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Bumpin’ down the mileage and domestication via Pie.

This weekend I really wanted to get in a decent amount of mileage to have a quick ramp up before the quickly approaching California International¬† Marathon on December 6th. Yea, as in so close already should be in taper mode, close. I had planned on running 16¬† miles on Saturday morning. Friday night came and I stayed out way too late and didn’t wake up till 9 on Saturday. It was already too hot to run that far and I was still tired, though Friday night was pretty fun! So I pushed back my 16 miles to Sunday morning.

I got lots of sleep Saturday night and got ready to run on Sunday morning. I took off and it was one of those days when I knew I would be exhausted by mile 3. No surprise there, once I hit mile 3, I was so tired. I started to convince myself that being okay with running 10 miles was going to be the way to go this weekend. My legs just felt so heavy and I just wanted to sleep. My mind couldn’t click into running mode and my body was like, STOP! So, mileage fail. I ended with ten and I’ll take it.

By the time I got home it was pretty hot and I was really tired. I was super sweaty which I am normally not, and I now have a sweet t-shirt tan which will look great with my thanksgiving dress… NOT. I had a few errands to run Sunday afternoon, including doing a ton of laundry and then baking. We all know I don’t cook really at all, and baking? Yea, I don’t really remember volunteering for the baking duties for our friendsgiving, but alas I did at one point and I was ready to get some pumpkin pie baked!

I had to get all the ingredients for the pie, since we obviously had nothing because I survive off of macaroni and cheese, soup and sierra mist. It was actually pretty simple to follow the recipie on the back of the Libby’s pumpkin pie stuff. I went to a new market that wound up being in the ghetto. That was entertaining.



Then it was time to mix all of it together. I have a tendency to just mix everything together at once for all recipes, but this time I made extra sure to not do that and mixed what had to be together first and then added the rest of the stuff. Yea, the only problem I really had when I had my bake-a-thon was the fact that I tried to dump the pumpkin stuff in and instead the lid of the can fell into the stuff I already had stirred together.


YAY! pouring in the pumpkin goo. Which I found out tastes gross without the sugar and the rest of the stuff that you add and mix together, kind of sad about that.


So after whisking for a while, I finally could pour the pumpkin goop into the pie crusts. When pouring it in, I was pretty scared it was going to explode all over our oven.

Then, into the oven. It called for baking for 40-50 minutes. Well I know our oven is from the 80s, but STILL, it took FOREVER. After 40 minutes I checked them every 7 minutes and it took another 28 minutes. I kept putting the knife in the middle as the recipe called and hoped it would could out clean. FINALLY! TADA!!!!


Pies that look pretty freaking legit! I documented my accomplishment on twitter and some people asked me if I made me own pie crust. Are you kidding me!?! What do you think I am? I realized we don’t even have flour none the less a rolling pin, and I’m glad I didn’t have to make my own pie crusts! So I haven’t tasted them yet, BUT they look alright, so I’m thankful for that!

Today is a rest day, and I can tell my body is really tired from all the running I’ve been doing. CIM is only 12 days away and I really need to cut back my mileage and believe in the fact that I KNOW I can make it to the finish line and just trust myself. Sometimes that’s easier said than done, but hopefully my little aches and pains go away and I will be fresh and rested in 12 days!

Big Congrats to my friend Chris Schauble who completed the Ironman AZ this past weekend. It’s been so fun to follow his journey and to everyone else who completed it as well, including Eric and Jen, you guys seriously, SERIOUSLY rock!


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  • Reply Jaime

    ugh. I know those mileage days. I’m at the point that I don’t ever want to run, much less train for the next 3 weeks for my race. I’ve hit training overload!

    Congrats on the pie!! My husband baked his first pumpkin pie a few years ago (and an apple pie) so I now leave all of the pie baking to him :) Just watch out, though. You’ll probably be “volunteered” to do the pies again and again!

    November 23, 2009 at 7:39 am
  • Reply Kelly

    I’m so proud of you and your new found pie making skills. They look awesome!! You might turn into a food blogger after all. :)

    November 23, 2009 at 8:09 am
  • Reply Nicki

    I am a new runner who stumbled across your blog, and I have LOVED catching up on your posts!!! Thanks for all your inspiration. Also, those pies look great!! :)

    November 23, 2009 at 8:14 am
  • Reply Brooke

    Pumpkin pie…. nom nom nom. I’m sure they’ll taste excellent! Good luck with the running until CIM. I love reading your race reports, and I’m sure CIM wont disappoint :)

    November 23, 2009 at 9:02 am
  • Reply Niki

    I think the pies look great! I’m sure they will taste super good too!

    November 23, 2009 at 9:15 am
  • Reply Maggie @ It Is Everlasting

    Your pies look fantastic! Pumpkin pie is a total weak spot for me… LOVE IT.

    November 23, 2009 at 9:28 am
  • Reply Marlene

    How very domestic of you, Chic Runner! I’m impressed!

    November 23, 2009 at 9:31 am
  • Reply Ann

    You rock baking your own Pumkin Pie, I just buy them at Costco!
    Hey, I also did (only) 12miles, also wanted to do a nice 16 but my running budies who are also running a marathon the same weekend convinced me I didn’t need a 16miler, so I believe them. Yea, I think you can go the distance, try to rest now it won’t hurt.

    November 23, 2009 at 9:31 am
  • Reply Julie @ Wearing Mascara

    Last year when I made pumpkin pie, I burned it. Yours look pretty damn good though! :-) I’m in charge of the pumpkin pie too so wish me luck!

    November 23, 2009 at 9:55 am
  • Reply Stacy

    Your pumpkin pies look fantastic!!!! Great job on making them.

    November 23, 2009 at 10:12 am
  • Reply Betsy

    I’m glad you didn’t take my advice on taking them out when the centers weren’t set. Pies aren’t my specialty ;). They might be yours though! Nom nom nom

    November 23, 2009 at 11:01 am
  • Reply Tara

    No wonder it’s called marathon maniacs! I’m with ya on cutting back the next 12 days…my body can’t take anymore! lol Can’t wait to see you Kooie!!! :)

    November 23, 2009 at 11:10 am
  • Reply Amy

    I am really excited for CIM, it’s going to be a great day. Awesome job on the pies, those aren’t easy!

    November 23, 2009 at 11:10 am
  • Reply Sonja at ActiveFoodie

    And you said you couldn’t cook! Those pies look great!!

    November 23, 2009 at 11:45 am
  • Reply Shannon

    Those look really good! Last year, I tried to make chocolate pecan pies…I failed 4 times. 4 times! I finally went to the bakery and got some cookies to bring. This year? Chocolate chip cookies – the frozen kind that are already shaped and everything! Yes!

    November 23, 2009 at 11:46 am
  • Reply ilovesteaks

    hey Martha Stewart… I didn’t know you’re friends with the Ch4 news guy! Congrats on the pies! I’m sure they’ll taste fine and you’ll cruise through CIM. I, on the other hand, will be showing up to Vegas with 0 miles since Malibu. Oh, it’s going to be epic. :)

    November 23, 2009 at 12:02 pm
  • Reply Spamboy

    Looks like the crust turned out OK — did you use the foil, or did the oven just start cooperating?

    November 23, 2009 at 12:08 pm
  • Reply Jenny from Lucky in Love

    These look fantastic! Great job Martha :)

    November 23, 2009 at 1:49 pm
  • Reply Kerrie @ mom vs. marathon

    Looks delicious! Since I have a half on Sunday, I just keep saying, “I’m carb loading!”

    November 23, 2009 at 2:23 pm
  • Reply Brandon

    Mmmmm… food in pie form (drooling). I wish I had me some punkin’ pie. Guess I’ll have to wait til Thanksgiving in 3 days. You should ask Kelly about the Greatest “Whipped Cream Dispenser” of all time. It is truly like magic. Good going, I would gladly put your pies in my pie hole (in a non-sexual way).

    November 23, 2009 at 3:29 pm
  • Reply Perfectly Imperfect

    I can’t believe you have another marathon so soon! Girl, you are a machine!!

    Those pies look delish!

    November 23, 2009 at 8:15 pm
  • Reply Steve Stenzel

    Nice looking pies!! I was following your “struggle” on twitter! ;)

    November 24, 2009 at 8:54 am
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    November 24, 2009 at 10:38 am
  • Reply N.D.

    the pies look yummy!!

    November 27, 2009 at 10:06 am
  • Reply Jordan

    I gotta admit, those pies do look legit (accidental rhyme)

    November 27, 2009 at 9:27 pm
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