Getting Back to Basics Bake Sale and Another Milestone Accomplished!


This week was broken up a bit by a four-day weekend for me for Labor Day (which Mark unfortunately had to work), but with Mark away, it gave me an excellent opportunity to “Labor over Labor Day” to bake for my “Monday Bake Sale” (Tuesday this week for obvious reasons…). Inspired to keep a theme going, I decided to do cookies this week, but instead of experimenting as I normally do, I decided to get “Back to Basics” with Basic Chocolate Chip Cookies and Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. We are keeping on track with our training as well, I’ve introduced Mark to yoga, which we plan on doing together at least once a week. We also participated in the Brian O’Neill’s Pub Run, which is a weekly 5k held on Tuesday evenings at Rice University. I’ll start off this week, as always, with a quick training update. I’ve hit a personal milestone this week, the 15 mile mark! No, not 15 consecutive miles, but 15 miles over the course of the 7-day week…I can only imagine how I’ll feel when I actually hit the 15 consecutive milestone…

Here’s how I did it…

Saturday – 5.25 mile long run with hills with Team in Training (Mark and Stef) + 1 hour of Yoga (both; Vinyasa Flow)

Sunday – Mark – rest; Stef – 1 hour yoga (Vinyasa Flow)

Monday – Mark – 20 min morning run with Sasha; Stef – 15 minutes (1.68 mi) morning run followed by 1.5 hours of Yoga (Day of Free Yoga)

Tuesday – Both – Brian O’Neill’s Pub Run 5k (3.1 mi)

Wednesday – Both – Track Practice (0.65 mi warm up/cool down + 4×800m)

Thursday – Mark – 25 min easy morning run with Sasha; Stef – 25 min easy lunchtime run (2.3 mi)

Friday – rest

Grand Total: 15.15 miles (Stef)

Next week will be a challenge for me, as will the following. My work is going to take me offshore to a drilling rig, so I’ll have to do most of my running on a treadmill on the rig. I really dislike treadmill runs, especially long ones, as I love being outside…but I’ll chronicle that next week!

Saturday is our first 6 mile long run, which I’ll luckily get to do onshore and with our lovely training group (having loads of fun making new friends)! I’m really enjoying this experience and don’t want to miss out on any of the fun while I’m offshore, but alas…no choice…

As I mentioned in my introduction, this week I got “Back to Basics” for my weekly bake sale with Basic Chocolate Chip Cookies and Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. I decided to go with recipes I found on the King Arthur Flour website, as I’ve found they are easily made healthy (if not already quite healthy) and have a great deal of whole grain adaptions. They were wonderful!

I brought in ~50 cookies (2/3 oatmeal raisin, 1/3 chocolate chip) with a suggested donation of $0.50/each and raised ~$30 for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society! Yay! Double that to $60 with my company match program…

The basic chocolate chip cookies were the best…very soft, moist, and chocolatey! Perfect bake sale cookies…the recipe on King Arthur’s website made 18 large bake sale sized cookies, which ended up not being nearly enough. It will be a repeat! Not only were they delicious, I made them with White Whole Wheat flour, so they had an extra fiber boost (to negate the fat from the butter and chocolate chips I suppose…).

Looking at them, you’d have no clue they were made with whole wheat flour…but alas…they were!

I followed the recipe on the King Arthur website with the exception of the orange juice (I completely forgot…), but they still turned out great and will be a good addition next time. Instead of oats or processed oats, I used oat flour, which improved the texture greatly and made them more like a classic chocolate chip cookie.

Nutrition (bake sale sized):

  • 212 cal
  • 10 g fat
  • 29 g carb
  • 1 g fiber
  • 1 g protein

The Oatmeal Raisin cookies were great too! I followed the recipe on the KAF website (referenced above) with the exception of subtracting a cup of raisins (I was running out…). They definitely would be better with that extra cup of raisins, but I was so  impressed at how similar they were to my Grandma Rae’s oatmeal cookies (I have missed those so…). I’ll definitely make these again and report with more detail and pictures next time!

I wish the best for all of my team mates the next week or so while I’m gone…I’ll be missing everyone and definitely missing solid ground and running outside :-(

Also, just a quick reminder that if you want to make a tax-deductible donation to my efforts (that will be doubled by my company), please visit my Team in Training Website. If it’s your first time here…please read my personal Training Log that contains all the links you need to find out what I’m doing and why it’s so important to me!

Go Team!