Friday, January 28, 2011

I'll do anything for a Bruegger's Bagel

I've been looking forward to tomorrow's half marathon like it's my first trip to Disney World for a few weeks now. Here's an excerpt from the email I just got about the race. I've highlighted a few key ideas.

The towpath is covered with 4 to 6 inches of snow, ice and slush.  It is slippery and wet.  Temperatures will be below freezing at the start of the race and are only forecasted to reach a high in the forties all day.  At the start the hard freeze tonight will make the course slippery but you may be able to run on top of the snow.  Once the temperatures rise the snow will become soft and more challenging.  Watch for the slush bogs especially on the lower part of the course from milepost 6 to the turn around.  There are a few down tree limbs but you can maneuver around them.  BE CAREFUL, if you are not accustomed to this type of course be careful not to turn your ankles in the ruts.  If you like a challenge, come on out. 

I guess I must like a challenge because I'm going out. 

I mean, its better to run in dangerous conditions in a race where there is tons of people and medical support then just on your own, right?  Plus I already got the stuff to make ice cream tomorrow so I need to burn the calories somehow.

The email said there will be Bruegger's Bagels at the end, so there's no backing out now. For those of you not lucky enough to have experienced this fine cuisine, they are the world's greatest bagels. They are all over my hometown but the closest one to me now is over 90 minutes away. 

I'll admit I'm a bit nervous and my friends are starting to back out but if I could run in the snow and freezing cold I should be able to do this....right?

In other random craziness I made the best batch of coconut butter ever - the secret is filling the magic bullet with coconut almost all the way. If you haven't tried this stuff, you should! (Basically the same idea as peanut butter, but with coconut).  

MMMM coconut yummy.

I also came across this recipe for nut milk. Once I stopped laughing at the phrase "nut milk" I decided to try it. 
I love this stuff:  
but it is a bit pricey, so why not try to make my own?

I went with pecans since I figured I wouldn't have to soak them. Its pretty good, but not sure I'll be giving up my beloved Silk anytime soon.

Eric and I actually left the house on our 3rd snow in a row and actually put on real pants and exposed ourselves to people other than each other. We went to see True Grit.

It was really good, and I am NOT one to like Westerns, movies with violence, or movies in general. 

CONFESSION: I didn't even know Matt Damon was in it until Eric told me after, and Matt plays one of the main characters. AND I didn't even fall asleep so I can't blame it on that. I pretty much suck at celebrity stalking. I've never even been to Perez Hilton's website.

Get ready for one serious recap tomorrow if I survive! And if you don't see it, send help to the C&O Canal trail....


  1. I'm not going to run tomorrow because I'm afraid of turning an ankle or something and not being able to run my full marathon in March! My husband (a Marine) has experience is running off road in those kind of conditions and he pretty much talked me out of it :)

    Good luck tomorrow and be safe!

  2. You are going to do great! I can't wait for the recap. Be careful and have fun!!!

  3. Found your blog from dog lick baby world. Personally, I think you're crazy (and a heck of a lot braver than I am), but good luck on your race tomorrow! Be careful!
    I've never had those bagels, but they must be ah-mazing for what you're going to go through! :)

  4. Sending positive thoughts of swift mountain goat footing your way! And my hubby is taking me to Panera for a bagel this morning--I'm sure it will not taste as awesome as yours will, but consider it as a "moral support long distance breakfast"!

  5. You are my hero! I hope that bagel is worth the freezing run!! : )
    Can't wait to read your recap!

  6. Good luck on that half. My last half was 40 degrees out and I cried like a little baby beforehand so you are the WOMAN!

    Oh, and LOL to not knowing Matt Damon was in True Grit. haha. Reminds me of the time I was watching a trailer for Minority Report at the movies with my mom and she leans over (likes she's gonna whisper...but she doesn't) and says loudly, "Is that Tom Cruise?!"

    It was. Just someone that's not sure is funny. :-)

  7. You are one brave girl! I know you will do awesome and have lots of fun! Can't wait to hear about it! :o)


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