time to learn

Running a marathon is hard

It’s not meant to be easy, I know. But I forgot how much of my time it takes up. I ran the Edinburgh marathon in 2013 and forgot that I need more rest than usual. Trying to fit my work life, cake life, and day to day life into my schedule is tough. Especially when my brain just wants to quit and play Skyrim all day.

In my old age I’m barely social as it is, but this new training has left me shattered. I have recently spent some time with a nutritionist who took one look at my food diary and said I clearly wasn’t eating enough. So that’s something I’ll be working on.

Eating and preparing food has always been an activity I’ve struggled with. Which sounds strange from someone who loves baking. I always feel guilty for eating too much, or eating something considered wrong. Maybe it’s societies expectations for male bodies and whatnot. But no matter what is said, it’s just how I process the eating to survive “habit.” It usually crops up as an issue when I’m trying to regain control. By controlling my diet I feel like I have more of a hold on my life. I’m also aware it’s usually when I’m avoiding something I could easily change or do. Isn’t it fun how the brain works?

It’s not that I feel shame about my body, or that I feel disgust or anything like body dysmorphia- I just know I could have a healthier body, because I did once. I know what I was eating, how my life was, what I was doing, my social life etc. And the result was an outer body that matched my ideal self. I also had more energy.

Back to marathon training. This time around, and 6 years later, my legs have taken a bit longer to get used to the training. Probably because I was doing a lot more running on a treadmill. The Chicago winter was too brutal for outside running. so inside I went. My style of running has been hard to adapt to “hopping” on the treadmill, and I usually find my calves are sore for much longer than when I run outside. But any movement is better than no movement, so I take it easy if I have to do a treadmill run.

Today I ran 9 miles. I loved it. I had so much fun. My ultimate goal is to run this marathon under 4 hours. In reality, I just want to finish it having enjoyed myself. The Edinburgh marathon was so much fun on the day, and I still remember how much I loved the cheering from the crowds. What can I say, I love applause.

In conclusion to this stream of consciousness, marathon training is hard, my legs are tired, I’ve had to sacrifice some future goals in order to train properly; but I am happy. Oh and I got new trainers.

Colin xx


Time to Learn

Back to Bake-sics!


Starting this week, I am doing more research into what makes a good bake. I am taking apart ingredients and recipes, to see how the essential components work. I know that plenty of people have done this, and there are many courses you can go on that explains them. I am not here to reinvent the wheel, I want to learn for my own self. I will be looking through countless articles, blogs and recipe books in my quest- so please email me colinstimetobake@gmail.com if you have any fantastic tips and tricks.

My objective from this, is to be able to create consistent recipes so that, in the future, I might be able to sell them either at a market stall, or as commission pieces, or events- with the ultimate goal to be to open up my own Tea Room. I would love to be able to have a (small, to start with) place where people can come and have afternoon teas, complete with fancy teas and little teapots. I won’t go into too much detail about what would make my idea a bit different, as I am far away from that end point, but I am excited to have a path.

This means that when I get my work visa I have to figure out how Illinois Law works. Already I am confused by their system for home-made cakes to sell, how to become self employed, and how to start a business. But that is okay, the information is out there, somewhere. Please email me if you have any helpful tips and tricks to starting your own business. I will be consulting She Who Bakes fabulously informative book on beginners cake business. (Buy it here) I will have to navigate my own way through the US Health and Safety Laws, as well as the others mentioned above- but this book will help greatly.

There is a lot I still have to learn about how to bake, and this week’s Time to Bake video has me tinkering around with my vegan cake recipe. I knew that what I was doing wasn’t quite right; though the crumb and flavour worked fine, it was just a bit too fragile and each bake was inconsistent. While I work on any recipes of my own, I may end up taking down some of my videos that were once considered successful- in favour of the new evolved recipe.
Here is to the future of my baking life, wish me luck!

See you soon



Video for the cake recipe