Marathon Weekend

by Sarah on October 30, 2012 · 21 comments

An e-mail with the subject “Feeling Spontanous?” couldn’t have come at a better time.

I don’t know that Lauren knew how much I needed a mental (and physical) getaway, so when she invited me up to Frederick for the weekend to surprise our beloved friend-through-blogging Heather, who was running in the Marine Corps Marathon, I quickly jumped at the chance to go.

see how excited I was? (sorry for stealing the pic, Lauren!)

Saturday afternoon–following a 10-mile run (which I did solely because I knew the great FRANKENSTORM of 2012 was on its way and I might not be able to run outside for a few days)and an incredible experiment with a new vegan protein powder

#proats w. hemp hearts, goji berries, thawed mango chunks, and big lots-discovered muesli

(It serously makes my oats taste like a Good Humor strawberry shortcake ice cream bar.)

–I threw together a big ol’ mess of a salad for the road–(Yes, spinach topped with mushrooms, cucumbers, tomatoes, crumbled tofu, hummus, nutritional yeast, BBQ seasoning, and mango-peach salsa is what I consider appropriate road trip food.)–packed lighter than I ever have before*, and headed up to Frederick.

*This would be more impressive without the Sandy-proofing rainboots and jacket. I munched on a Cinnamon Pecan Simply Bar with my salad, but didn’t want to fill up too much. Lauren and her husband, Greg, have been taking on a vegan experiment, and having seen some of her recent recipes, I knew I wanted to be ready to partake with gusto.I am VERY glad I saved room in my stomach. Lauren not only put together an incredible salad––featuring roasted squash, apples, sunflower seeds, sprouts, and a mess of other wonders, topped with homemade apple walnut dressing––she made super delicious vegan veggie pizza on a spelt beer crust, modeled after this recipe.And because it was us, there were matching sides of marinara sauce in bowls for dipping. [The sauce was a blend of crushed tomatoes and Trader Joe’s artichoke tapenade.]When she first pulled out the mustard, I said, “Oh, for the salad!” (Because we all know that is a wonderfully weird idea…)

see it lurking in the back there?

But then I remembered one of the weird food movement combinations that brings us blend-friends together, and knew we were eating our pizza Lauren-style. :)If you thought that was all, well, you’d be wrong. We still had a vegan Apple Cranberry Crockpot ‘Cobbler’ (adapted from this recipe) with homemade maple cashew cream to consume. [With baby spoons, of course. Yet another reason our blendship was meant to be.]Lauren did a fabulous job of recapping the rest of the weekend alreadyso much so that I even borrowed her post title-but it passed in a blur of my first Bodypump AND Spinning experiences (she is a WONDERFUL trainer)…

I love visiting someone where it is considered normal to wake up super early on a Sunday, grab fitmixer from the fridge, and SWEAT :)

…a ‘bug’ of TVP ‘proats’ with cranberries, bananas, and a Jackson Pollock-esque drizzle of creamy peanut butter, taken to go…

first time in a long time i haven't had to pack ziploc bags of grains and powders in order to have my usual breakfast

 …a successful surprise for Heather at the end of the marathon (!)…

clearly sign-making is how we should all spend a saturday night :)

…and lunch at Pizza Paradisio, which offers vegan cheese, but where I happily chose the Insalate Giardinaria, since I KNOW Lauren’s homemade pizza was 100% better than what they could make.The leftovers of that pizza were sent home with me, along with a bag of carrots and bell peppers, sparkling water, and other yummy goodies. Just when you thought a shared love of tiny silverware, extra sauce on pizza, and flavored coffee in the morning was all we had in common, we also prefer our carrots with their clothes on. :)THANK YOU to Lauren and Greg for taking me in and being such wonderful hosts. I had so much fun visiting and spending a crazy day in the city surprising Heather.

Now, if only I’d remembered to steal some more of those frozen peanut butter chocolate kamut puff balls from your freezer before I left….

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