We ran on behalf of a charity called META (Make Education The Answer). The race is one tough mudder, but with the Freemark Financial Team encouraging one foot in front of the other, we all successfully completed the race. The race course is chock full of steep elevation pitches, ninja hills, and wooden plank stairs. Sounds fun, huh?
But, let’s be honest, I think what kept me going as the carrot dangling in front of my hungry face were visions of bagels dancing in my head. I mean, these races are ridiculously fun. (It’s all a state of mine, folks!) And, did I mention that ridiculous = super chow-down post run? Score!
Let me explain ‘ridiculous’ eating. Well, my mind embraces the idea that when you run, you should reward yourself. And, when you run something like a 10k, you should reward yourself A LOT. And for this Sweet Nerd, that reward comes in the form of sweets (and wine). So, let’s get on to the rewarding part of this trophy-worthy breakfast.
The ingredients for this bagel can vary depending on the season, but since we are in the thick of fall, I chose cranberries as the featured fruit and threw in 1/3 of frozen cherries. Some nice autumn-appropriate substitutions can be persimmons, apples, or other fruit faves of your choice.
First, I make an easy concoction of cream and goat cheese, then spread it on a toasted bagel. Then, I used a mill and crack fresh pepper on top. Are you getting hungry yet?
You will love how the cracked pepper cuts the sweetness of the cranberry-n-cherry sauce. Go ahead and be creative with seasonal substitutions as it all depends on what your favorite fruits are.
In a saucepan, create this scrumptious cranberry-n-cherry sauce by adding wine, fruit, and, of course, some sugar. It smells wonderful while simmering, as if the scents of fall have come alive, and the colors are so sharp and bold. I am in love .
When your sauce is done, let it cool at room temperature as it will become less runny and more sauce-like. Next, is the fun part. Ring that cowbell and get your fellow runners to join in on the fun with assembling these delicious bagels. They may be tired from the race, but I guarantee you they’ll find that last burst of energy as they queue up for the bagel line. Enjoy these carbs – you deserve it!
Photos by: Maria Hedrick Photography