Blueberry waffles and grits to Power my first 1/2 marathon

Brussels WafflesOn Sunday January 14, 2010,  I started the morning still feeling uneasy from my illness which started on Friday and left me reeling on Saturday.  As I did not eat much the  previous day, I decided to make a big breakfast to start the day off right. This consisted of home made waffles, a good helping of grits and a few veggie sausages. Combined with some fresh orange juice this together represented a power breakfast.

As the grits and waffles were high in carbs it helped to fuel my body for the rest of the day.  In my blueberry waffles I included a whole range of healthy items which was based on a recipe from the cook book The Joy of Vegan Baking.I took my time to eat the meal and found about 1 hour later my energy levels were starting to return to normal. By avoiding the dairy in the recipe, I am able to prevent the mucus / clogging effect it has in my body.

As I was feeling much better, I decided to go for my weekly long run scheduled  to be an 18K  long run. I began at a slow pace and took a number of trails which had a covering of snow and made my way down to the harbour to enjoy the scenery. There were many ducks, geese and swans at the beach protected from the waves and the roads and trails were fairly quiet.

I proceeded along slowly for 5Km to warm up nicely intending to only complete the planned 18K. Once I reached Lakeshore road, I decided to run towards Burlington to check out part of the upcoming Chilly 1/2 marathon race course. I naturally settled into a nice rhythm with some good tunes by stepping in time to the beat of the music. Everything was going quite well so I continued on the run farther along the course and I turned back once I passed the 11K mark.

I ended up finishing the 21.1K with energy to spare. Clearly the spinning classes and all the extra training is really making a difference. I even found the effort level to complete this run was less then last week’s 18K run. I also believe my energy level was clearly aided by my super breakfast.

During the run, I implemented the stop and stretch method if I felt any tightness or sore spots:  I would stop for a very brief time to gently massage or stretch the area in question and then continue on my way. I find when I employ this method I am able to maintain a good running pace and at the same time listen to the body to ensure I don’t get injured a few short weeks before the race.

It was really nice to complete the full race distance to give me a good baseline for what to time expect for a certain level of difficulty.  For anyone looking to try these delicious waffles I include my recipe below. A good 4 section waffle maker is a must to have to complete the job. Enjoy!

Power Blueberry Chia Seed Waffles
3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
1-1.25 cups of water
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
1 banana
1 1/2 cups of enriched regular or vanilla soymilk
5 tablespoons of Earth Balance (or if not available non-hydrogenated margarine) melted
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups of unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
1 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries

Directions: mix the ground flax seed and chai seeds with a small amount of water (1/4 of a cup) for 2 minutes or so and then add the mashed banana and the rest of the water (up to 1 cup), the soymilk, molasses and melted Earth Balance in one bowl. In the other bowl mix all of the dry ingredients.

Once the waffle iron is ready to go, mix the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients and at the end gently stir in the blueberries.

If you find the mixture is a bit too thick then add a bit more water or soy milk.

Spray the grill with non stick canola or olive oil spray and then cook them as you enjoy them (about 5-7 minutes is usually good or as the steam subsides a bit).

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