A Good Run

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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The bad runs definitely make you appreciate the good ones! This morning’s run was one of those good ones, and I was grateful for every single second of it.



Before heading out to run, I made my usual pre-long run breakfast: toast with peanut butter and banana slices. I skipped the iced coffee this morning because I knew it’d taste ten times more delicious once I finished my run. Will run for iced coffee!

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Seven miles were on my half marathon training schedule for today, so instead of planning a loop like I usually do, I just headed out in one direction for 3.5 miles and ran directly back the same way. It worked out great because it broke up the run for me, and before I knew it, I was running back toward my house, already half done.

I arrived home to Murphy waiting for me on the sun porch. His pug face always makes me so happy.

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I didn’t pay much attention to my pace today””I just ran and enjoyed myself””but when I looked at my mile splits on my GPS watch, I ended up keeping a fairly steady pace for seven miles. (I felt great at the end of my run, so I picked up the pace for the final mile.) It was a good run.

  • Mile 1: 8:48
  • Mile 2: 8:40
  • Mile 3: 8:47
  • Mile 4: 8:48
  • Mile 5: 8:48
  • Mile 6: 8:45
  • Mile 7: 8:31

Total: 1:01:54

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Second Breakfast

After my run, I ate second breakfast, which was scrambled eggs with chopped kale and Parmesan cheese.

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And a coffee protein shake made with iced coffee, vanilla protein powder, almond milk, and ice. Sooooo delicious!

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Guest Posts on CNC

You probably noticed a guest post from Brandi for Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake this morning. It’s National Coffee Cake Day today, so I figured it was a fun way to celebrate. I also have a ton of guest posts to publish on CNC.

Remember when I said I planned to select about a dozen guest posts for when I’m away on vacation? Well, there were so many great ideas, I picked about two dozen! So, instead of overwhelming you guys with a zillion guest posts all at once, I’m planning to spread them out over the next few weeks. Just a heads up!

Off to stain our back deck with Mal! Wish me luck!



  1. nothing beats a good run! when i look back on my running, it’s not the races i remember, but the training runs (good AND bad). glad to see you’re sticking to the plan!

  2. Good runs makes all the bad runs go away….well, that’s how I feel about it. As soon as I have a good run, I seem to forget the tough ones. Now that Spring is here…..I’m hoping the good runs will be plentiful. Happy Easter to you and your family

  3. Your posts always leave me wishing I had iced coffee, but like you, I don’t care for the watered down ones. So today, feeling inspired, I made a very strong pot of Dunkin’ Donuts Strawberry Shortcake coffee. It’s finally cool enough to use, and I have to say…holy yum! It makes great iced coffee!

  4. What a lovely day! I was in your neck of the woods last week (stayed on Tremont Street to attend a conference) and had chilly weather. Was disappointed but loved Boston. Lovely city and lovely people.

  5. I’m glad you had a great run. I’m hoping my run this afternoon is a good one. I’ve had crappy runs for the past couple of weeks. I never thought to make a coffee protein shake. It sounds delicious. I will have to try one later today.

  6. Hmm… that kale scramble looks delicious! Sadly kale is not a very common pick in the produce section, so I can only get it on trips to whole foods. Totally worth it though 🙂

  7. I just bought a GPS watch and today’s 10-miler made me fall in love with it! I also tried coffee before running today. I was always fearful it would upset my stomach, but I think it helped me the last…9 miles! 😉

  8. <——————- This girl is way impressed that you just knocked out that run(enjoyably) at such a steady pace. The only time I've ever run was in gym class(the dreaded mile) – even then I had to stop to walk. Some day I will!!! I always remind myself that Oprah was 40 when she ran her first marathon. 😉 Are you eating gluten-free bread? If so, what do you think? Is it Rudi's or a different brand?

  9. Thats too funny. I had a piece of toast with pb and banana and then after my boot camp class egg whites with hummus and ketchup.

    Murphy is such a cutie pie 🙂

  10. Sooo many yays for good runs! I 100% agree that the bad runs make you really embrace the good runs… And I also love how ‘there and back’ runs seem to go by much quicker than loops. It just further justifies how much ‘mind of matter’ plays a role in running. When I ran the Hyannis half in February the marathoners ran the same route… Just TWICE. I couldn’t imagine how those runners felt watching the half marathoners finish having to run the same loop all over again. Such a mind F!

  11. Good luck! I spent an entire summer staining my back deck with my dad once! It can actually be kinda fun with the right company and I’m thinking Mal will provide you endless entertainment 😉

  12. After a few months of having an off relationship with running, I feel like I’ve finally got my running groove back! My last few runs have been such a pleasure and you’re right, the good ones remind us why we run in the first place!

  13. Ooh, that’s a great tip for breaking up longer runs – sometimes when I go out, I feel like it’s a long mental “journey” (especially with the 7 or 8 milers) but I’ll have to try the out and back on those days when the mental motivation isn’t quite on par with the physical!

  14. There is nothing better than a good run (especially a good long run!) I feel in love with running when I was 19, college running, then half marathons, marathon…it is a love forever through good and bad!

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