t let it stop my workout though:

  • Warm up
  • 5.6 miles “tempo” @ 7:39 average (2.2 @ 7:46, 2.2 @ 7:43, 1.2 @ 7:21)
  • 1.2 miles easy/recovery @ 8:49
  • 1.2 miles hard / re-tempo @ 7:25
  • Warm down


  • 16 miles
  • 138 minutes, 29 seconds
  • 8:40 pace

I guess for whatever reason I really turned it on the last bit of the hard stuff.  I’m slowly getting back into the training mode although holding this pace was TOUGH.  I really cannot believe that I ran 26.2 miles a little over 7 weeks ago at a *faster* pace.  Sometimes I feel like WR was a fluke. I guess I have a ways to go before the training mode muscles get back into full swing.

I’m really proud that I was able to bang out some really great last hard miles. It felt good to see the results of an effort that felt really taxing.  After seeing a not-what-I-wanted first two loops I must have dug real deep.  I’m not so proud of how long it took me to mentally get my body into it.  Hence those first few miles at the not-what-I-wanted pace.  But overall this “tempo” (and I still want to keep calling it tempo!) was the fastest out of the weeks I’ve been doing them post-WR.


In the not-so-progress view, as I probably should be eating better night-before-quality-workout snacks: this run was  fueled, not by cookies, but by brownies.  Work was really rough yesterday so I went over to my friend’s house and while he was rockclimbing, my other friend and I made the brownies (she’s such a better baker than me. So she’s my baking buddy) and we all had brownie sundaes (warm from the oven) at midnight. I’m normally not a brownie person and when I do get a craving I like gooey ones.  My baking friend said she had success with this recipe:

Nestle Chewy Cocoa Brownies

(from the box of cocoa powder from Nestle)

Yeah so we dug in with it


  • 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup NESTLE® TOLL HOUSE® Baking Cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts
  • powdered sugar
  • ADDITION FROM US: 1/2 cup melted chocolate chips.  We didn’t think the mix looked Chocolaty enough. I suppose you don’t have to melt the chips but we did.


  1. PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 13×9-inch baking pan.
  2. (Additional added by us) MELT 1/2 cup chocolate chips in microwave until melted
  3. COMBINE sugar, butter and water in large bowl. Stir in eggs and vanilla extract. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in medium bowl; stir into sugar mixture and add Chocolate Chips). Spread into prepared baking pan (the mixture was REALLY thick and hard to spread).
  4. BAKE for 18 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out slightly sticky (it took us about 26 actually). Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar (optional). Cut into bars.
  5. ENJOY (we sure did. And with ice cream too)

They turned out really well and we dug in immediately.  I’m sorry for making your pants expand by proxy but hey, mine are expanding in real life I’m sure 😉

And I promise that the next recipe I post won’t be dessert.  Tomorrow night (the night the nor’easter is supposed to hit) my friends and I are likely going to make something special for dinner.  Just so you don’t think I’m on my way to a diabetic coma or something…

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  1. All these dessert posts are always making me hungry – and craving yummy things.

    Me, not a fan of this weather – it’s difficult to find good roads to run and I’ve been forced on the treadmill more than makes me happy, which is in itself challenging. Eh. Life of a runner.

    Comment by jen — January 25, 2011 @ 17:33

  2. Road salt doesn’t sound like fun! Good job for getting out there and running through it!

    Comment by Jamie — January 25, 2011 @ 18:25

  3. I get freaked out by the snow plow coming down the street. I got sprayed by it last week, and it was COLD!

    I really want one of those brownies right now…

    Comment by emily — January 25, 2011 @ 19:03

  4. Yeah, I am NOT embracing the weather. We’re slated for more snow here. Ugh! And you are totally evil and must be stopped – brownies, seriously??? 🙂

    Comment by Terri — January 25, 2011 @ 19:46

    • More snow is coming to us now! Ugh. And more desserts may or may not be coming…just sayin’: I’ve been digging this stuff lately.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 26, 2011 @ 23:20

  5. Well, there is one way to enjoy winter more….BAKE! Warm gooey brownies are best post run, right?!

    Comment by lindsay — January 25, 2011 @ 20:24

  6. WR was not a fluke – you trained and tapered and it all came together. I am sure you will get back into it and be ready for Boston. Even if your tempos aren’t up to what they were before you are still putting in the miles and doing great!

    Comment by J — January 25, 2011 @ 20:33

  7. Gah! I’m trying to chill out on the baking desserts and you just make me want to bake more!

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — January 25, 2011 @ 20:34

  8. WR and you, are so not a fluke! I made brownies today too– Heath Bar bits on top. Good thing I dont have any ice cream.
    I know I shouldn’t say this, but i’m feeling a little ripped off with our measly snowfall this year.

    Comment by Marcia — January 25, 2011 @ 20:51

    • You can have some of our snow if you want…and heath bar bits? That sounds like something I should have thought of! yum.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 26, 2011 @ 23:22

  9. Brownies are the ultimate post-run treat. Or so I think 😉

    Comment by Jess — January 25, 2011 @ 22:03

  10. I hear ya on the road salt, although I’ll take the salt over an icy road!

    Comment by runningmanz — January 25, 2011 @ 22:14

    • I dunno. The sting of the salt hurts so bad! At least with ice I can be careful.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 26, 2011 @ 23:23

  11. Wear pants? Or those sexy calf sleeves that are all the rage (and so stylish).

    I like how you consider the brownie pan to have two rows instead of 3-4. That’s my kind of portion sizing.

    Comment by Lindsay — January 26, 2011 @ 12:19

    • I do wear pants! But there is always a little bit of skin that shoes between the tights and my socks/shoes. Icky.

      Great minds think alike apparently when it comes to portion sizing…

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 26, 2011 @ 23:25

  12. I hear you on the winter gunk. I feel like every floor I walk on (in the car, by the door) is covered with a crust of gross melted snow and road salt. I try to keep it cleaned up, but ick. I don’t think I’ve ever gotten it on my skin, but that can’t be fun.

    Comment by Chelsea — January 26, 2011 @ 13:13

    • I just spent forever cleaning my apartment because of all that gunk. I mean, I’m trying to stay positive about the winter but it’s wearing thin on me…

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 26, 2011 @ 23:26

  13. Girl, those brownies look so good. I put loads of salt on all of my food too!! K, I think my last marathon was a fluke too when it kills to run slower than marathon pace ha!! I think that we thrive on adrenaline and we are competitive so don’t worry. AWESOME RUNS!! You got this girl!
    Oatmeal cookies are amazing but I need to send you some snickerdoodles asap!

    Comment by janae — January 26, 2011 @ 13:42

    • Seriously on those snickerdoodles. Or the recipe and I can try to make them on my own…although having a “this is what they really are supposed to taste like” sample wouldn’t be bad 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 26, 2011 @ 23:27

  14. I definitely run on cookies and brownies. And beer. Good work!

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — January 26, 2011 @ 15:30

    • I’m thinking that’s the trifecta of running perfection right there.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 26, 2011 @ 23:27

  15. I’m drooling at the sight of those brownies. I absolutely love brownies, however the ones here at school or dry and not so tasty. 😦

    Comment by Samantha — January 26, 2011 @ 17:02

    • Boo dining halls. You probably don’t have time being as busy as you are but if you have access to a kitchen I highly recommend this guys

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 26, 2011 @ 23:28

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