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.

(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

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
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.

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