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Long And Winding Road

Posted Aug 01 2010 12:00am
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One of my favorite Beatles/Paul McCartney songs is Long and Winding Road  and that is what I felt like I was on with my long run this morning.  I decided on more of a figure 8 course instead of my usual out and back.  I traveled along a rolling rural road passing 2 golf courses and 2 farms bringing me around to beautiful water views ending through various neighborhoods.  So much to see and experience today.

Marathon Training Recap:  
  • 18 miles 
  • 2:52:49
  • 9:36 pace
  • 619 ft elevation gain

5:30 am wake up call to scurry downstairs for a quick bite to eat of Ezekiel 4:9 toast topped with honey almond butter and half banana but did not make it out the door until right before 7 am.  Typically I eat a bowl of oatmeal with half banana, but after today I am a toast convert.

I would love to say that after this effort I was full of energy and ready for more but I was more like this….

After a quick shower I was ready to eat! 

Van’s Flax Waffle topped with Laughing Cow Cheese, blueberries and walnuts and a side of Green Monster Smoothie powered up with Vega Shake and Go Protein powder.

Today I also took along Cliff Shot Bloks.  The first time I tried them was at the Key Bank Vermont City Marathon  as a product in the goodie bag.  When I reviewed the ingredient lists of the most popular gels I found that Cliff has the cleanest ingredients.  Yesterday, I tried finding them at the only local sports store in my area with no luck but then I discovered them at Target of all places!  How exciting!  I really enjoyed the strawberry flavor but more than that I loved the effect it had on my run. 

The best part of the run today was around mile 13 when I approached an elderly man coming in the opposite direction.  I noticed he wanted to say something to me so I stopped, removed my ear phones just in time to hear him say, “If you were heading in my direction I’d race ya.”  How cute was he! 

 
My Question To You: What was the best part of your run or fitness routine today?

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