I did it.
I survived my first half marathon!!!
Apparently, I’m quite easy to influence after I run 13.1 miles. Because when I was told to bite my medal Olympian-style, I did it without batting an eye. My family had a little more self-control.
But really. You guys! I finished. (!!!)
AND I wasn’t the last person across the finish line!
AND AND I did it faster than if I walked it!
AND AND AND I finished in under three hours!
Saturday was a big win for me. And even though I swore up and down while training that I would never ever ever ever ever do this again… I’m kinda thinking about doing it again.
I’m not sure I’ve ever felt so accomplished. And that feeling is quite addictive.
Anyway. When you (translate: when I) run a half marathon, I feel this gives you (me) an excuse to eat whatever you (I) want. I mean, you burn two days calories that day so you can basically eat two days worth of food.
Most people probably only follow this line of logic for like… the day of the race. But not me! I commit. Been eating whatever I want for the past week on the theory that “I ran a half marathon.”
Ice cream for lunch? Yes. I ran a half marathon. Cheese fries for dinner? Yes. I ran a half marathon.
Six of these cookies in a sitting? Yes… I don’t know if you’ve heard, but I ran a half marathon.
Salted Mudslide Cookies
Makes about 3 dozen
2 cups + 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
3 tbsp instant coffee powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg, 1 egg yolk, at room temp
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup Kahlua
1 cup chocolate chips
sea salt for sprinkling
- Preheat oven to 325°F. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, instant coffee, and baking soda in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Combine butter and sugars in another bowl. Add the egg, yolk, vanilla and mix until combined. Then, drizzle in the Kahlua while mixing on low speed.
- Add your flour gradually, mixing until the dough comes together. It’s going to seem crumbly at first, but the dough is actually quite wet when you mix it enough. So just keep mixing and it will get there. Fold in chocolate chips.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Then drop in ~2 tbsp balls about 2 inches apart (I used my medium cookie scoop). Sprinkle with sea salt. Bake for 10-12 minutes. You want the edges to be set, but the middles will still look puffy and soft. They’re done. I promise.
- Let cool on pans for 5 minutes. Then move to wire rack to cool completely.
Recipe from How Sweet It Is
In all seriousness, I am fully on board with what Hannah said after she ran her half. Nothing in my life has made me appreciate my body more than those minutes (hours) on the race course. I asked my body to run twice as much as it ever had (I’m good at training?) and IT DID. Truly amazing.
It’s probably only because subconsciously, it knew that these cookies were waiting as a reward.
Bake with love!!