Oatmeal is for runners

I think I may actually be getting a little tired of Christmas cookies and holidays sweets. My long weekend in Pennsylvania has been fun, but cheesecake and pie and cookies – oh my! I’m ready to return to the city and start eating some simpler fare (i.e. fruit, veggies, and whole grains!).

I started my Sunday with banana oatmeal for a crowd (or…me, mom, and grandma). I cooked up 1.5 cups of oatmeal, 2 cups of water, 1 cup of 2% milk, a dash of salt, and 2 very ripe bananas. Yum! Cooking the banana in the oatmeal makes it incredibly creamy. I added a teaspoon of brown sugar and a few dark chocolate chips. My mom was a big fan, too!

banana oatmeal

After breakfast, I ran a few errands. After putting 600+ miles on my running shoes, it was time for a new pair. I alternate between the Asics Nimbus and the Asics 2100 series. The Nimbus provides more cushioning, but since I’m a fairly light runner,  I might not need all that bulk. I’m starting to think that when it comes to running shoes, less is more. My new pair is the Asics 2150 style – excited!

Asics 2150

I also picked up a little holiday gift for myself. Hey, I had to take advantage of the post-Christmas sales…

New bag

My new bag feels so buttery soft!

I stopped for a Starbucks gingerbread misto and snacked on a Nature’s Path peanut butter granola bar as I finished up my shopping. I love these granola bars! They’re nice and big and have a great peanut flavor. My only gripe is that they could use a little more fiber (2g) and protein (4g). Oh well.

And maybe a few un-pictured Christmas cookies hopped into my mouth. Just maybe. Those gingerbread men don’t take no for an answer!

Starbucks Gingerbread Misto

I decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather (sunny and high 30’s) and run outside. I’ve been in a little bit of a funk lately and my motivation has been lagging. I considered skipping my long run this week, but I knew I would feel much better if I got a few miles in. The run was rather uneventful, I ran 10 miles in about 1 hours, 26 minutes. The pace felt nice and easy throughout and I was able to do a lot of thinking and reflection. However, both of my hips were feeling quite tight and ache-y by the final miles. This is what happens when I skip yoga for 2 weeks in a row! Also, I haven’t taken a day off of running since December 4th (bad Megan…), so I think a few rest days/cross-training days might be in order.

Immediately post-run I snacked on an apple.


And then enjoyed some leftovers for dinner. My mom fried up some homemade potato pierogis with butter and onions and I had a slice of leftover Christmas ham and green beans on the side. I love homemade pierogis!


The evening hours were occupied by the movie Nine with friends and a few candy cane sticks. I really enjoyed this movie! It made me miss Italy SO much.

Candy Canes

By the time the movie ended, it was late, but I was hungry! I had a slice (ok, maybe two) of pumpkin pie. At least pumpkin is a vegetable, right?

Pumpkin Pie

Now that the holidays are (almost) over, I’m looking forward to 2010. I’m still formulating my Resolutions, but beginning today I’m going to aim for a little bit less wine and cookies and little more whole foods. Who’s with me?

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  • I am with you! I actually felt a little sick last night when we finally got back to the city. I’m pretty sure it’s from all the indulging. My husband claims he gained 8 pounds this weekend.

    I’ve been slacking on my running – opposite of you! So that is a big priority for me in 2010. More runs and more LONG runs!

  • I haven’t thought of resolutions yet. I think I incorporate enough throughout the year doing them at New Years just seems repetitive.
    I would love to make oatmeal for a crowd! I just need to convince people here that oatmeal is the way to go for breakfast

  • im getting sick of the treats too! its all about balance – too many treats, and i start craving salads!

    good work on that run – i think some days off are definitely in store for you, will let you rest up nice 🙂

    have a wonderful day my dear – i am formulating some resolutions as we speak!

  • I don’t know why I hesitate about using Mint, but I guess I should take the plunge. It does seem like a very powerful tool.

    If there’s one time of year when I think blogging about food becomes a bit harder, it’s Post-Christmas, when we’re emerging from sugar comas and carb-heavy meals. There are still leftovers, sure, and we’ve got plenty of food photos to share, but I’m ready for some whole grains and veggies, too! I had a great bowl of steel cut oats this morning. Delicious.

  • i think my new years resolution will be more sleep! once i get enough sleep everything else falls into place. lol. love your blog!

  • I’m real glad to get back to my more wholesome eating now as well. I love pierogis too! They are so much work to make but so yummy in the end.

    I don’t really do new years resolutions, or at least when I do they never turn into anything. I’m just better at sticking with something if it’s important to me. I don’t want to feel like I need a date to tell me when to make a change, but for others it may be the little push they need.

  • I love New Years resolutions. This year will be a big one for me since I’ve started alot of things recently and want to set goals.

    Your oatmeal looks great!

  • I haven’t even had enough time to slow down and make resolutions. Maybe that’ll be one of my new resolutions, “go slower.” In life that is, not running.

    I agree with your thoughts on running shoes. Mine are clunky and obstruct my stride. Some sale’s guy talked me into them, though. I like the selection you made!

    Have a safe and lovely trip back to your home away from home!

  • I’ve been wearing the Asics 2100 series since 2110, and I’ve never looked back. Best running shoes ever.

  • Look at those snazzy new kicks!! I used to run in Mizunos, but switched to the 2100 series when I trained for marathon #1. Haven’t gone back since!

  • I’m gluten-free, so can’t indulge in the oatmeal like I used to. But a great alternative is quinoa flakes. They cook up on the stove in about 90 seconds and you can do everything with it (fruit, sweetener, choc chips, etc) that you do with oatmeal. Yay!

  • I agree…I am a little burned out on all the holiday treats! I actually passed on pecan pie (that is HUGE for me!!) because I am just tired of al the holiday sugar! haha! NEVER thought that could happen!

  • I think I may throw the next cookie that comes my way as a frisbee… and never have I seen so much cheese at Christmas before! I am seriously missing my greens.

    I’m with Chelsea on the resolutions–maybe I’ll get them done by February, if I’m lucky? But I know I’m definitely putting “less FB time” on the list.

  • Oh my gosh, are those candy cane sticks sort of chewy? I love those but missed out on them this season. Probably for the better since I ate everything else in sight.