Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Overnight Oats Success!

I had a 5-mile run scheduled for today. I fueled a little better when I woke up (a sandwich thin with maple cinnamon almond butter and sliced banana) and tried to hydrate a little more than usual (without drinking so much that I was uncomfortable during my run). I made sure to especially focus on my breathing during the first mile and was able to find a comfortable rhythm much earlier. This run was so much better than yesterday's!

Yesterday, I worried on the phone to my mom that I didn't feel as strong as I did two weeks ago, and she reminded me that I intentionally started training for the half-mary super early because I knew I was going to have some travel time that disrupted my training and it was OK. And she was right! As long as I am running consistently and gradually adding distance, I'll be good to go at the end of August. Here are today's run stats:
  • Total Mileage: 5mi
  • Total Time: 44:25
  • Average Pace: 8:52min/mi
I walked an additional mile after I finished (my goal was the water fountain 1/2 mile past home!). The weather was beautiful and perfect and I was just really enjoying being outside.

I made it home eventually though, because I knew this was waiting for me in the fridge:


That's right, my first ever bowl of overnight oats! I was planning to make these all day yesterday and then got distracted last night while watching The Bachelorette with my sister-in-law and completely forgot. I was all ready to go to sleep (in bed, reading, etc), when I suddenly remembered and headed back into the kitchen to assemble the goods.

In my inaugural batch:
1/4 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 cup 1% milk
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1/2 banana, mashed
1T ground flax
1.5T vanilla
This morning I added:
maple cinnamon almond butter (I should have made a double batch!)
fresh strawberries
I didn't really know what to expect since, even though everyone and their mother has been raving about overnight oats, the thought of cold, swollen oats kind of grosses me out. However, I am happy to report that I actually kind of liked them! It's a bit heavier than what I normally consume in the morning (I know, I know, breakfast is supposed to be the biggest meal of the day. I just can't handle it, OK?), but since I didn't actually eat these until 11:30 when I finished running, yoga-ing, and showering, they definitely held me over for quite a few hours.

In other news, I am seriously missing my sweet husband! This is the longest we have been apart since we got married last summer and I am ready for him to be home tomorrow!


P.S. I made Angela's Time Crunch Vegan Enchiladas (except, um, not vegan because I used real cheese) and they were amaaaaazing! I made my own enchilada sauce (3T vegetable oil, 1T flour, 1/4c chili powder, 2c stock, 10oz tomato paste, 1t dried oregano, 2t dried cumin, 1/2t salt - simmer, simmer, simmer) and doubled the recipe, freezing half for when the hubs gets home. He loves him some enchiladas!



  1. I just came across your blog! Anytime I see another Meg, I just have to say hi! (Even if I'm a more nontraditional Meg from Margaret). So you're trying the overnight oats, huh? I haven't yet brought myself to try it. Your recipe sounds the best so far so perhaps I will give it a chance. Happy Wednesday!

  2. Just stumbled across your blog. I have yet to try overnight oats, but I think it's about time. Those enchiladas look delicious - and I can relate with missing a loved one - my boyfriend is in Afghanistan until November. Enjoy his arrival!

  3. Awww excited you get to see your husband soon!!

  4. That pic of you and the hubs is adorable. My man is starting a new job in a few weeks and there is some traveling so I am getting nervous for him to be away!

    Your blog is super cute btw. And I'm on the fence about overnight oats. I mean I actually eat them a fair amount, but regular oats are just so much more appealing, especially to the eyes!