This weekend started out right. I met up with a few colleagues in my program for hour at the Santa Cruz Mountain Brewery. I had two beers, the Wilder Wheat and the IPA. They were $3/pint during happy hour, and it was a muuuch needed break from studying.
I went home after happy hour to hit the books, once again – and again in the morning. Helloooo, grad school.
Then, Saturday afternoon, I packed up my running gear, and headed north to see Julia, and her husband Tyler. I hadn’t seen them since their wedding back in July, so I was excited to spend time with them, and get away from the books for a little while.
On my way up to see them, my car and I passed an exciting milestone:
130,000 and still running strong!!! Love my car.
Saturday night, while we watched Julia’s friends’ nephew, I indulges in a delicious vegetarian taco and some rice and beans from the local tacquiera.
And then, after indulging in a Sam Adam’s Oktoberfest (which is delightful by the way), we hit the hay around midnight so that Julia and I could get up early to go for our loooong run.
Pre-run I fueled up with a banana. For the run, since Safeway didn’t have any Gu or Clif Shots, I packed two servings of Jelly Belly’s.
Julia and I ran a great path, and kept a steady pace of about 10 min/mile (we ended up taking about 5-7 extra minutes because we were talking with other runners at the water fountain about where to find hills in the area).
I ran about 15.65 in 2:44 (with the break), which is a definite improvement on my 17.08 in 3:03 last week.
Post-run, Julia and I indulged in some G2, a popsicle and then after showering, we headed to Whole Food’s Salad bar.
Spinach salad base with jicama, bell peppers, broccoli, cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, carrots and a hardboiled egg topped with balsamic vinaigrette.
Lentil and Spinach soup.
Honest Mate tea.
All together now (with my french baguette):
I ate most of it, but threw out about 1/2 the soup. I wasn’t a fan. But definitely some GREAT fueling. I heard Whole Foods Salad bar, but more importantly, I heart runs and Whole Foods Salad bar with great friends:
Julia’s quite excited for Honest Tea & Salad.
Mmm. Mmm. Good.
Then, on my way home I indulged in some more Jelly Belly’s, a Pumpkin Spice Soy Latte, the inside of a Subway Turkey sandwich with lots of veggies and mustard (the bread was not fresh and I spit out the first bite I had). Oh, and copious amounts of water.
For dinner, I had the rest of my tacos from the tacquiera which I topped with some cheddar Daiya (which miiight be my new obsession).
And my late night snack while studying was my Lemon Zest Luna bar, some frozen blueberries, and a pomegranate fruit leather.
Sooooo much food, but soooo good. And necessary for post-run fuel.
Then, this morning. I decided to push my total mileage in 24 hours to 20 miles. So, I got up at 5:30 and set off on the road. Stats? 4.35 miles in 42:14. Pretty good for a half uphill, half downhill run after running 15.65 the day before.
Oatmeal with Soy-nut butter & pumpkin.
I was unsure of the mix at first, but after adding a little cinnamon, stevia, pumpkin spice mix & vanilla almond milk – it was PURE delight.
And on that note, shower time & classes/studying all day.