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Left: Saturday speed workout – 6 one-mile repeats. Goal: 8:00 minute miles. Goal achieved! We walked 100 meters (about a minute) in between each mile. I was happy to maintain the pace for all six miles.
Right: Sunday long run – 10-mile run to my parents’ house. Not easy by any measure. Miles 5 – 7 were particularly rough, but I pushed through and managed to end with an average of 9:00 minute miles. I’ll take it.
Bottom: My new shoes – The verdict? I’m totally loving my Brooks PureFlows. My legs were super tired during/after my long run, but I think that’s because of the distance and the two consecutive days of tough running. Today will be one easy mile with lots and lots and lots of stretching and foam rolling.
Some fuel during my long run and after my long run:
Left: Chocolate #9 energy gel – My foodie penpal had sent me this a couple months ago, and I just now tried it. I took it at mile five, and thought it tasted good. Later, I got a cramp in my side. I’m not sure if it was due to the gel, not consuming any fluids during my run (dumb mistake), or just a running cramp.
Right: Zico Pomberry Coconut Water – I ran to my parents’ and went straight to their fridge when I got inside. I was super thirsty, and this coconut water caught my eye. The pomberry flavor was good, but I prefer the original flavor better.
Something else marvelous today is Rosh Hashanah. For those who don’t know, Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. Itz a joyous celebration with sweet foods and lots of family time. Last night, Jonny and I went to his parents’ house to bring in the New Year with his side. Good food was consumed:
Raisin challah bread was dipped in honey (honey is traditionally eaten during the New Year). There was also gefilte fish, matzo ball soup, brisket, sweet koogle, green bean casserole, potato casserole, kasha shells, and dessert.
I made Mama Pea’s Healthy Monkey Bread again, this time two separate batches. One regular cinnamon sugar, and one coconut (made with shredded coconut and coconut oil instead of cinnamon and butter). I liked the coconut batch better, but both were tasty. And in addition to the monkey bread (which the family kept calling “monkey balls”) I had a gooey butter cookie, too. No one went hungry last night. We’ll be celebrating with my side of the family tonight with plenty more good food.
As we say on the New Year, “L’shana Tova,” which literally means “for a good year.” So L’shana Tova to those celebrating, or Happy Monday to the rest of you. 🙂