Driving To Events- How Far Will You Go?

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on April 6, 2010

Good morning!

Yesterday was all about the spin-offs…

Spin-off #1:

I made a spin-off of my loaded oats by making curry flavoured loaded oats! They were deelish.


Curry Loaded Oats


  • 1/2 cup regular oats
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup frozen veggies
  • 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon tumeric
  • No Salt Added PC seasoning
  • Black pepper
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon nutritional yeast (optional)

Directions: Throw everything into a pot and mix well over high heat. Bring to a boil and reduce to low and cook for 7-9 minutes. Pour into a bowl and add your favourite toppings!

Topping ideas:

  • Mary’s Crackers
  • Hummus
  • Salsa
  • Tomato Paste
  • Avocado
  • Stir-fry or roasted veggies
  • Chickpeas
  • Shredded coconut

The key to making delicious loaded oats:

1) Lots of toppings

2) Some crunch + texture (think Mary’s Crackers!)

3) Some type of creamy mix-in like hummus, nutritional yeast, or milk

4) Treat oats like any other ‘savoury’ grain like rice, quinoa, couscous, etc.


Hop, hop.


Isn’t this bowl cute? A reader named Christine gave me this bowl at the Orlando meet-up! The bowl is from Target’s new spring collection. Does she know me well or what? ;)


This bowl of oats was amazing. Loaded oats are my favourite new quick lunch or dinner lately! I just can’t get enough of them…they are so filling too.


Sadly there was no avocado in this bowl!

Downfalls of coming back from vacation:

1) No food,

2) Waiting for everything to ripen when you do buy food!

Is it weird that I put avocados on the windowsill to ripen faster?? lol…what can I say I love avocados!

Spin-off #2:

Meet my newest spin-off of banana soft serve! Other spin-offs include fudgicle soft serve.


Carrot Cake Soft Serve


  • 1 frozen ripe banana
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • splash or two of almond milk
  • pinch nutmeg (optional)
  • 1/2 tablespoon nut butter (I used cashew butter)

Directions: In a food processor process the carrots until fine. Add milk and frozen banana and process, scraping the bowl frequently until mixture is smooth. Now add in the spices and nut butter and process more. Add more milk if necessary. Serve and enjoy!


It tasted a lot like carrot cake batter which is always a good thing. :mrgreen:

Race Updates

I still haven’t decided about the 10k race this weekend. The only thing that is holding me back is that the race is a 1 hour 15 minute drive from me and I have no one to drive down with! Doesn’t make for a very fun trip! I shall play it by ear though…

However, I am officially signed up for the 15k in Guelph on April 18th and I have two girlfriends running with me so far! We are going to have a slumber party here the night before and drive down together. :) Give me a shout if you are running in either race and maybe we can meet-up!

Today’s question- Do you have a limit for driving somewhere for a race or sporting event? What is the farthest you have ever driven (or for a partner/child)?

The farthest I have driven for a race was my first 10k race in wine country- the drive was about 1 hour 45 minutes. Luckily I had Eric by my side to keep me company! The other 3 races I have run were all in Toronto and took about 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes to drive to. Eric was with me for all of those trips too. Because of where we live we don’t have many races that are close by. All of the major races are at least 1-5 hours away from us. I don’t mind going a fair distance when someone else is going with me or when I am running with other people, but I hate the thought of driving somewhere far in the early morning and running by myself with no one I know at the finish line! One of the things I want to do is do a race in another province or country and make a big road trip out of it and run it with friends. I think that would be really fun!

When I used to play fastpitch we would drive all over for our games…sometimes across two provinces to get to the playoffs! We had many long road trips. It was fun though because there was usually a car load of my friends with me!

I am thinking that maybe I need to do a race ALONE though…just to say I have done it…sort of like going to a movie by myself or eating at a restaurant by myself… ;)

Time to get crack-a-lackin!!

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Kate April 6, 2010 at 8:15 am

That’s a great way of looking at it – to do it by yourself like going to the movies or a restaurant! :)

I drove 2 hours to watch my cousin play AVP volleyball. :) It was a weekend thing and I hung out with my aunt and uncle. We even sat by Kerri Walsh and didn’t know it until fans came to get her autograph!


Eri April 6, 2010 at 3:29 pm

who is your cousin? and how could you not recognize kerri walsh!:\


Jessica @ How Sweet April 6, 2010 at 8:16 am

Wow so much yummy food! You are brave with the curry oats, not sure I could swing it. And the soft serve looks great! I also put my avocados in the sun – but someone told me a trick of putting 1 in a brown paper bag with a banana overnight – it ripens and has always worked for me – give it a try! :)


Nicole @ Making Good Choices April 6, 2010 at 8:18 am

I live in NY so I’m lucky enough to have races pretty close to me. I wouldn’t want to drive all that way myself either. You are so creative to add curry to your oats and carrots to your soft serve! I have to try both ! :)


Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow April 6, 2010 at 8:20 am

I think I’m in love with the carrot cake soft serve…I’m telling the whole world about how magical bananas are in the food processor. Truly is awesome!

I tried savory oats for the first time- was MORE than surprised at how delish they were!


Marina April 6, 2010 at 8:21 am

What amazing recipes. I love savory oats, and this soft serve is a great idea!
Over here,races aren’t usual, so I don’t do them. I probably wouldn’t do them anyways, but it would be nice to have the option.


amie April 6, 2010 at 8:24 am

when i was a competitive swimmer i would drive 5+ hours to competitions, but i had my team meeting me there, so i can see why you wouldnt want to drive so far without any support. in a few weeks im running a half in stratford-upon-aveon in the uk (where shakespeare lived!) so i guess you could say i travelled 9 hours by plane for it! hahaha


Christina April 6, 2010 at 8:28 am

I’ll pretty much do anything and go anywhere, last month my friends and I planned a weekend in Chicago to run a 5k. I love a good roadtrip and I’m hoping to fit in a few more far away races this summer!

Luckily my friends are the same way, but even if I were going solo, everyone is so scattered there’s usually someone to meet up with.


Jen April 6, 2010 at 8:31 am

Your eats always look so yummy! I just bought a food processor, and I think the next thing I use it for will be Carrot Cake Soft Serve. Can’t wait! Can I eat this for breakfast?!?!?! ;)

About the race… while I understand wanting to try something to say you’ve done it, I think that races are meant to be enjoyed. They are created to give you a way to be competitive, athletic, active, and social. If you are having reservations about driving so far to run a race alone, maybe you should wait for the fun race with your friends :) Then you can do another awesome race with yourself at home. It sounds like you had a lot of fun yesterday!!! And think of the money you could save on gas and race registration fees!!! :)


mmclaughlin April 6, 2010 at 8:32 am

I drove from Charleston, SC to Orlando, FL for the Disney Princess Half-Marathon, which is a 6 and a half hour drive. I drove by myself, and picked up 2 friends of mine from Connecticut at the Orlando airport when I got there. I wouldn’t do it every weekend, but it was fun that time :)
And I’m definitely going to try your carrot cake soft serve – it looks delicious!!


Paige @ Running Around Normal April 6, 2010 at 8:37 am

I finally tried savory oats. They were pretty good, but I’m not sure when the next time I’ll have them will be…
I’ve run in races alone, but I’ve always had someone on the sidelines cheering me on. Usually my husband:)
Have a great day!


Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin April 6, 2010 at 8:38 am

I actually have only raced locally. I’m in Washington, DC so there are tons of races here. I would travel for sure if I was running the race with someone else and make a weekend out of it.

Love the idea of carrot cake softserve. Delicious!!


Carolyn @ lovinlosing.com April 6, 2010 at 8:41 am

I don’t really have anyone to run with, either. I think I am going to join the local running club so I’ll know people at the race and not have to harrass my poor husband into attending.


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin April 6, 2010 at 8:42 am

Those oats look tasty, but I’m still a bit skeptical about trying savory oats. I just love my sweet and fruity oat dishes way too much!

Long car rides alone are definitely boring, but if you want to do the race, you should! And even though Eric won’t be there in person, you know he will be there in spirit to cheer for you. :)


Jil April 6, 2010 at 8:47 am

Hmm, I don’t know – if it was something amazing – I’d probably travel as far as needed to do it! Although, with races you wouldn’t want to exhaust yourself with too much travel even before you got to the race!


Gillian April 6, 2010 at 8:49 am

If you want to do a 10k on May 2nd, I am doing the SportingLife 10k!


Jess @ MTL Veggie April 6, 2010 at 8:50 am

Good luck with your race if you decide to run! I actually don’t mind driving long(er) distances alone- you get total control over the music and your singing won’t disturb anyone ;)
The farthest I’ve currently driven for a race was earlier this year- my b/f and I were up at my parents cottage (1 hr 30 min away from race destination) and decided saturday night that we would get up at 5:30am to drive to said race- needless to say he drove and I slept lol


Danielle (Coffee Run) April 6, 2010 at 8:50 am

I love the carrot cake soft serve! You need some cream cheese icing though ;)

I’ve only ran one race but I’d probably drive 2 hours max?? Actually, the marathon I’m running is on the other side of the country so I guess I’d fly 6 hours by plane! lol


Christina April 6, 2010 at 8:53 am

I know what you mean about going to a race alone. I don’t really have any friends that are into running so if I want to race I usually have to suck it up and go alone! It definitely makes it a bit less fun :(


Sara April 6, 2010 at 9:01 am

Try putting your avocado in a paper bag with a banana, I think its the gas that a banana gives off that ripens the avocado.

In college we used to drive to our fencing matches in the van with our coach driving sometimes they were 9 hours away and our coach was a crazy driver.


Grace aka Triathlonbabe April 6, 2010 at 9:06 am

Your soft serves look delish! I might have to try the carrot cake one as I love carrot cake!

The furthest I’ve driven for a race was from Dallas to Galveston for an Olympic distance triathlon, so I’m thinking about 4 hrs.

Have a super day!


Gena April 6, 2010 at 9:11 am

You are fast becoming a BSS impresario! I love all of your variations. Those look like wonderful oats, too.


Heather (Heather's Dish) April 6, 2010 at 9:11 am

you and your amazing soft-serve ideas! i love carrot cake, so that one sounds like a must try! unless i was staying overnight, i don’t think i would drive more than 2-3 hours for a race, if that long. i would just do what you’re comfortable with (i know that’s ambiguous, but in the long run it’s true!) happy tuesday!


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg April 6, 2010 at 9:13 am

Curry oats?!? Wild!! I’m going to have to try that– I love curry, and could eat it by the spoonful– just the spice! :-)

I’ve never traveled far for a race, but I’m eying a half marathon in Pittsburgh next year, which would be about a two hour drive. I think it’s fun if you make a trip out of it, rather than just driving to the race, turning around, and leaving!


Caroline April 6, 2010 at 9:13 am

I’ve only done three races and they were all ‘with’ someone. My husband drove about 3 hours north with me so I could run a 5k with my cousin. He drove about 8 hours south to Disney so I could run my first half marathon (started out with bloggers I’d met at lunch the day before). And most recently I drove an hour and fifteen minutes to Atlanta by myself to run another half marathon, but I stayed with my parents and my best friend picked me up and we started the race together.
I definitely think doing a race alone would be a milestone to celebrate!


Jenny (Green Food Diaries) April 6, 2010 at 9:22 am

oh my god… must try that carrot cake banana soft serve. AHHH.


Morgan @ Life After Bagels April 6, 2010 at 9:22 am

I actually love places by myself. I’m kind of used to it since I have weekdays off and my bf and all my friends have weekends off. I find it so peaceful. I especially love going to brunch by myself. Although I don’t know if I’d go to a race by myself, I think I’d need someone at the finish cheering me on.


foodandfarm April 6, 2010 at 9:24 am

Hmm.. interesting invention of putty curry with oats. But I guess oats can be compared to rice right? Will have to try!


[email protected] April 6, 2010 at 9:26 am

love your oats! how inventive :)


Jessica @ The Process of Healing April 6, 2010 at 9:28 am

Mmm the carrot cake looks delish!!!!!
Cute bowl! Target is awesome. I get most of my dishes there :)


jen trinque April 6, 2010 at 9:31 am

I did one race that was about 15 minutes away and one that was three hours away! It was in Atlanta, so we drove down the afternoon before and made it into a mini-vacay.


LJ April 6, 2010 at 9:42 am

Hey OSG, I love reading your blog, thanks for always sharing such health and easy eats! From the photos and driving distances, I’m going to guess you might be near the KW area. I’m not running Guelph because I’ll be tapering for the Waterloo marathon the weekend after, which I’m running alone! I’ve ran the TO Scotiabank before so I know the dilemma about driving.


Run Sarah April 6, 2010 at 9:42 am

Curry oats?! That is wild! I would probably drive up to 1.5 hours away for a race if hubs was coming too!


Lauren @ Eater not a runner April 6, 2010 at 9:42 am

I did my last race alone, it was only 20 minutes away but a very different experience! The farthest I’ve driven is about 1:30 but usually I try to stick within a half hour radius!


janetha April 6, 2010 at 9:51 am

mmm. that carrot cake soft serve looks dreamy!


Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman April 6, 2010 at 10:02 am

Carrot Cake Soft Serve? That sounds soooo good. How do you just whip up these crazy amazing things?!


Jane April 6, 2010 at 10:05 am

Angela, I saw this recipe in a yoga cookbook and thought of you immediately.

Pumpkin Seed Wakame

sprinkle over soups or salads.

1/4 pumpkin seeds, rinsed.

1 tsp. dried wakame seaweed flakes

Dry roast pumpkin seeds with the wakame in a frying pan until the seeds pop. Grind together in food processor until it looks like breadcrumbs.

From Yoga Mind and Body: Sivananda yoga vedanta center


Jenny April 6, 2010 at 10:10 am

I don’t know of I could justify more than six hours for an event, but if I was seeing a friend I hadn’t seen in a while I’d drive a long long time!


Lisa April 6, 2010 at 10:34 am

There are enough races in Portland that I don’t need to drive very far to race. There is a race in Eugene (about an hour and a half from Portland) that I’m considering.

A friend recently drove up to Seattle (3+ hours) to do the Mercer Island Half Marathon!


leatitia April 6, 2010 at 10:36 am

Angela! You should come to the Montreal Marathon in September! We start the race on the Jacques-Cartier huge st-lawrence bridge and finish at the Olympic Stadium! It’s quite the event. I’ll run my first half this year.

Toronto/Montreal in train is 150$CAN. And there’s also flying that is cheap. So you don’t have to worry about driving. But if you come with girlfriends, you could each drive 2 hours or something :)



Ashley (whole-ier) April 6, 2010 at 10:48 am

I am a beginner runner so if the race isn’t in my hometown the chances of me running in it are slim to none! I’m hoping that’ll change though. My first 10k is this weekend!

Also- I live in Naples, it was interesting seeing what you liked about my town. btw- i hope you get a Target soon!


Kacy April 6, 2010 at 10:58 am

I’ve never driven very far for a race (20 minutes max, and walked to one from my front door), but I would definitely be willing to!

I love the loaded oats idea. Yum!


skinnyrunner April 6, 2010 at 11:12 am

i drove from orange county up to san francisco for a race. but i was with friends and hubby so it was more like a vacation.


Adam April 6, 2010 at 11:21 am

Last October i flew to Munich, Germany with my sis and ran the Munchen Marathon with her to cheer me on at the finish. It was amazing :)


Lauren April 6, 2010 at 11:32 am

This weekend I am driving 3 1/2 hours to watch my boyfriend’s mountain bike race and later this month I’m running a 5k that’s about 2 hours away. A couple of years ago I drove about 8 hours to do a 10k. I don’t mind driving far to race because usually wherever I’m going is more beautiful than what I could find immediately around my house.


Christine (The Raw Project) April 6, 2010 at 11:36 am

Mmmmmm, the carrot cake soft serve looks great. If I have a limit, I haven’t reached it yet. :-) So far I’ve only driven an hour. But if there was a good race in, say, Maui for a good cause, then I should, right? :-P


Lizzie April 6, 2010 at 11:39 am

I’ve run local races on my own before and I’ve driven 4 hours to NYC for races and 5 for Phila races. Unless there is some very emotional reason, I try to only travel for distances at 10K or above . . . OK, so haven’t done above yet, but getting there! It’s fun to run somewhere different and I like the challenge of being organized to travel and prep for a race. If they’re local often I won’t drag my poor husband out of bed to come and cheer, but travelling together is fun and he usually knows someone where we’re going and can hang out with them.

I tried to banana soft serve – and it was OK. I think maybe I need to add some of your other ingredients in, like the nut butter. Have you thought about doing a strawberry one? I bet that would be good!!


Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind April 6, 2010 at 12:16 pm

Well, my answer is a probably a little different, because it’s my JOB (on the weekends) to travel to sporting events. I work for a cheer and dance event company, and we have events all over the U.S.

So basically I’ll travel as far as they want me to. ;)


Lisa April 6, 2010 at 12:28 pm

I’ve driven 3 hours to Atlanta to run in the Peachtree. But, that was a long time ago. Now, I think I’ve driven 2 hours at the most to take my daughter to sports games.


Britt @ Runnerbelle April 6, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Anything under a 15K I don’t really travel that far, especially on my own (and usually it is a big race). I did a 4 mile race the other day on my own, that was only a half hour away.

Longer distance races, especially marathons I’ll travel a further distance either driving for a few hours or flying. Any time I do that though I usually have others with me, it helps to have a mom that runs and is retired!


::christine:: April 6, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Oh Angela! You used the bowl!

*Squeal* :D

I use my matching bowl and think of you ~

and you remembered who gave it to you… you rock girl!
I think I just might be brave and try those savory oats.


::christine:: April 6, 2010 at 12:52 pm

p.s. putting an avocado in a brown bag in the window sill is supposed to ripen it uber quick.


Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) April 6, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Those oats look fabulous!

I have done races up to 1.5 hours away- but I don’t think I would do one any farther!



Krista April 6, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Ange! Send me the deets on the Guelph race. I’ll come cheer you on!


[email protected] April 6, 2010 at 2:04 pm

ill def be trying that soft serve soon! looks great!


Katie April 6, 2010 at 3:51 pm

There aren’t a lot of races in our area since we basically live in the middle of nowhere. My sister-in-law and I drive about an hour and a half to the closest “big city” for most of our races.


Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter April 6, 2010 at 5:30 pm

the carrot cake soft serve looks fantastic!!!

Mine was just a half hour into the city, but I was doing it with a bunch of friends (including a crush of mine at the time!) I quite enjoyed talking with my crush the entire time and ended up dating 2 months later. hehe, oh high school.

Sometimes I love long drives to help me think. I can also blast music and sing to it really loudly.


Ashley April 6, 2010 at 6:18 pm

FUnn…I didn’t know you played fastpitch! I played softball for years and then our school district switched to FP when I was in 9th grade. What did you play? I was at 3rd base. Those oats look craZy girl!!! Wow..you are quite adventurous! Great idea with the soft serve :)


Mary April 6, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Hey! I also live in a small town in SW Ontario and therefore often need to travel to race. I plan on running the 10k in London this weekend (though I haven’t signed up yet!)… so if I see you there, I will be sure to say hello :)
PS. Though a long drive may seem like a drag before a race, I have honestly never regretted it!! Racing gives me such a high – makes me feel like a champ!


Cynthia (It All Changes) April 6, 2010 at 7:11 pm

To drive the morning of I will drive no more than 2 hours. If I’m staying overnight I’ll drive a good ways. I’m driving to Philly which is 7 hours.


Kirsten April 6, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Have driven to Ottawa for a race from Toronto! Stayed there for the weekend though. For a same day race the farthest I guess would be Around the Bay in Hamilton.


Michelle in Michigan April 6, 2010 at 10:22 pm

My dad and I run half marathons together. The farthest we have driven (so far) was from Detroit to Little Rock, Arkansas with an overnight stop in Nashville. Detroit-Nashville 10 hours, Nashville to Little Rock 6 hours.


Sue April 7, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Angela….I’ve been following your blog regularly for half a year, and have never posted but feel the need to now!

I’m a Canadian (I went to Queen’s U!) living in the San Francisco Bay area and just starting racing again last year. I run most races on my own which works for me because I’m really introverted! I love race day so there is no limit for me on distance…I have driven for 2 hours, and hopped on a plane for a race.

If you’re headed to the San Fran area, my biggest recommendation is to run the Healdsburg Wine Country race (http://www.runhealdsburg.com/site5.aspx). Its the most scenic race I’ve run, and there is wine tasting afterwards. It is part of the Destination Races series which you may want to check out…they have 3 other races and I will be running Napa to Sonoma this year. This one is really popular (it sold out for this year) so you need to register early.

Best of luck and happy running!


emily April 8, 2010 at 5:01 pm

can you sub the oats out with Quinoa? Would you cook the quinoa first or still throw it all in a pot together? looks deeeelish!


Rebekah @ runtrackmind April 9, 2010 at 9:55 am

I know I am a little late on commenting on this post, but you can also put avocados in a brown paper bag to ripen faster. It is a trick my mom told me about and it worked!


Jolene April 9, 2010 at 3:56 pm

That soft serve looks AMAZING!!!


Stacy Williams April 22, 2010 at 9:24 pm

These are fab recipies especially for the savvu girl on the go. I love that you don’t deprive yourself of sweets. There is an amazing DOVE Chocolate giveaway tomorrow starting at 12pm EDT, register to win at 24savvy.com! The perfect treat that fits anywhere!

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Mand June 19, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Just tried the carrot cake soft serve it was fab!!!
I loved it will totally be making it again


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