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.


  • 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


  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


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!


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

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


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!


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

Hahah thanks, Tiff!! :)


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!


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!


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!!


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!


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!


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!!


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 ;)


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!!


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


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

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


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.


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


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

Excited to her about this top secret trip.


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…


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

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


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


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!


23 Colby October 9, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Can’t wait to try this recipe!! YUM


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.


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!


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

I use a running watch AND heart rate monitor :)


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!


28 Traci November 7, 2012 at 10:26 am

Thanks for this recipe Christina. This was delicious.


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

You are very welcome! So happy you liked it!


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