two skinny jenkins

090524 – Marathon Training for real
090524, 6:28 pm
Filed under: MULTISPORT

It is time to get serious about marathon training.  We are moving to Boston in August, and soon thereafter running the Bay State Marathon on October 18th in hopes to qualify for the Boston Marathon.  Here is a MAP of the Bay State race.  I am DETERMINED to qualify for the Boston marathon at the Bay State Marathon…  I ran my last marathon in 3:50 and it was pretty painful for the last 4 miles (i think about average pain, but painful nonetheless).  I need a 3:40 or under time to qualify, so I have quite a bit of time to shave off.  This means longer runs, faster runs, and probably loosing a few pounds.

I have gained about 5-8 lbs since college and am determined to loose 5.  Since it seems like we are always training for something (the triathlon this whole winter, and the Marine Corps Marathon before that) i have had the mentality that i can eat whatever i want, when i want it.  I do not have much self control when it comes to food, and have never really been on a diet.

I signed up for the Richmond Marathon last fall when we both expected to be attending UVA for graduate school.  Chances are, I will not have the money to fly down to Richmond from Boston for the race.  If i do get a buddy pass, there is also a good change that the flight will fill up.  In the event that i can get to Richmond on the 14th of November, I think i will try to run both marathons.

Hopefully all of our triathlon cross training has set me up well.  I definitely feel stronger than ever.  The traithlon training was a much bigger time commitment than i have ever made before, so maybe the marathon training will feel like a break!

Okay, here’s my training program (just distances):

And here are my speeds (given a 6:13 mile run):

My new training program (as of 090630) from the Boston Athletic Association:



090517 – black bean brownies
090517, 3:55 pm
Filed under: DESSERT, MULTISPORT | Tags: , ,

black bean browniesthese were a wonderful post race treat!  the food at the Columbia Triathlon was not good.  When i finished, all they had left was pasta salad, dried-out bagels, and puny bananas.  APPARENTLY there were cookies and cliff bars earlier on, but the racers families ate them up DURING THE RACE!  this is a HUGE pet peeve of mine.  I had not seen such moochers until i came to DC and ran the Army 10-miler.  my jaw dropped when i saw overweight race bystanders loading boxes with the racers food.

For brownies, these were pretty healthy.  They have a ‘B’ grade on

  • 1 box of brownie mix
  • 1 can black beans
  1. Preheat oven per box directions.
  2. rinse + drain the black beans, then return to their can and fill w/ enough water to cover. (about 1/2″ below the can rim)
  3. use an immersion blender to mix up the beans and water thoroughly.  I blended them for about 3 solid minutes.
  4. stir bean mixture into brownie mix.  spray a 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray, pour in batter and bake per box directions.

090517, 10:06 am
Filed under: MULTISPORT


PHOTOS LINK – for a limited time…

I was SOOO nervous for this race.  Some apprehension can be a healthy thing before a race… gets the blood pumping.  I was definitely beyond that healthy range of nervousness.  Starting Friday afternoon i was silently contemplating not doing the race.  I know this is ridiculous.

The day stated at 4:45 AM when we got up and packed our car to go.  The course is about an hour from our home and we were supposed to arrive no later than 6:30.  The race began at 6:45 for the Pro’s. The water was a balmy 70F so the professionals weren’t allowed to wear wet-suits.  It was cloudy and stormy.  The air was only 60 degrees so when it started to rain i was shivering.  Partly from the cold and partly nerves.  I wasn’t scheduled to go until 8:10 – the eleventh wave.  The anticipation was killing me.

As soon as i got in the water, i stated to feel better.  compared to the chilly rain, the lake felt like bath-water.  I have trained so hard for this, i have got to at least TRY (TRI).  The swim felt GREAT.  I stayed WAY outside the pack, so i only got kicked 3-4 times SEE  VIDEO.  I naturally curve to the right and had to check my location every 30 strokes.  I probably added an extra 100 M to the swim – but it was worth it.

Coming out of the water i realized my watch had stopped.  The lady next to me reassured me that it was a sub 30 min swim – that’s good.  I had taken it VERY easy and was not worn out at all.  I didn’t use any body-glide, but my wet-suit came off alright.

The bike is a similar tune… I took it pretty easy.  After all the rain, the roads were wet and dotted with puddles.  I had never ridden in wet conditions before and was worried that my skinny road bike tire would slip out from under me in an instant.  It is SUCH a hilly, curvy course, i found myself braking or at least not peddling down each slope.

Then finally the run came.  It was such a relief.  In the end I was so amazed at how easy the race felt.  Despite the hilly bike and run, i finished in exactly twice my time at the Rumpas Sprint we had done a month earlier.

090514 – my 100 dishes
090514, 3:30 pm
Filed under: FUN

090514 - My 100

As i delve deeper into the food blog world, i have discovered more and more foods that i want to try making.

Please send me your favorite recipes from the list, or ones that you think i am missing!


  1. Naan
  2. Injera
  3. Zucchini bread
  4. Bread pudding
  5. southern biscuits
  6. New England Cheese Bread – made Castiello (close enough!)
  7. Brioche
  8. Sourdough bread (like San Fran)
  9. Greek Celebration Bread
  10. Rye bread
  11. Stollen
  12. Corn Bead
  13. Panettone
  14. Ciabatta
  15. Bagels
  16. English Muffins


  1. Eggs Florentine
  2. quiche
  3. yogurt muffins (chocolate chip!)
  4. Rugelach
  5. granola bars (i’ve made granola and it disappears…)
  6. cinnamon buns (sim. to rugelach)
  7. French toast


  1. Falafel (successfully – I’ve tried it before)
  2. Cole slaw
  3. Fennel greens (with something…)


  1. mushroom risotto (like on Hell’s Kitchen)
  2. paella (as soon as i can afford saffron!)
  3. stuffed artichokes
  4. home made linguine pasta
  5. mozzarella cheese
  6. French Onion Soup
  7. Spanish tortilla
  8. Portobello burgers
  9. grilled Cactus
  10. Miso Soup
  11. Lobster (when we move to Boston)
  12. Crab Cakes
  13. Spring rolls
  14. Crostini
  15. Pepper steak


  1. plantain chips
  2. graham crackers
  3. dolmas


  1. cheesecake  – any kind
  2. flour-less chocolate cake
  3. frozen yogurt (esp. grasshopper/ mint chip flavored)
  4. Souffle
  5. red bean pastries (the right way!)
  6. Carrot cake
  7. Fortune Cookies
  8. Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie
  9. Pineapple upside-down cake
  10. Better Than Sex cake
  11. crumb cake
  12. Strudel
  13. Truffles
  14. Red Velvet Cake
  15. Black Bean Brownies
  16. Candied orange slices
  17. Bread Pudding
  18. Rice pudding
  19. Coconut cake


  1. Bloody Mary
  2. Cucumber Dill lemonade
  3. Dark and Stormy
  4. Limeade
  5. Old Fashioned Rickey (DC-style)
  6. Mojito
  7. Gin
  8. Beer
  9. Margarita

090508 – Bread Bakers Apprentice Challenge!
090508, 6:01 pm
Filed under: BBA Challenge, FUN | Tags:

breadbakerTime to stock up on King Arthur Flour!  I have decided to join the ranks of other great cooking bloggers and participating in the Bread Baker’s Apprentice Challenge.  The book by Peter Reinhart is the source for my pizza dough recipe.  The photos of his breads in the book are so beautiful, that i had been too intimidated to attempt them.  Until now.  I look forward to learning more about bread types and making in the upcoming weeks!

The schedule so far is as follows:

  • May 18th – Anadama Bread (Anna, Damn It)
  • May 24th – Greek Celebration Bread
  • May 31th – Bagels (watch out Bodos!)
  • June 7th – Rich Man’s Brioche (mmm… butter)
  • many more to come!

Out of respect for this wonderful book (and copyright laws) i will not be publishing the bread recipes on my site.  SORRY!  You may be able to find part of (some of) the recipes on Googlebooks.

I am super excited about the challenge – wish me luck!

090425 – burgers + brownies
090424, 10:49 pm
Filed under: DESSERT, DINNER, MULTISPORT | Tags: , , , ,

we biked and bricked the course this morning.  it was 90° outside, but we biked it 10 minutes faster than last time, a month ago.  the park was packed with cars and there were at least as many bikes on the road as cars.  there are at least 8 good hills on the course, and on the last one, the man biking in front of me sort of slumped over off the road.

dinner: burgers:

initially, i didn’t really feel like grilling the burgers.  didn’t we just eat burgers 4 days ago?  but i REALLY COULDN’T after giving myself second degree burns with the spatula… i had left our metal spatula sitting apparently too close to the grill exhaust while it was preheating.  i now have a very neat imprint of the  spatula handle on my right palm.

joe ended up cooking the entire meal himself, while i pathetically clutched a cold beer can…


dessert: brownies:


before burning myself, i had managed to make the RICH DARK CHOCOLATE brownie recipe found on the back of the King Arthur flour bag.  luckily, i made a half batch becuse these are really to die for.

  • 1 C sugar
  • 1/2 C butter
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 3/4 C Hershey’s special dark cocoa powder
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 t vanilla
  • 3/4 C King Arthur all purpose flour
  • 1 C semisweet chocolate chips
  1. melt butter in medium sized, microwave safe bowl. add sugar and heat heat again if necessary to make it smooth (maybe 30 sec. more).
  2. stir in cocoa, salt, baking powder, and vanilla until smooth.
  3. add flour and chocolate chips
  4. bake at 350 in a

090419 – Rumpass in Bumpass
090419, 7:18 pm
Filed under: MULTISPORT

my first triathlon and joe’s second.  it sure puts the Ironman that we talked about doing one day in perspective!  we are both rethinking our goal tie for the  (MUCH hillier) Olympic distance race we have scheduled for 1 month from now.


ME – here i go on my bike, Tracy trek, right after a 3 minute (slow) transition!  between the long transition and all the second/triple guessing i did during the swim, i still somehow managed to get second place for my age group!


JOE –  elbowing this old guy to the finish line… i won’t mention what muscle he pulled in the process.


JEFF – is one tough man.  one of four, actually, out of the 500+ people at the race without a wetsuit.  he sure looks happy to be exiting that 62° water!

FYI: our training program: