A good excuse

Ohhhhh my goodness, this morning feels like 10 years ago. Thanks for sending so much running energy my way. I really felt it while I was out there!!

Before the run, I had to make sure I was sufficiently fueled of course πŸ˜€

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Breakfast was 2/3 toasted sun-dried tomato bagel topped with the 2 tbsp peanut-butter-pumpkin-roasted-red-pepper hummus and 1.5 black bean-salmon patties that I have been carrying around and trying to eat for lunch since Wednesday. On the side, I had 2/3 chopped apple (rescued from work yesterday!) with cinnamon and soymilky almond tea from last night. I actually got two more decently strong pots out of that one tea bag!

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And ok, ok, I couldn’t resist having one more little bite of Brigitte’s no-bake cookies and cream birthday cake log:

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And then it was time for the run!! (Well, it was time for the run about 75 minutes later — digestion is key.)

Kate and I had lunch plans pretty soon after the run, so I worked out a route for us that would streamline the process, allowing her to run the 2 miles from her apartment to mine to pick me up and avoid any subway drama. The weather was absolutely gorgeous. I can’t believe we went from snow to tank-top weather in under a week!

From my place, we did a loop of the park and ran through industrial Brooklyn (breathtaking) to Red Hook. Kate tried to stop and walk after the park loop (to be fair, she had already run nearly 6 miles by this point), but I told her she wasn’t allowed and we would be beginning our downward slope any minute. She powered through like a champ, and her feeling of death became a distant memory.

Kate split off around my mile 6 to run home, and I continued on through the projects and exhaust-filled highways to more charming neighborhoods (including my own) to complete my own 9 . .. or 9.4 to be exact :-D. Yay, I’m so proud that I did it all!! Things got so much easier after the first 4 miles, and mile 7 was actually the easiest of the bunch. I remember thinking that I felt like I could run the whole things three times over and that the half marathon in May would be no biggie! That feeling only lasted for a mile 7, though. The last 2 miles were tough, but I ran by a lot of smiley babies (welcome to Saturday morning in the Slope) that kept me going. Stats: 1 hour and 36 minutes, 848 calories, average heart rate 157, max 178.

When I got home, I settled in for some Gentle Hatha #1 from yogadownload. Wow, yoga never felt so good! I’ve done this class several times, and this is the first time I wasn’t watching the clock and waiting for it to end. And then I ran around like a mad woman trying to get ready and ended up 40 minutes late for the lunch (details to come), whoops!! I used to be so prompt, but at least I had a semi-decent excuse.

What makes you late?

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16 thoughts on “A good excuse

  1. foodsthatfit says:

    That is a great run and a great pre-run snack! I love that you reuse tea bags, I do the same!

    That cake looks amazing!

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  2. Dori says:

    Great running day for you! Today was so nice out and I really wanted to debut running outside (NEVER done it before) but I had to get to Queens to see my mom, so no time. Next nice day I hope to!

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  3. Anna says:

    Congratulations on completing that run! 9 miles seems extremely daunting to me, and I am so impressed that you got through it!

    That cake just looks so good!

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  4. snackface says:

    Woohooo! Congrats on the run! You definitely powered through that! What makes me late? Blog reading, haha. And last minute beautifying touches.

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  5. Sweetie Pie says:

    Congrats on the great running day!

    Have I mentioned that I love the idea of peanut butter in hummus? I need to try that for sure. I just restocked my pantry with tahini, so hummus is definitely in my future!

    What makes me late? Here lately, I seem to feel inspired to load the dishwasher, pick up clutter and that sort of thing in the mornings while I’m trying to get out the door to work. I’m sure it is procrastination (b/c I’d rather not GO to work), but it is a problem that I need to nip in the bud. On the plus side, my dishes are clean when I get home. πŸ™‚

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  6. Emily says:

    That cake looks utterly amazing! Yummmmm!

    What makes me late….not wanting to get out of bed….or getting distracted on blogs if it is later in the day! lol

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  7. Melinda says:

    congrats on the 9 miles, that’s so awesome!! the weather’s getting so much nicer here too, it’s great!
    Sometimes I lose track of time, which causes the lateness haha. Only sometimes though!

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  8. Emily says:

    congrats on the rockstar run!

    I am always late. I hate the feeling of looking pretty and having it fade (i.e. my make-up starts to smear, my hair goes flat, whatever) so I always try to dress for things as late as possible and I always cut it too close!

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