So today, I'm bringing you a healthy, yummy, easy cookie recipe... but I'm doing it backwards this week. I've got to talk about my week that needed me to soothe my despair in something sweet... so don't be confused... or feel free to jump ahead to the recipe...
Week 12 of Half Marathon training
Monday - Run 2.58 miles
Tuesday - T25 Total Body Circuit
Wednesday - Run 3.37 miles
Thursday - Upper Fix
Friday - rest
Saturday - Pilates Fix
Sunday - rest
So last Saturday - the 10 mile race, was the pinnacle of my running... its now what's known as "Tapering"... cutting back the miles. FINALLY. On the downhill slide of the training.
I felt like I made it through this round of training feeling good - having some issues, but I dont think I'll ever train for a half marathon & not be sore or hurt somewhere. Its my horrible joints... & my 44 year old body... it is what it is... but all in all, I felt like I had done really good...
.... & then... the wheels popped off.
Monday - my body was so sore from the 10 hilly miles 2 days before... so it was basically a scuffle. I actually had to cut my run short because there was a creeper in the parking lot where I run that I wasn't comfortable staying around for - so my run was cut about 15 minutes short...
But it was probably best - my body just was stiff & achy
& then my ran came around on Wednesday. I'm moving along better, but still a little sore & knees giving some fits... & then BAM! They really started hurting - like I stopped at one point & thought, Uh oh, I'm in trouble.
I got home & had ice on them the rest of the night... & its been downhill ever since.
I did decide to NOT do my long run on Saturday. 8 miles were on the schedule... I ended up doing Pilates. I can't tell you how much it messed with my mind... but I can tell a slight improvement on my knee already. I'm just going to give it a week of possibly some walking, or maybe some elliptical work & definitely some strength training.... trying not to let it get in my head that the last 4 weeks of training, I could loose all my endurance... cant think like that... (Oh mercy, please dont let happen)
... BUT, since I was planning on going out for 2 hours to run Saturday & that wasn't going to happen, I had to fill up the time space in my weekend... & I had a load of bananas that were ripe & I didn't want to toss them, I found a quick & easy recipe on Pinterest that I wanted to share
Easy Banana Cookies
2 ripe bananas
1 cup quick oats
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch sea salt
OPTIONAL: 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Just take those bananas & mash them up in a bowl
Add in the oats & chocolate chips, cinnamon & salt
The more you mash it together, the more it all comes together where its easy to form a cookie shape
I took a big spoon full & flatten it out a bit & viola
It made about 8-10 cookies with the ingredient list above.
Oven on 350 degrees - & cook for 15 minutes
The recipe calls to put on parchment paper, but I put on my cookie sheets & they were just fine.
I also let mine cook a little bit longer than 15 minutes to make them a little bit more 'roasted' & put a little bit of brown color on them.
Put on a wire rack & cool
& so easy that I almost feel like this recipe is a given.
A kid could do it.
about the same level of cooking skills here...
I want to note - I used the Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate chips - they are BIG chunky chips - & were so delicious in these. I imagine the dark chocolate would have been great with the walnuts if I had included them.
|Finished product - see how big the chocolate chips are? YES & YUM!|
I ended up having 4 ripe bananas so I made another batch
... & then basically ate them all in 2 days...
But hey, its fruit, some carbs & dark chocolate is healthy! So its all good!
Honestly, I'm going to make this a habit for when my bananas start going bad.
I loathe throwing away food. & I'd rather eat a sweet treat.
I needed a little sweetness in my life after this tough week
.... still PRESSING ON & looking forward to better days ahead!
Hear that Ms. Knee? Time to get your stuff together!!! Don't let me down now.