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I’m Nervous and I Made a Cookie

I’m Nervous and I Made a Cookie


Ahh… I’m nervous. I can’t figure out why exactly. The race itself, the traveling, being away from the boys, flying, not knowing where exactly we’re going, not having checked out the race course or where the start line is, not knowing what my pre race meal is going to be, not having huge jugs of egg whites  or PB2 available, etc.

First of all, we don’t travel. Ever. We do family staycations, but we don’t go anywhere. We don’t have the time or the money and have a million animals to take care of, so we just don’t. The last vacation we took was a family vacation to Belize (courtesy of Mom and Dad) and approximately 9 months before the boys were born. Go figure. And…. I pretty much had a nervous breakdown in the car as we were leaving. I’m a mess.

I’m a homebody at heart. I haven’t been away from the boys for more than 24 hours at a time. I’ve never traveled to a race. I haven’t exactly trained for The San Francisco Marathon as I just found out I won an entry three short weeks ago. I mean, I really haven’t trained. I only ran 2 long runs and during those runs I stopped every couple miles to pee, ask people to take my picture or to stretch out my T. rex arm. Nice.


Some random thoughts going through my head last night.

What the heck am I doing?

Who do I think I am?

Why did STUFT Daddy let me convince him to take a “racecation” to celebrate our anniversary?

Where am I going to find a place to eat a bunch of jalapeños or crushed red pepper the night before the race?

Wait, where is the expo? Where is the start line? What is the course like?

Yep, I haven’t check any of that out. I’m so not on top of it friends. I’m hoping to have a little time at the airport. Isn’t that what traveling people do?


I did print out my confirmation and check my starting time though so that’s a start.


I’m in wave 5, but that’s still darn early (and I hope to get around 3:40 or so for my time).

At least I know when to be there, now if only I knew where exactly the start line was.


I think I have most of my things packed. And yes, there is a diaper in my bag just in case. Ha ha.

I have my Handful, my $30 miracle, my Mizuno racing shoes, and a couple of outfits.  I also have a brand new Halo racing hat from the wonderful people over at Halo Headbands. Their hats are the only ones I will race in and do an amazing job of keeping sweat off my face.


I also got some brand spanking new Pro Compression socks in the mail.


I’ve been wanting some of their socks for a long time and finally got my chance. I better impress them my new Pro Compression friends. Especially because they have a bunch of new colors coming out really soon.

Man am I going to look awesome sporting these beauties all around the city.

He he.

I also have some race essentials and a couple other goodies packed.


GU, Nuun tablets, Clif MOJO bars, Good Earth Tea packets and a packet of Coach’s oats


Hopefully I have what I need.



And well, while I was waiting for my gazillion vegetables to roast burn last night


I decided to make a cookie.

Oh and yeah, there’s three chili peppers in that mix of roasted goodness.


I went with the broccoli slaw BBQ bake style and topped it with BBQ sauce, hot sauce and low fat ranch.


And my cheese less sandwich was cuter than normal so I snapped a quick shot.


You’re welcome.


This late night cookie creation was inspired by my friend Sara who pulled through for a little Flatterday picture with her goo creation of peanut flour and eggs. She has the best goo creations around among other things. This lady knows what she’s doing and she’s pretty much my best friend.



It was also inspired by a combination of this recipe and the healthy oatmeal cookie a bit.



Calm Me Down Low Carb Cookie

serves one

2 tablespoons coconut flour (14 grams)

2-3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce

2 sweetener packets

splash of almond extract (or vanilla)

1 tablespoon egg whites

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

cinnamon to taste (optional)


Mix all ingredients together.

Form into a cookie on parchment paper.

Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.




It actually was a bit soft and crumbly, but it definitely had that baked cookie batter taste. It was perfect and big and according to my quick estimate less than 100 calories.


I ate it layered of course. (I love my layers.)

First with a little PB Crave Cookie Nookie.


Then with some almond coconut ice cream mixed with a little frozen two ingredient chocolate frosting.


Yep. Good stuff.


So good that just for a couple minutes I forgot how nervous I was (and still am).


See you on the other side friends. I’ll be taking lots of pictures and posting updates, but because it’s a “racecation” and all and STUFT Daddy is nice enough to make the trip with me, I’m not going to be too close to the computer.

I’ll be busy running a marathon and then stuffing my face.



Here’s an inspiring article I read the other day about Olympic athletes and the skills they use for success.

Olympic Athletes: The 7 Skills They use for Success


Thought for the day:

It’s good to be nervous or a little scared to try something new. That’s how we grow and learn and turn to the Man above to help us through.

What’s the last thing that you were nervous or scared about?

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  1. 1

    What are you doing? Who do you think you are? You’re AMAZING! Super Mom! DUH! You’re going to rock that race because that’s what you do. You are such an inspiration to us all!! Looking forward to your recap and I won’t have to wish you luck…you don’t need it! 🙂

    P.S. – Kinda wanna hop into the kitchen right now to make that yummy cookie!!!

  2. 2
    Michelle says:

    Awwww…you will be awesome! Everyday of your life is a training day!
    I love to travel and get to quite often, BUT I have to be a girl with a plan so I totally get that part.
    Relax, just do what you do!
    And besides, you have some awesome socks to help you look cool even if you don’t feel it!
    On a side note: I read this sentence as “I am a homeboy at heart.”
    Oy!! Must be too early for me!
    Good luck!

    • 2.1
      Arinz says:

      talks about broccoli slaw and makes up these tasty loionkg meals with it! She recently made a BBQ bake with the stuff and man does it look tasty! I love how easy the recipe looks too, because well, we

  3. 3

    You’re gonna do JUST GREAT!!! And you know it!
    Everything will work out for good – why worry when you know God has control!?

  4. 4

    You are going to do fantastic and we will all be cheering you along in spirit!! Go out there and rock that race!

  5. 5
    Kathy says:

    You will be AWESOME!! So who is watching all the animals and the boys? G&G I presume? Enjoy your time away …you will be back before you know it!! Can’t wait to see pics and hear the recap.

    And so sad, I can’t think of any thing I have done lately that I have been nervous about….oh, unless, adding a puppy to our 2 hamsters, 2 cats, and 1 dog family counts….that has had its challenging moments!

  6. 6
    jennifer says:

    I am so excited for you and wish I was running with you- well behind you because you are super fast! You are going to do great! When i travel for races I try to pack as much food as possible to take with me- especially breakfast! Good luck! Have fun! Can’t wait to hear how great you do!

  7. 7
    Samantha says:

    Have a GREAT time. I totally hear you on not being close to the way you eat. I really know that feeling. I think the more “different” we eat and yet specific to us the harder it is on the road.

    Right now I am just in a nervous/scary stage of life…too much change and uncertainty about job loss. It is hard stuff.

    I do love that you are doing this race however. I hope it is beautiful scenery and you get something wonderful out of it.

    (That cookie looks wonderful by the way). I can’t wait to hear about your weekend!

    • 7.1
      Samantha says:

      Apparently it is a 2 comment day. I just made a vegan/modified version of your calm me down cookie and it was really good! Isn’t it funny how just giving it a name like calm me down makes it better? I don’t know if you ever saw the Waitress but it reminded me of how she named her pies…although the names were less serene. 🙂

  8. 8
    Amy Zirkle says:

    Hi Kristin – Been a while since I posted a comment – hope all is well with you – wishing you a grand time during the race in SF — Have fun and tell us all about it -no doubt you will have a blast – cheers from DC!!!

    Take care,

  9. 9
    Kris says:

    you are going to be GREAT, as always – you will find the expo, you will figure it all out, you WILL find your peppers, you will rock this. <3

  10. 10

    Wow, i’m so impressed that you are going to run a marathon on 3 weeks training! It shows your fitness level for sure! Also, that cookie looks amazing and I just may have to try to make it. Consider it pinned.

  11. 11
    sarah says:

    Have confidence! You are such a fantastic athlete, and a mult-tasking pro- you have this whole marathon travelling thang in.the.bag.

    I love the concept of that cookie, can’t wait to try it out:).

  12. 12

    Nervous about going into labor 6 months ago!! Haha I’m sure there was something in between but I can’t think right now, i just wish you luck on your race an enjoy your time away!

  13. 13
    elena says:

    hi Kristin. Your blog is one I look forward to reading every day with your cute kids and meal ideas. I was just wondering if your husband usually eats the same dinners as you? My husband would probably never eat the kind of food i eat.
    thanks, elena

    • 13.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Elena- not usually. We eat seperately a lot during the week because of our hectic schedules, but that is something I really want to change. Hopefully I’ll get some more family friendly recipes on here soon that the husbands can eat. Stay tuned!!!

  14. 14
    Lisa says:

    Everything will work out for the best and you will do incredible!!!
    I’ll be cheering for you all the way over in Canada;)
    I hope you find some red pepper flakes to enjoy before the race, and I need to make that cookie pronto!

  15. 15
    Erin says:

    Good luck!!! You’re going to do great!! I love San Francisco and running sounds like a great way to enjoy it. You get to run over the Golden Gate Bridge. Wow! Have fun!!!

  16. 16

    I’m glad StuftDaddy is with you! You will do awesome! Enjoy the race, it seems like a really cool one. I know you’ll turn those nerves into speed 😉

  17. 17

    When I went to Chicago I was scared, nervous and excited all at once! I had to rent a car (first time ever) and drive myself all the way to the other side of Chicago with only a printed out set of directions. If I did that…you will do amazing at this! You should take a deep breath and just jump into it. The boys will be great and you two should enjoy some time away (even with the race). I wish I could come cheer you on! I will be cheering here in Atlanta though!!! I will even run a little to send some running energy your way! Big hugs to you my friend!

  18. 18

    Ahhhh…. you’ll do great and have nothing to worry about. I believe in you. So you better. 😀

    That broccoli slaw bake looks delicious!

  19. 19
    Kate says:

    Oh wow! Good luck. Looking forward to hearing all about it.

  20. 20

    YOU’RE GOING TO DO GREAT!! I am so happy for you mama!

    Now, while you go run a marathon, I’m going to sit by my computer and eat that cookie 😉

  21. 21
    Laura says:

    You’re so right about a little bit of fear being a good thing. You’ve got this! I’ll be thinking of you, and wishing you the best!!

  22. 22

    No matter what happens just enjoy the experience and try to remember WHY you love running!

  23. 23

    Good luck! You will do well! I think I need to make that cookie for myself right now!

  24. 24
    Jessie says:

    Good Luck girl! Not like you even need it, your gonna rock the race 🙂 Oh & that cookie looks delicious! You have the most genius dessert ideas!

  25. 25
    Candice says:

    Yum!! Im making that cookie tonight!

  26. 26
    Vicki says:

    I think its perfectly normal to be nervous! But I’m sure you are going to have the time of your life! And that cookie? Looks DELICIOUS! 🙂

  27. 27

    I love those cookies!! Yummy! I have been making mine with pumpkin, and they are awesome! Congrats on the marathon!! I’m a homebody too, but I do love to get away every now and again. I hope you are having a great time!

  28. 28
    Fancy Nancy says:

    Good luck with it all! You’re going to do great and you will look back on this post and giggle! Have a great time!!

  29. 29
    Amanda N says:

    That cookie and that slaw mix sounds delicious. Love the photo’s of the family, looks like you had a nice staycation!

    Congrats on the SFMarathon! Glad you got to go out and do it 🙂


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