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March 8, 2011

Cutback Week = Cookies and Wine.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 07:49

Sadly the illness that I was referring to in my last post was not the hang-over induced.  It was sinus pain, ear pressure and enlarged lymph nodes.  The former would have been more fun.  Or at least have good memories associated with it after. Luckily I’m feeling slightly better and less “ohmigod I want to just curl up into bed and sleep for a year”.  Mostly due to a couple of things:

  • Being an old lady and going to bed WAY early.  No necessarily by choice.  Each day for the past few days I’ve come home from whatever I’d been doing and showered (prepping to go out) then sitting down on my bed and conked out (in my uber small twin bed.  Which apparently a lot of you are shocked I can fit my while frame in it ahhah!).  On Saturday night this was at 1830.  I woke 3 hours later, confused, called my friend to say that I was not going out then put on a movie and feel asleep around 2230. Jeez…is it time for the home yet?
  • Winning. I woke up Sunday feeling icky still but went to a baby shower for my friend.  Not only did I have tons of fun I also won, not one, but TWO bottles of wine.  Hizzolllller. Talk about feeling better.

  • Cooooooooooookies. My mom came to visit me this weekend and I baked cookies for her…and of course I had to save some for me as well.  Which was a GODSEND when I woke up each night with really REALLY bad ear pain (I kept cursing that I just wanted my damn eardrum to pop so I’d feel better!).  I’m not one to really snack during the night, nor am I an emotional eater, but these hit the spot when my tummy was rumbling at 0230!

Classic Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

(from the back of the oats container I used)


  • 1/2  cup (1 stick) plus 6 tablespoons butter margarine (I’m SORRY to all you real bakers out there!), softened
  • 3/4  cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2  cup granulated sugar
  • 2  eggs
  • 1  teaspoon vanilla
  • 1-1/2  cups all-purpose flour
  • 1  teaspoon baking soda
  • 1  teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2  teaspoon salt (optional and I used it)
  • 3  cups oats (I used old fashioned, uncooked)
  • 1  cup raisins — or more. I think I used closer to 1.5 cups.  But I love raisins.


  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. In large bowl, beat butter and sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy.
  3. Add eggs and vanilla; beat well.
  4. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt; mix well.
  5. Add oats and raisins; mix well.
  6. Drop dough by rounded tablespoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  7. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheets; remove to wire rack.
  8. Cool completely and ENJOY.


So, while I’ve done relaxing stuff and stuff that’s made me feel better I’ve decided that I’m taking this week to chill out! I’m not saying that I’m nixing the running totally

(I did do intervals this weekend, stupidly I might add because I wasn’t feeling 100%:

  • Warm up
  • 2 X 1 Mile continuous (7:28, 7:32)
  • 2 X [ 2 X 1 mile] easy / hard (9:XX, 7:45, 9:49, 7:35)
  • Warm down

but no hard workouts (think nice and easy running!). That workout kicked my ass.  And not because it’s challenging in and of itself.  I’m just worn down.  I don’t think it’s because I’m training for a marathon per se but it’s a culmination of lots of stresses, physical and mental/emotional, at the moment.  And, surprise surprise, you guys are smarty-arties in suggesting that I need some down / less intense time.  Unfortunately I never learn.  And never get to wear the dancing smarty pants. Oh ah.

Thanks google. And I SWEAR the only reason I know this guy is because I have much younger siblings. Do you believe me?


The good news is that a lot of it will dissipate this week.  And if not, well I do have two bottles of wine and 3 dozen , more like half dozen at this point, cookies to help me cope.

Hopefully, since I’m posting this before I even wake up this morning, I stay strong getting out there and resisting the traditional Tuesday Tempo.  Because this week I’m saying a big FU to my actual workouts (among other things, like the stuff that’s stressing me out!)….and then hopefully this sickness. Time to recharge!


  1. Hope you feel better. Do you think you have an infection that actually needs to get checked out? And what’s up with wine at a baby shower… I guess it’s okay because you aren’t the one having the baby, but still… seems kind of strange.

    Comment by Chelsea — March 8, 2011 @ 09:30

  2. Definitely hope you feel better soon. Warm oatmeal raisin cookies tend to cure a lot for me, so maybe they will do the trick 🙂 Get yourself to the doctor if this keeps lingering, ok? Take care!

    Comment by Lisa — March 8, 2011 @ 09:33

  3. Love that Cee Lo song!

    I’m feeling ya on the stressed out thing. I have to take a few urd’s to get ready for my Master’s presentation on Friday.

    Comment by Nick — March 8, 2011 @ 10:25

  4. Hope you feel better soon!

    Comment by shelby — March 8, 2011 @ 10:42

  5. Cookies and wine cures ALL! Feel better soon!!!

    Comment by Jill — March 8, 2011 @ 10:59

  6. Sorry you are feeling under the weather 😦 But comfort food + Mom can work miracles! I always tell people that the week I got my wisdom teeth out was the best week ever because Mom made me milkshakes, scrambled eggs, and bought me magazines!

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — March 8, 2011 @ 11:59

  7. Gahh sinus infections are a killer!! Take good care of yourself this week — I worked out too hard with a bad sinus infection a few years ago and basically induced a double ear infection and then made everything 100x worse than it had to be by compromising my immune system with workouts that were wayyyy inappropriate for how sick I felt. And after I made myself sicker, I laid on the couch and wimpered for three straight days feeling like death. Man, it sucked. Fortunately it seems like you are being smarter about it! I hope you feel better soon!

    Comment by sweatykid — March 8, 2011 @ 12:58

  8. Great song! And I recognize that Quaker Oats recipe. Hope they did the trick.

    Comment by Jess — March 8, 2011 @ 13:56

  9. definitely time to recharge! I must say, I loved this post from the moment I read about cookies and wine. That is a win-win (or, you are WINNING, hehe). Rest up and I hope you feel better soon!

    Comment by mealsformiles — March 8, 2011 @ 14:21

  10. Hope you feel better soon. Cookies and wine are a great combination, and if this lingering infection thing doesn’t go away you might need to see someone!

    Comment by Terri — March 8, 2011 @ 19:20

  11. Uggghhh, sorry you’re feeling crappy!
    But as you said, at least you have some vino and cookies to help you out. 🙂

    Comment by emily — March 8, 2011 @ 19:32

  12. Boo for sinus pain and the like. That back of the oats can recipe is a great one! I’ve made it too many times to count.

    Comment by Marcia — March 8, 2011 @ 20:44

  13. I just got over a sinus thing too. UGH! It’s annoying because you never feel completely sick, just this lingering annoyance. Anyway, probably a good idea to take it easy if you’re not feeling it. I’m sure you’ll get your mojo back in time for Boston. And PS… that’s one of my favoritest songs 🙂

    Comment by runningmanz — March 8, 2011 @ 22:51

  14. Do you ever use a Neti Pot? The things are nasty, but they really work by clearing out the sinuses and keeping ear congestion at bay. Feel better soon, Rock Star!

    Comment by Rebecca — March 9, 2011 @ 07:17

  15. Enjoy the cut-back week!! You are always so hard core!!

    Vino + homemade cookies = heaven!! Maybe this combo is the medicine you need????

    Comment by Jess @ Blonde Ponytail — March 9, 2011 @ 12:51

  16. Wine at a baby shower? How interesting! The poor mom to be must have been jealous. 🙂

    Feel better soon my friend!

    Comment by Ameena — March 9, 2011 @ 13:36

  17. Just checking to see if you are still participating in the Virtual 5k – ends Saturday.

    Comment by Detroit Runner — March 9, 2011 @ 18:42

  18. umm.

    #1. preggo’s are not supposed to drink wine. who plans a baby shower with wine? so rude to the preggo woman…
    #2. pretty sure preggo women also have a fear of sick people. haha.

    hope you feel better. eat more cookies!

    Comment by lindsay — March 9, 2011 @ 18:53

  19. Ear pain is the absolute WORST!!! I am so sorry girl that you are so worn down. It is hard to take it down in intensity though, I TOTALLY understand. Those cookies have me drooling!! LOVE YA girl and feel better!

    Comment by janae — March 10, 2011 @ 11:49

  20. I love your recipes!

    Congrats on the wine!!

    Comment by Kim — March 10, 2011 @ 15:50

  21. I love that Cee Lo video! Hope you feel better soon.

    Comment by Julie (A Case of the Runs) — March 25, 2011 @ 19:29

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