Three five milers & a very busy weekend!

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I can’t believe it’s already Sunday night — this weekend flew by! (I guess that’s inevitable when you lose an hour, right? I wish we could lose an hour on a Monday morning rather than a Saturday night though — anyone else with me?)

Yesterday, I woke up early and headed straight to church. As I mentioned, our church is opening at a new location this coming weekend and we have a lot of work to do yet! I spent the day directing people on different projects, vacuuming and steaming carpets, cleaning up outside, packing, and much more. If you’re in the Newark area, be sure you check out The Journey, opening on Route 4, this weekend! 

The Journey

This morning, I wanted to wake up early so that I could head back to church to help more this afternoon. Therefore, I set my alarm for 7:45 (really 6:45!), rolled out of bed, and immediately ate my pre-run snack: a whole wheat english muffin topped with some peanut butter and ground flaxseed. After working on some emails (and watching an episode of Modern Family — I’m not going to lie!), I got ready to head out for 15 miles!

I’ve been having some major blister problems, so after talking to an athletic trainer this week (a perk of working at a physical therapy company!), I decided to try and wrap my foot before heading out. I’m happy to report that it really, really worked! I also wore a different pair of shoes (my new Mizunos, which are the same as the older ones I’ve been wearing), which may have helped.

The weather was absolutely amazing, but unfortunately, my watch wouldn’t pick up a signal this morning. When it finally did pick something up, it told me I ran a 6:49 mile on my first mile. I felt like I was keeping a good pace, but not that good of a pace. Instead of getting too frustrated, I turned off my watch and decided to just run! I was running at a trail that I know is 2.5 miles around, so I knew I needed to do about six laps to make 15 miles. Easy peasy, right?!

I stopped at mile 5 and then again at mile 10.5 to get some water, stretch, and refuel. I brought along gels for the first time ever, but only ate about 1/2 of one at mile 10. I didn’t really feel like I needed it, but I decided I should try it. Is it possible to do a marathon without any fuel?? I just never feel hungry or like I really need it…

Anyways, around mile 7, I decided to try my watch again and it came back on and told me I was running around 8:35, which is a target time for me. I finished the 15 miles with my watch, but absolutely savored those first few miles without it! It’s awesome to just run without worrying about miles, splits, etc.

So, I did it, and I felt great! I’ve never run longer than a half-marathon distance, so today was a huge win for me — the longest I’ve ever run. Thumbs up for that!

15 mile finish

After my run, I took a quick shower and then whipped up this post-run breakfast: a banana egg pancake topped with peanut butter, TJ’s maple agave syrup, and flax seed with a honeycrisp apple on the side.

15 miler post-runThe rest of the day was spent cleaning at church. I finally went grocery shopping around 7 on my way home, then came back to do some major food prep for the week. I made a batch of steel cut oats, spicy sweet potato & black bean soup, an avocado lime salsa, and lots of veggies!

Have a great week!

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