Miles and Miles and Miles

Today was a long run day, 20 miles.  It was also the Rehoboth Beach Marathon/half marathon and the Kiawah island marathon/half marathon.  Talk about motivation for my run today when I got up and saw so many of my friends posted race results on facebook!  Congrats to all those who raced today!!

I got all geared up to run and got ready to hit the road/trail.  Unfortunately, I have been chaffing pretty bad on my chest again so I have been suiting up with two sports bras for my long slow distance runs, meaning more laundry, womp womp!

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What a pain!  I am begging for any sports bra advice, especially from any other runners out there with sensitive skin and tatas on the larger side!

The run itself went great.  I headed out on a trail I haven’t run since I trained for Savannah.  A majority of it has now been paved, which I had been told ahead of time by a friend.  I was excited about that going into it, but once I was actually on it I realized how much my legs appreciated the relief a dirt trail offered.  I have no control though, so I’ll just look at is is better training for the real race.  I finished my book with about 7 miles to go and switched to my long run playlist that I posted a few days ago.

The book was awesome: Dark Places by Gillian Flynn.  I highly recommend it if you like mystery books that are very compelling.  However, parts of it are kind of disturbing and a little graphic in the descriptions of the violence.  Just like to throw that out there before you get into it!

Beautiful views along the trail!

Beautiful views along the trail!

At mile 17th I had just about had it and then Ellie Goulding Anything Can Happen came on and I was re-energized, even singing and dancing while I was running.  Yay for Ellie!

When I got home I tried to do the yoga for runners video to stretch and got through one down dog before I abandoned that plan.  My legs just weren’t having it, they were hoping for a hot shower as a reward instead, which I gave in and got into.

So now I sit, enjoying another smoothie and return to my studying.  Prayers Monday and Tuesday will be greatly appreciated!!

Congrats to all those who raced today and anyone who conquered their long runs!!

Oh, and if you have sports bra advice…I AM IN DESPERATE NEED OF HELP!!

Finals Lockdown

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This is where I have spent almost my whole day.  With two finals Monday and one Tuesday and a take home final due Wednesday, this is probably where I will spend the next few days.  Thank god for pandora’s christmas stations to keep me in good spirits!

All the sitting around prompted to me have a healthy lunch.  I love egg sandwiches (good protein and carbs) and usually I do it simple: eggs, salt, pepper, 2% american on wheat toast.  Today though I decided to cook up some spinach and tomatoes to add to the mix.

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I mixed the eggs, spices, some feta cheese right into that pan and threw it on some bread with a slice of cheese on top.  I added some carrots and hummus to round out the meal.

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After being well satiated I was able to get a few more hours of work done and then took Scarlett to the park again.  She did great today.  There was only one other dog there today and she was much more willing to play when she wasn’t so outnumbered.

When we got home, I headed to yoga which was a much needed activity today.  After so many hours of studying my mind needed the hour of rest.  I feel so stretched out and refreshed and ready to tackle this 20 miler tomorrow.

I was pretty hungry when I got home, so I whipped up another smoothie.

Vanilla Light n' Fit yogurt, chia seeds, spinach, strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, skim milk

Vanilla Light n’ Fit yogurt, chia seeds, spinach, strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, skim milk

If I end up using spinach in my dinner too I may just turn in to Popeye.

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Good luck to all those with long runs tomorrow!!