Manhattan half-marathon (and a potluck!)

The day did not get off to a very auspicious start. The pear clafoutis I baked last night needed to be thrown out (more on that later…), my stomach was not feeling awesome, and Alma and I were running late for the 8am start time of the Manhattan half-marathon. Ugh. Despite my cranky mood, I managed to put together a decent pre-run breakfast: coffee, coconut water (electrolytes!), a banana, and peanut butter.


After waiting in veryyy long port-a-potty lines, Alma and I made our way to the starting line. Since I’ve been having some back pain, I decided to run today’s 13.1 miles as a “marathon-pace long run” rather than an all out race. The first mile started off nice and easy ~9:05 per mile pace and then we picked it up until we were running between 8:10-8:20 pace. Around mile 10, I realized we could probably finish under 1:50 if we pushed a bit, so we dropped our pace to 7:55, 7:45, and 7:35 for the last 3 miles. Alma and I finished the 13.1 in 1:48:37 (~8:17 pace). Today’s effort definitely wasn’t “easy”, but the pace allowed for conversation and I never felt too out of breath. My long-term goal is to PR (i.e. run under 3:38:41) in the NYC marathon in November, so it was nice to know that without much training I could run 1/2 that distance at goal pace! Here’s hoping the next 10 months are injury free…

After factoring warm-up and cool-down, today’s mileage was 15. Longest long run since November! And 12 hours later, I’m feelin’ pretty good 🙂

Loved the shirts for today’s race – a nice change from the usual white cotton:


After our cool down (and chugging some gatorade), my fingers were freezing and I was in need of something hot. A latte from Starbucks never tasted so good!

Once I got home, I popped a french toast bagel in the toaster and enjoyed it with a little bit of butter. Real butter is definitely the way to go, margarine sketches me out.


After showering and some other things on my to-do list, I snacked on a luna protein bar. The peanut butter chocolate flavor was alright, but not nearly as good as the cookie dough flavor that I tried after my indoor triathlon.

luna protein

By mid-afternoon it was time to head to a potluck with some other NYC bloggers. Chelsea was such a gracious host and the spread of food was just what I needed post-run.


I started off with some delicious kombucha:


And then I snapped photos of all the delicious dishes before digging in! Leslie made a fennel and butternut squash dish.


Jamie brought a yummy Mediterranean-themed cous cous dish. Hummus was the perfect addition!

Cous cous


And Chelsea brought out a lovely egg white, turkey sausage, and cheddar cheese casserole from the Cooking Light website.

Brunch casserole

I filled up my plate and devoured every bite. REFUEL.


And then a slice of pear clafouti (luckily it turned out much better the second time around).

pear clafoutis

And finally a peanut butter cookie made with stevia and PB&Co’s Bee’s Knees peanut butter.

peanut butter cookie

With lots of good food and conversation, the afternoon flew by – thanks for organizing Chelsea!

I spent the rest of the evening catching up on life and around 8pm I got hungry for meal #4. I did a lot of cooking and baking this weekend, so I wanted something simple. I combined chopped pear with greek yogurt, peanut butter, raspberry jam, life cereal, and some homemade olive oil granola (stay tuned for the recipe!).

yogurt mess

Matt and I were busy this weekend – we compiled a list of the 10 races to run before you die. Check it out and let us know if you agree/disagree!

Question: What’s your favorite addition to yogurt? Obviously, mine is peanut butter!

  • janetha

    dang i had a comment typed and it got erased. i will start over!

    it is so awesome that you have the ability to run a half marathon~ and with such great time! i am seriously impressed. good job!

    french toast bagel? that sounds so good.

    your friend’s mediterranean salad thing looks to die for. i love potlucks because there is such a blend of cooking styles involved.

    today is national PB day! i like pb in yogurt too, but my favorite addition is cereal or granola. love the crunch factor.

    have a great monday!

  • Greek yogurt tastes amazing with mint and dark chocolate chips! Seriously. You must try it as a dessert.

  • Great time on your half, especially for an easy effort run!

  • wow, awesome time on your 1/2! i didnt know luna made protein bars…ill have to keep my eye out!

  • Jacqui

    I love to add blueberries!

    Also, I ran the manhattan half today as well! I think I saw you warming up on the right side of the carrels? Congrats on a good run 🙂

  • Congrats once again on the race, Megan! I love that shirt.

    SO nice to have you over today, I loved the clafoutis.

    I, too, was full until about 8PM, then I had a light dinner. The kombucha and oodles of food must’ve had something to do with the long-lasting fullness…

  • my favorite yogurt mix-in is definitely granola – i think they were basically meant for each other.

    i am so impressed with your half time – congrats again! i had such a great time meeting you yesterday. and your clafoutis was so delicious! let’s do it again very soon. 🙂

  • It was so great to meet you Megan! Thanks again for the clafoutis and for actually making it twice. It was so worth it. I ate my leftover piece pretty much as soon as I walked into the door to my apartment last night 😉

    Let’s get together again soon… have a great week! 🙂

  • Congrats on a great race!! I love that you can run a “light pace” and still finish in 1:48 🙂 Those t-shirts look awesome too!

  • My fave yogurt addition is probably just basic granola and maybe a drizzle of honey. I like to keep it simple!

    Congrats on the half and I’m sorry I missed you at the potluck yesterday!

  • Congratulations on the half marathon accomplishment!

    I love peanut butter with anything, yogurt included. Try PB2 with stevia in Greek yogurt sometime, the peanut butter flavor goes throughout it and it’s delicious!

  • YAY congrats on the half marathon! I think it’s so funny that your “training pace” is my all out hard pace – haha! I too loved the t-shirts we got – it’s a new fave and is coming to the gym with me tonight!

    Sorry I missed out on the potluck – it looks like it was a lot of fun and all the food looks yummy!

  • I always add vainlla stevia to plain yogurt for some sweetness
    Great run!
    The party looks fun, and those stevia cookies sound delicious

  • Ellen

    Wow, you killed it! Congrats! And I love how the potluck was healthy, but everything looked so yummy! When it comes to yogurt, I’m pretty simple: Grape Nuts, please!

  • Congrats on the run…that is great! I love coconut water…isn’t it awesome?! I like it because it seems more natural than sports drinks yet has all those electrolytes! Perfect! The rest of your day looked like a lot of fun too!! 🙂

    My favorite addition to yogurt is probably cinnamon. I like plain greek yogurt with cinnamon sprinkled in…yum!

  • I agree your half marathon t-shirt is cute… I like it more than my green one I got yesterday.

    Favorite addition to yogurt has to be pumpkin puree or chopped banana and sliced almonds.

  • so what happened to the pear thing the first time around? Did I completely miss that?!
    Yay on your half marathon lady!! So awesome that you could keep up marathon pace. You are going to rock it in November!

  • I’m drooling over your hummus and cous cous!!!

  • I am in awe of your half marathon time! I wonder if I’ll ever feel like an 8:17 pace is easy! Great job and that potluck meal looked like just what you needed to refuel.

  • i used Stevia extract as a sugar substitute because i am diabetic. Stevia is really sweeter than sucrose.::.