15 July, 2013

Peanut Soba Noodle Salad

Ten days since my last post, and by now I am two weeks into my marathon training.
I am saying this because it's the main reason why it took me so long for the next post. The marathon training has taken over my life. Every single minute of it. 24/7. My weekly mileages are crazy. I run six times a week. My sleeping and eating pattern have not quite adapted yet. I don't sleep enough to ensure proper recovery, I don't eat enough to make up for the energy spent. This needs to be fixed as soon as possible, or I will not be able to run the same distances and intensities for much longer. You see, this marathon training is on my mind non-stop. I don't care much about anything else, as I want to get it right. With all this on my mind, an attempt of writing an intelligent blog post will naturally end in disaster. Bear with me as I bore you with my marathon training thoughts.

I am aware that a more relaxed approach towards the whole training might help me. It's no point to deny that marathon training is hard. It's supposed to prepare you for a 42k race. Race that is, not run. It will be my 4th marathon. I've done it all before. From my experience I know that the training is the hard part. It's tough on the body and the mind. And on the people close around you. Anyone willing to listen to your moans and complaints of your tough life, will get the full story. At every single occasion. I gladly share my moans and complaints with you.

The good news is that it's part of the training too. It prepares you mentally. A marathon is not a walk in the park. You will be sore, you gotta deal with pain. You got to learn how to deal with things not going quite according to plan. Everything that can happen during the race, should have at least one practice run during training, e.g. not being able to run the pace that you wanted to, not being able to run as far as you wanted to because your legs are tired. Part of the training is to learn how to pick yourself up or when to change plans.

Ten more weeks of marathon training before the race itself. I will be escaping the grueling Dubai summer soon for a month and continue my training in Germany and Portugal. A change of scenery will surely help. In fact, I can't wait to run in Portugal at the coast of the Atlantic. The view alone should be motivating enough to get the mileage in that I need.

I hope I will be able to talk about something else than marathons before that. As I need to eat more, I  surely spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking meals that fulfill my dietary needs. As I force my marathon stories on you, you shall have the right to see what I am cooking too. Here we go.
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PEANUT SOBA NOODLE SALAD

(Print Recipe)

100g/4oz soba noodles

1 carrot, peeled and cut into thin matchsticks
1 cucumber, deseeded and cut into thin matchsticks
1 red bell pepper, deseeded and cut into thin matchsticks

1 tablespoon white sesame seeds
1 tablespoon black sesame seeds
1/4 cup fresh coriander leaves for garnish

Dressing
4 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
2 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon grated ginger
1/4 teaspoon chili flakes (or to taste)
2-3 tablespoon hot water

Serves 2
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In a bowl, combine all ingredients (except the warm water). Whisk vigorously until well combined. Add warm water by the tablespoon and keep whisking until you reach desired consistency. The dressing should not be too firm or too runny. Set aside.

Cook the soba noodles in boiling water for 4-5 minutes. Drain and transfer to a bowl. Stir in the peanut butter dressing. Add the pre-cut vegetables. Sprinkle coriander and sesame seeds over the top. Serve cold or at room temperature.

4 comments:

  1. The Hockey on Roller Skates training did take over my life.. My weekly mileages were crazy. I skated six times a week. My sleeping and eating pattern did not adapt as desired. I didn't sleep enough to ensure proper recovery, I did eat enough to make up for the energy spent keeping tabs not to exceed 78 kg of weight with my 1,82 metres height. That kept me leaner and faster, or I would not be able to skate the same distances and intensities needed for European and World Cups, when I had to play against 10 tough opponents, night after night, for 10 days.

    You see, this hockey training was on my mind non-stop as I wanted to get it right. But I did care much about anything else, eyeing the world around me. With all this on my mind, an attempt at writing an intelligent website took me 45 years to look at everything like an historian does when events became clear and documents, stats registers, news papers cuttings and pics kept in files, started making sense.

    I was aware that a relaxed approach towards the whole training did help me. It's no point to deny that marathon training is hard. It's supposed to prepare you for a 42k race. Hockey training would prepare you for a 10/15k at high speed, up and down the rink. From my experience I knew that the training is the hard part. It's tough on the body and the mind. And no one around to listen to your moans and complaints of your tough life, shots at your thighs and knees, hurting ribs, sprained ankles, not to mention face and eyelids stitching.... I gladly share my recalling of my moans and complaints with you.

    The good news is that it's part of the training too. It prepares you mentally. Roller Hockey is not skating on side walks. You would be sore, you gotta deal with pain. You got to learn how to deal with things not going quite according to plan. Everything that happened during the hockey matches, was tested several times during training, e.g. not being able to skate as fast as you wanted to, not being able to go as far as you wanted or to break instantaneously because your legs are tired. Part of the training was to learn how to pick yourself up or when to change plans.

    I would be escaping the not so gruelling Mozambique summer for a month and continue my training in Portugal. That change of scenery surely did help. In fact, I couldn't wait for the training sessions in Portugal at the coast of the Atlantic. The view alone was motivating enough to get the mileage in that I need.

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  2. My favorite part of your blog is to read all about your running! I have taken up running myself over the past year and love all of your stories! Keep them coming! I'm sure others enjoy them too, and especially anyone that can relate, or that is like me completely fascinated by the distances you are able to run and your speed and time is also incredible!

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  3. Thank you for this super timely post! I am part of a team of four tackling this years Sydney Oxfam Trailwalker event - 100km through rough Australian bush in under 48 hours. Though technically not a race, you know that it kind of us, if only a race with yourself. Training = obsession for me right now, and I came to the conclusion yesterday that I am just nor fueling my body enough. Looking for healthy vegan power-house recipes I came across your site, and thank the stars! Ingredients bought for both the Thai Quinoa salad, and this one - can't wait!
    I made mention of your post on our official Oxfam teamspace page too: https://trailwalker.oxfam.org.au/team/blog/14606#13990

    Goo luck on your marathon, and I'm looking forward to loads more yum from your blog!
    Best,
    Natalie
    Oxfam Team #552
    Shady Bower

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    1. Thanks Natalie. Feeling very honored that you quoted me on your website. Good luck with your training and the event itself. Keep me posted, I'd love to hear about it.

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