MCAT Mac ‘n ‘Cheeze’

August 10, 2010 at 11:25 am 2 comments

On Thursday I finally wrote the TEST OF DOOM that has been consuming my life for the past few months. I couldn’t help but draw some parallels between preparing for the mcat and the lead up to an endurance race. I “trained” for months, through repitition and working on my weaknesses (aka everything a geography degree doesn’t teach you, what up physics), I tried to anticipate the unknown (aka practice writing for long periods of time without pee breaks), and worked on my endurance (5+ hours of testing isn’t pocket change). The week before I enjoyed a relaxing taper (aka Weddingpolooza 2010), and despite all the blood, sweat and tears (not joking), race day, er, test day seemed to come too soon. Big thanks to my running roomie for the spicy chocolate and non-mcat-related reading material to motivate me!

Thanks for all the support, Britney

I made my way down to Mountlake Terrace on Wednesday, just outside Seattle, for the big day (thank the lord for Enterprise’s GPS rental option) and stayed overnight at the Courtyard Marriott in Lynnwood.

Considered hitting the casino rather than writing the test

I arrived at the Prometric Testing Center pretty early on Thursday, and spotted a few people doing some last minute cramming in their cars! I firmly believe the ‘hay is in the barn’ on the day of any exam (or race, for that matter), meaning there’s not a lot you can do either way at this point. I chose rather to nervously carb-load with some bread, pb, and honey that I snagged at the continental b-fast at the hotel that morning. The brain runs on glycogen stores, right?

To be totally honest, the test was a bit of a nightmare. It was really, really difficult, and I have no idea how I did. Hopefully better than my practice sessions (much like how races are somehow always a little better than training?) but i really don’t know. I’ll find out in about a month, so I need to figure out how to keep myself busy until then to keep from going crazy. I will likely accomplish this by running obscene distances, cooking lots of vegetarian delights, taking photos of them, and eating them.

I began on Friday, by attempting to make up some of the hills I had missed the past couple weeks. I hit the Nanton St. hill and only made it to 4 reps before staggering back home. Better than nothing type of day? Saturday I tried to redeem myself by pounding out 19km in the rain to the anchor at Spanish Banks and back with Evelyn. After dominating the dance floor with Alyson, Evelyn, Andrea, and the guy that rented me the car at Enterprise (sorry about those chocolate crumbs?) at Library Square the previous night, I was feeling a little less than stellar, but it was a really great, relaxing run. We kept the pace nice and slow, around 5:48 or so, and took much needed walk breaks every 10 minutes. We also came across an awesome race, the Jericho Ocean Man, which is a swim-kayak-run- these people were FAST as all get out. Ev- thanks so much for the run!

When I arrived back home I was soaked to the bone and craving comfort food, so I whipped up some vegan, gluten-free mac and cheeze (hate the ‘z’ in vegan cheese, there has to be a better way to express this!) adapted from this recipe, from the authors of the blog, Pure2raw, which uses nutritional yeast instead of cheese, and quinoa instead of pasta. From
“Although Nutritional Yeast is very high in protein (It is a complete protein and contains more protein than meat), is valued mainly for being the richest known natural source of the B-complex vitamins, including B12 and it helps in the regulation of blood sugar… Being rich in the B-complex vitamins, it is vital in many ways and particularly good for stress reduction. The B-complex vitamins are what make nutritional yeast know as a valuable supplement to vegetarians (and meat eaters), because it is one of the few vegetarian sources of B12.”

garnished with avo, sea salt and pep, and onion crackers

Stress reduction, eh? I’ll keep that in mind if I have to write the mcat again. Anyway back to the recipe, I subbed in hummus for the tahini, used almond milk instead of coconut milk, and skipped the arrowroot. I also threw in some chopped tomato and red pepper, as well as some chickpeas for some protein. It came out more like a risotto than a macaroni and cheese but it was really really creamy and hearty with the added veggies. Delish!

Sunday I hit the road (in cars, not on foot) with the blogging breakfast club to see Dave take down 50 miles in style in Squamish. This deserves its own post, so more to come! Have a lovely day!


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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. runnersgut  |  August 10, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    Mmmmm your quinoa mac and cheese looks unreal.. almost as good as your carrot cookies and lara bars 🙂 You cooking machine you!

  • 2. Evelyn  |  August 11, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    looks absolutely delish!! i love your food pics. i loved your homemade lara bars and carrot cookies. why not go into full time baking and blogging about food??!! well, when you find out you rocked your mcat, you’ll have to decide then, baker or doctor??


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