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The [belated] Weekender

Man, it has been a while since I blogged! Well, not that long – just since Friday – but I wasn’t planning on the mini hiatus. Saturday flew by; I got wrapped up in all this house stuff – moving furniture around and such! It feels so much better with the changes – much more spacious. And then Sunday, I unexpectedly spent FOUR HOURS dealing with phone issues. Long, painful story short, I now have a new phone – went from an iPhone4 to the 5. I’d been holding out for the latest and greatest iPhone this fall but I kind of got forced into getting a new phone when the guy fixing my phone broke it 10x more. Ugh. Anyway! 

Here are a few weekender links I meant to share yesterday!

  • How to Make Friends as an Adult. Great read! I actually had a “friend” date tonight. I think we both implemented some of these tips leading up to our get-together. 🙂 [oh, and just so we’re clear…I don’t read wedding websites. Don’t go gettin’ any crazy ideas. 😉 This was a freelance article that Rachel wrote and linked to her on her blog. :)]

The funny thing about the “friend” date tonight is that we met through Instagram (I think? Maybe we met at Camino Bakery first?), and didn’t take one Instagram picture together tonight. ha! Just chatted non-stop. The guys could barely get a word in. 😉

Last week’s workouts…as best i can remember!

S – rest

M – stairclimber

T – rest

W – easy outside run, No Garmin. 

Th – long walk with pup

F – elliptical maybe? 

S – 10 mile run, 8 min pace. 

On my 10 miler, I tried this plain GU that my mom sent me. I have a hard time finding flavors that I like, but this was nice. Just a totally neutral taste – hard to describe but way better than I was expecting. I like this, Vanilla and Chocolate Mint the best. Although, I’m starting to wonder if the severe stomach pain I get after long runs is related to Gu, ShotBlok products…maybe the sugar rush? I’m going to experiment with more “whole food” type running fuel. 

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Tonight I went for a treadmill run and didn’t even pay attention to what I set my speed out when I started – just drug the little number thing up and looked down and realized I’d been running a 7:15 pace for 3-4 minutes and it felt easy! So I just kept the pace up and then kicked it up for the last 10 minutes, increasing speed at each 0.10 mile point. I seriously cannot believe I run this speed…I mean, two years ago, I could barely get under a 9 minute pace!!! I love what the body and mind can accomplish when you challenge it a bit!

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Oh, and because I tortured Maizey with pictures this weekend, I thought I’d share. SUCH a smooooooshy face. 

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K, time for bed! 

Have you experimented with real-food running fuel? One time I did a long run on the treadmill and ate a banana mid-run and that was awesome. But kinda hard to tote a banana on a long run outside. 🙂

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26 Comments

  • Reply
    Sara @ LovingOnTheRun
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    I hope one day soon I can get to where a 7:15 pace is easy 🙂 Right now that is my speed work out – but I will get there! Great workouts!

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    Sam
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    I’ve never tried it myself, but I’ve heard the baby food packets are good for mid-run fuel. Might be a good option if you liked the effect of the banana. Sounds super weird but it’s essentially just mashed up fruit. Something like this http://ellaskitchen.com/

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    Brenda Breining
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    Just tooting your horn for you!! COngrats on an ‘Honorable Mention” for best local blog on the Annual Smitty’s Notes survey. And no farro when you came through my line at TJ’s this weekend? LOL!!!

    Great Maizey pictures!

  • Reply
    Lindsay
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    I read A Practical Wedding even though I got married three years ago… their content is waaaay better and more universal to life than any other wedding website. So it’s ok if you do read it.

    • Reply
      Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      that’s good to know! I’ve never read anything on it other than Rachel’s articles. I’ll have to explore it more.

  • Reply
    Melissa C
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    You should try refueling with a Larabar. I tried that during a race (probably not the best idea to experiment during a race), and it worked really well for me! I used to refuel with GU, but it always left me with horrible stomach cramps. I usually bring 1/2 a larabar or a mini-larabar and eat it when I need it. Hope this helps!
    Great article about making friends as an adult! I bookmarked it as I we just moved to a new city and only know a few people in the area.
    Love the Maizey photos!

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      Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      oooh, Larabars would taste awesome mid-run. Good idea. I’m glad I’m not the only one who had stomach issues with GU – I thought it was just a side effect of long runs and how they tax your body but I’m pretty sure now it’s the GU.

      Hope you enjoy the new city! 🙂

  • Reply
    Danielle
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    I know some people make their own “gels” with chia seeds… or you could try dates or raisins! They may be a little easier on your stomach, since the sugar is just natural from the fruit.

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    Lauren
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    I love the toddler/baby food packets for pre or mid-workout fuel – things like sweet potato or banana/quinoa are surprisingly tasty and easy on the stomach. I’ve also used plain honey or maple syrup in place of gels – the sugars are very similar but all-natural. For longer things there are little single-serving packets of Justin’s nut butters that you can find at Earth Fare – awesome stuff.

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      Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      I NEVER would have thought of baby food!! Brilliant. How do you tote the honey and/or maple syrup?

      Does nut butter not sit heavy in your stomach on runs? It seems like it would. But man, I love Justin’s. 😉

  • Reply
    Jenni
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    Definitely recommend Picky Bars. Made with real food and the protein/carb ratios for long runs or pre/post exercise. Developed by pro athletes with food allergies and sensitivities. I haven’t found them retail in W-S yet but you can buy them at REI (in GSO store or online) or from Picky Bars website.

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      Teri [a foodie stays fit]
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      Never heard of Picky Bars – thanks for the tip! I’m going to check them ou! That’s awesome they were developed by pros with food allergies!

  • Reply
    Jess
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    I, too, am holding out for the latest and greatest iPhone. I’ll be so mad if I wait until fall and nothing good comes out!! For fuel I switched from gels to EnergyBits! I love them!!

  • Reply
    Lindsay Beeson
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    So, what happens when you put two introverts together? Apparently neither of them will shut up! I looked with mild pity at both of our guys, but then thought “Umm, I’m having a lot of fun. Onward!”

    Great friendship read. It’s for real.

  • Reply
    christina
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    I like to keep snacks in my sports bra, right in my cleavage. But a banana in my cleavage looks pretty bad. hahah

  • Reply
    Betsy
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    I loved the Rachel Green article! I also just moved to a new city and found the article on making friends very relevant and helpful! Thanks for the great post

  • Reply
    Kelan
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    Are you drinking plenty of water when you take GU or other food on your runs? This can aid with digestion and dilute the concentration of sugar/vitamins/etc to make it a more acceptable GI load while your body is stressed.

    I can’t remember what other blogger wrote about the HORRENDOUS stomach problems they would get post long-run. I’d say google it, but that might be more frightening than it’s worth. I recommend finding a good sports nutrition book and reading up on the correct solute load while exercising. You might also be blown away by the amount of fluid recommended during a long run. Also, try a post-run recovery drink immediately after finishing even if you aren’t hungry.

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    Natalie
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    Thanks for the post/article about making adult friends. I have a lot of friends spread all across the US but only a few in the triad. I’m happy that someone else has the thought process that I do. I’m currently trying to network myself and get out there to meet more!

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