Double Digits

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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Mal and I hit double digits with our marathon training run today! Ten glorious miles!! It was awesome! :mrgreen:



Before meeting our team in South Boston for our training run, I grabbed a quick snack of whole wheat bread with Teddie peanut butter and banana slices. I also drank a small iced coffee with soy milk to help get me going.


When Mal and I arrived at the South Boston Running Emporium, our Team In Training coach, Christina, went over the 10-mile route before we all headed out to run.


We started down D Street to Summer Street and continued on past South Station to Boston Common. I ran the first mile with Mal before he took off at lightening-fast speed.


About a mile later, I bumped into him at the first water stop at Park Street. But, I didn’t see him again until we both finished.


The next 1.5 miles were around Boston Common and the Public Gardens. We did this loop twice before running back toward Southie.


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The next three miles back down Summer Street to East Broadway to the water were sort of a blur. I ran them with Christina and we chatted the entire time, so they flew right by.

I ran the final two miles by myself down East Broadway to West Broadway to A Street and back to the South Boston Running Emporium. The final two miles were the hardest for me because I felt like I had zero energy left. I had planned to take a Clif Shot around Mile 5, but it fell out of my pocket somewhere. 😕 Lesson learned: pants pocket does not effectively hold running fuel.


Even without my Clif Shot, I still managed to truck along at a good pace for the 10 miles:

  • Mile 1: 8:59
  • Mile 2: 8:53
  • Mile 3: 8:46
  • Mile 4: 8:46
  • Mile 5: 8:42
  • Mile 6: 9:26
  • Mile 7: 9:13
  • Mile 8: 9:26
  • Mile 9: 9:09
  • Mile 10: 8:31

I finished in 1:29:59 (8:59 pace) and my speed demon husband finished in 1:11:11 (7:07 pace). In fact, he’s so en fuego that our coach is putting him on an “intermediate” plan for the rest of our training.

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Mal and I both felt great (and very sweaty) after this morning’s run. The perfect fall/running weather didn’t hurt either! 😉



After finishing our training run, Mal and I chatted with our team for a bit, and then headed straight to breakfast at the Wheelhouse Diner. I was so hungry, I was about to eat my arm! 😯


As soon as we sat down at a table, I immediately ordered a hot cup of coffee to which I added cream and sugar. My sweaty clothing was making me so cold! Don’t ya hate that!?


To eat, I ordered my usual: two eggs over medium with homefries and rye toast. This meal is always delicious, but it tasted a-mazing after running 10 miles.


After breakfast, Mal and I went home, showered, and got the pug ready for a trip to the dog park. On the drive down to the park, we stopped to grabbed iced coffees. I finally tried Dunkin Donut’s Pumpkin Spice iced coffee, but I was sadly disappointed. It was WAY too sweet and syrupy for me. Ick.


On a happier note… what a beautiful day for the dog park!! 😀





Murphy had a blast running around and meeting new doggie friends.


And, of course, playing fetch with Dad.




We stayed at the park for about an hour. Murphy is pooped now!


On the drive home, Mal had a great idea: cupcakes!!! :mrgreen: We stopped by Babycakes to buy a couple.



I picked Pumpkin Spice (obviously) and Mal chose Oreo. The Pumpkin Spice cupcake had the best cream cheese frosting. I sort of wish I had ordered two cupcakes just for myself! 😉


Relaxing for a bit and then meeting friends for dinner and drinks.

I hope you’re having a wonderful Saturday! 😎



  1. It’s such a gorgeous day in Boston for a run – and you planned a terrific route! I’m running the BAA Half Marathon tomorrow.

  2. I love that you and your husband workout together as a couple. My husband Jon has been my biggest motivator for training as he runs beside me. Congratulations on the 1o miles!

  3. Great job on the 10 miles. Mal is so fast!!! I wish I could run 1 mile at a 7 min/mile pace. He might win the whole marathon 🙂

    Those cupcakes look glorious — Jason and I got pumpkin pie blizzards as our treats for the day 🙂

  4. Congrats on such a great run. You’re BOTH really speedy. My husband runs fast like Mal and is slooooowing down quite a bit to run with me for our marathon training. I ordered the pumpkin spice iced coffee from DD and asked them to make it less sweet. They dump truck loads of sugar in those things. Enjoy your evening!

  5. My very favorite thing about training for my first marathon is that every long training run was a PR for my furthest distance! How motivating to PR once a week 🙂 Good Luck – it looks like your training is going great!

  6. Awesome job on your run!! I am so envious of your milage and pace!! I can’t wait until I am a double digit miler 🙂 What a gorgeous day to be a New Englander, loved it!

  7. Mal is super fast, but so are you! Congrats on your double digit:) You have totally given me hope that I can exceed my comfortable half distance and start training for a full. It has been so great to see you successfully following this training plan injury free after reading about your struggles with running and your injury before. Whenever I have tried to train beyond a half my hip injury reoccurs. I was hoping you could give me some tips on why your training is going so well this time. #runs per week, cross training, stetches, vitamins..ANYTHING!? maybe that would even be a great post for you to do 🙂

    p.s. LOVE BABYCAKES..need to try the pumpkin spice cupcake. The cream cheese frosting makes it I bet!

  8. I wonder if DD’s hot pumpkin coffee is really sweet as well? (kinf od a bummer that the iced is pre-sweetened!)

  9. What a great day! Congrats on making 10 miles!

    I bought a pedometer for myself today and made sure to take over 10,000 steps. Most of them involved shopping. Guess I’ll have to find a cheaper way to walk. 🙂

  10. In response to Caitlin – yes, the hot D&D pumpkin coffee is disgustingly sweet. I tried it yesterday (my son fell asleep in the car so I found myself driving around aimlessly…I needed a pick-me-up!) I’m not a sugar fan in the first place–I drink my coffee with cream only–so I could barely finish half of the small pumpkin coffee. Just blech 😛

  11. I’m loving reading about your marathon training. I just had ankle surgery because I was training for a half and it flared up beyond healing. I’m so ready to get back out there. Keep up all the good work, 10 miles sounds amazing!

  12. That’s like my dream saturday! Holy awesome! I love getting in a fantastic run in the morning! It would make the whole day fantastic!! I still have yet to come to Boston and check on the whole Babycakes situation. I’m slightly excited to get a cupcake there. (:
    This is truly inspirational. I love workouts! (:
    Aly 😀

  13. congrats on your 10 mile run. You kicked butt with your times.

    Breakfast looks delicious and I also hate being cold after working out as well

  14. You inspire me to be a better running! I’ve been running for years but can’t seem to get past the half marathon, it’s amazing how you stick to your training schedule and your times are great!!! I’m off to do my long run now, hopefully it goes as well as yours 🙂 And hopefully there will be cupcakes to follow later in the day!

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