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Run Fast. Eat Slow & My 15 Miler

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I ran 15 miles yesterday. Before the run, I had overnight oats and cold coffee - favorites on hot days. To my oats, I added banana, coconut oil and coffee vanilla peanut butter. During the run, I had Gatorade and fig bar cookies. I saw a gorgeous pink sunrise and lily pads, which are pictured because the sunrise was gone before I knew it.

Meb's Olympic Marathon Finish

I finished with faster miles and then some push-ups - because of Meb! I've run 18 marathons plus other races, too, but it still helps to see that even a pro has to deal with problems. You never know what race day will hold, no matter how much you train and prepare. It's the challenge that makes races worth doing. (Here's my review of his book Meb for Mortals.)

Run Fast. Eat Slow

The recipe for the peanut butter mixture that I added to my oatmeal is in the new Run Fast. Eat Slow book by Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky, which I bought and read this week. I made a quick version of their peanut butter by addin…

Fuel Like an Olympian

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After watching 2016 Olympian marathoners, Shalane, Desiree and Amy, finish 6th, 7th and 9th, I came across some tips on what to eat before and during runs inspired by each of them. 

Today I ran later in the morning than usual and it was hotter - 80 degees and felt like 90 degrees, but less humid. At first the heat seemed to take my breath away. I didn't know if I could run my planned 5 miles. But after multiple water fountain stops, I felt fine and got lost in my music.

Shalane's Ginger Molasses Granola 

Before today's run, I ate yogurt topped withGinger Molasses Granola from the new Run Fast. Eat Slow cookbook written by Shalane and her friend, Elyse. This granola is nutrient dense with healthy fats. It's delicious. 

Mix together:

3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
1 cup shredded unsweetened dried coconut
½  cup shelled pumpkin seeds
½  cup sunflower seeds
½  cup raisins or chopped dried fruit (I add dried fruit after baking so it doesn't dry out.)
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 …

3 Things: Glukos, Swirl & Drones

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I tried three new things this week: a running fuel, a coffee/protein drink and a drone adventure.

Yesterday, I ran 16miles with Glukos Energy lemon drink powder and fruit punch gummies, which I liked. The drink powder mixes well and isn't as sweet as Gatorade. I like the small size of the gummies. Glukos Energy says glucose is most easily used by your body for fuel.

It was warm and humid, but I felt good even though I ran so slow that you might think that I'm using the Maffetone Method where you train at a low intensity. (See Run to the Finish for more info.) I ran one more mile than planned and I didn't even have any of those post-long run toe cramps I get sometimes.

I drank Glukos at miles 4 and 6 and then I divided a packet of gummies between miles 8, 10 and 12. I don't know if I felt good because of the Glukos or the cloud cover or both! Thirty minutes before my long run, I ate my overnight oats topped with 1/2 banana and almond butter. When I finished running, I at…

Chai Chia Pudding, 51 Miles & Links

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Yesterday, I tried a new chia pudding recipe. Chai Chia Puddingis healthy, easy to make and perfect for fans of chai tea. Chia seeds are high in fiber, iron and magnesium. (You can find more recipes in myother chia seed post.)

By using the Ibotta app after buying Tazo tea, I received another $1 in my Ibotta account and now I have nearly $55 in my account. I could use that towards an Amazon purchase. I could buy more chia seeds, since I'm out of them, or maybe I'll buy some new running shoes.

Chai Chia Pudding Recipe

Soak one tea bag in 1/2 cup hot milk for 5 minutes. (I used Tazo vanilla caramel chai tea.) Toss tea bag and let milk cool. Add in 2 tablespoons chia seeds, 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla. Stir and refrigerate for a few hours. Top with fruit.


This Week's Workouts

Sunday:10mile run, 30 min. ride - The humidity got to me in the last mile. Then I felt light-headed on the bike ride. I'll bring snacks next time.

Monday:10 Essential Exercises for R…