Hill Intervals, The First OIAJ, & Easy Peasy PB Cookies

June 21, 2011 · 29 comments

Sunday called for my first hill run for marathon training. Let me tell you, I was psyched to hit that treadmill on an incline.

…Can you feel the sarcasm?

You see, Virginia Beach is a joke when it comes to hill runs. The land is completely flat almost everywhere, and to run hills outside, I’d have to travel about 20 minutes from my house. So I hit the gym, jumped on the treadmill, and braced myself.

I was a little worried. These treadmills make it very clear what is appropriate and what is not.

no crawling allowed.

Honestly? It wasn’t bad at all. I surprised myself.

Maybe it had something to do with the throwback SNL episode on T.V. And not just any throwback. Backstreet throwback.

oh, hey Kevin. Join me for hill intervals?


Brian, I would run “Anywhere for You.”

Here’s a breakdown of my treadmill hill intervals:

.5 miles  -  3.0 incline  -  6.5 mph
.5 miles  -  5.0 incline  -  7.0 mph
.3 miles  -  3.0 incline  -  6.8 mph
.4 miles  -  4.5 incline  -  7.0 mph
.3 miles  -  6.0 incline  -  6.5 mph
.5 miles  -  3.0 incline  -  7.0 mph
.5 miles  -  6.5 incline  -  6.8 mph
.3 miles  -  5.0 incline  -  7.0 mph
.4 miles  -  3.0 incline  -  7.2 mph
.3 miles  -  6.0 incline  -  6.5 mph
.5 miles  -  3.0 incline  -  7.0 mph
.2 miles  -  9.0 incline  -  6.5 mph
.3 miles  -  6.0 incline  – 6.8 mph
.2 miles -  2.0 incline  -  7.0 mph

Phew. Just typing that tires me out.

I followed the workout with .5 miles of walking uphill. Special thanks to The Backstreet Boys and my new running playlist for getting me through that sucker.

After the gym, I swung by the beloved Trader Joe’s for a few necessities.

salad dressing and wine. obvious life necessities.

And I didn’t get those Fiber One brownies from TJ’s. They were a curious Wal-Mart impulse buy. The verdict? They kinda suck. If you’re a fan of dry brownies with some frosting on them, let me know. You can have mine.

I’m so generous. :-D

Guess what was calling to me from the pantry when I arrived home?

Not Chloe. I don’t keep her in the pantry.

Although she’d probably love that.

My Naturally More peanut butter disappeared somehow. No idea how that happened…

So I stepped up to the plate for my FIRST OIAJ, or “Oats in a Jar.” Gosh, was I pumped.

On the stove top, I heated up 1 1/2 cups Light Chocolate Silk and mixed in 1/4 cup steel cut oats. I then stirred in 1/2 scoop Nectar Chocolate Truffle Whey Protein Isolate.

After the oats were done cookin’, I poured them into the empty pb jar.

A star was born.

How has it taken me this long to make Oats in a Jar? It’s a travesty. This tasted like a warm peanut butter cup.

I ate half of it, stuck the rest in the fridge (just to see what all the fuss is about the “Overnight Oats,” and tried it cold.

The verdict? It’s so much better warm. I’ll stick to my hot oats.

Apparently, hill workouts make me hungry for peanut butter. Around 8 p.m. on Sunday night, I tried my hand at three-ingredient brown sugar peanut butter cookies.

1 cup Naturally More Peanut Butter (I’m an addict)
1/2 cup brown sugar blend Splenda (this would be a full cup of regular sugar)
1 egg


I didn’t feel like dirtying up my blender so late at night, so I whisked the three ingredients in a mixing bowl.

into the oven you go

6 minutes later, et voila.

three ingredients, no flour. awesome.

I enjoyed three of these little babies before packaging them up for one lucky coworker. :) I’m lucky enough to work with someone who is willing to sub for me teaching my summer camp while I’m in Ohio for this weekend’s family wedding.

I was a little angry with myself for not thinking to throw some chocolate into the recipe, so I improvised.

And then I wanted even more chocolate so I added a chunk of the Cadbury dark chocolate Colleen sent me.

JK. No I didn’t.

Oh, shoot. There’s photo evidence. I guess I did.

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1 Lindsey @ Happy or Hungry June 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Peanut butter is probably my fave thing the world, especially PB cookies! Yumballs!
I just tried OIAJ for the first time the other day also, and wondered where it had been all my life… good call on making the oats first and then adding them to the jar though. I think my plastic jar may have melted slightly into my oatmeal. Ah well, all good :)

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2 Lindsey @ Happy or Hungry June 21, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Also, I can see a runner with a wine glass now!!! haha

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3 Alyssa June 21, 2011 at 3:12 pm

SUCCESS!

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4 samantha @ fresh n fit June 21, 2011 at 2:51 pm

I just got this weird urge to make peanut butter cookies and think about how much I wanna see someone at the gym crawling up a treadmill. Any ideas where that came from?

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5 Alyssa June 21, 2011 at 3:12 pm

I’m a bad influence.

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6 Alicia White June 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm

I love those fiber one bars :-) But I’ve been known to like healthy carboard stuff teehee (for instance, I ONLY like the taste of diet sodas!)

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7 Alyssa June 21, 2011 at 3:12 pm

haha! you’re not alone, Alicia. I’m the same way! maybe I’m just too partial to my VitaTops!

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8 cait June 21, 2011 at 3:10 pm

omg those look SO yummy- now i think i’ll have to make them for a happy snack..or lunch..dinner..dessert? too much? ;)

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9 Alyssa June 21, 2011 at 3:13 pm

never too much.

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10 katie June 21, 2011 at 3:11 pm

YUMM OIAJ is the best breakfast evaaaa!

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11 Kat June 21, 2011 at 3:54 pm

Oh brian. He was my lover growing up. Ok not going to lie, I am still pretty obsessed with him. And I LOVE running hills!! Wait, does that make me crazy? ;)

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12 Alyssa June 22, 2011 at 2:02 am

yes. yes, it does.

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13 Meaghan June 21, 2011 at 4:54 pm

I need to make OIAJ! I’ll think about it when I am like halfway through the jar of PB but then completely forget by the time it’s gone. And hot oats are definitely the way to go. I haven’t actually tried overnight oats but I know how much I hate when my oats get cold if I eat them slow so I don’t think I would like them!

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14 Alyssa June 22, 2011 at 2:01 am

they’re totally wompwomp. all the flavors are halfway gone!

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15 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat June 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm

I still haven’t had my first OIAJ either – but my nearly empty PB&Co means I’m close!

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16 Alyssa June 22, 2011 at 2:01 am

I wanna hear how it goes!

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17 Allison @ Happy Tales June 21, 2011 at 6:12 pm

*swoooooon* You had me at Easy Peasey PB Cookies. I want. Now. Whyyyyyyy do i have to be stuck at work!?

PS. I <3 BSB, too… and <3 = "heart"…. as in present tense. As in, I still do.

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18 Alyssa June 22, 2011 at 2:01 am

psh. that’s a big “me too.”

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19 janae @hungryrunnergirl.com June 21, 2011 at 11:51 pm

AHHH AWESOME WORKOUT GIRL!!! I wish we could run together!! Those cookies look amazing and I am glad you got the necessities:)

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20 Alyssa June 22, 2011 at 2:01 am

my life will be made when we run together. seriously. book your trip now to VA Beach. :)

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21 Carrie June 21, 2011 at 11:53 pm

DUDE hills are TOUGH! props to you! i ended up doing some hills today becuz the family we arestaying with LIVE ON A GIANT hill.. booo…
first OIAJ? wow! wait actaully iv never had it so why am i talking…

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22 Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons June 22, 2011 at 12:46 am

yeah you did! haha save me one!!! =)

and that little crawling guy looks like he’s snowboarding downhill! score!

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23 Alyssa June 22, 2011 at 2:02 am

HAHA. we just made that treadmill so much more interesting.. ;)

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24 Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries June 22, 2011 at 2:58 am

I loveee oats in a jar – funny you don’t like them cold! Ever since I tried them from the fridge months ago, I haven’t had hot oats since! Topping them with 10 thousand different things doesn’t hurt either :)

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25 what katie's baking June 22, 2011 at 4:36 am

oiaj are my fav!!!
and those cookies look super yummy.

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26 Ali @ Ali Runs June 22, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Awesome job on the hill intervals! I spent so much time on the treadmill last winter, that I don’t think I’ll be seeing another treadmill until November or December! :)

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27 Alyssa June 22, 2011 at 2:31 pm

more power to ya for being able to tolerate the obnoxious heat!

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28 Brynne June 23, 2011 at 11:57 am

Try overnight oats again! They’re so great in the summer after a hot morning workout. I usually do yogurt, oats, ground flax, lotssss of blueberries/strawberries/mango/peaches/banana and some peanut butter.

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29 Alyssa June 23, 2011 at 12:57 pm

honestly, I just had a morning workout, and that SOUNDS awesome.

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