Day Off

Sunday, Sunday!

Oh, how I love waking up with no alarm to a full day ahead of me.  Truth is, I purposely made NO plans for today. I knew that Wednesday through Saturday were going to be pretty busy, and I wasn’t sure how sore I would be after yesterday’s half marathon.  I wanted to a day to chill out, get a few things done around the house, and hang with the BOY before I lose him to finals prep.  I’m adding in a few shopping stops, but mostly, I just wanted a lazy day off!  Can you blame me?

 

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Yes, this was last night’s big event laying around in my PJ’s and compression socks, eating my favorite snack (popcorn with olive oil), and drinking a little bubbly out of my congratulations glass.  Only fitting after yesterday’s race!

 

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I woke up starving and although I really wanted something rich and sweet like pancakes, I had the perfect leftovers to make a flavorful Breakfast Stirfry.

 

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It was exactly what I needed to get my day started.  Although the first half of my day involved sitting on the couch, looking for recipes, and watching Law&Order (I swear if there was an L&O Anonymous, I would be a founding member).  Around my 3rd episode, I was actually starting to feel hungry.  Usually this happens to me the day after an intense workout, all I want to do is eat all day. I was snacking on an apple with almond butter when the BOY mentioned heading out for lunch.  I convinced him to take me to Which Wich? since I was totally craving a veggie sandwich with pesto and hummus!

 

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This is seriously the BEST sandwich place EVER!  If you have one in your neighborhood, I highly recommend checking it out.  Afterwards, I made a quick longer than expected stop at Michael’s.  I still haven’t framed my Marathon poster, and for the past year, I have been wanting to hang it in the office.  Who knows…there may be more to follow!

 

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With the BOY at the library, I finally had a few quiet hours at home.  I threw some banana bread in the oven and FINALLY sat down to watch last week’s Grey’s Anatomy.  What can I say…I’m still hooked on this show!

 

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The house started to smell incredible, which the banana bread gets credit for.  I had some over ripe bananas and wanted to try something new and fall-tastic. 

 

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This isn’t easy considering all of the banana bread recipes I’ve made, but after a few minutes searching online, I came across this recipe for Maple Banana Bead on Baker By Nature.  She used oat flour, so I just subbed in white flour.  And because the only Greek yogurt I have is pumpkin flavor, I used that too.  It goes with the fall-tastic theme!

 

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I debated whether or not to add in some nuts for crunch, but in the end placed a few pecans along the top of the bread.

 

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Taste Test?  Of course!

 

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The batter was tasty, but not as maple flavored as I expected BUT my house is overflowing with sweet maple aroma.

 

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I can’t wait try it.  Because let’s be honest…along with some wine in a Congrats glass, banana bread is perfect for recovering from a race on your Day Off.

 

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Now I just have to wait for the BOY to come home from the library to watch the DVRed Bear’s game!

 

 

What do you like to do the day after a race?

 

Because this week was so crazy, I loved laying low today. 

But…tomorrow I have a 90 minute full body massage.  Hooray!

 

 

Maple Banana Bread

From Baker By Nature

 

Ingredients

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking Soda

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup maple syrup

2 eggs, room temperature

1 stick unsalted butter, melted

4 very ripe bananas, mashed

2 tablespoons Greek yogurt

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees (F). Spray the bottom and sides the loaf pan with non-stick spray.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt, set aside. In a separate large bowl, beat maple syrup and eggs with a whisk until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Add melted butter. Add mashed bananas, Greek yogurt, and vanilla. Gently mix in dry ingredients. Pour batter into the lined loaf pan and bake for about 1 hour.

Cool before cutting.

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17 thoughts on “Day Off

  1. Maple and banana sounds like a really perfect combo! I like doing nothing after a race too…it’s really nice just to veg, esp if I had been stressing out about the race for the few days before too. I can’t believe the long weekend is over and it’s back to the grind tomorrow 😦

    • Would you hate me if I told you I had one more day? I don’t work on Mondays so this has been a highly anticpated 5 days off because, like you said, I have been super stressed about the race and life in general. So, I am planning to veg again tomorrow (eat more maple banana bread) and enjoy my massage. Good luck getting back into the grind!

  2. I have been eating popcorn seriously like very night..I just can’t get enough lately!! After races I usually don’t plan anything big, or small..I just go about my day. After my half marathon in September, the very next day I went to California Adventure. Sounds crazy, and BOY was I sore the first half of the day, but walking around was actually nice to break the legs up!

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