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!

16 comments:

Marit Chrislock-Lauterbach said...

OMG - I HAVE to run past there at some point! I give you major kudos for 1) not taking a few more cookies and 2) carrying on with your run. Nice work CW!

Running and living said...

You must have a tough stomach. i've been known to vomit when eating within 2 hours of a track or tempo run! Nice work! Ana-Maria

Meg Runs said...

You are one smart cookie! Didn't you look a little conspicuous sitting there on a bench on the golf course in your running clothes, eating a cookie?

GoBigGreen said...

nice! I am afraid of golf courses bc they usually yell at me if i step foot on the greens/path. Glad you didnt buy a drink and charge it to the "Underhills." haha, get it?

Roo said...

How, exactly, did you know that they serve cookies to the golfers? Does the iPhone tell you this too?

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

I do a lot of events at hotels and those cookies are some of the very best in the business! Glad they were there for you.

Beth said...

You are a genius...pure genius... :)

D said...

People would be shocked to hear the foods that keep me going. Now I will add fresh baked chocolate chip cookies to the list. Just can't argue with the review :D

Mama Simmons said...

Wow! THAT sounds like a good option mid-run! :) Glad the cookie saved the day.

ADC said...

I would play golf there all the time with those cookies. And I such at golf.

FLATOUT JIM said...

That's my kinda golf course. we all know how many calories golfers expend on a round.

So you need to run in your tri jersey, and stuff the pockets with homemade cookies.

Great story.

D10 said...

Very cool. Chocolate chip cookies just put you in a better mood, don't they. Glad to hear they are great fuel too.

Renee said...

Hmm....that could almost be enough to make me want to golf too!

Alaskan Assassin said...

I am a serial bonker as well. I hate it.

I am also a cookie lover.......especially if there is ice cream on top of it.

Have a great weekend!!

solarpowered said...

mmm. I love cookies. smart fueling. :)

t-odd said...

ONE! ONE CHOCOLATE COOKIE! I would have probably eaten 8 or 12. I am a total sucker for chocolate chip cookies. You are so lucky to bonk near suck delicious cookies.