Posts Tagged ‘Long Run’

I did it!  I ran the farthest I’ve ran in over 1 1/2 years, with no foot pain, and minimal knee pain!  Open-mouthed smile

That’s not to say I’m no in pain now.  My legs are definitely stiff, and my hips are sore!!  A sure sign that I need to work on strengthening my hips more.  But we’ll worry about that tomorrow, or another day Winking smile


My mom and I arrived pretty late to the expo on Saturday.  After standing in line for a while, we finally entered the tent at 4:30.  I definitely encountered a few problems during the trip.

First, I couldn’t find my college ID (remember – I registered with the college student special).  They almost didn’t give me my bib number.  Then I found it – thank goodness.  A few things went wrong the next morning, but I’ll get to that!

Okay, I don’t want to complain here – but the expo was horrible.  I knew it wasn’t a great expo to begin with.  But this year, we literally got our bag (which I love, and am so happy I got a pink one), with 1 mini Luna bar and 1 sample bag of Kashi crackers.  That’s all the expo had to offer.  Oh – we did get a Safeway smoothie sample.  In previous years at least we’d gotten free Jamba Juice, Luna moons, Clif shots..I’ve walked away from the expo with 10 mini bags of Bare Naked granola before!  Oh well, moving on….

The new slogan of the race:


I like it better than the “Run Like a Girl” slogan they’ve had in the past.

Since it was late 5:30, and we were both trying to rest our feet, we didn’t shop around much.  Just went straight for some grub.

Chipotle, because that’s how us cheap women roll.


What a beast.  Bed of lettuce, black beans, rice, chicken, fajita veggies, pico de gallo, and corn salsa.  Guacamole was in a container on the side so I could eat it throughout the salad.  Don’t ever think I don’t get guac at Chipotle.  I don’t disappoint like that.  Plus chips on the side for more carb consumption, of course.

I also had an apple + PB, 2 hot chocolates, and a small chocolate piece back at the hotel that night.


The next day went a little something like this:

5:50 – wake up.  Slightly on the late side.  I thought I could handle it.  Wrong.  Turn on coffee machine

6:00 – Go to get cup of coffee and notice there is no coffee in the pot.  However, the machine is sitting in a lake of coffee.  Great.

6:05 – slightly panic.  I need caffeine.  Call front desk to send up new pot and new thing of coffee. 

6:10 – Eat.  Toast bread x2:


6:15 – Make new pot of coffee.  Strong coffee.  To get in maximum caffeine in as little liquid as possible.

6:20 – Can’t find my body glide.  Anywhere.  Research substitutions.  Result to smearing lotion on my arms.  And pray there’s vaseline early on in the race.

6:30 – Chug cooled coffee.

6:40 – Try to go to the bathroom one last time.  Fail.  Oh crap.  No pun intended.

6:50 – make my way onto the street (our hotel was literally next to the start line).  Try to forge my way to the front of the 9:00-9:59 section.  Street is blocked.  Fail.

6:55 – Go the back way.  Get stuck in the back of the 9:59 pacers.  Oh well.

7:00 – Start!

7:05 – waiting…..

7:07 – still waiting….music, cheering, excitement going on…

7:08 – moving!!  I seriously started to tear up with excitement and disbelief that I was there!

7:11 – Cross start line.

Miles 1-3: Stuck behind tons of slower people.  Frustrated.  Averaging 10-11:00 minute miles.  Try to breathe and soak in the experience.  I walked for 45 seconds at mile 2 and mile 3.

Mile 4: Still frustrated at being around slower paced people than I want, I try and realize it’s not the end of the world.  Enjoying the race, and knowing I won’t PR, I stop for a photo op!  Plus a 45 second walk break.


Mile 5: Take vanilla Gu.  I planned to take it at mile 6, but I knew mile 6 is a hill, and I’d rather take it before the hill.  Plus I was already at around 50 minutes.

Mile 6-8: HILLS!!!  I’m not going to lie, I really like hills.  Really.  I love powering up there, and the relief once you get to the top. 

Mile 8: Dodge orange peels.

Mile 10: Downhilllll.  I think this was the downhill mile.  Or it was sometime around now.  I took 2 clif shot blocks (that they handed out on the course) before going downhill.

Mile 11: It wasn’t nearly as packed on the course now, and I was able to pick up my speed.  Only 2 more miles to go, and I was feeling good, so I definitely wanted to pick it up!

Mile 12: Chocolate mile sign!  Chocolate?  Where?  I almost missed the chocolate mile!  Luckily I grabbed one from someone at the last minute and held onto it.  No way was I slowing down to eat chocolate now….sorry!  I looked at my watch and it said 2:02.  I would’ve loved to come in under 2 hours, but that didn’t happen.  So I decided to try and make it under 2:10. 

Mile 12-13: Sprinttttt.  Ready, GO!  Wait…are those rain drops?

Mile 13-13.1: Finish line in sight!  I went at it so hard, I really started to feel nauseous during that last little bit….but….then…finish!!!!!

Official finish time: 2:10:17 (darn so close!)

However, my Garmin told me I went 13.16 miles.  So if I go by that…technically I very well might have ran 13.1 in under 2:10 Winking smile


Garmin splits:

  • Mile 1: 10:23
  • Mile 2: 10:00
  • Mile 3: 10:50
  • Mile 4: 10:49
  • Mile 5: 9:33
  • Mile 6: 10:33 <—huge hill the entire mile
  • Mile 7: 10:57
  • Mile 8: 9:10 <— uphill
  • Mile 9: 10:33 <—uphill…again
  • Mile 10: 9:33
  • Mile 11: 9:17
  • Mile 12: 9:14
  • Mile 13: 8:09 (told you I still had it left in me Winking smile)
  • Mile 13-13.1: 7:34

Elevation chart (if interested):

Elevation Map

(Since this is for the full marathon, there actually was no big incline at the end of the half)

Oh….why hello.



Thanks for my Tiffany’s Mr. Fireman!


This is by far my favorite out of all the years I’ve done it.  My other 2:


I can’t find the one from 2006 when I walked the half, but it wasn’t too pretty.  It honestly reminded me of a bottle cap.

One thing I have noticed about these necklaces is that they tarnish and get very dinged up looking very fast.  The background behind the runners on my marathon one (on the right) tarnished within days. 

I love my mom’s from when she walked the full in 2005.  Any runner would want this one.:



Sadly, I don’t have that one.  I’m jealous.

Anyways…back to race day.  I got my goodies, and went to stand in line to get my picture taken.  I’ve never done this before, and I also had a good 1 1/2 hours to wait around for my mom to finish.  Standing in line is where I ran into this lady!  She was standing right behind me, and tapped me on the back, recognizing me from the blog.  Congrats Hillary on your PR!!

I ate a banana, drank a few sips of chocolate milk, and some Gatorade recover while waiting.

After some photography posing, I headed to the medical tent to ice my knees and foot.


It was freeeezing, by the way, and it had started pouring while I was in the tent.  I immediately headed to the stretching tent where I foam rolled, and stretched.  Hence the name – stretching tent.

Ate a protein Luna bar (peanut butter flavor.  Not my fave.  But I was hungry!!).

Then stood in line in the rain for a massage.  Mmm felt nice.

Finally I met up with my mom, where we caught up for 5 minutes.  Then I left her to catch the shuttle back to our hotel.  She waited for my dad who was picking her up and they were leaving straight for Sacramento (another story).

I then stood in line for an hour waiting for the bus.  In the freezing rain.  Crazy crazy cold!! 

On the bus, I ate another banana – yes 3 bananas all before 1:00.  Call me crazy.  Or call me a runner.


Back at my hotel, I showered and got so fresh and so clean in the locker rooms.  Then hauled my suitcase down to the shopping mall area, where I sat and ate some grub before catching BART (basically a subway that runs around the bay area).

Thank goodness I decided to go for this Thai place in the food court because you will never guess what they had –

Pumpkin curry chicken.  Oh yes.  Yes they did.


I also got garlic pepper chicken, which was bomb.


Now you see it.


Now you don’t.


HUGE plate, by the way.

It was 2:00 pm.  I figured this would hold me over a good 4 hours right?

I figured wrong.

I was hungry when I got home at 3:50.  Where I grabbed handfuls of this bad boy:


On my way out of town, I had a snack dinner?  It was 5:45.


So this beast weighed in at 15.0 on the scale.  In my head, I thought it was 1.5 pounds.  I was shocked.  But somewhat proud. 

Heck yes I just got myself a 1.5 pound yogurt.

Is it sad I was slightly disappointed when I realized it was only 15 ounces?  Still a beast of a yogurt though.


Pumpkin pie + vanilla wafer flavors.

I knew I would get hungry on the road, and packed a snack dinner part 2.



No no.  Just awfully photographed cottage cheese + nectarine.  In a frosting container.


And once back at…home?…school?  (I really don’t know what to call this place anymore). I had a bowl mug of cereal.


Well. Guess I can say I got my fiber in for the day.

I like how most people have post-celebratory big race dinners.  And I had froyo, cottage cheese, and cereal.  Gotta love it.

So, that was my day, race, and eats in a nutshell rather long post.

All in all, I felt awesome during the race.  My knees were a bit achy.  But not bad at all.  I do wish I could have kept up a faster pace, but I just got stuck.  Sometimes I seriously felt like I could have been walking faster than I was running.  But I knew from the beginning I wouldn’t beat my PR of 1:53.  I was just happy to be out there! 

I also only walked about 4-5 times for 30 seconds during the entire race.  I’m not lying when I said I actually forgot to walk.  During the mile 6-9 hilly sequence, I was so caught up in the hills that I forgot to take walk breaks.  It was all fine in the end – I really only started doing long runs with walk breaks to ease back into running.  But I felt good!  Funny enough, one of my biggest regrets is not getting more pictures.  It was only me and my mom with an Iphone camera, so we obviously didn’t take many!


But now…I can’t wait for my next race!!  Thank you for all your guys’ support and encouragement throughout my injury and training.  You guys are the best Open-mouthed smile

And stay tuned for what I ate the day after my half Winking smile

Did you race this weekend?  How’d you do?  Brag your story away!!

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Meant to be

I love pumpkin.  I really truly very much do.

I know blog-world has some sort of obsession with canned pumpkin.  But I’ve actually been enjoying canned pumpkin long before I discovered blogs.

For 4 years now I’ve been making pumpkin oatmeal, pumpkin smoothies, and pumpkin yogurt. Year-round.  Who says pumpkin is only for October-December??



Dear pumpkin yogurt.  I love you with all my heart.


I need to make a pumpkin smoothie soon.

At work I snacked on multiple snacks, including corn bread.  Yum.


Corn bread, you rock.


Thursday and Fridays are my evenings off from the hospital, so I decided to do my long run Thursday late afternoon.

You know oats are my staple pre-long run fuel.  Breakfast….or 2:00 pm lunch.  It works.


OIAJ?  Even better.

Nuttzo – you were an expensive, once in a lifetime splurge.  Yummy and unique.  But not good for my wallet.


If you find it on sale, or are able to splurge, I do recommend it.  It had a very flaxseed taste.  And there were literally huge chunks of nuts throughout.  Quite delicious.

I added some chocolate hazelnut butter and a few of those chocolate filled cookie things from Trader Joe’s.


This was my last long run before my race next weekend.

Distance: 9.5 miles
Time: 1:28:16
Avg Pace: 9:17

I’m not going to lie when I say this run wasn’t hard.  It got me kind of worried.  I’ll have to do 4 more miles?  But I know every run is different.  I’ve had an excellent 12 miler, a tough 11 miler, and some speedy 5 milers.

I know I’ll survive my half next weekend.  And hard or not – it’ll be worth it Open-mouthed smile

It was also my first run sporting not one, but 2 knee braces.


I’ve been experiencing an increase in knee pain the past week, and I can’t tell you if it’s my orthotics, shoes, lack of strength training, etc.  But to be safe, I ordered a second knee brace for my other knee.  Knee braces aren’t a cure-all.  But it’s better to be safe than sorry on this one.

I didn’t take 1 picture of the rest of my night.  But let me put into words what a long run does to me:

6:30 – arrive home from my run.  Head straight for my TV to turn on dish and figure it all out.  Hello – the Giants were in the playoffs.

7:15 – After failing to make my TV work, remember I need to foam roll.  Shite!  Get to it.

7:30 – Finally make dinner since it’s been an hour and I’m starving. Eat sweet potato gnocchi with pumpkin pasta sauce, feta cheese, and a side of veggies and potato mixture.

7:45 – Stuffed.  For sure won’t eat the rest of the night.

8:30 – Hungry.  Pop a large bowl of popcorn.  Season generously with garlic salt.

9:30 – Hungry.  Make myself a mug of hot chocolate.

10:15 – Hungry.  Have a small bowl of pumpkin ice cream.  And by small bowl, I mean 2 servings.  Since 1 serving is enough for a mouse.

Long runs obviously spark my appetite.

And this morning I continued the pumpkin trend with pumpkin peanut butter pancakes!  And pumpkin spice coffee.  3 cheers for the return of pumpkin coffee!!


I followed Jenny’s pancake recipe.  Although I added a bit more milk to the mixture.

Topped off with peanut butter maple syrup and a generous amount of strawberry jam.  Pumpkin PB&J pancakes if you will?


To make the syrup I mixed 2 heaping scoops of peanut flour with maple syrup.  It was delicious.  And that’s why my syrup looks oddly chunky.  No worries.

Confession: It’s 12:26 pm and I’m still in my pajamas.  I spent the morning watching Couples Retreat on TV.  And I don’t feel guilty whatsoever.  This is my first morning 100% completely off in over a month.  And it’s glorious.

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The reason I only had 1 spoonful of ice cream last night was because I find that sometimes eating ice cream late at night causes me tummy aches in the morning.

Yet, I still woke up bloated and burpy (when I say burpy, I mean I feel like I have burps stuck in my chest. I’m pretty sure it has something to do with my acid reflux/stomach issues). Perhaps it was the late night plain yogurt that did it to me? haha.

Anyways, it was hard to scarf down food when I already felt pressure and full. But I needed to before my long run!

2 pieces of Ezekiel cinnamon raisin with a special nut butter, vanilla-pear butter, and a whole giant banana (I ate the rest of the ‘naner separate).

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I had to break into this jar of almond butter, I swear!!!

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The only nut butter I had open was my chocolate hazelnut butter, and I really wasn’t feeling that on cinnamon toast. This Justin’s maple almond butter was bought on super sale, and meant to be saved for a while.

Oh well.

Anyways, on to my run. My legs felt dead the whole time. From mile 1, all the way until the end. Tired tired legs.

My whole left side was also screaming at me. My left knee had a slight pain. My left butt cheek occasionally had a sharp pain. And towards the end, the bottom of my left foot was aching. WTF left side – what was your deal??  Cardio wise, I felt fine!  Never gasping to dying for air.

Don’t worry, I didn’t push through any horrible pain. And if I hurt later on or on my next run, I’ll rest up. But I am worried I need new orthotics and that was the cause of my left foot pain. Oh the joys of money.

I decided to cut my run short at 11.5 (I wanted to do 12), but after a short break on a bus stop bench, I decided I could push through another .5 mile easily enough. 12 it was!

Distance: 12 miles
Time: 1:53.05
Average: 9:25

  • 1 – 8:38
  • 2 – 9:13
  • 3 – 9:13 (I’m so damn consistent, I can’t stand it)
  • 4 – 9:26
  • 5 – 9:08
  • 6 – 10:01 (bummer. So close)
  • 7 – 8:55 (woah missy!)
  • 8 – 9:59
  • 9 – 9:49
  • 10 – 9:27
  • 11 – 9:51
  • 12 – 9:22

During, I fueled with my usual peach rings (I had 4 at mile 5.75), and a new find I got on sale at Target.

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I brought along 2 little balls, and had 1 at mile 8, and another at mile 10.

These were actually pretty tasty. Stats:

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I do feel that their recommended amounts per hour are a bit high though:

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I really felt like a post-run beer.

Unfortunately it was 10:43 am.

Fortunately, I didn’t really care.

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Yes – before 11 am. It is Thirsty Thursday, after all. I actually only drank half if that makes any difference.

A 12 mile run also deserves a long awaited pumpkin spice light frappie. Especially since I had a giftcard.

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Sidenote: $4.35 for this thing? Are you kidding me?!?!? That’s a bit ridiculous.

Too sweet. Less pumps next time.

For lunch, all I really wanted was leftover pumpkin bread pudding. (BTW – I’ve totally been picking at this all week unpictured. It’s bomb). But I knew I needed more substance to my lunch.

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I’m not sure why I added more bread and some chocolate filled crisps and called that substance.

On second thought, I added some feta to the hummus bread.

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Mmmm pumpkin pie bread pudding.

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At work I snacked on some of my new favorite granola.

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And then ran some errands. Guess what’s right next door to the bank?

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That’s right. It was pretty small – only $1.50 worth of yogurt. I honestly thought about not posting about this…WHAT?!?! Why should I be ashamed that I had a frappie in the morning and froyo in the afternoon? I shouldn’t. And I’m not. It was delish!

More snackage. Or dinner appetizers. However you want to look at it.

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With ketchup and hummus for dippage.

Once I awoke from a glorious nap, all intentions of making lasagna went out the window. Something easy instead was required.

Whole wheat sweet potato gnocchi with pumpkin pasta sauce and some feta cheese. I thought about adding veggies to the mix, but nixed the idea. It’s a good thing I had those carrot fries. And that pumpkin definitely counts as a vegetable.

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Come here my little pretty.

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The sauce was phenom. The gnocchi was blah. No sweet potato flavor at all.

I’m now enjoying a cup of cookie dough coffee at 8:00 pm. Why? Because, like I said. It’s Thirsty Thursday. And I don’t work at 6 am tomorrow like I do the rest of the weekend.

Therefore – a great reason to go out on the town.

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A Perfect Dozen

The morning sang with the hymns of “Long Run Day!!”. It was a dreary perfect foggy and misty morning.

Bummer for beach days.

Perfect for long run days 😉

I debated having an English muffin (look – I capitalized it this time) like before my last long run. But decided on having something more filling. Much more filling. I just hope it doesn’t come back to bite me in the butt stomach with a side cramp.

OAT-ME-ALLLL!!! That’s how I sing it. And that’s how I roll.

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  • 1/4 cup oats + 1/4 cup wheat bran
  • 1/2 cup almond milk + 1/2 cup water (+ a extra splash of almond milk towards the end because it was too thick)
  • 1 egg
  • Cinnamon & maple syrup
  • Peanut flour

Toppings include vanilla-pear butter, strawberry jam, and melty melty chocolate hazelnut butter.

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Perfect-o!! Not one, I repeat in all caps, NOT ONE side cramp during my run. I can’t remember the last time that’s happened. I set out aiming for 11 miles. Partway through I decided to do 11.5. A little farther I decided “what the heck! Let’s do 12!!”.

And 12 glorious wonderful stupendous miles it was. These long runs are so exciting to me now – not necessarily that they’re the longest I’ve ever ran (I don’t think I’ll ever go farther than 26.2 haha). But because they’ve all been the farthest I’ve ran since April 2009, when my injury hit.

Distance: 12 miles
Time: 1:52.44
Avg pace: 9:24

  • Mile 1: 8:36
  • Mile 2: 9:12
  • Mile 3: 9:33
  • Mile 4: 9:39
  • Mile 5: 9:22
  • Mile 6: 9:59 <– 3/4 of the mile is up a big hill
  • Mile 7: 9:41
  • Mile 8: 9:38
  • Mile 9: 8:54 <–1/2 uphill, 1/2 downhill – speedy me!
  • Mile 10: 9:29
  • Mile 11: 9:11 <–Getting excited to finish
  • Mile 12: 9:30

I want to note that I’ve kept up a run/walk pattern with most of my runs.  Usually about 2 minutes walking every 1.5-2 miles or so.  Today I walked 30-45 seconds (about .05 of a mile) every mile.  Even if I didn’t feel the need to, I walked 30 seconds at that mile mark.  Sometimes it was hard to make myself stop.  But I didn’t want to regret it in the end!

Regarding hills – honestly, I live all around hills, and there are inclines every other mile.  Some are steeper than others, but can’t avoid ’em!  I also planned my route to hit up drinking fountains, but knew I needed some fuel. 2 problems:

  1. I had no Gus/gels to bring.
  2. I left my fuel belt at home, so had no where to store food.


  1. I bought peach rings last night with my extra dinner money in the cafeteria, mainly because my roommate loves them. Perfect fuel 🙂
  2. Plastic baggy down the sports bra. Don’t judge. It actually wasn’t uncomfortable. I just had to make sure to sneakily take the baggy out at my breaks. Awkward.

I had 2 of these at mile 5 and 3 at mile 8.

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I actually finished up 12 miles pretty far from my house. As tempted as I was to keep going, I didn’t want to push it, so I stopped and did a long cooldown walk of 1.6 miles in approximately 28 minutes. Towards the end I just wanted to get home, sit down, and eat.

Guess what! My wrap I forgot at work the other day was still in the fridge yesterday. Thank goodness 🙂

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A seriously delicious blend of petso, mozzarella cheese, turkey, squash, portabello mushrooms, and basil.

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The mushrooms and squash gave it a very meaty feel.

Prior to work I had a small snack. Not at all hungry, I knew I would get hungry during work. 2 rice cakes with some maple PB and vanilla-pear butter.

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Dinner at work consisted of some nasty looking kung pao chicken (didn’t taste super great either – yet I still ate most of it), brown butter & chive mashed potatoes (yeah – those were good)..

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And some type of apple crumble thing. When I saw this, I knew I had to have it.

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And I just finished up a night-time snack of a mix of cereal. I sprinkle cinnamon in my cereal – that’s why it looks so brown.

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Globs of PB in cold cereal is amazing.  Try it.  You won’t be sorry.

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The tiredness of a long run + walking around for 5 hours at work is setting in. Goodnight!

What’s the farthest you’ve ever ran? And what’s the farthest you’d ever want to run?

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