New Marathon Shoes and The Marathon Cookie

by Joanne on April 11, 2011

I told you about my foot pain (outside ball of right foot) that came on during my last long run.  I hemmed and hawed over what to do.  I love my Newton performance shoes.  They took me through my first marathon and I was planning on partnering with them at Boston.   The Boston course is hard and taxing on the legs and feet.  I don’t dare risk having that pain strike during the middle of my run.  So I went over to see the folks at The Sneaker Store.  They gave me their complete undivided attention.  They took me through five different shoes before finding the one that I thought I’d be happy with.  The result: Nike Lunar Fly.  I bought the “Fly” even though I was a bit skeptical because it didn’t give me the propulsion forward that I like in most of my shoes.


I tried them out Saturday morning for a 6 3/4 mile run.  They were great.   The cushioning with the light weight should work out fine for 26.2 miles.  I’m just a little bummed because during my run which was around the Switchbacks of Valley View Golf Course, I ran into some ice and had to get onto the wet grass.  My NEW shoes don’t look so NEW anymore.  Crying face


MARATHON COOKIES:   Low, Low Fat and Rich in Healthy Carbohydrates.  It’s the ULTIMATE in a runner’s delight.


I came up with this cookie because I was thinking sweet, not fatty, chocolaty, yet healthy.  I’ve listed a few alternative substitutes to make it easier for you to make with ingredients in your panty.


Makes 5 dozen 2” round cookies

  • 2 cups all purpose flour (use whole wheat if you prefer)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup Carob powder (use cocoa powder if you prefer)
  • 1 slightly over ripe banana, mashed (you can also use apple sauce, about 6 oz)
  • 1 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup Low Fat Buttermilk
  • 1 cup Quick Cooking Oats
  • 1 cup Dark Chocolate chips (I actually used 1/2 cup Unsweetened Carob chips PLUS 1/2 cup Mini Chocolate chips. But I prefer the Dark Chocolate chips)

Preheat the oven to 325 F. *Alternate cooking temp. & time offered below

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and carob/cocoa powder.

In a smaller bowl, mash the banana (if you haven’t already), and cream it with the sugar and vanilla.  Add the buttermilk to combine thoroughly. 

Mix the banana – buttermilk mixture into the flour and stir until combined.  NOW… add the oats, give it a quick stir and add the chocolate chips.

Line 4 cookie sheets with aluminum foil and spray lightly with non-stick baking spray. 

Drop by 3/4 TBS onto sheets about 1 1/2 to 2 inches apart.  Bake for 20 minutes.

*Alternative cooking temp. & time:  Bake at 350 F for a 10 – 12 minutes. This may produce a slightly softer cookie.


I love this cookie. It’s a little crisp on the outside with a hint of chewy on the inside.  The fact that it has banana and oats, no fat makes me think I could eat these for fueling my run!  Healthy and delicious.  Another cookie winner!  *Cookie is at its crispiest the day of baking.


Have you tried carob powder or chips?  Can you notice a big difference?  I can detect the difference.  To me, carob seems to have a hint of coffee flavor with the cocoa taste. I like it.

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  • At 2011.04.11 07:33, Medeja said:

    I like these cookies cause they are with oats.. cookies with oats are my weakness 🙂

    • At 2011.04.11 15:44, Joanne said:

      I like oats in my cookies as well – sooo good.

      • At 2011.04.11 07:48, Heather said:

        I hope the new shoes work out – it’s a week away!!! Ahhhhhhhhh!!!! I’m SOOOO excited for you!
        Those cookies look great – I’m not such a fan of carob, but I’m definitely a chocoholic. 🙂

        • At 2011.04.11 15:44, Joanne said:

          I know – so far so good on the sneaks. But I couldn’t risk wearing the ones that were hurting.

          • At 2011.04.11 08:32, lindsay said:

            oh hello cookies!! yum yum. now that i am dairy-free i need to explore the world of carobness. (i’ve had “rice dream – mint carob chip” ice cream and it was decent) so now i just need to find these carob substitutes at the food store!

            what can i use instead of buttermilk?

            love the new shoes. one week!

            • At 2011.04.11 15:45, Joanne said:

              Omit the buttermilk completely. Change the 1 cup of oats to 1/2 to 3/4 and add the oats to the flour which you should reduce to 1 1/2 cups.

              • At 2011.04.11 09:26, claudia lamascolo said:

                I love carob, haven’t had that in awhile… taste just like chocolate these look really delicious~

                • At 2011.04.11 15:46, Joanne said:

                  Thanks Claudia

                  • At 2011.04.11 12:30, Jen said:

                    I hope the new shoes work for you!
                    I haven’t tried carob for a really long time. Maybe it’s time to give it a try again with those cookies. They look so good and I’m a sucker for cookies.

                    • At 2011.04.11 15:46, Joanne said:

                      Nothing beats a good cookie.

                      • At 2011.04.11 15:03, the dawn said:

                        man, oh man, i’ve been having some challenges with my shoes lately too…and i was thinking about getting a new pair, but i’m so scared about getting them broken in before the race.

                        those look amazing! glad that you found something that is going to work for the race.

                        • At 2011.04.11 15:47, Joanne said:

                          I know – so close to race time but if the shoes are causing problems, I figure what do you have to lose?

                          • At 2011.04.11 18:13, Lori said:

                            Hope the shoes work out for you. I guess you can have Ted bring your other shoes and you can text him to meet you to switch out! They actually look very comfy for just wearing around 😀

                            I don’t care for carob that much. I think it has a peculiar taste to it that I cannot put my finger on.

                            • At 2011.04.12 00:06, Monet said:

                              I am a bad runner, and I always buy my shoes based on how they look (terrible, I know) and I must say that these would definitely win in my book (they look cute, and even better…they are good running shoes too!) Thank you so much for sharing with me tonight. I always know I will find something that will make me smile! Your sweet and creative spirit brings me such happiness. I hope you have a great day tomorrow full of hope and love.

                              • At 2011.04.15 12:05, Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday said:

                                If anything those shoes are cute. They look more like street shoes than runners. Score!
                                You’ll be really well dressed for the Boston marathon (only a few more days!) and well fuelled with those cookies 😀

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