Give Me My Gun

July 2, 2012

I was particularly excited to run this morning because I have been feeling very good since the marathon and am excited to get back to higher mileage again! Plus, I have all the time in the world now that it is summer and school is out!

Distance: 8 miles

Time: 64 minutes

Course: paved trails, neighborhood roads, no hills

I am starting to ramp the mileage back up. I ran 37 miles last week and plan to run 46 this week. I realize this exceeds the 10% rule but recovering from a marathon is a little different. I wrote this post about how much mileage to do after running a marathon. I am not quite following the 25%, 50%, 75% mileage rule this time around since I have been feeling good. I’m going to do the best to listen to my body and hopefully it goes well. 🙂

I rarely eat anything before running in the mornings; I feel much better running on an empty stomach. (I can usually run up to about 10 miles on an empty stomach.)

But on those days I don’t eat anything before I run, I come back pretty hungry. This morning, I was craving hot oatmeal.

This is a little different than the regular oatmeal I make because I cut back on the amount of oats and added egg whites. It changes the texture to something that resembles more of scrambled eggs—which may sound weird—but I really like it.

Egg White Oatmeal

Serves: 1

Time: 5 minutes


1/2 banana, mashed

1/4 cup almond milk

2 egg whites (6 T. liquid egg whites)

2 Tablespoons ground flax

2 Tablespoons old-fashioned oats

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon


1. Combine all ingredients in a small pot on the stove-top.

2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until creamy.

I topped my oatmeal with a fresh peach (oh, they are so good right now!) and peanut butter. Yum!

I forgot to share our shooting experience that we went on about a month ago while my sister was visiting us.

I have to admit, this was the first time I had ever fired (or held) a gun before!

(I’m sure my form is awful!)

This was really how I felt about it: a little scared and apprehensive.

Kristy, my sister, seemed to be having a good time.

We went back into some abandoned mine north of Anchorage. We set up old canned vegetables for targets along with zombie deer targets.

Craig really is obsessed with zombies. . . .check out his key chain: I {heart} zombies.

Craig was really excited I actually came out and shot a gun.

He was a very good teacher. . . . .and I’m sure he didn’t mind putting his arms around me. 😉

Kristy had done this before, so she was a pro. (Okay, not really, I think she’d only gone one other time.)

Here’s the real pro.

There is no doubt Alaskans like their guns. I’ve decided Alaskans motto is: “Give me my gun, my land, and leave me alone.”

I may not know how to shoot a gun, but I’m a pretty good fire-starter . . . . .except the part about using a lighter. (You know you’ve never been a smoker when. . . .)



Are you a gun-person? Have you fired a gun before?

    1. 1. I follow the “run whatever the heck I want” rule when recovering from marathons. 🙂

      2. You’ve got that right about the Alaska motto. I love that the whole state has few laws and basically operates under the Law of Natural Selection.

      3. Never fired or held a gun before. Don’t want to.

      1. 1. I think that might be a good rule period.
        2. I’m glad you agree with me.
        3. I didn’t really want to fire a gun either, but I could tell Craig wanted me to try it and my sister was there who was willing to do it, which makes me more likely to give it a try.

    1. Just followed to your blog — LOVE the healthy food ideas! I struggle with that, especially with good after-run carbo/protein dishes. I’m going to try the egg white/oatmeal concoction after my run tomorrow, super excited! When’s the next marathon?

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