Sunday, March 27, 2011

Instead of a race report, scones!

I did not end up going south today to run the Eastern States 20 Miler.  I was determined to feel better this weekend, but I kept not feeling better.  After school on Friday, I asked Sam at 3:30 if I could lie down for 30 minutes before he left to go workout, and I woke up at 7:00 (bless him), got up to eat dinner, and then went back to bed until morning.

When I woke up, I made my decision to NOT go.  Then later in the day I started to feel better, and I decided I WOULD go, but do only the half marathon.  My mom was applauding me every time I said I was not going to go, and Sam was saying:  "You should go!"  (My mom is always telling me to listen to my body and be careful, slow down, take some rest, which is why she would be a terrible coach but makes a wonderful mother.)

Last night at about 7:00, I was changing my mind every 10 minutes.  I was so tortured over it that you might have thought I was deciding which child to give away.  I wanted to go, thought I could do it, but was not 100% healthy and had not run since Tuesday.

Finally when my last check of the weather reported it to be windy along with cold, I made myself type a message to my friends that said I was staying home.  I wanted to be at peace with my decision, but I hate missing out on stuff, and this morning when I woke up at 7:00, I actually thought:  "they just left.  I can catch them."

BUT... turns out I am very glad that I stayed home.  The winds on the course were reportedly "fierce" and "horrendous."  That might have set me back another week, as I am very susceptible to wind to make me more sick.

I settled for a longish run on the treadmill away from the winds.   I was running slow and still working very hard, and the more miles I went the more clear it was that I was glad I stayed home.  I stayed on that treadmill for over 2 hours and watched people come and go, and listened to all my great, new music (play list coming soon).  12 miles, check.  Week 11:  not so much.

The sole sisters are in rough shape.  There were 4 of us going to this race. Christine reignited a leg injury and had decided not to run, Suzanne (poor, poor dear) was just starting signs of the stomach flu and quit at mile 2, and Susan was the sole survivor, finished all 20 miles through 3 states, despite the high winds.

Wow... that was a lot of blabbering about not going to a race.  With February's Mid-Winter Classic being canceled due to bad weather, I'm now 0 for 2 in the 2011 race season. 

Really excited for a strong (I hope) week of training and getting ready for next weekend's race:  Race the Runways Half Marathon.  5 out of 6 of us are registered and I'm hoping everyone is healthy, and that this changes dramatically:

For the love of all things good and holy, can we get some warm weather here?

On Saturday, I baked some of Smitten Kitchen's amazing Apple Cheddar Scones for my friends to take down to the race with them, and doubled the batch so we could keep some.  Even though the Smitten Kitchen recipe is fully photographed, I took a couple photos of the process.

In the mixer, before adding the apples and the dry ingredients:

 Here is double the dough rolled out.
 Instead of wedges, I opted for rounds so that I could get more scones, and used a glass to cut them. I also cut the baking time 5 minutes short since they were smaller.
MMMMMMM.  They are so light, that they are almost more like biscuits than scones, and they are a perfect blend of sweetness and a little savory from the cheddar.  And they are all gone.

Happy Sunday!


kara said...

:) sounds like you did right thing

Amy said...

If it makes you feel any better, I ran the Eastern States half last year, and it was, hands down, the worst race ever---and I swear I'm a nice person who appreciates every race!
It was cold, windy, and ridiculously disorganized. No mile markers, no course markers, people going the wrong direction all over the place.
It was a suckfest, so I didn't do it this year.
I know it's hard to sit out of a race...I just sat one out, too...but this was a good one to sit out of.

Emilie said...

oh, Amy, sorry you had a bad race last year (and had to sit one out this year), but that really truly did make me feel better! thanks!

Frederique said...

As you know, there are times when we have to take care of ourselves and this was one of those days for you, EM! Feel better soon! BTW: will all this wonderful baking that you do, pretty soon I am going to request a care package!!!

Brooke said...

i know how agonizing that must have been for you!! you made the smart choice - good for you.

and, can i please get one of those scones...right now!

Carly said...

I think you did the right thing, as hard as I'm sure it was. And those scones sure sound yummy.

Carver Fam said...

I did have one of the scones, which I agree were more like biscuits, before I got sick and they were delish.

Amy, the eastern states race was pretty disorganized and we decided in the end, just very bare bones. The only food they had on the course was at mile 15 and it was M&Ms. Cookies and soda for post run food. And saltines. Which I was thankful for because I had the flu but I'm sure Susan didn't appreciate since she had just run 20 miles....