Shaving minutes and apple pie for breakfast

by Christina @ The Athletarian on October 8, 2012

Sooo remember how I posted about that 4-mile route I ran in 34:55??  Well yesterday pre-Thanksgiving feast, I ran it again in 31:48!!!  I shaved off 3 minutes and 7 seconds and still felt amazing afterwards.  Maybe it won’t take as long as I thought to reach my weird goal of running 4 miles in 30 minutes!

Sad news:  I am enjoying running so much right now and I’m getting a lot of questions regarding the half marathon I’m supposed to be training for.  Unfortunately, it is this Sunday which is the same day I have to leave for my trip.  I couldn’t pass up this once in a lifetime opportunity (sorry…still can’t tell you) so my next 13.1 will have to wait.  There will be plenty of races for me to run!

My fuel for my awesome 4 miles was apple pie.  Yep, apple pie for breakfast but a healthier version, of course.  It is still #cleancarbs October after all.

These oats were so good and I literally just threw everything in hoping it would taste decent.  It actually (I’m not even lying) tasted like apple pie.  I hate when people say things taste like things but they really don’t.  So trust me on this one.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • almond milk
  • 1 tsp coconut  sugar (or sweetener of  choice)
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 of an apple (grated)
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • pecans
  • maple syrup
  • cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Mix first four ingredients (oats, almond milk, sweetener, vanilla) in microwave safe bowl.  I like my oats thick so I used just enough almond milk to make them moist.  Microwave for about 45 seconds or until liquid is absorbed/your oats reach desired consistency.
  2. While oats are “cooking”, grate your apple.
  3. When oats are ready, top with grated apple, coconut, pecans, cinnamon, and a drizzle of maple syrup.

So easy.  So delicious.  Makes you run fast.

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends!

Do you use a running watch or a heart rate monitor?  What kind?

Favourite kind of pie?

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cara D October 8, 2012 at 8:56 am

I had that goal for 4 miles in 30 mintues too! You can do it! I made healthy pumpkin pie (pumpkin puree + cottage cheese, egg whites, stevia, and pumpkin pie spice) YUMMMM. You can even have it for breakfast! Now about to sit down and have pumpkin spice chai from David’s Tea. I love being from Canada – Thanksgiving comes early :D

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2 Jenn @ Run It My Way October 8, 2012 at 9:31 am

Do you have the recipe posted anywhere?? Sounds amazing, I want to try making this!

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3 Christina @ The Athletarian October 8, 2012 at 9:43 am

ME TOO!! That sounds so good, Cara!!

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4 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers October 8, 2012 at 8:59 am

You can do it! :) That’s super speedy. I’m already impressed!

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5 Christina @ The Athletarian October 8, 2012 at 9:43 am

Hahah thanks, Tiff!! :)

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6 Jimmy October 8, 2012 at 9:07 am

Improving your time like that makes it look like you are ready for the Half! I agree with you on this- awesome trip trumps race…enjoy!

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7 Christina @ The Athletarian October 8, 2012 at 9:44 am

YES! Exactly. I will just make up for it in the spring and run lots of races then! ;) Thank you, Jimmy!

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8 Jenn @ Run It My Way October 8, 2012 at 9:30 am

Mmmm looks so good – and easy, that’s right up my alley!

Congrats on the new training run PB, very exciting! And WHEN are you going to share the news??? Hehe I still think I can take a good guess at what it is and I’m dying to know if I’m right ;) Either way sounds very exciting!!

What kind of running watch do you use? I’m not loving my Garmin – after just over a year it’s not working great so I’m on the lookout for a new one :) Happy thanksgiving Canadian friend!!

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9 Christina @ The Athletarian October 8, 2012 at 9:38 am

Thanks girl! The running watch is the MOTOACTV by Motorola. I have a Garmin as well but had so many problems with it. It broke before the year warranty was up and they tried to charge me all kinds of money for a replacement. THEN sent me a broken refurbished one. It was a mess. I finally got a brand new one but haven’t used it yet. I’m really liking the MOTO. It picks up location really quickly and is super easy to use. I got it an an expo in the spring. The guys at The Running Room do a really good job at convincing you that you NEED to buy things!

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10 Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner October 8, 2012 at 9:41 am

Sometimes I just straight up stir a few spoonfuls of apple pie filling (from the can) into oatmeal…but I have a feeling this would be a WHOLE lot healthier! Great job on your speedy 4-miler, too!

Such a bummer that you have to miss this half marathon, but you’re right – there will be plenty more races to enjoy!

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11 Christina @ The Athletarian October 8, 2012 at 9:45 am

Mmmm apple pie filling is so good!! I should try that way too!

I know…I’m pretty bummed but excited at the same time. Maybe I’ll just run 13.1 on my own in NYC!!

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12 Ali Mc October 8, 2012 at 10:04 am

I’m willing to bet you’re going somewhere with the ECD ;) I’m SUPER excited…..but anyway WOW! holy fast 4 miles. If you can do 4 miles in 30 do you think you could do a 5k in 20??? ;) that’s one of my goals. …..for the future.

Happy Thanksgiving Canadian friend. I really think it’s time we met in person ;)

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13 Christina @ The Athletarian October 8, 2012 at 11:22 am

No!! A 20-minute 5K is out of reach for me. I don’t know if I could ever do it. Dean can run a 5K that fast and I am nowhere near as fast as him!! We’ll see though! My fastest 5K was 23 minutes and I almost died.

Happy Thanksgiving to you too!! I am so ready to meet you in real life!!

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14 Corey @ Learning Patience October 8, 2012 at 11:10 am

YUM…that oatmeal looks delicious girl! Great job on your run too – awesome!

xoxo from Trinidad

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15 Christina @ The Athletarian October 8, 2012 at 11:23 am

Thanks Corey!! Miss you! Say hi to Glen for me! :)

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16 Sailor October 8, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Congrats on your run. Nice job. And enjoy your secret getaway. I’m having me a visit in Alaska this morning. Looking forward to it.

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17 Alexandra October 8, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Great job on the run sista!!! You’re SO fast! Mind sharing some of your running skills?? ;)
And that breakfast looks amazing, I can practically smell it through the computer! :D

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18 Britt @ Chicago Runner Girl October 8, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Excited to her about this top secret trip.

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19 Ed October 8, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Mmmmm apple pie oatmeal. That sounds like a great breakfast that combines my favorite dessert with breakfast!

I am excited to hear what the secret is myself…

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20 Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile October 8, 2012 at 2:16 pm

You are awesome!!! Yay! And apple pie for breakfast – sign me up!

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21 Rachelle October 8, 2012 at 3:15 pm

Girl you are simply amazing! Awesome run, awesome breakfast, and I am sitting on the edge of my seat dying to hear about your secret vacation. Eeeeeek!

BTW you’ll have that 4 miles in 30 in no time at all. You are doing great. :D

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22 Missy October 8, 2012 at 4:18 pm

Great job on your run! So awesome that you are loving running!
Keep up the good work!

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23 Colby October 9, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Can’t wait to try this recipe!! YUM

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24 Melissa October 11, 2012 at 11:20 am

Hi there, I just came across your website through a link from Clean Eating’s FB page. So glad I did! I just read your post referenced above re your 4 mile run and can totally relate – I randomly ran a 5k last month with no preparation and didn’t die on the course, so now I’m training for a 10K. I have a similar goal – would like to run the 4 mile loop by my house in 30 minutes. Congrats on getting near your goal (or perhaps you are already there!) I’m looking forward to keeping up with your posts.

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25 Lisa October 12, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Love how you share Clean Eating recipes! I make an apple pie oatmeal recipe too for breakfast but you can’t beat this one with coconut flakes and maple syrup! YUMM!

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26 Matt @ The Athlete's Plate October 12, 2012 at 8:02 pm

I use a running watch AND heart rate monitor :)

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27 Life's a Bowl October 14, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Awesome job shaving off time! I totally have been in a running rut and need to get back into the groove… Apple pie oats sound delic!

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28 Traci November 7, 2012 at 10:26 am

Thanks for this recipe Christina. This was delicious.

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29 Christina @ The Athletarian November 13, 2012 at 1:14 pm

You are very welcome! So happy you liked it!

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