Fueled by beer

Generally, drinking beer before running is not something I would recommend, but sometimes a girl’s gotta do, what a girl’s gotta do. After a long day at work I met a friend at one of my most favorite bars and refreshed myself with a pint of Atwater Brewery’s Dirty Blonde wheat beer. I’m normally a fan of wheat beers (I like their mild taste), but this was actually a little too watered down. However, this was probably for the best considering I was planning on a post-happy hour run.

pony bar


I struck some model poses snapped a photo of myself pre-run for accountability.  And thennnnn, I was off! I hit the roads around 9pm, I think I’m becoming nocturnal. I ran for about 5-ish miles, finishing the last 2 miles under 8:00 minute pace. In preparation for tomorrow’s 10k I haven’t done any speed workouts this week and I’m starting to feel antsy!

Megan runs

I refueled with some leftover summer sesame noodles and then whipped up a batch of oatmeal-chocolate chip cookies.

Megan’s Special Oatmeal-Chocolate-Chip Cookies

*The combo of cinnamon + nutmeg + chocolate chips makes these cookies unique!

**I use a mix of butter (delicious taste) and margarine (chewy texture) in this recipe, but you could use all butter if that’s all you have on hand.

oatmeal cookies

oatmeal cookies

oatmeal cookies


  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup trans-fat free margarine (like earth balance)
  • 1 cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup chocoloate chips (I used a mix of milk and dark)


  • Preheat oven to 350 F
  • In a stand mixer (or using a hand mixer), cream together the butter, margarine, and sugars until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes)
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, until combined and then mix in the vanilla
  • In a seperate medium bowl, mix together the oas, flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices
  • Slowly add the dry ingredients to the butter-sugar-egg mixture and mix until incorporated
  • Stir in the walnuts and chocolate chips
  • Drop heaping tablespoons of dough onto a parchment lined cookie sheets and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until lightly browned
  • Allow to cool on the pan for a few minutes and then transfer to a wire rack until completely cool
  • Makes about 2 1/2 cookies

Are you running your workouts fast enough? What should your 10k goal time be? Plug some numbers into the McMillan Running Calculator and find out. I heart this.

Question: What’s your next race going to be? What’s your DREAM race (Dipsea, Boston, an ironman, etc)?


  • howww on earth can you run post-beer? Oh megan, your running antics shock me daily!

    I am looking towards my next run, not race just yet. 🙂 August 1st. Five minutes at a ten minute pace. Smokin’.

  • Next race – the Vestal XX next weekend. Then, two weeks later the Boilermaker 15K in Utica. Can’t wait!! Think I will find an August race that is late in the month.

    Don’t know that I have been racing long enough to have a dream race.

  • I think the London Marathon is my dream race. If I could run that by the time I’m 30 or 35…that would be ace.

    High five on the late run! You have more motivation than me! Once I’m a beer in, I’m done for!

  • Midsummer Night’s Run (30k) in August as a tune up for my big goal race: Chicago Marathon! It will be my first marathon. 😀

    Dream race would be Boston if I ever get fast enough to qualify, and an Ironman in the very far future. 😛


  • tipsy runs and midnight runs? you are living on the edge, my dear. happy hour, as a rule, leads me in the direction of dinner. 🙂

    why do i see “special” cookies and think something much more special than interesting spices? sometimes my maturity escapes me.

  • VeganRunner

    I’m racing a 5k on June 20th! Ah! So close! Dream race…hm…do the Olympics count? 😀

  • Hope you’re being safe running at night! Good luck on you 10k 🙂 My dream race is an Ironman, but I also want to do a really big marathon- I just don’t know which one yet 😉

  • A post-beer run is mighty impressive. I’m running the Mini 10K tomorrow as well!

    I would have to say my dream race is Boston – I hope to qualify sometime before I’m 80 (or 30, if I’m really lucky…)

  • Catherine

    Marathon baby!!! My first! I looked at the course today and I got super nervous and sick to my stomach, it’s in 29 days. I would really like to run Boston or New York!

  • I’d be running like a crazy person post beers (ie: Phoebe in friends).

    My dream race? Probably an ironman, but my more attainable dream is a marathon 🙂

  • Ellen

    Beer before run=FUNNNN! 🙂

    I have never even ran in a race before and I do run frequently! I’m actually thinking about doing the half marathon in Philly…I think it’s in November, close to my 30th bday! Need to check out the deets…I think I just need to rip that running Band-Aid OFF ’cause I now I can do it!


  • Next race – Fleet Feet Women’s Festival 10K on July 18. Next big race – Chicago Marathon on October 10 (first one). Dream race – Western 100.

    I love the McMillan Running Calculator too – am always impressed with how accurate it is.

  • You look so cute! I hope you had a great race.

    I don’t know what my next race will be since I’m about seven months pregnant now but it’ll probably be next spring! We’ll see. Hopefully a couple 10K’s before trying a half!

  • I would take those cookies over bear to fuel up any day!

  • those cookies. sooooo good.