Long run = New distance!

This morning I set off with the intention of not stopping until I hit the seven mile mark 🙂

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Back when I started running, I brought a water bottle with me on every run. When I stopped, I noticed that my speed actually increased.  This morning I decided that I should bring one since I wasn’t going for time. Also, it allowed me to bring an energy gel that I’ve been wanting to try out.

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We’ll get to that a little later.

The weather was perfect this morning.  Not too hot, not too cold.  I threw on my favorite running tank top & some shorts (plus some body glide, very important!) and didn’t get too cold or too hot even once!  I don’t think that’s ever happened for me before!

Around 2.5 miles, we stopped back home so I could try and take care of some bathroom issues.  TMI warning: no luck.
It did give me a chance to fill my water bottle back up to the top though.

Forced myself to take the gu around 3.5 or so (where trashcans were available).  That stuff is nasty.  The flavor wasn’t too bad though and I was able to choke it down pretending I was eating an actual banana.  It was well worth it though.  My pace was around 10 min/mile and I was able to get one of my splits after that down to 9:44 :)  Success!

My left leg started hurting around the 7 mile mark, so I slowed down the pace a little.  Then around 7.5, my right foot was hurting a little, but it stopped once I started paying attention to the way my feet were hitting the ground.

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Distance: 7.72 miles!
Time: 1 hr 16 min

Oh oh oh! 
I had half a cranberry orange nut bread clif bar before I left.  That’s what happens when I don’t take a picture.  I almost forget!

I had been looking forward to breakfast this morning since I went to the store yesterday.
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If there’s any kind of yogurt I like more than others, this would be it!

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Layers:

  • yogurt
  • Strawberries
  • Pumpkin granola

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I’m going to aim for eight miles on my next long run!  I’ve been really worried lately about my upcoming 8 mile race (April 3rd), but now I know that I am fully capable (and excited)!

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7 responses to “Long run = New distance!

  1. Yay for the new PDR! Keep in mind, many training programs have you only get close to the distance you are training for, so you should totally be okay for your 8-miler!

    There are not many energy chews I like, so I take granola bars or pretzels or jelly beans on runs!

  2. SAMMI…awesome!!! Oh my goodness how fabulous!! 🙂

  3. Congrats on your PDR!

    Those strawberries look great…reminds me of SUMMER!!

  4. fattiefatterton

    Great job Miss Sammi!! 😀

    And don’t you just love that camera? Excellent food pics!!

  5. beautiful parfait!!!

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