A long run that didn’t suck

Halleujah! I finally had a few decent runs. I’ve been feeling tired, flat, and ache-y for the past few weeks and just haven’t been enjoying running very much (cue the wahhh-bulance). I was even thinking about pulling out of the NYC 1/2, but over the weekend, I caught up on sleep, limited my social obligations, and ate some home-cooked food. The result? A long run that didn’t suck. Heh. Perhaps this was a bit too fast for an “easy run”, but I think I needed the mental confidence booster more than anything.

Eventhough I woke up at 8:30am on Sunday, I didn’t get myself out the door till 2pm. What was I doing? The “procrastinate my run for as long as possible” game, of course!

One of the things that kept me busy, was a quick bread recipe made for the fam. Traditional Irish Soda Bread is a simple mix of flour, baking soda, salt, and buttermilk (and it’s sort of dry…),so this recipe is adapted to Irish-American tastes i.e. it’s more cake-like.

Irish-American Soda Bread


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 Tbs baking powder
  • 1/2 Tbs baking soda
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins & 1/2 cup currants
  • 1 3/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 4 Tbs melted butter
  • milk and course sugar for topping


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and lightly grease a 9″ x 5″ loaf pan.
  • Whisk together the dry ingredients + dried fruit in a large bowl and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together buttermilk, egg, and melted butter. Add liquid ingredients to dry ingredients and stir just until combined.
  • Pour batter into loaf pan, brush with ~Tbs milk, and sprinkle sugar on top. 
  • Bake for about 45 minutes (cover bread with foil if it starts to brown too quickly).
  • Allow to cool completely and then slice. This is yummy with afternoon tea!

My hamstrings (especially the left one) were a little cranky after Sunday’s long run, so I took to the bridle path Monday evening for a relaxed 6.5 miler with Jacqui. I dedicated some extra time afterward to stretching my hamstring and doing leg swings. Something I neglect way too often!

I’m not sure what the running plan is for the remainder of the week, but I’ll take at least one rest day (maybe two) before toeing the line on Sunday. I’ve come to terms with the fact that this won’t be a PR race, but I think it can still be a solid workout (aiming to run sub-1:40 right now).

For the next few days, my plan is to 1) keep taking my iron supplements, 2) get good sleep, and 3) listen to my new favorite pump up song on repeat –


Fingers crossed I feel decent on Sunday! What pump up songs are you guys listening to at the moment? I need all the help I can get.

  • Ali

    You are my running hero. I aspire to be quick like you. That’s an awesome pace.

    Also, I’ve never ventured onto the Bridle Path. Breaking from the norm scares me, especially since I don’t really know where it goes…

  • “lose yourself” by Eminem
    “move b**ch” Ludacris
    “I got a feeling” Black Eyed Peas

  • Great run! You were hauling 😉

  • Glad to hear that your energy levels, mood, and pace are turning around — hopefully it bodes well for a solid workout-race on Sunday! Pump up song-wise, I’m a little weird in that I like movie theme songs a lot while I workout… my latest is “Time” from the Inception soundtrack. It starts out quietly but has a fantastic buildup and makes me feel like I can rescue people from burning buildings in the middle of a flood while winning every event in the Olympics.

  • Good luck on Sunday! You’ll do great. 🙂

  • That recipe look delicious – I need to make a quick bread again soon! Glad you were feeling better on your run…amazing what some sleep and good food can do. Great splits!! Sometimes running faster than planned is worth it for the confidence boost 🙂 I bet you will do great in the half!

  • Runnersfuel

    I listen to anything by Serj Tankain (from System of a Down). All his songs are my pump songs.

  • I’m really loving the way that soda bread looks. I’m going to have to try that out this week

  • i played that game this weekend too! good luck this weekend. i’m sure you’ll rock it 🙂

    pump up songs? hmmmmmm i’m really REALLY feeling is magic by BOB. it was my go-to song for my half last fall and i recently rediscovered it!

  • Ler154

    I 100% feel you on not feeling stellar for this Sunday! I am so paranoid I’m coming down with “runner’s knee” that I almost thought about dropping out of the NY 1/2 even though I have worked pretty hard for it. I would love to hear a quick recap of stretches that you do and that have worked for you if ya could!

    I think recent Iron supplements and incorporating more protein into my diet have really helped me fight feelings of fatigue though. As much as I’m a carb-feign (and who isn’t) I figured boosting my protein just a little would help the sluggish feeling and it did.

    Good luck with everything this week! And remember that a sub 1:40 half is still AMAZING!

  • If you like that song, listen to Time Machine — she rocks it.

  • Sounds really delicious and yummy. Baking soda always protect vital role while We baking sweets like cakes etc. I like your recipe. But I think that We need enough time for bake it.

  • Great run! I know what you mean about feeling unmotivated to run lately. For me, I think a lot of it is the weather. The temps are slowly warming up, but it is still pretty gray outside. Thank God for more sunlight…Good luck in the half!

  • I almost debated dropping out of Sunday’s race also. I just feel so unready for it. It sounds like you have the right attitude about it though! Maybe I will see you there:)

  • Glad you had a good run! I’m definitely making soda bread for st. patrick’s day…I made it last year and loved it. I think I was the only one in my family who did though=/

  • Nice running friend! I may make that bread this weekend 🙂 And I love that song – right now Florence + the Machine pumps me up.

    I don’t think I’ll be running much this week (sad face) but I’ll let you know if that changes! BUT, I will be course marshaling on the East side and cheering very loudly for you on Sunday! Rest up and kick ass!

  • Lmatusiak

    My org has a charity team in this weekend’s race and will have a cheer station at mile 10ish–looking forward to cheering for you and the rest of the NYC Half runners!

    It’s slightly embarrassing, but I listen to Enrique Iglesias’s “Tonight” for shorter/sprint workouts. And old school Offer Nissim is always great.

  • I’m glad you found me too! I pretty much figure that any friend of Leslie’s is bound to be supa cool. Looking forward to reading more. I like food and NYC and running too (but running much slower).

  • Great run! I was feeling the blahs the week before my last half too, I think I was fighting off a cold and just tired from the intense training schedule.

  • natalie

    you finished strong – great job on the run and good luck tomorrow!