Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Four Seasons Cookie

If you have read this blog much, you know I sometimes have issues bonking. In keeping with true form, last night's run was no exception. Although, this time I saved the run . . .

In my defense - usually my bonking only occurs on really busy days. Days with 3 workouts, a lot of time spent at work, and somehow me failing to eat as many calories as I'm outputting.

Yesterday I set out on my run after work - a progressive run where I would run the final 20 minutes at 1/2 marathon pace. I took a gel with me (progress no?!!) to eat midway into the run. The only problem was about 5 minutes into the run I needed the gel. Uh oh, not a good sign. I slammed my gel and tried to figure out where else I could grab some calories to save my run.

Then it hit me . . . the trail I was running on goes past the Four Seasons golf course where they put out cookies for the golfers! I slipped in the gate and immediately saw the spotlight from heaven shining down on them - a stack of chocolate chip cookies piled high on a linen covered table. Sitting beside them - ice cold water with lemon floating on top.

I grabbed a cookie and a glass of water, sat on a bench and immediately wished I had taken two. There was a man dressed in the same white linen as that of the table cloth sitting in a little booth behind the cookies. I felt like going back for a 2nd cookie might be pushing my luck. Instead I smiled and slipped back out the gate, wondering how well a chocolate chip cookie would sit in my stomach while running at threshold.

Apparently it works well. I pushed the pace the entire way back to work. A big thanks to the Four Seasons cookie baker for saving my run. And the man dressed in linen for not asking questions as to why the sweaty girl stopped for cookies!