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I ran a half marathon!

Not to brag or anything, but…



Okay, okay. So maybe I’m bragging a little. But if we aren’t proud of our own accomplishments, then who is going to be?

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Yesterday morning I had my mind set on running. I knew there would be snow, I knew there would be wind, and I knew it would be cold. You’ve heard me say many times before that I would (and have) chosen the treadmill over bad weather anytime. But after one too many treadmill long-runs, I kind of felt like a fake. I mean come on, everyone else is out there braving the elements, and I’m just jogging along on a treadmill in the gym? No more.

I could have waiting until the afternoon when it had warmed up a smidge, but I like to get my runs over in the morning. I also could have waited until Sunday, when the temps were supposed to reach 47, but I had set my mind to accomplishing this and I wasn’t going to make any more excuses.

I knew I could do it. I just wanted to prove it to myself.

I started off my morning with the pre-run fuel I used on last week’s 12 miler: a slice of Udi’s bread with 1 T of peanut butter and half a banana. Deeeelicious. I was out the door 40 minutes later, all geared up and ready to go.

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Yes, I look like a tard. But I’m okay with that. I had my CW-X running tights, a t-shirt, a long-sleeve t-shirt and a nike pull over. On my head I wore an ear band AND a hat (the hat doesn’t completely cover my ears) and I also wore some waterproof gloves and put hand warmers in them!

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Another fun thing? I got these great new socks from TJ Maxx:

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I’ve never bought real running socks before, and these were AMAZING! I totally understand spending a little more (granted, these were about $7 for 3 pairs…. which isn’t actually more than a lot of normal socks). I also had on my new Camelbak pack and brought along a new fuel I found called Sharkies:

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These were actually pretty tasty! The whole package is 140 calories, and I started to reward myself by eating one every mile after a while (I started out by eating about 3 at 45 minutes in). However, I didn’t realize how many were in there! I had them stuffed in the inside pocket of my tights, and since my hands were so numb they were hard to pull out. I thought I’d about finished them, but by the time I got back I still had half of them left! They are either super amazing (my last run I needed at least 100 calories) or I was just so focused on braving the elements that I didn’t realize I felt tired at all.

Once I headed outside for my run I was immediately greeted by the one thing that I did not plan for: Slush. I had to tip toe my way through a back alley and a parking lot to get to the street and start my run, and didn’t realize that wouldn’t be the last of it! There was slush EVERYWHERE! I was hoping it was cold enough that the snow wouldn’t melt, but it was 33 degrees when I was running… plus all the foot traffic and cars resulted in some serious slushy puddles during my run. Let’s just say both my feet were soaking wet by 3 miles in…

Although it was windy, cold and wet, there was one great thing about my run (when I managed to look up), it was GORGEOUS. The first part of my run took me near the Lincoln Park Zoo and it was so pretty I had to take a picture:

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Then, during the last 3 miles of my run, it started to snow a light and fluffy snow. It was so beautiful that it made me grin and power through those last miles!

My final time was 2:11:50 for a pace of 10:03 min/mile. Definitely slower than my previous times, but that’s expected when you have to stop and find a way to get around giant slush puddles for a good bit of your run!

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I had a serious runner’s high when I got home and was so excited about my run! I still can’t believe that I technically ran a half marathon. It just seems so unreal! I feel like I need another person there with me or something and then I’ll really believe it.


Have you ever done something but just can’t really believe it happened?


How do you feel about snow? Love it or hate it?

What I Ate Tuesday–Errand Day!

Hey Everyone!!! It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means:

What I Ate Wednesday!

If you are new to WIAW, head over to Peas and Crayons to check it out! It’s a great way to find new recipes, meal ideas and blogs to follow!

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Last week, my WIAW was all about what I ate on long run day! This week, it’s my eats from Tuesday, which is a day that I only have one class, and thus dedicate mostly to errands!

For breakfast, I got up early enough to make myself some egg-white oats! These always hold me over for about 4 hours and since I didn’t know when I’d have a chance to eat my snack, I thought they’d be the best option! I’ve also started adding 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin or butternut squash when I cook the oats, just as a way to get in a bit of veggies with my breakfast.

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And yes, this is a recycled picture… My mornings always end up being hectic and I forgot to take a picture! Plus it was so good I just had to dig in…

After breakfast I headed to class, and then after class I went on a field trip! This semester I’m a part of the environmental clinic, which is where students do REAL legal work for REAL clients (for free…). I went with my professor and my partner who is working on the same case out to the suburbs to check out a facility that we’re dealing with (I felt like Erin Brokovich).

On the bus home, I snacked on an apple and a Pure bar.

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Once home, I quickly changed and headed to the gym, realizing I had JUST enough time to get in my 6 mile tempo run before my doctor’s appointment! It ended up being a not so great run… I’m not sure if my snack just had too much fiber, or if my stomach was just off yesterday, but let’s just say I had to run to the restroom (TMI?) halfway through and just wasn’t feeling well.

Once I got home I showered and used my NEW MAGIC BULLET to make a quick smoothie to take with me on my way to the doctor! Into the blender went 1/3 block of frozen spinach (I was out of fresh), 1/3 cup canned pumpkin, 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, some cinnamon and 1 packet of stevia.

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Thank you to my friend, Hadley, for my awesome tumbler!

My appointment just happened to by the REI store, and guess what? I had a gift card from Christmas! I’ve been wanting to get a CamelBak pack for running, and my long run with very little water last week really got me going on researching it. I ended up texting my cousin, Allie, who has one and asking her opinion.

In the end, I went with the 2012 Aurora, which  holds 70 oz and is designed for women with smaller torsos. I tried on several and looked a bit ridiculous, but it was a big purchase! I also bought a couple types of energy beans to try out too! I think since they are more like candy, I can use them as motivation… Ha.

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By the time I got home, I realized I hadn’t had a real lunch and I was STARVING! It was 4:45. I was okay with having dinner at 4:45.

I decided to use the miracle noodles I had got a few weeks ago, and make an Indian flavored dish! I sautéed some chopped summer squash, mushrooms and kale mixed with curry and tumeric and then also made a sauce for the noodles with 2 tsp Dijon mustard, flax milk, curry and tumeric. I also added in some chopped up chicken meatballs. It turned out fantastic!

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Although not exactly authentic Indian, I thought it was pretty good!

My dinner wasn’t quite as filling as I’d hoped (I was a hungry beast today!) So I also had a container of Chobani Blood Orange Greek Yogurt, with a few mini soy-free chocolate chips from Enjoy Life Foods.

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And you are correct in realizing I said soy-free, but not sugar free… oops.


Since I had dinner so early, I was getting hungry a bit later. I tried to curb it with a handful of nuts, but I was just plain hungry! So I made up another pumpkin protein muffin from STUFT Mama! So good. On the side was “chocolate sauce” which I made with 1 T protein powder, 1 T PB2, 1 packet stevia and 1/2 T cocoa powder, all mixed with water and a bit of flax milk.

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There also may have been a few more chocolate chips and some almond butter involved in the evening… But I’m not telling if you aren’t. Haha.


What do you use to hydrate during longer runs? I’ve tried carrying a water bottle and it drives me crazy after about… 10 seconds.


Do you ever try and make ethic-style dishes? If you have a great recipe, link up!