20 miles, NBD

Good morning! It’s only 8am and my schedule has already been turned upside down. I had big plans to wake up early and get my run out of the way before work, but extra sleep and my to-do list trumped that idea. Sometime in the next 14 hours I need to: work 8 hours, run 9 miles, make it to a 6pm meeting, volunteer at CSA pick-up, and vote (it’s primary day in NY State!). Errr, this is going to be interesting….

In other news, I ran 20-miles on Sunday! I was a bit nervous because 1) I was a little jet-lagged 2) the forecast called for rain and 3) I had to run most of it by myself, but it ended up being pretty okay. In fact, at one point I remember thinking “20 miles? No Big Deal”. Don’t get me wrong – it was still kind of hard and I was tired by the end, but once I got movin’ it wasn’t as daunting as I feared.

After my usual coffee + clif bar and about 30 minutes for digestion (ahem, time to use the bathroom), Alma and I set out to Central Park. I had company for the first 4 miles and then headed over to West Side Highway for the remainder of my run. The weather was cool and a little drizzly – pretty good for distance running! I ate a GU around mile 13 (hey, mint chocolate tastes sort of like thin mints….) and sipped water a few times. Everyone is different, but I’m more of a minimalist when it comes to mid-run fueling. If you haven’t checked it out – hop on over to Sarah’s blog and read her recent post about (not) eating/drinking while running.

Fancy stats thanks to Mr. Garmin!

1    00:09:39  <—- Starting out slow is important! 🙂
2    00:09:18
3    00:09:21
4    00:09:01
5    00:08:34
6    00:08:47
7    00:08:14
8    00:08:12
9    00:08:14
10   00:08:10
11    00:08:11
12    00:08:08
13    00:08:07
14    00:08:17
15    00:08:12
16    00:08:08
17    00:07:58
18    00:08:05
19    00:08:15
20    00:07:43

Summary: 20.00 miles  in 2:48:46 (08:26 average pace)

I was a little sore post-run, but an easy 6-mile jaunt and some ART (active release therapy) on Monday made the leggies happy.

Besides running, I’ve been getting back to a normal eating routine (I miss you burgers and fries!). This can be a little tough when I take into account my busy schedule and a copious amount of perishable CSA produce. To remedy the latter, I whipped up some homemade dill mayonnaise and tossed it with boiled potatoes, onions, and some salt & pepper. Voila! Homemade potato salad! You can also try adding chopped celery or hard boiled eggs. I may have been making this at midnight on Sunday…. Oy.

Homemade Dill Mayonnaise

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon white wine vinegar (I used rice vinegar b/c it’s all I had)
  • 1/2 cup oil, olive oil (you can also use canola oil)
  • Handful of minced dill (fresh from the farm!)

In a glass bowl, whisk together egg yolk, salt, and sugar. Combine lemon juice and vinegar in a separate bowl then whisk half into the yolk mixture. Start whisking briskly, then start adding the oil a little bit a time until the liquid seems to thicken and lighten a bit. Continue adding the oil as a thin stream. Once half of the oil is in add the rest of the lemon juice mixture (this will “brighten” up the mayo).

Continue whisking until all of the oil is incorporated. Stir in dill and leave at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours then refrigerate for up to 1 week. Note: I used a wire whisk and arm muscles, but you could also use a food processor.

And finally, I came home from work yesterday to find this:


Yup, that’s right. My roommate washed, dried, and folded my laundry for me as a birthday present. BEST GIFT EVER. Thanks Alma!!! <3

Question: What’s your living situation? If you have a roommate (or spouse) – do you cook together?

  • Best birthday present ever!!! Laundry is my least favorite thing in the world

  • let’s switch roommates. pretty please? that’s one fabulous present, considering laundry is on my list of top 5 things that put a frown on my face.

    i think we know my living situation…and we’ll leave it at that. 🙂

  • What a great roommate! Last weekend, I ran a 5K. One of my roommates met me at the finish line. Another one made “Go Katie!” signs all over the house to get me pumped on race day morning.

  • yay for 20 miles! great job 🙂

    i live with two girls, one of which i graduated college with. it’s a really good situation living wise although we’re all on such different schedules that we don’t cook or eat together.

  • Wow, that was so nice of Alma! I live with my boyfriend and we always cook together…which is great most of the time until we are both busy and he HAS to have a meat product in his dinner. I didn’t feel like meat last night, so I suggested we make separate dinners. He was dubious at first, but agreed. We were both happy with our meals and I told him that we don’t ALWAYS have to cook the same meal if we’re feeling different things. This is something I’ve been wanting to suggest, so I’m happy it finally worked out:)

  • What is Active Release Therapy? And how nice to have your laundry done!
    My husband and I don’t really eat the same things all the time. He’s a meat and potatoes kinda guy, no interest in too many vegetables or “weird” foods like tofu or kale chips. So I either don’t cook for him (bad wife) or we cook two different meals. That’s when I don’t feel like eating what he wants. It’s interesting!

  • Rocking 20 miles lady! Nice work. I don’t eat much during longer runs either (although I haven’t run further than 13.1!). Doesn’t sit so well in the tum, and honestly I don’t feel the need for it.

    I live with my husband and we mostly cook and eat together – it’s pretty rare that we don’t. Who cooks depends on who feels like it but it pretty much gets shared!

  • Thanks for the shoutout, woman! And way to blast through the 20. That is, like, pretty darn fast. You must have been fueled by jetlag, as well as the gelatinous chocomintstuff.

    On another note, let me point out that Alma went out of her way to pick you up a goody bag at the Fitness 4-Mile, further solidifying her awesomeness. As for my random male roommates, I weep tears of joy when they put down the toilet seat and take out the recycling without being prompted. Small steps, you know?

  • I live with three, sometimes four kids. I use the term kids loosely as one is in college so only here hit and miss and breaks. One is almost 26 and currently unemployed. One is 23 and currently a long-term substitute teacher here locally. One is still in high school.

    I would give almost anything to come home to laundry done or folded. That said, I threw a pile of laundry from the dryer but not yet folded in a chair Sunday. I had been out of town in the morning for a 10 mile race. When I woke up, the only things left in the chair were my running shorts, a pair of warmups for the good will bag, and a pair of shorts my youngest didn’t realize were his. He had folded all the remaining items that were his and put them away.

  • Awesome 20 mile run!! Way to go. I had a similar experience my last training go-round. I was expecting to have some running buddies, but they all bailed on me. But once I was out and running, I was surprisingly good.

    My living and cooking situation is with my husband and we have never “cooked together.” Usually it’s always one of us (ahem me).

  • One time I came home to find that my husband had soaked all of my running clothes in a baking soda solution and washed them with vinegar. (He found this tip on a running website.) I was touched by the gesture (I usually wash my own nasty running clothes) but also felt a bit embarrassed. He said part of the reason he did it was because they smelled so terrible!

  • Nice run! That is almost exactly the pace and finish time of my last half marathon 🙂 I only wish I could do that in a training run, especially for 20 miles.

  • Happy Birthday!

    I’d totally sign up for a roommate if I could find one like yours.

    I’m not a fan of eating to fuel during running either. Not that I ran it super fast or anything, but I trained for my marathon without any food fuel. I did run the race with 3 GU’s though, and I do feel like they helped.

  • Nice job with hitting 20 miles – and phenomenal times to boot. On this end, I’m training for my first half marathon and am working to increase total mileage week over week too. Persistence is key.

  • you BEASTED those twenty! rock on chica.

    i cook with BT when we’re together which is fun, and sometimes with the new roomie but our schedules are totally different so it’s tough. i actually enjoy cooking alone as i get a bit… i don’t know… territorial in the kitchen? i love sharing what i’ve cooked with others, but the cooking process i enjoy solo. unless of course there is wine involved. then i like group cooking, obvi. 😛

  • Awesome time on 20m, that rocks!

    I either cook alone or with my hubby, usually alone when I’m experimenting because I’m taking up the entire kitchen. 🙂

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  • i officially need a roommate who will do that for me.