• A Really Good Day

    April 30, 2011

    Gorgeous weather. Running with friends. Marylou’s Almond Joy iced coffee. Beer tasting. Hawaiian pizza. I’m not sure today could get any better.

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    My morning started with my usual pre-long run (and race day) breakfast: peanut butter and banana on a whole wheat Sandwich Thin with a glass of iced coffee with soy milk. This breakfast never lets me down.

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    After breakfast, Mal and I drove to Southie to meet our running group for a 9-mile run:

    … from the store – up D street – past the Common – cross
    over to the Charles – turn left – follow the Charles to Mass Ave – turn right – go over
    the Mass Ave bridge – turn right – run towards the Museum of Science -
    turn right – follow the Charles – back to the common – follow the same route
    back to the store. 

    Confused? Here’s the full map of today’s running route.

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    Typically, I’m a solo runner. I enjoy running alone, but, I haven’t had a lot of opportunities to run with other people– mostly because all of my running buddies live far away. But, this morning, I ran with Nick and Ashley, who pushed me to keep a faster-than-usual pace for the entire 9-mile route.

    I’m surprised how much I enjoyed running with other people. I can already tell that running with these two will make me a better runner. Running with them encourages me to keep trucking along when I want to slow my pace or stop to rest. I know I can keep up with them, so I push myself to do so and run faster as a result.

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    Around mile 5, we stopped to refuel. I ate some Gu Chomps. We also stopped for water around mile 7.

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    I finished 9.25 miles in 1:22:40, which is an average pace of 8:56. I’m getting faster!

    • Mile 1: 9:34
    • Mile 2: 8:38
    • Mile 3: 8:56
    • Mile 4: 9:04
    • Mile 5: 8:46
    • Mile 6: 8:47
    • Mile 7: 9:17
    • Mile 8: 8:46
    • Mile 9: 8:38

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    After our run, we stretched and chatted for awhile about running and upcoming races. Then, Mal and I decided to reward ourselves with No Stopping Monday shirts! We’ve both wanted one for weeks now, so we finally splurged. Maybe someday we’ll both run the Boston Marathon. Never say never!

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    Mal and I said goodbye to our running group and then headed straight to Marylou’s for iced coffee. It was recently “Volunteer Appreciation Week” at Back on My Feet, so they gave me a gift card to Marylou’s. Sweet!

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    I ordered an Almond Joy iced coffee at Marylou’s and enjoyed it while icing my bum knee on the couch and watching the Real Housewives of New York City.

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    I also ate a piece of leftover buffalo chicken quesadilla from last night’s dinner.

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    Once I iced, ate, and showered, Mal and I headed to the Annual Spring Grand Beer Tasting at Curtis Liquors. The complimentary event featured a ton of fabulous brews, including Troegs, Cisco, Innis & Gunn, Dogfish Head, Crooked Line, Victory, Haverhill, Sam Adams, Ayinger, Shipyard, Duvel, Blue Hills, Longtrail, Southern Tier, Clipper City, Sierra Nevada, Weihenstephaner, Wachusett, Mayflower, Brewery Van Steenberge, Chang, Samuel Smith, and many more.

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    It was awesome— and totally packed!!!

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    My favorites from the tasting:

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    My favorite beer of the day was the Trogenator, which I bought as a six-pack to enjoy at home.

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    Now, Mal and I are eating Hawaiian pizza with Dave and watching the Bruins game. Well, the guys are watching the game, and I’m blogging.

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    Hope you are having a wonderful Saturday!

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    Alaina May 1, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    That sounds like the perfect day! My favorite pizza is Hawaiian.

    And I totally got a kick out of the Hoptimus Prime beer. Haha. :-)

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    Molly @ RDexposed May 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm

    What a beautiful run! I had a knee issue after swtiching from Mizuno Wave Inspire 6′s, too! The 7′s are so different, so I had to switch shoes up completely. I wish I would have bought 9 pairs of the 6′s becuase they were so great!

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    Katherine: Unemployed May 1, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    looks so delicious! I love all the triangle foods

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    @runnergirl33 May 1, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Before learning I have a gluten intolerance or allergy, that was my pre-run breakfast of choice too – except I drizzled some honey over the bananas :)

    Now that I’m GF, I’m still trying to figure out my pre-race/long-run meal. it’s a work in progress!

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    Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle May 1, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    sounds like a great day!!!

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    Moni'sMeals May 1, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    sounds like a great day to me! I am looking forward to your book too. :)

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    Culinary School: Three Semesters of Life, Learning, and Loss of Blood May 1, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Sounds like a good day to me. Congrats on the run.

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    Holley @ Smart Snacking May 1, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Definitely a good day! Gu chomps are my favorite running fuel and that pizza looks sooo good.

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    Allison @ PickyEatingRD May 1, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    What a beautiful day! I can’t wait for sunshine everyday!!! I am so over these cold days!

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    Erica May 1, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    Sounds like the perfect Saturday to me! I’m usually a solo runner too, but a group run is such a great challenge (and great for training). This post has me craving an iced coffee. Hope your Sunday was just as wonderful :)

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    Lisa (bakebikeblog) May 1, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Sounds like a perfect day to me!!!

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    Shana May 1, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    My husband and I live in Delaware where Dogfish Head is made. We toured the brewery and had awesome, locally grown food at the restaurant. The brewery tour is free and you get to taste four different brews at the end. My favorite is Midas Touch which sort of tastes like a honey wine. It is oh so delicious!

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    Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie) May 1, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    What a fun day, pizza makes everything better :D

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    Chelsea May 1, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    I think any day with pizza, beer and friends is awesome!

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    Anna @ Doing Good & Living Well May 1, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    I LOVE TROEGS! So delicious!

    Our local beer shop had a tasting from a Utah brewery (EPIC) last night. I was drawn in by the name but the beer was remarkably wonderful and reasonably priced!

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    Char May 1, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Awesome running time!! I like to solo run also, or with other people as long as they don’t try and talk to me (I know…defeats the purpose of running with someone haha). My hubby would love beer tasting – better take note!

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    Liz May 1, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    You never update anymore. You’ve lost me as a reader.

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    Lauren @ MRS May 1, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Those pictures are stunning. I’m jealous, I wish we had a nearby park that’s as picturesque as that, I might be more inclined to run.

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    Holley @ Lunges and Lashes May 1, 2011 at 9:11 pm

    You just can’t go wrong with pizza… both look really good right now. Mmm… cheese and pineapple… ;)

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    Caroline May 1, 2011 at 9:15 pm

    Gorgeous pictures from your run! love the scenery!

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    Audrey May 1, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Sounds like a great day. With all the hard work you do, you definitely deserve all this and more:)

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    michele May 2, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    I hope your knee feels better soon!

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    Jamie May 2, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    Yeah Troegs!! Its made in Harrisburg Pa, the brewery is just down the street from my apartment. Trogenator is my favorite too.

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    Tina May 2, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    @Jamie: You are so lucky!!!

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    Amy May 4, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    I have those same running socks! Love them. :-)

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