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At Least I Ran Up the Hills

I ran fifteen miles at the park today.

Here are the mile splits:
Mile 1- 9:45/mile. I started at 9:30. The first three miles were a warm-up.
Mile 2- 9:21
Mile 3- 9:23
Mile 4- 8:35
Mile 5- 8:30 Ate a Powerbar strawberry/banana with caffeine gel.
Mile 6- 8:39
Mile 7- 8:56
Mile 8- 8:35
Mile 9- 8:55
Mile 10- 9:17 It was about 11AM and 67 degrees.
Mile 11- 9:29 Ate a Powerbar strawberry/banana with caffeine gel.
Mile 12- 9:03
Mile 13- 9:32
Mile 14- 9:30
Mile 15- 9:55 I finished at noon and it was 69 degrees.

Average overall pace: 9:10/mile

I had a goal: to run twelve miles at an 8:30/mile pace or better, but I couldn't do it.

I had to carry my water bottle in my hand today because my water belt rubbed my back raw on last week's twenty miler.

Towards the end of the run, I had a little trouble finding the path I wanted to run on. First, I ran one way and then the other and then back again.

Finally, I found the path, but there was a walker on it that I had to pass so I gave her a "Good morning!"…

Will Run for Cookies

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I got a phone call yesterday from my husband who was sitting outside our house roasting marshmallows. (How did we ever survive before cell phones?) So I skipped the cookie baking and ran outside before the marshmallows were all gone. I didn't run today, but I did make chocolate chip cookies!

The Longest Run This Year

I was at the park a little before 6AM today and one runner from my group was there. We waited twenty minutes for the rest of the group to show up, but in the end, it was just the two of us. She ran with me for seven miles before she headed home. She's headed to Boston this April. I hope I am, too.

I was absolutely fine on the whole run even though... it was 45 degrees and I was shivering when we started, I didn't have any music to listen to, and after running 18 1/2 miles my feet felt tired. But you know what? It wasn't that hard to run 20 miles. Even the 13 miles by myself was fine. I was tired towards the end, but not exhausted. I thought it would be a lot harder. And I even ran into a running friend along the way.

I ran 20.25 miles (even .25 matters when you've run 20) with an average pace of 9:27/mile. I picked up the pace the last four miles to about 9:06/mile.

Was it only yesterday that I mentioned my nice warm kitchen? Last night the heater broke! Let's see if …

Happy Thanksgiving!

Brrr....I ran 3 miles this morning with a 9:38/mile average pace. It felt like 34 degrees, if you consider the wind chill. I wore long pants, a long sleeved shirt, a jacket, gloves and a hat. Sometimes, the wind pushed so hard that I felt like I was running in place.

Right now, I'm glad to be sitting in my warm kitchen. The turkey is in the oven and the pumpkin pie is already made.

In fact, there is so much to be thankful for that I know that if I were to start making a list of all that God has graciously given me that I would be writing all day long and forever.

~With a Grateful Heart

Eighteen with My Running Club

It's done. By 8AM this morning, I had run 18 miles bringing this week's total miles up to 47.

I ran four miles with another runner and thought I'd have time to meet my running group before they left for their run. But when I got back to the parking lot, I thought I saw my green group running down the street, so I had to pick up the pace (6:28/mile) to catch up. I caught up, but they weren't my running group, so I ran back towards the start.

I found my group, but thought I'd better try running with the folks in the back of the pack so I slowed down. I saw some runners behind me that I thought I might run with, but when they caught up with me and started passing me, I saw that they weren't in our group. They were in the very fastest group.

So, I had to speed up again to catch up. If I lost the green group, I'd be running in the dark by myself, so I had plenty of incentive. I ran an extra mile or two after the group run for a grand total of eighteen with an avera…

Larabar Bar

Do you ever stand in front of all of those bars at the grocery store and wonder if any of them are edible? After you've tried a few, you might. This weekend, I was given some free samples (mostly from REI) : a cool mint chocolate Clif Bar, which I wrote about Tuesday, and a handful of Larabars. Here's what I think of of the Larabars:

Larabar Apple Pie- I really like it. Today, I found the Larabars on sale at a local grocery store (HEB) for $1. Normally, I think they cost about $1.30.

Larabar Cinnamon Roll- I really like this one, too. I looked for this at the grocery store today, but they don't carry this flavor. It's made of dates, walnuts, almonds, cashews, and cinnamon. That's all. Of course, you could always just grab some nuts and dried fruit and munch on those, but these are compact and might be especially good on a hike or plane trip, somewhere where you're short on space.

Larabar Cherry Pie- The cherry taste is too tart for me, even though I thought thi…

There's Good and There's Bad

I woke up about 5:50 so that I'd finish my long run before it got too warm and ate a banana and a mini bagel. I put some water, my sunglasses and a towel out on the porch for a quick water-stop. I took water and two gel packets with me.

Mile 1- 9:40/mile pace. The streets were quiet and peaceful.

Mile 2- 9:20/mile pace. I was happy with this pace.

Mile 3- 9:36/mile pace. I was running out of things to think about. I guess had about two miles of thoughts in my brain. Impressive or maybe - not really.

Mile 4- 9:24/mile pace. "Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, get your adverbs here." Remember that song? This is the first time I listened to it on my Ipod (given to me complete with songs). I never would have guessed that this song would be a running song, but, "Slow down, Lolly!" because my Garmin says my pace was 8:53 and I don't want to go that fast yet.

Mile 5- 9:21/mile pace. I recovered from my boredom.

Mile 6- 9:05/mile pace. I ate a mocha Clifbar energy gel. Surprise - it w…