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Ten Mile Saturday

October 3, 2010

I did something spectacularly epic yesterday.

I ran ten miles.  And finished with tears in my eyes.  Tears of happiness that is.  I hope I’m not an emotional mess at the end of my half marathon in two weeks!

A year ago a one mile run was hard for me.  I’m so proud of how far I’ve come.  How could I not cry?

So how did it all begin?  With a pumpkin pie smoothie of course.

  • 1/3 cup pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup vanilla almond milk
  • ice
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg

At mile 6 we stopped for water and snacks in the form of samples I’ve been saving from the Skirt Chaser.


Ours were actually oatmeal raisin, not chocolate.  I thought it tasted pretty good.

As did these.


I don’t, however, think either of these gave me any extra energy 😦  Oh well, judging from my mile splits I didn’t need it.

  1. 10:13
  2. 10:00
  3. 9:57
  4. 9:54
  5. 9:55
  6. 10:05
  7. 9:54
  8. 9:51
  9. 9:59
  10. 9:37!!

Total time: 1:39:32.  Thank you, Garmin for not dying on this run even though you kept warning us that you were going to.

It usually takes a while for hunger to kick in after I run but by 1 I was starving!!  Joey suggested Noodles and Co.  I suggested I make us homemade mac and cheese for free.

Remember the last time I tried to make vegan mac and cheese?

I do.  It was traumatizing.  I was determined to redeem my cheesey self.

Place sauce ingredients in the blender.

Blend away.

Add to cooked pasta and let thicken up for 5 minutes. 


Ohhh yessss

The only changes I made were cutting the recipe in half, forgetting the dry mustard (oops), using arrowroot instead of cornstarch and peanut butter instead of tahini.

Once hunger was taken care of I was free to spend the afternoon getting homework done.  I have a hectic few weeks coming up and I find that planning and getting a head start on things really helps.  It only took 3 years of college to figure this one out…

I also took a small but necessary nap.  Upon waking up I ate a banana and some peanuts (only because I finished the cashews off already).  Then it was back to homework until date night time!

Remember how I have a new obsession with Vine Street Pub?  Yeah well as it turns out there’s two locations in Boulder.  Could it get any better?  Mountain Sun is the original location and Southern Sun is the newer and bigger Boulder venue.  We tried our luck at Southern Sun or as Joey kept calling it “South Side” — turns out there was a restaurant in the same shopping center actually called South Side.  Weird huh?

Anyways after a 30 minute wait we sat down and ordered an appetizer because we both needed food asap!

Their daily hummus was curry hummus so how could we say no?

Belive me when I tell you we demolished this entire plate of food!!

Then out came our entrees.  I got the cleverly named “Burrito” — rice, black beans, green pepper, onion and tomato minus cheese and sour cream plus vegetarian green chili and salsa and guac on the side.

It was delish and filling (as if I hadn’t filled up enough on chips and hummus already he he).  I brought half home looking like this…

Joey had the S.O.B Burger, which he deemed better than the Basil Blue Burger.  He cleaned his plate so it must have been good!

I snuck a few fries 🙂

We had plans to go out and see a movie but in the end watching one at home sounded better plus my food baby just wanted to sit in bed.  Made it through half of Shutter Island before passing out.

‘Twas a lovely day/night.  Hope yours was just as nice 🙂

10 Comments leave one →
  1. October 3, 2010 10:03 AM

    CONGRATS on the ten miles! Holy cow! I really don’t know if I have that in me or not! However, I do want to enter the Philly broad street run which is ten, so please tell your training plan!

    You rewarded yourself with suchhhh good looking food yummmmmm!

    • October 4, 2010 9:38 AM

      I used Hal Higdon’s training guide for novice runners but doubled up on some of the weeks because I had extra time. You can totally do that race 🙂

  2. October 3, 2010 10:12 AM

    Congrats on the run! You must feel so accomplished!! 🙂

    • October 4, 2010 9:39 AM

      Thanks Chelsey! I had an urge to tell strangers I had run 10 miles all day ha ha

  3. October 3, 2010 11:27 AM

    wow congratulations!! im entering my first 5K. I look at you bloggers who are able to run such long distances and I am honestly and seriously amazed! But I realize too now that everyone started off small and didnt just start off at 10 miles from the start! its an amazing journey how far uve gone and i hope to one day also be able to cry tears of joy for having accomplished so much. Congrats again!

    • October 4, 2010 9:40 AM

      A 5K is a great accomplishment if you ask me! Keep at it and the hard work will pay off 🙂

  4. October 3, 2010 12:52 PM

    Congrats on a big runner milestone! I remember my first 10 miler…I was so proud, and you should be too! You are going to rock your half marathon!

  5. highonhealthy permalink
    October 3, 2010 5:23 PM

    CONGRATS ON THE RUN! Seriously, that is so great! I think the longest I have ever ran has only been 15km (9 1/2 miles) and that was back in July. After that my running mojo died. But it’s coming back. 😀

    I love that they put your food into a swan thinger! So cool. No restaurants have ever done that for me. I just get the boring white takeout boxes.

    • October 4, 2010 9:41 AM

      9 1/2 miles is a lot no matter when it was!

      The swan made me laugh too, although it was less funny when I had to figure out how to undo it to get to the food.

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