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13 Mile Training Run and Some Good Eats

Posted Aug 06 2012 9:33am

Goood Morning!

Today is my one day off from work, so I’m taking advantage and crossing a few things off my To-Do list. I love days like these, I always feel so productive at the end ;)

This past weekend was definitely a good one. My friend Lauren and I headed down the shore late Thursday night where Amy, Nana, Aunt Jo and Aunt Kathy were waiting for us.

Friday  was a relaxing day for all of us. Nana and Aunt Jo enjoyed their cooking time and the rest of us enjoyed the beautiful weather on the beach. Mom, Mitch, and Brit arrived later in the day.

Dinner that night consisted of grilled chicken, roasted asparagus, and Nana’s eggplant parm (amazingness). I added a bit of whole wheat pasta to my dinner since I had planned to run my 13 mile training run Saturday morning.

The next morning, I was up bright and early to beat the heat and get in my 13 mile training run. To my surprise, Amy and Lauren joined me on the bikes! It was my first run with no ipod (until the last 2 miles that is) and with a few buddies. It’s amazing how the time flies by when your not running alone. The run wasn’t easy, but having Laur and Amy by my side got me through it.

Unfortunately, I left my running watch down the shore, so I don’t have splits to share today, but I do have my totals. 13.1 miles in 2:06.

This time, I took a GU pack along and a few small boxes for refueling along the way. I ended up only needing the GU – 1/2 at mile 5 and the other 1/2 at mile 10. It worked out pretty well – definitely better than the fruit snacks and homemade sports drinks. I guess my body just needs the kick from the easily digested GU packs.

The first 4 miles flew by. My legs felt fine and I was able to hold a pretty steady pace. Once I hit mile 5, I could feel myself slowing up a bit and getting tired – thats when I decided it was time for some fuel. The next 5 miles were spent next to Amy and Laur on the bikes. Before I knew it, my watch buzzed and we were 10 miles deep. I couldn’t believe how fast time was moving.

Then, around mile 11, my legs and hips started aching a bit and my body felt tight. I stopped for a quick sec to stretch out a bit before I finished up my run. I was definitely beat after the run, but it felt good to get it out of the way. Luckily, it was one of my better runs. Thank you Laur and Amy for coming along and keeping me company :)

When we got back, Amy made a coffee run and I prepared some post-workout oats for us. Mine looked a little something like this…

In the mix: 1/2 cup oats, water and unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 banana, 1/2 scoop chocolate fudge protein powder, 1/3 cup lactaid cottage cheese, and cinnamon

Topped with: PB, blueberries and mini chocolate chips 

After breakfast and some icing of the feet and legs, we headed out on the boat for a fun ride to Atlantic City and back. Along the way we got stopped for a safety check by the coast guards and grounded the boat on a sandbar. No worries, between Mitch pulling and me driving, we got it off the sand and to the water in no time ;)

When we got home, Nana had made us her A MA Z I N G pizza – I mean everything Nana makes is amazing, but her pizza is just pure awesomeness – its a staple when we have a crowd down the shore ;)

Multiply that by 3 and add some grilled chicken and you have one of the best lunches after an all day boat ride :)

She made a few pies on whole wheat dough

and a few on regular dough

Definitely hit the spot :)

The rest of the day was spent on the beach with the family. We had a little happy hour while dinner was being prepared.

A delicious cosmo made by my uncle ;)

Afterwards, Amy, Laur, Brit, and I got ready to head out to the bars. We ate a quick dinner with the family before heading out in Avalon.

Some grilled salmon, green beans, steamed carrots, and grilled zucchini.

The four of us danced the night away.

Sunday consisted of jet skiing and relaxing out on the boat followed by lounging on the beach before packing up and heading home.

The skis started filling with clouds, so it wasn’t too difficult to get in the car and head home.

Our ride was a bit wet, but we made it home safe sound.

I was up bright and early to hit the gym so I could get started on my To-Do list. Some biking and strength kicked my butt and left me super hungry. I whipped up some sweet and crunchy cereal with strawberries as soon as I got home.

Now that I’m fueled, I’m off to get things done!

Happy Monday!

~ L

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