Last Week of “Summer Vacation”

Happy Thursday! I am having a relaxing last week before my new job starts. August is flying by!

This morning I made a fruit smoothie with Pomegranate kefir, frozen berries, and a splash of orange juice. Yum!

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Over the weekend, I ran my longest distance yet – 17 miles (you may recall I’m training for my very first 26.2 miler – The Twin Cities Marathon – in October). I didn’t leave the house as early as I had hoped so it was getting kind of warm/humid and I had a hard time keeping hydrated. I brought a water bottle and have been trying out the Nuun Hydration Tablets for longer runs, which I think helps. The last few miles were a struggle but I finally made it! I definitely have my work cut out for me the last month and a half or so until race day but I’m getting excited for the challenge.

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I regularly run around Lake Harriet, Lake Calhoun, and Lake of the Isles in combination or by themselves, and decided to add on Cedar Lake for my long run. It was great, except then somehow I found myself in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden which I was not expecting, but pleasant nonetheless.

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Source: artsconnected.org

The route:

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From my nikeplus.com account

The rest of the week has been a little lighter since I am running the Gopher to Badger Half Marathon this weekend! I’m getting excited.

Workouts this week: Saturday – 17 miles, Sunday – long walk, Monday – rest, Tuesday – 4 miles, Wednesday – 7 miles. I am resting today and tomorrow before the race but will take some walks.

Yesterday I went to REI and picked up some new supplies for long runs. I’m excited to try the Cherry Limeade flavor of Nuun hydration tablets. I’ve been using watermelon which is pretty good. I like that it doesn’t add any sugar but adds nice flavor and is packed with electrolytes.

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Other fun things this week:

I got to babysit this cutie for a few hours the other day. Love him!

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My hubby and I took a lovely walk to the Tin Fish last night for dinner – what a gorgeous evening!

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Have a great day!

Run For Blood Quarter Marathon and 5K

This morning I ran the Run For Blood Quarter Marathon put on by the Red Cross. I’ve never really heard of a quarter marathon before, probably because it’s just slightly longer than a 10K (it was 6.55 miles/10.54K).

I picked up my race packet yesterday at The Running Room in Uptown Minneapolis.

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It was a bit chilly this morning, especially with the wind coming over the lake but it was beautiful. It felt a little like fall, my favorite season.

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The race wasn’t far from home, so I jogged about a mile to the start as a warm-up. The race was pretty well organized and got started right on time. The quarter marathon started slightly before the 5K and we went twice around Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis, and the 5K ran once around. I haven’t raced in a couple months (and now I’m in a new age category!) so it felt good! My Nikeplus running watch gave me a time of 50:40 for the 6.55 mile, which was about what the timer at the finish line said too, putting me at an average of 7’44″/mile.

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I got my metal (Jack Sparrow was there passing them out – random) and met up with Kale and Buckley (they came to watch) and got a few snacks.

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I didn’t stick around too long because A) It was cold and B) the marathon training plan I’m using called for a long run of 15 miles today, so I headed off to do another 7.5 miles before heading home (combined with the 6.5 and the mile warm-up for a total of 15).

After a shower and change (and hydration and snacks), I headed back down there to donate some blood at the blood mobile.

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The rest of the day has been a little cold and rainy, so it’s been a cozy little afternoon napping and watching a little TV. It’s time to rally, however, as I won tickets to a St. Paul Saints game tonight by being caller 10 on my favorite radio station The Current!