Hood rat sandwiches: the recipe.

by Elizabeth on April 17, 2013

I’ve had a few people ask what I’ve been doing in regards to running lately, and since I haven’t talked about it much lately I figured I’d give you the run down (no pun intended? or maybe there was.) If you don’t care please skip ahead to the high quality pictures that follow.

As some of you may remember, I was planning on running the Davy Crockett marathon on April 7. After my half marathon at the end of February, I got sick and it took me a good three weeks to feel better. Honestly, since the half I haven’t felt back to my old self in regards to training, so my runs have consisted of very easy 5-10 milers. No workouts or long runs since the half and I don’t have any planned yet. My coach told me it can take a YEAR to fully recover from hard races and since I did two within two months I felt it. I’m listening to my body and taking it easy for once.

That being said, I still have big plans to break 3:00 in the marathon, just not right now.

And? I realize I’ve been slacking on my food pictures lately. That will change! Noah and I have just been hanging out this week and we are trying to get ready for a camping trip this weekend! He has developed an obsession with hats, and his grandparents have been enablers ;-)


After doing super hood rat things like watching Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood reruns?


We made smiley face sandwiches for lunch. Chocolate chips included.


For dinner used this sauce in the crock pot with carrots and jalepenos. One of the easiest, culturally diverse meals I have ever made!


With biscuits.


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1. What do you make in the crock pot?

2. What’s your training like lately?

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1 Sarah @PickyRunner April 17, 2013 at 6:14 am

I had no idea it could take that long to recover from a hard race. I think you’re being extremely smart by playing it safe. It’s a reminder that maybe we all should once in awhile if we’re hurting.
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2 Laura April 17, 2013 at 12:16 pm

Wow! Me neither!


3 Sarah @ OurPersonalRecords April 17, 2013 at 6:38 am

My favorite crock pot recipes are BBQ shredded chicken or this recipe from Skinnytaste (http://www.skinnytaste.com/2009/02/crock-pot-santa-fe-chicken-425-pts.html). Love, love, love it!

I’ve been training for my first half but after it is over, I don’t have anything planned until the fall. What is a good distance to maintain in order to keep my fitness up over the next few months while I’m not in “training” mode?
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4 Karen @ Runner Girl Eats April 17, 2013 at 7:03 am

I don’t use my crock pot nearly enough. I need to start though because it is sooooo easy! My training is pretty non exisitant at the moment. No big race on the calendar yet but I am searching for one!
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5 Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness April 17, 2013 at 7:24 am

That crock pot creation looks soo good! I love anything with jalepenos, in fact i had jalepeno and pineapple pizza last night.

I think its so wise to listen to your body when it comes to your training schedule. As soon as your body is ready you’ll just feel it one day and probably come back better than you were before.
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6 Elizabeth April 17, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Yum!!! I love jalepenos and pineapple so I’m interested to try this soon! Thanks!!


7 Jojo April 17, 2013 at 7:30 am

I don’t have a crock pot, and never really used one before. I might invest in one in the future, since I always come upon delicious-sounding crock pot recipes. I cook for one, though, and don’t like to make a huge amount of food, or I’ll be stuck eating it for days!

I’ve been doing more cross training lately, doing Insanity workouts. They are pretty insane and my calves are so sore right now!
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8 Amanda @ .running with spoons. April 17, 2013 at 8:07 am

Those smiley face sandwiches would put a huge smile on my face. Nothing better than the combination of bread, nut butter, bananas, and chocolate :D


9 Alyssa @ See This Girl Run April 17, 2013 at 8:23 am

I started Hal Higdon’s Intermediate Half schedule last week to prep for my half in June. So I’m working in speed workouts, official long runs, cross training and strength. I love having a schedule to follow!
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10 Andrea R. April 17, 2013 at 9:23 am

I love Hal!! haha I am such a schedule girl too! I love having someone tell me what to run! — I also just wish I had someone following me around telling me WHEN to run!!
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11 Cori @ olivetorun April 17, 2013 at 8:32 am

My favorite crockpot meals are: pulled BBQ pork, chicken noodle soup, and salsa chicken. ALL freakin’ delicious AND so easy!!
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12 Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom April 17, 2013 at 8:40 am

My favorite crockpot recipe by far is spinach lasagna. It’s amazing. Best lasagna I’ve ever had.

I’m not REALLY training for anything, but I have gotten into a rut with my runs. And it’s getting incredibly hot in FL, so at 7:30 am its already high 70s, low 80s and high humidity. It’s disgusting and makes me hate my runs. I really need to get out of this funk!
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13 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries April 17, 2013 at 8:53 am

My training is going back and forth between the couch and Hunter’s nursery. ;)

The chocolate chips is an excellent addition to the peanut butter and banana sandwich by the way!
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14 Amy N. April 17, 2013 at 9:21 am

I’d never heard the year timeline, but I did a few hard races back to back last summer and I still don’t feel like I’m back to where I was so it makes sense. I’m being a lot smarter this year about doing true recovery after races.
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15 Andrea R. April 17, 2013 at 9:22 am

Oh my gosh a peanut-butter sandwhich has never looked so good! And BRILLIANT in adding the chocolate chips : )

Favorite Crockpot recipe was a Shredded Mexican Chicken soup I made! Chicken shredded beautifully, and the tomatoes, chillies, onions, mushrooms, spinach was just delicious : ) I highly recommend it!!

Training WAS going well– 5-6 mile runs and good long Saturday morning runs ((good clips!)) But now my body is feeling like it is deteriorating! So tired all the time! Legs are not responding… can’t even get a 3 mile run in. I guess I need to back off and rest for a few days (week??)
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16 Elizabeth April 17, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Yes! Rest and take care of yourself! You will come back stronger :-)


17 Kelsey April 17, 2013 at 10:00 am

I’m training for my first half and it is going great! I am extremely confident that I’ll finish under my goal 10/ mile. And I’ve decided to throw two 10k races in the next couple of weeks. I’m going to run one twice to fit my long run in!

I normally make soup in my crock pot, but need to diversify! Too bad my next crock goal is a lentil soup! Oh well!

Cute pictures…and I’m sure most of us only dream of being able to race like you! You’re awesome fast!
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18 Thetinyrunner April 17, 2013 at 11:24 am

I got a crock pot at my bridal shower last weekend but I haven’t used it yet! Can’t wait to be creative! My training is going well I think. I have a race next weekend. Last week I was sick with the flu and it threw me off but I think I am getting back. I feel healthy!


19 Emma @ a mom runs this town April 17, 2013 at 12:21 pm

What a cutie! He needs to be my daughter’s BF ;) I’m training for the ZOOMA Annapolis Half in June. I think it’s best to not go so hard on your body. You have plenty of time to get that 3:00 marathon!
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20 Emily April 17, 2013 at 1:49 pm

I’m supposed to be training for a half marathon in June. Which means I probably should start running one of these days.

I don’t have a crock pot (*gasp*, I know!), our little apartment hasn’t the space for one. So I just cook roasts, whole chik’ns, and stuff in our oven set to low, low heat, like, 180* or so. Cooks great!
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21 Debbie @ Deb Runs... April 17, 2013 at 2:08 pm

One of the hardest things to do as runners is to listen to our bodies and cut back a bit or take time off on our training. Good for you for giving your body a rest! My training is going slowly and carefully to make sure I don’t re-injure myself.

The last thing I made in my crock pot was beef stew on our last snowy day. I don’t use it much during the spring and summer.
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22 Rebecca H April 17, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Lately I have been working on increasing my weekly mileage. I am up to 14 miles a week but I am taking it easy this week because I have my first 10k on Saturday!


23 Becky @ OMG Becky, look at her blog April 17, 2013 at 5:13 pm

My training is so sad right now. I took a rest week/sick week last week after a big race last Sunday, and it’s been so hard getting my motivation back!! I think I need to sign up for Disney to motivate me..

I make a mean batch of meatballs in the crockpot. I also really like “roasting” chickens in their too. Whoever made the crock pot is a freaking genius!
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24 Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom April 17, 2013 at 6:09 pm

Which Disney race are you going to run!?! I ran the Princess Half in Feb. and am running the Tower of Terror 10-Miler at Disney World in October!
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25 [email protected] April 17, 2013 at 6:26 pm

I ran my first full and a half in March so I’ve been trying to listen closely to my body…
Yesterday I made the easiest pulled pork in the crock pot (I got the recipe from the most recent Rachael Ray magazine).
Noah is a cutie with his hat on backwards!! :)
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26 [email protected] April 17, 2013 at 6:42 pm

I want that sandwich and dinner right now. Girl, I am sorry you still aren’t feeling yourself. That half really killed us off… no more hilly races for me unless I actually properly train for them. We’ll get those sub 3 marathons! LOVE YOU!


27 Renee @ Renee Runs Miles April 17, 2013 at 7:11 pm

I LOVE my crockpot–I make all sorts of things in it…lots of soups and lots of chicken especially.

My training is going well…I’m coming off of an injury and being conservative and it seems like it is paying off. That’s crazy how long it can take to fully recover! I had no idea…and it’s so easy to want to cram a bunch of races all together.
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28 Brooke April 18, 2013 at 9:54 am

Love making chilis and pulled chicken in the crock pot! I have a million crock pot recipes I want to try! Training plan? What’s that ha?! I’m a big believer in deciding what to do once I start!


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