Epic Twenty Miles

 Twenty Miles… I did it!

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When the alarm went off at 5:00 am this morning… I jumped out of bed. I was actually really pumped up for this run.

 

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I had a few different outfit choices ready to go. The weather is cooler than usual, and I wasn’t sure what I would need.

 

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I ended up layering my clothing, and lost the excess as the run went on.

Layer 1: Layer 2: Layer 3:
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Before I left, I warmed up with a cup of black tea:  

 

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…and fueled up with half a bagel with almond butter and raspberry jam.

 

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I picked up Caitlin and we headed to a more scenic area to get our run in. It’s getting pretty boring running around our apartments.

 

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Once we got started on our run, things were going great! We were trying to take minimal walking breaks and maintain around a 10:30 min/mile pace.

 

I fueled up with a pack of Black Cherry Shot Bloks:

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…and once my stomach started growling (since my breakfast was small) I broke off chunks of CLIF bar. It didn’t bother my stomach at all because I’m used to eating the entire thing before a long run.

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The first 10 miles seemed to be dragging, mostly from anticipating how much farther we had to go.

My Garmin battery died around mile 15 and  by that point I was just ready for it to be OVER.

I challenged Caitlin to see if we could finish the last 5 miles under a 10:00 min/mile pace, making our total time under 3.5 hours. She accepted, and it was game on from there.

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(Stolen from Caitlin… )

  • Distance: 20.0 miles
  • Duration: 3:27:58
  • Mile 1:10:54
  • Mile 2: 10:39
  • Mile 3: 10:43
  • Mile 4: 10:47
  • Mile 5: 10:23
  • Mile 6: 10:21
  • Mile 7: 10:22
  • Mile 8: 10:35
  • Mile 9: 10:47
  • Mile 10: 10:47
  • Mile 11: 10:43
  • Mile 12: 10:38
  • Mile 13: 10:35
  • Mile 14: 11:26 (walking break)
  • Mile 15: 10:32
  • Mile 16: 9:57
  • Mile 17: 9:29
  • Mile 18: 9:33
  • Mile 19: 9:16
  • Mile 20: 8:44 (BOOOYAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!)

 

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I was so incredibly proud of us!

I remember thinking this summer that running 20.0 miles a week was a lot. Here I am now running 20 miles in one morning! Such an improvement!

 

With my toe surgery stuff, I thought that I was going to be out of running, and the marathon goal was shot. I was so wrong! It was a minor setback, and if anything made me more determined to run strong.

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Most entertainment of my weekend: Caitlin the Ninja…

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I’m not going to lie… we were soooo happy to be done. I have never been so happy to see my car.

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As soon as we were done with our run, we headed to Panera Bread to fill our bottomless pit stomachs.

 

I had a gingerbread bagel with hazelnut cream cheese. 😀

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Caitlin finished an entire egg soufle + 3/4 of bagel in the time I finished half a bagel. She is a speedy eater! LOL.

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Once we got back to Caitlin’s… we were already hungry again. Can you believe it?

 

Caitlin made us some delicious mac n’ cheese. We joked on our run that we didn’t want the healthy version, we were going for velveeta. You only live once!

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We iced our knees and watched ELF (the Christmas movie). It was the best way to spend the day after our long run.

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Later, we took Wheatgrass Shots…

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…made a snack platter

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  • Triscuits
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Trail Mix
  • Apple slices

 

…and had a few slices of the chocolate orange:

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I’m now home and extremely sore! I need to do some stretching and ice my knees again.

 

Today is the very first time since I started marathon training that I can actually say that I think a marathon is attainable. I seriously NEVER believed that I could do it. I’m really excited, and I know I could do a full marathon!

❤ MegaNerd

Casseroles and Cocoa

One of the best things about Thanksgiving (in my opinion) is the leftovers!

 

Unfortunately, I didn’t get any leftovers this year. I was craving stuffing for some reason, and decided to make a “leftovers casserole”.

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If you had leftover turkey, you could just use that. Since we didn’t have any, I boiled a chicken breast and pulled it apart into small chunks.

I mixed the chicken with about a head of cut up broccoli.

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Once in the pan, I added 1 small can of cream of chicken soup, 1 cup of milk, and 1.5 cups of shredded cheddar cheese. Clearly a vegan nightmare.

 

I topped the casserole with stuffing on the stove using whole wheat bread crumbs, celery, carrots, and yellow onion.

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I baked it in the oven for 30 minutes, uncovered at 400 degrees.

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I ate about a quarter of the casserole (2 servings):

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It was delicious, and reminded me of Thanksgiving. 😀

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After dinner, I decided to make hot cocoa! I bought the hot chocolate packets last time, and really hated the taste. It seemed fake to me, and I didn’t really enjoy it.

 

I went with the basic “perfectly chocolate” Hot cocoa recipe on the side of the cocoa box:

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I thought it would taste sickeningly sweet, but it was really good! We only had 2% milk (Jason’s) so it was really rich!

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I made enough for Jason and I both to have a mug:

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I’m off to bed early tonight. I’m meeting Caitlin bright and early for our long run tomorrow!

20 miles… here we come!

 

What do you usually do with your Thanksgiving leftovers? Any fun recipes?

❤ MegaNerd