Running and Roca

This past Monday evening I ran in my first 5K ever.
Please, hold your applause.
This was a last-minute, irrational decision.
3 months ago some friends and I had planned on running in a 5k together, but there were some kid-conflicts and mommy guilt won out for me, so I didn’t go with the girls.
BUT…here’s where I went wrong.  Instead of continuing to “train”, I was like “pshh, I’ll run tomorrow”…or the next day…or next week…
Cut to 2 months later…no running had happened.  My thighs and I have shame.
My girlfriend told me last week that she was for sure running in a race on Monday and  I should come along.
I knew in the back of my head that my feet hadn’t pounded that pavement since Easter…but’s just 3.1 miles, it’ll all be over in half an hour.  So without fully committing, I gave her a solid maybe.
 When I woke up Monday morning the birds were chirping and there was nary a cloud in the sky.
You know how some mornings you wake up and all things seem possible?  That was my Monday morning.  I have since decided that NO decisions will be made again before coffee.  Bad things happen.
I texted my friend and said, “ya know what?  I am in for the race.”
I instantly had texter regret.
 Soon the regret turned into spastic nerves.
I stressed all day…
But, she came and picked me up and I was on my way, like it or not.
Now, I had never participated in a 5k run before…
Let me tell you that runners are some strange people.
There were people running BEFORE the race.  To warm up.
Does this boggle anyone else’s mind?
I saw some things that evening that I am pretty sure are etched in my mind forevahh.
Like the 60-ish year old man wearing a baggy speedo.
I’m not sure if that’s some new form of running-ware, but dude’s nads were hanging down to mid-thigh and I am pretty sure that isn’t aerodynamic.
Or like the man running in denim..with a belt on.  Again, not an expert, but I am thinking that there might be some weird chafing involved.
And lets talk about the stretching.
I get it…you need to stretch.  BUT could we all make an agreement to do our hard-core stetches in the privacy of our own homes? or behind a tree or something?
There were men stretching in ways that I have never seen.  Old hairy men stretching. It looked painful and unnatural.  I’m taking a solid pass on witnessing that again ~ no thanks.
When the race started I knew I was going to be jogging at a slow pace.  So, my girlfriend ran ahead and I hung back with the old ladies and the children.
Running with kids is no good, because they sprint and then walk and then sprint and then walk…it kinda messes with any pace you’re trying to set for yourself.
I know how I will fix that for next time, though.
Actually practice, so I am not IN the back with the kids.  Genius.
So, I finished with a time that is embarrassing, BUT I finished.
And there was ice cream at the end.
That’s what I kept telling myself as I was running…run for the ice cream.
And, like a fat kid, I ran for the ice cream, thank you very much 😉
My girlfriend who tricked me into running gave me this recipe…so I thought I would post it in honor of my first 5k finish…
The recipe was originally called Almond Roca Cookies, but since I didn’t add almonds we’ll just call ’em Roca cookies.
I had no idea what Almond Roca was, but according to Wikipedia it is a “chocolate toffee butter crunch candy containing a ground almond coating and also almond chunks inside the candy itself”. Phew.
The cookie is buttery and where the edges get a bit crisp they are definitely toffee-like.
I used chopped walnuts on top, but since I am not a nut + cookie lover, next time I will use toffee bits…that would be delicious!
 Roca Cookies
1 cup butter, room temp
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 beaten egg yolk
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups AP flour
8 Hershey’s bars, broken into pieces
1/3 cup chopped nuts or toffee bits
Preheat to 350
In mixing bowl cream together butter and both sugars. When combined add the egg yolk and vanilla, mixing on medium until combined and smooth.
Add flour, 1 cup at a time mixing on low in between each cup to combine.
Dough will almost form a stiff ball.
Press dough onto ungreased cookie sheet about 1/4″ thick (my friend uses her baking stone and she says it works perfect).
Bake 15-20 minutes until edges are golden and center is almost set, but not quite.
As soon as you remove from the oven spread the broken Hershey pieces and the heat of the cookie will melt them.
Spread to cover the entire top of cookie.
Top with your chopped nuts or toffee.
When completely cooled cut into triangle pieces and enjoy!
Now, excuse me while I have a cookie.  I’ll run tomorrow 😉

Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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58 Responses
  1. grace

    this is a truly spectacular treat in every way, shape, and form. kudos to you for completing the race!
    incidentally, NO man should be wearing speedos, much less a 60-year-old.

  2. Shannon

    Too funny! Way to go on the 5-K. I have a dream of running a 5-K, but I feel acomplished when I walk a flight of stairs and can still breathe. The roca looks wonderful. I would probably run (or at least walk fast) for anything with toffee!

  3. Cinnamon-Girl

    Just stopped by again to respond to your question about the flank steak – yes – just ask your butcher – it should be no problem. And it's really delicious – very tender and juicy.

  4. Sarah from 20somethingcupcakes

    I've never seen any cookie like this! Wow. And congrats on the 5k! Have a great weekend! xxSAS

  5. Anna

    That was flat out funny, and I totally get "running for ice cream". I normally end up "biking for couch" when my sister takes me on a bike ride from the burbs to …somewhere in Egypt, and my butt is killing me on the way back. The cookies look yummy, I'll have to give them a try.

  6. Joy

    Good for you. Yeah, I never understood why people trained prior. I particpated in a 5k but I walked to whole time. I couldn't run it. I would have ran for ice cream 😀

  7. Jordan

    Congrats on the first 5K. That's very impressive. I can barely run to the mail box without worrying about this ol' ticker stopping. I'm mostly kidding…

    Those cookies look delicious! If I give you my address, will you send me some? I'm not kidding 😉 Well, sorta.

    Thanks for the wonderful comment on my blog!


  8. Ingrid

    Oh, Shelly! I laughed out loud reading this post and got myself in trouble at work. LOL, good thing I don't care. 🙂

    Congrats on finishing in one piece. 🙂

    Happy Friday!

  9. Erika Beth, the Messy Chef

    Oh my! What kind of 5K did you sign up for?! LOL
    Way to go. Remember – running a race is a piece of cake. Training for it is not. 🙂
    BTW, I love those Camo Cupcakes. So creative!

  10. Mimi

    Way too funny! But congrats on finishing your race.I would have needed a pitcher margarita after an adventure like that. In fact I think I need a margarita after reading about your fellow runners.

  11. julie

    Oh am I glad you chose to stop by my blog. Your site is heavenly! That toffee looks so amazing. I think I might need to run a 5k just from looking at it! Congrats on finishing yours, by the way. That's awesome!

    It's really nice to meet you and I have a feeling you'll be seeing more of me.

  12. Jade

    Congrats on running your first race. I was determined to run one before I turned 30 and did so one month prior. It was a horribly embarassing time, but I did it! Congrats. These cookies look fabulous.

  13. Mollie

    Good job! Runners are *unique* but I love them anyways.

    My dad LOVES almond roca, and as a runner and coach he would totally approve of your race and roca experience!

    Let me know if you need any running advice!

  14. CaSaundraLeigh

    Congrats on your run–that must be a great feeling! I love Almond Roca candy, we always got it as kids around the holidays–now I could make my own all year long! 🙂

  15. Sinful Southern Sweets

    Oh, those look divine beyond belief!! I'm with you, the fat kid in me would have been running for the ice cream too:) Congrats on your 5k!!

  16. I run for cake!

    Congrats on finishing your first 5K! I'm actually a runner more casual than competitive but have run many 5Ks. I loved reading your story, you are dead on with pretty much everything! So you think you will do another one?

  17. Kristie Maynard

    You always give me a smile. Congrats on running the entire 5K. Maybe after my hip replacement on Monday, I will think about watching a 5K or something. LOL! Those Roca treats look wonderful. I might just have to try those one day!

  18. Sue Sparks

    Oh my gosh, You had me cracking up, again! I needed that today, thanks!
    Good for you for finishing! The Roca cookies look GOOD!

  19. Angie

    You know you loved it! The "nads" that is!

    The cookies weren't too bad either, hehe

    So glad we could do your first race together. You did AWESOME, even if you paid off the person to screw up you registration!

  20. Pink Little Cake

    I am totally picturing you walking ( pretending running), the old man's nads. Sorry pretty gross and I have seen people streching a lot..naked…in the gim locker, I just don't get it. Mean while I will book mark these cookies, I need some energy one of these days before I go running at the gim. Love your post, as usual.

  21. Kristan

    OMG, you are my running hero. I get winded when I walk quickly to the mailbox. Your cookies look awesome!!
    I'd make some right now but I'm not sure I could eat them…I keep thinking about swinging nuts. Barf.
    🙂 Love the post!!

  22. Joanne

    I always run for the food! During my whole first marathon all I could think about was the huge sundae I was going to eat later that day.

    Ugh old men nads. Not okay.

    These cookies. Way more than okay. Fabulous in fact.

    Congrats on the 5K!

  23. Melody

    You crack me up! Texters regret. I've got to remember that one! Almond Rocca looks delish. Congrats on finishing. Hope the ice cream was worth it.

  24. Deb

    Congrats on the 5K! I have also recently run my first 5K followed by a 5 miler… I laughed so hard at your post- as I am definitely not one of the "runner types!"

    The Roca looks fabulous!

  25. Cinnamon-Girl

    That is too funny! Some things are etched in my mind now that should not be…Congratulations on finishing! These treats look heavenly! And very irresistible!

  26. Monica H

    Now I'm picturing the old man's nads at mid thigh flopping around- thanks a lot. so gross. ha ha!

    Well congrats on your finish. In true fat kid fashion I'll just be thinking about running while I sit on my couch wishing for these cookies.

    BTW, you should really try the candy. The typical one is Almond Roca but sinc eyou're allergic they also make Cashew Roca. It's in the pink bag/container. yum!

    This is my MIL's favorite candy so I'll be making these for her.

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Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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