February 15-miler

I was up and at ‘em early on Saturday – I had plans to do a long run before heading to Pennsylvania to visit my fam. I started off with my go-to breakfast: coffee, a banana with peanut butter, and a peppermint stick luna bar.

Banana

luna bar

Eventhough I’ve done probably hundreds of long runs, I still get so nervous before heading out to run big mileage. To chill out, I just tell myself that I have to run 9 or 10 miles and anything more than that is gravy. For some reason that number is very manageable and I usually end up running longer! The temperature yesterday was a chilly 27 degrees, but I layered well and was comfortable throughout. Plus I had a great running buddy to keep me company – thanks Jacqui! I ended up running for 2 hours and  8 minutes – I’m estimating it to be about 15 miles. I’m not exactly sure what kind of pace I was running, but it felt a tad quicker than usual. The best part of the whole run? NO back pain! Yahoo.

Once I finished my run, I refueled with some Fage yogurt, peanut butter, and a sliced banana.

Fage

After a shower, I pulled on my recovery socks and finished packing for the weekend.

The other day, the folks at Wildwood tofu sent me some samples. I love the texture of baked tofu!

Wildwood Tofu

I made a sandwich using Ezekiel bread, dijon mustard, sprouts, and aloha baked tofu. The tofu was really yummy – it was perfectly chewy and had a slightly sweet taste.

Tofu Sandwich

Best part of the sandwich? The sprouts that I grew myself! Check out NoMeatAthlete’s blog for more info on home-sprouting.

sprouts

sprouts

In the car, I snacked on an apple.

Apple

And half of a brownie from a Wawa in New Jerz. Don’t judge. This brownie was probably one of the best 7 I’ve ever had. And it was from a convenience store. So moist and full of big chocolate chunks!

Wawa brownie

My valentine, Kiwi the cat, greeted me as soon as I walked in the door.

Kiwi

While doing some grocery shopping with Mama Runnerskitchen and little sis, I picked up a salad.

Salad

And some pizza! There was definitely a third slice involved. And maybe a hazlenut truffle from my G-ma’s Valentine’s Day box of chocolates.

pizza

Happy Valentine’s Day! In the spirit of the holiday, what’s your favorite type of candy?

Andddd, I’m jumping on the “Ask Me Anything” bandwagon. Wondering about my favorite food? How many miles a week I run? What my dream race is? If you click on the link below, you can ask me questions (anonymously if you wish) and I’ll post the answers on the blog!

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  • http://greensandjeans.wordpress.com Madeline @ GreensAndJeans

    I feel exactly the same about long runs! No matter how many I’ve done or how prepared I am I always get SO nervous! Your Valentine is pretty darn cute…

  • http://www.soapandchocolate.com Diana (Soap & Chocolate)

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    I am so impressed with your home sprouting skizzles. I am so into sprouts right now, so I covet those and your tofu!

  • http://www.fitandfortysomething Kalli@fitandfortysomething

    What a great day already. Congrats on conquering the run!
    Fun blog….first time here!

  • http://musingsofthegranolagirl.blogspot.com Monica @ musingsofthegranolagirl

    Long runs always make me nervous, but refueling with fage afterwards is enough motivation for me to do just about anything!

  • http://musingsofthegranolagirl.wordpress.com Monica @ musingsofthegranolagirl

    Whoops! Messed up the address in my last post, sorry! :/

  • http://sunapeegirl.wordpress.com BostonRunner

    Great job on the run! I get anxious for long runs too!

  • http://eating-for-england.blogspot.com/ Angharad

    Yay long run!! That’s awesome. Big mileage scares me too…
    Happy V-day to you and your handsome kitty valentine!

  • http://www.LiveLifeEatRight.wordpress.com Nora@LiveLifeEatRight

    I add sprouts to everything! I love the flavor and crunch, I’m definitely going to have to give that a try and LOOVVVEEE the cat!!! I’m such a cat person haha

  • http://www.thehealthyeverythingtarian.com holly

    oh you and your sister are twins – minus the different hair colors :)

    way to rock out that run, and your yog mess – banan, PB + yog – looks amazing. i haven’t enjoyed that glorious combo in way too long.

    be my valentine?

  • http://cward151.wordpress.com Chelsea @ (Chelsea’s Chew and Run Fun)

    Major congrats on the long run! I’m happy to read that you’re consistently running pain-free.

    There’s definitely no judgment coming from this end regarding that awesome looking brownie. Those huge chocolate chunks look incredible!

  • Ellen

    Hmm…favorite type of candy..that is tough. I like Milk Duds at the movies, Heath bar on my froyo and peppermint patties after dinner :)

    http://www.firednfabulous.blogspot.com/

  • http://www.nomeatathlete.com Matt

    Is that Grotto pizza?? It looks just like it. But I think it’s only in Delaware, so it couldn’t be. Could it?

    Thanks for the sprouts link! Glad you didn’t ruin your pizza by putting sprouts on it or something crazy like that :)

  • http://eatmovelove.wordpress.com eatmovelove

    Happy V-day girl. Your own sprouts?! Wow. Nice. I like all candy – don’t discriminate…unfortunately :(…seriously v-day chocolate is no different than any other day for me. Love your cat :)

  • http://washingtonranhere.wordpress.com sarah

    Yay for pain-free runs! And super-yay for brownies and cats. Aside from chocolate (which in my opinion is its own subset food group and not candy), my favorite sweet is caramel and gummy candy, preferably in unnatural colors and shapes.

  • http://www.lilyshealthpad.com Lily @ Lily’s Health Pad

    Awwww. I love Kiwi the Cat! She/he(?) is fluffy! I love, love, love fluffy cats. My kitties, Beatrice and Irvin, reside at my parents’ house too. I miss them lots!

    I could never pick a favorite candy. I love them all (except malted milk balls) and I do not discriminate!

  • Jacqui

    Just reading this now – I’m so glad the run was pain free! Knock on wood, all your runs from now on should be like that :)

    I think you’re right that we were going faster than usual – I usually get so carried away when I’m talking to someone while running that I don’t realize what’s happening with my legs!

  • http://www.myhealthypassion.wordpress.com Kelly Bruneman

    What a fun V-day!!!

  • saturday

    Wawa is awesome. One of the best sandwiches I’ve ever eaten came from the Wawa off Lancaster in Haverford PA.

  • http://feastytimes.wordpress.com Cole

    That tofu looks great! And I’m jealous that there are still Wawas in your area, I was so sad when the ones near my family closed.

  • http://www.eatreadrun.com Lindsey @ Eat, Read, Run

    I still get nervous for long runs as well. Anything over 12 and my stomach starts to churn. It’s such an automatic reaction for me – my husband can not understand it. I love Kiwi the cat! Great valentine.

  • Brittany Craig

    I love sprouts and really want to start making my own! I live in nyc too. Where could I find a sprouting jar to get started?

  • http://www.runnerskitchen.com RunnersKitchen

    Matt – that pizza is not from the Grotto, but it’s funny that you mention it. The original Grotto started out in Harvey’s Lake, PA (20 mins from where my fam lives) and there’s 3 Grotto locations in Northeast PA. It’s so good!

    Brittany – I purchased my sprouting jar from iherb.com, but I think you can probably just use a large mason jar and a cheesecloth for straining. Good luck!