The remainder of my runs last week went well and I felt much stronger as I got my legs back. I ran 18 miles on Saturday and felt pretty great. Following my long run, I baked a delicious breakfast for myself, my running buddy, and my husband: Nutella Raviolis. That's right, you heard me correctly. Nutella stuffed inside wonton wrappers and baked in the oven...coated with powdered sugar, served with vanilla ice cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce. I ate five of them. Incredible. Since I'm not mature enough to have Nutella in my house and not polish the entire jar off with a spoon, I made cookies with the remaining Nutella. Nutella and Sea Salt Stuffed Sugar Cookies. I know what you are thinking...this girl needs to go for another 18 mile run ASAP...however, I was very well behaved and only ate two, and I sent the rest off to work with my husband today. There is NO WAY in hell those can be lying around my house. No. Freaking. Way.
I have a 20 miler scheduled for Saturday, and another new recipe to try afterward. It's one of those no-bake type things - Nutter Butter Butterfinger Bars. I usually steer clear of the no bake recipes. If I'm going to make a mess in my kitchen, I want some warm, gooey deliciousness straight from the oven. But how could I possibly pass something like that up? Nutter Butters? Butterfingers? Um, yes please. I'm telling you - Pinterest will be the death of me...I am only allowing myself to try these treats on days that I run long. I also give the leftovers away. It's a solid strategy. It's a little time consuming, but I take the recipes and actually enter them into my Fitness Pal application on my phone so I can really hold myself accountable and not overdo it.
Back to running, I managed to get up and go to the gym for a track workout this morning - 2x(6x400) with some rest intervals, warm up and cool down. Held a 6:49 pace for my 400s, and finished the entire eight mile run in 62 minutes. Felt good, but I feel like I'm coming down with a little cold. Tea and lots of rest. I'm not running again until Thursday, anyway - just lots of yoga and maybe a bike ride. I can't really say until after I run a few more marathons, but I am LOVING the amount of extra time I have from dropping 2-3 days of running. I also love how my hamstrings feel since it's less wear and tear on my body.