Makes between 1-2 dozen cookies depending on what size cookie cutters you use.
For the cookies:
* 2C flour
Note: I used a mix of 1C whole wheat pastry flour and 1C whole wheat flour. You can use any combination of flour you feel like. If you want a more "traditional" cookie cutter cookie, you might want to use a mix of all-purpose and whole wheat.
* 3/4C turbinado sugar
* 1tsp. baking powder
* 1/4C applesauce
* 1/2C canola oil
* 1Tbl. vanilla extract
* 1/2tsp. cinnamon
For the icing:
(Makes enough icing for 2 dozen cookies)
* 8-10tsp. soymilk (you can add more or less depending on how thick/runny you want the frosting to be)
* 6tsp. agave syrup
* 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract (you can also use almond extract for a different, but good flavor)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. In a mixing bowl, mix the applesauce, oil, and sugar together.
3. In a separate bowl mix the flour(s), baking powder, and cinnamon. Slowly add to the wet mixture until combined.
4. Sprinkle a little flour on a clean surface. Roll out the dough to a 1/4" thickness.
Note: The dough may be a little crumbly, but will roll out fine for the cookie cutters.
5. Cut out some cookies and place them on a cookie sheet.
6. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
7. Transfer to a cooling rack.
And, the side of tempo:
*Note to self, do not attempt a tempo run after eating 2 Valentine's day cookies! :)
I am pretty new to tempo runs, so I found a general definition from running.about.com:
And here's some more info. on tempo runs that I got from runnersworld.com.
Why the Tempo Works...
Tempo running improves a crucial physiological variable for running success: our metabolic fitness. "Most runners have trained their cardiovascular system to deliver oxygen to the muscles," says exercise scientist Bill Pierce, chair of the health and exercise science department at Furman University in South Carolina, "but they haven't trained their bodies to use that oxygen once it arrives. Tempo runs do just that by teaching the body to use oxygen for metabolism more efficiently."
How? By increasing your lactate threshold (LT), or the point at which the body fatigues at a certain pace. During tempo runs, lactate and hydrogen ions--by-products of metabolism--are released into the muscles. The ions make the muscles acidic, eventually leading to fatigue. The better trained you become, the higher you push your "threshold," meaning your muscles become better at using these byproducts. The result is less-acidic muscles (that is, muscles that haven't reached their new "threshold"), so they keep on contracting, letting you run farther and faster.
Tonight I was scheduled to do a 30min. tempo run and debated about doing it tomorrow instead because of the cookies, but figured I'd be alright. For the most part I was fine, but burping up the taste of frosting is not the most pleasant thing to experience during a run. Although, I guess it could have been much worse!
All in all, I think my tempo run went pretty good. I did a 10min. warm-up, followed by 15min at around 7:28 pace, then a 5min. cool down. It was pretty tough, and I had sweat pouring off of me, but it felt great and I felt FAST! I can definitely see how doing tempo runs is going to help me meet my goal.
Do any of you do tempo runs? If so, do you think they have helped you become a faster runner?