Well, hi again!
How was everyone’s weekend?
Brandon and I spent Saturday afternoon running errands, followed by attending a basketball game at his old high school.
Evidently the varsity basketball team at Elida High School is pretty much rocking it this year, so Brandon wanted to check it out. It was a surprisingly good time, especially because I got to see this little guy …
… Ethan. He’s our friends’ son, and I haven’t seen him in ages. So he and I had fun eating Skittles and Peanut M&M’s while the “adults” watched the game.
I also decided to try something new (to me, anyway) in the kitchen this weekend!
What are they? Well it’s really just regular oatmeal with an egg added!
Here’s what I did:
- Bring 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup water to a boil in a small saucepan.
- Turn down heat to medium-low and add 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats.
- Stirring occasionally, cook oats for about 5 minutes.
- In the meantime, whisk an egg in a separate bowl.
- After the oats cook for 5 minutes, add the egg and stir. Stir a lot and stir quickly.
- After just a minute or two, the oats take on a creamy texture. At that point, remove the pan from the heat and add whatever toppings you’d like.
1 packet Splenda, 1/2 sliced banana, peanut butter, and a few chocolate chips.
1 packet Splenda, 1/2 tsp vanilla, dash of cinnamon, handful of frozen blueberries, and a handful of chopped walnuts.
I don’t typically add Splenda to my oatmeal. Instead, I usually use brown sugar. But I happen to have a few packets around, so why not?
Both bowls were totally delicious. You should try the addition of the egg. It gives a “kick” of protein and makes the oatmeal nice and creamy!
OK, so you’re probably wondering about the title of this post.
And no, the custard oats were not the “big thing” to which I was referring.
So less than a year ago, I decided to start running for the first time.
Brandon and I ran a 5k in June …
… a 10k in September …
… and a half-marathon in November.
And I have just signed up for my “next big thing” …
The race is in April, and I’m really excited about it. Brandon and I both love Nashville, and we’re looking forward to a really fun weekend!
And the good news is that our friends, Ali and Brandon …
… will be coming to Nashville with us. And Ali will be also running the half!
The “bad” news is that my running buddy during the last three races (that would be Brandon) has decided to be a spectator for this race.
I’m still trying to talk him in to running, so we’ll see. But even if he doesn’t run, I know he’ll be cheering for me on the sidelines!
In the meantime, as I start training again, I’m trying to get my darn shin splits under control.
I’ve mentioned this issue to you guys before. I bought a pair of inserts from Wal-mart (just a basic insert), and I started using them slowly … I didn’t go straight into running 7 miles with them. The inserts seemed to be helping with the shin splints initially … but now my shins are hurting again. And now it seems like I’m starting to get some pain in my right heel …
I’m planning on meeting with my trainer friend again this week, to get his thoughts. I would like to just bite the bullet, and spend the money on inserts that are specifically designed for me. But I would hate to spend that money and then find I’m still having the same problem …
So now that I’ve gone on a tangent, I’m reaching out to you guys again for any suggestions. If you’re a runner and had similar problems in the past, I’d love to know your advice. You can comment on the blog or send me a private email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thank you!!!
Question for ya …
What did you do this weekend?
Ever try the “custard oats?” Did you like them?
If you’re a runner, what’s the next race you’re running?
Any advice on my shin splints?
(And I know rest and ice for a short-term fix, which I’m doing. But I’m also wanting a long-term solution. )