Long Run – Sunday February 8th

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Long Run –  Sunday February 8, 2009

I woke up around 6am, drank some coffee, ate some breakfast, and gave Alma a wake-up call. Took the 1 train to 225th Street and then warmed-up the mile+ to the start of the Bronx 1/2 marathon. Alma and I decided to scrap our plans to run marathon pace and instead take it easy. We ran with fellow CPTC teammate, Mayumi, from miles 4-9 and then picked up the pace a bit for miles 9-13. After a gatorade and stretch break we hit the road and ran back to my place (approximately 3 miles) bringing us to about 17.5 miles for the day, woo-hoo! Maybe it was the sunny and 55 degree weather or maybe it was the relaxed pace, but I felt really good throughout the long run. On a scale of 1-10, my hamstring/IT band/butt only got up to about a 4 on the pain scale. Most of the time it was at 2 or 3 and the last few miles were painless! I stretched and walked a lot throughout the remainder of the day – I think this really helped reduce soreness.

After the run, Alma and I made high fiber french toast! We used cinnamon, banana, maple syrup, and nut butter as toppings. La cena era molta deliziosa!

French Toast

After a successful long run, I felt like I deserved a salad from the Whole Foods (a.k.a. Whole Paycheck) salad bar. My salad included: mixed greens, shredded carrot, red onion, beets, feta cheese, a scoop of sonoma turkey salad, a scoop of tuna salad with dried cranberries, and a scoop of apple-pecan-barley salad. Yum-o!

Whole Foods Salad

Finally – a chocolate peanut butter cookie from Levain Bakery!! It’s been over a year since I’ve had one of these bad boys.  After talking about going to the bakery for the last few weeks, Nate and I made the trek yesterday afternoon. Each cookie is 6 oz and is crispy on the outside and wonderfully gooey on the inside. It kind of tastes like brownie dough!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookie from Levain Bakery

On Friday night we went to Burgers & Cupcakes where I got a vanilla frosted cupcake as big as my head. It made me very happy.

Giant Cupcake!