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on the run…

I have spent the last 14.5 weeks of my life training for the Philadelphia Marathon!  I have been running more than I ever have before.  Over three years ago when I first laced up my running shoes, I never could have guessed that I would be running 40+ miles per week.  When I started the program on July 20th, I thought I was crazy!  But, looking back it has been great!  I have incorporated speedwork and recovery runs and pace runs and tempo runs and long runs all into this 18 week program.  I have had my good days and bad days, as everyone does, but overall it has been a very positive experience.

I am virtually training with some friends on dailymile.com since we are in different places and run at different speeds.  We all follow the same plan and each day we log in our runs.  It is so motivating to complete your workout well when you know that you friends are out there doing the same thing!

Today was the day that I realized all of my hard work was paying off!  I ran a 6 mile run at a pace that I thought I never could have acheived!  6 miles in 49 minutes, which makes that about an 8 minute/mile pace.  When I finished my run, I couldn’t believe it – all of my hard work has been worth it!

I am usually tied to my Garmin.  I can’t even imagine doing a run without it!  But, today Mr. Garmin was all screwy with my pace, which made me run by feel, instead of by what my watch said.  This, apparently, was a very good thing!  It feels so nice to just run!

The marathon is less than 4 weeks away, and I couldn’t be more excited!  I finally feel confident that I am going to be able to reach my goal!

 

 

maple almond butter!

I had my all time favorite food for a snack today – peanut almond butter!  My love of all nut butters is kind of crazy.  I will actually go to different grocery stores, just to search for new brands and flavors.  I typically search for the most natural stuff I can find, which doesn’t contain any additives.  You’ll know it is natural, if it has the oils on the top!

Peanut butter is a great, healthy snack to enjoy!  It contains lots of protein, healthy fats and fiber, which will help your body feel full and satisfied for long time.  It is definitely my snack of choice!

My favorite new find is Maple Almond Butter from Justin’s Nut Butter. (and I heard a rumor that they are coming out with chocolate nut butters too – oh my!).  I will eat peanut and/or almond butter on everything, my favorite being on my morning bowl of oats.  I, too, was scared to try it because I was always a brown-sugar-oatmeal lover, but trust me it’s good!  Just a few melty scoops on the top of a hot, steamy bowl of banana oatmeal – what could be better?!

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Today, I enjoyed my almond butter on a simple banana as a snack and it was divine!  There is just a hint of maple in the almond butter, not to sweet at all.  And, the best part about Justins Nut Butter is that they come in individual packets for fuel on the go, or just for portion control…fantastic!

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