Ran the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in DC this past Sunday. One of my college friends also ran it so it turned into a nice meet-up weekend with our husbands and my daughter cheering us on. I was able to achieve a new personal record of 1 hr 44 min 52 sec. It was truly and amazing run (and the little blue box at the end didn’t hurt!).

I saw this on Post Secret. I couldn’t agree with it more. It was also the first time I was able to initiate a conversation with a complete stranger. It was as if the normal world constraints were no longer holding me back.

Wendy’s Frosty Smoothie

Ingredients:
• 1 banana
• ¾ cup almond milk
• ½ tsp vanilla extract
• 1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
• 1 ½ cup ice

Blend all ingredients. It’s definitely a nice substitute for an iced treat like a frosty. Feel free to tweak as you like. I tend to like my drinks unsweetened so I found this delightful.

TRAINING RUN: 12 MILES

Long run done for the week! I got up early and ran as the sun rose. It was awesome. I tried a new route and ran on George Washington Hwy because I was curious as to where that road led. Turns out it leads to the Dismal Swamp Trail where the Dismal Swamp Stomp Half was taking place today. I was planning to run that but completely forgot about it. Boo. That’s alright, though, because I’m running the Nike Half in DC in 2 weeks =). Ran slow as dirt today and my splits were all over the place. I’m still sore from the squat challenge I did with my watch team on Wednesday (74 squats in a minute). I didn’t realize how much your inner thighs worked until now, lol. It was a nice run and I’m glad I got it done before it started to warm up.

TGIDF – Cinnamon Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Sorry I’ve been so MIA lately.  Like I said before, I was hospitalized about 2 weeks ago and I’ve been running around getting paperwork completed.  Anywho, here’s this week’s vegan dessert recipe.

Ingredients:

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  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 cups oats (I used old fashioned oats since that’s all I had on hand)
  • 1/3 cup applesauce (I used regular cinnamon applesauce since these were for my husband)
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

  • Pre-heat oven to 350.
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  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.  Mix well (I used a hand-held electric mixer).
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  • Prepare cookie sheets with coconut oil or other non-stick vegan substitute (vegan butter works great)
  • Spoon out mix onto cookie sheets.  Pat each cookie down slightly into “patty” shape.
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  • Bake for 15-20 minutes (18 was enough for me).  Pull out of the oven and allow to cool on cookie sheet or cooling rack.
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  • Enjoy!

I think they turned out pretty well.  I found it a bit odd that my husband requested this (He’s the epitome of anti-vegan, lol).  However, they were easy to make and didn’t take more than 30 minutes to make from start to finish.  They’re definitely great for that sudden urge to bake something (I get those urges a lot….thus I made brownies the other night at 8 PM, lol).