Tuesday, April 5, 2011

I'm Baa-aack!

First, I have to thank all of you who left such encouraging words for me after my last post. Clearly I was so down and using all of my energy to try and remain positive. I know those days happen to everyone and I appreciate you all reminding me that it's just one run!
After the tacos, I got my Runners World in the mail which was just perfect timing.  The articles in there really inspire me and pump me up and it was exactly what I needed. I woke up feeling positive about the run this morning and I DID IT! So excited, this is the first 13-mile run I have had in well over a year and it felt amazing. I managed to finish the run in 2:04:30 (9:34 pace). For those of you who said that a great run comes after a blah one, you're right! I felt like I finished strong and this was my fastest long run pace in a while. Ok, enough patting myself on the back and on to the good stuff....


I ate a Cinnamon Roll LaraBar right after my run. Honestly, I barely even noticed I was eating it. I just needed calories in my belly. I went grocery shopping even before I showered or foam rolled. I genuinely feel bad for the people in the store with me for those 30 minutes. I know I wasn't smelling good. Just for the record, I would say buying groceries after a long run is the worst idea ever not great. I wanted to buy everything. I managed to control myself a little and escaped with the things on my list and some Swedish Fish Eggs. I have never seen them before, I guess they are for Easter? I think the two of us are going to be hanging out a lot this afternoon:

After I washed the pound of dried salt off my body (TMI? I sweat a lot) I foam rolled and made my new favorite salad. On a bed of greens there are: green beans, a whole baked sweet potato, sliced strawberries, almonds, dried cranberries, and balsamic vinaigrette. 

Lots of healthiness so I can eat my Swedish Fish Eggs guilt-free!

Thanks again for the kind words guys. You have inspired me to make a list of why I run in the first place. I will work on it and put it in a post soon!

What Easter foods/candies are your favorites? 

What are your post long-run treats?


  1. Congrats the 13 miler!!! A year since and you pulled off a stellar pace!

    Swedish fish or any gummi candy always get me! Love jelly bean this time of year!

  2. Glad to hear your 13 miler went well! My favorite Easter candies are anything chocolate. I'm sooo not picky when it comes to chocolate, it's ridiculous!

    I think the best post long run meals are egg and cheese scrambles full of veggies. Pretty healthy and very satisfying, although my stomach digests them quickly, so I'm usually hungry again in a couple hours!

  3. Awesome run! I'm glad you didn't get psyched out by one bad one. I am notorious for grocery shopping after a long run. I end up buying things I don't even like, much less need.

  4. I had NO IDEA that they had Swedish Fish Eggs. I want some right now. I might have to go to CVS tomorrow to get some!!! Great job on your run. Glad you are feeling better about things. I definitely wouldn't shop after a long run either!!!

  5. We all have our bad days / runs. Usually the next one is a great run.
    Long run cravings - Bacon cheeseburger or pizza.

  6. Congrats on your run the fabulous salad, and the Swedish eggs too!


  7. Glad you had a better run today! I did, too :) I always end up at the grocery store after working out. I bet the Publix employees hate to see me coming!

  8. What Easter candy ISN'T my favorite?! :-) I saw Hershey's "Cookies & Cream" eggs at the store the other day and I think I need them...

    Congrats on a great run! The bad ones make you appreciate the good ones so much more, don't they? Have you ever read "Women's Running" magazine? That one gets me going, just like "Runner's World" does for you!

  9. Fantastic run!! Awesome pace, too!

    Those swedish fish eggs look so good. I love reese's eggs!

  10. Congrats on a happy run! That's a fantastic pace!

    Your salad looks amaaaaazing. Almonds + Strawberries + Balsamic is ALWAYS in a win in my book :)

    Favorite post-long-run treat? French Toast. YUM.

  11. OMG that salad looks awesome. Reeses Eggs are always my favorite easter candy. Malted milk balls are a close second though.