Melt Down, A Revelation and GoLean Granola Thumbprint Cookie

by Joanne on March 24, 2011


I suffered yet ANOTHER meltdown concerning Boston. I was confirming hotel reservations and discovered I had booked my sister in a MARYLAND hotel! That’s the STATE of Maryland. How that happened, I really cannot tell you. I changed the booking but had to spend another $100. MORE per night. Ok…whatever. Steaming mad

The second shock was the hotel room for me, booked through Marathon Tours (by the way, they are NOT nice people at Marathon Tours!) for the race, was NOT 1 mile from the finish line. It was across the water, 3 ½ miles away. It sounds close but Boston is a big city. There will be a ton of people and after running that kind of distance, I’m not going to want to worry about a cab, a train, a bus, or WALKING to get back to the hotel. Soooooo…………………..

I went back on line (no way to change the reservation now without suffering major $$$$ consequences) and found a parking garage where Ted could strategically park the morning of the race to ensure I only had about a mile walk to the car. Hopefully, problems solved but somehow, I have a feeling there will be more surprises to come.

I like to get my “plan of action” arranged well in advanced as you can tell. Can you imagine if I had left it until a week before leaving and THEN tried to get a room for my sister?! Yikes!

Do you fly by the seat of your pants or do you plan ahead?


I’ve been really upset about my slow time all winter. The other day as I was chugging along with Shane, I realized that last year I would always pause my Garmin when Shane stopped. THIS year, I have been leaving the Garmin going. Obviously this affects my  average pace. So Wednesday, I stopped the Garmin anytime little fur face stopped to sniff, take care of “business 1”, and take care of “business 2”. My time: right on training pace like last year. That certainly doesn’t mean I’ll have the same marathon race pace as Wineglass but for now, I’m feeling a little better.  I just have to stop reading other BQer’s blogs regarding their many training miles and fast paces and all their hill work.  I haven’t done the hills and the speed training has been on the treadmill because my muscle injuries wouldn’t allow me to train any other way.  Crying face

This week the plan is to run 60 miles. As of today, the total is 40.  I’m doing my 3rd 20 miler Saturday which should put me right on target. The weather looks a little crappy.  It’s going to be  C O L D.


A very easy, high protein, nutritionally rich cookie.  Use GoLean Kashi original cereal and your favorite Low Fat Granola to create a cute little thumb print cookie. Make sure to have your favorite preserves on hand to put a nice little blob in the middle. No sugar added to the cookie because that’s in the granola.


Make 16 to 24 cookies


  • 3/4 cup GoLean Kashi Cereal
  • 2 cups Low Fat Granola
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 large egg
  • Your favorite 100% fruit preserves

Preheat oven to 375 F.

Mix all the ingredients EXCEPT the preserves in a bowl. 

Drop by TBS on a non stick cookie sheet. Make an indent in the middle and drop about a 1/4 tsp of

your favorite fruit preserve in the middle of each cookie. 


Bake for 12 – 15 minutes or until lightly browned.

Over exposed Apricot with deliciously HOT bubbles(right from the oven!):


Over exposed Luscious Lemon Curd:


The all time favorite, AND in the right light Blueberry Thumbprint:


That cookies a winner!

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  • At 2011.03.24 20:40, Lori said:

    It is so annoying when you make plans and then they turn out wrong! I have had that happen before, too. At least you have solutions.

    • At 2011.03.25 02:24, The Green Girl said:

      I’m so sorry you’re having these issues, girl. I’m glad you seem to be working it out.

      I’m like you, I like things planned and settled ahead of time so I’ve got that peace of mind.

      • At 2011.03.25 06:51, Medeja said:

        Sounds like healthy and delicious tea time treats 🙂
        Im planning to book hotel for vacation this weekend.. I ll try to be very careful 😀

        • At 2011.03.25 07:42, Heather said:

          I’m sorry you’re experience such anxiety – my only advice is to try and ENJOY this experience. It’s Boston for goodness sake! Just getting there is an accomplishment in itself! You’re going to be fantastic – I promise. 🙂

          • At 2011.03.25 10:26, katie said:

            60 miles this week, wow! you are going to have a blast at boston!

            • At 2011.03.25 14:52, Nelly said:

              That is a bummer on the whole Boston hotel fiasco, hope it all gets figured out! A mile walk after the race is the max I would want to walk too, because walking more than that feels like an eternity! I know it will go well, enjoy the entire experience, I hear the Boston Marathon is amazing with all the crowd support!!!

              • At 2011.03.25 15:34, Marcia said:

                Sorry about the hotel mixup. At least you realized it now right? Boston arrangements are tough not to mention $$$.
                Trust me speed work/ hills on the mill will workout just fine. Don’t sweat it!

                • At 2011.03.25 16:01, claudia lamascolo said:

                  I will take a dozen to go thank you! 🙂 have a great weekend Joanne!

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