Long Run Monday

May 9, 2011 at 4:50 pm

The Derby Party and Mother’s Day have passed. It was an awesome weekend, but now it’s back to our regularly scheduled programming. That means walking the boys to school. This is one of Chewie’s favorite parts of the day.

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Neighborhood cats cause lots of excitement.

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But cats are smart and soon realize that Chewie is on a leash and pose no threat. Then they just sit and stare at him in a taunting sort of way.

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Chewie doesn’t let his guard down for a minute.

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He has been known to drag the stroller across a lawn or two, so maybe the cats shouldn’t be so smug. Then again, he hasn’t caught one yet, so I guess they are justified.

In my quest to get my runs in as early in the day as possible, I decided to only drink one cup of coffee before the walk to school. When I got home I had a second cup and half of my breakfast.

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It was one slice of whole wheat toast with sunflower seed butter and half of a banana.

Then I set out on my run a little before 9:30. I was planning on doing five miles, my typical distance these days. The first time I stopped to drink some water/SOBE was at the St. Raphael/Snell Isle bridge at about 1.25 miles into my run.

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The next time I stopped to drink was at the Coffee Pot Bayou/Snell Isle bridge at about 2.75 miles into my run.

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At this point I decided that I felt pretty good so I decided to keep going and shoot for seven miles total. Here I am almost at my turn-around point which was at the little park behind Northshore Pool.

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That’s the Pier on the far left behind me in the photo above.

I happened to run into my friend Mila T. who was out walking with another friend. The T’s are our friends who gave us those gorgeous roses (which will now be featured in every food photo on the blog until they die, sorry) at our Derby party on Saturday.

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I wish I had thought to suck my stomach in. Oh well. Just running in a tank top is not something I am really comfortable with but it is so dang hot that I have just abandoned all vanity while running. If I ever really had any. Plus, I look like such a dork with all my gear…fanny pack sports belt, multiple bottles of water, humongous Garmin, etc. Whatever gets me through the miles.

On the way back I stopped to take a photo of the Coffee Pot Bayou/Snell Isle bridge from the other direction.

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Actually, I stopped much more frequently on the return leg for many drinks of water (I refilled all my bottles at the drinking fountain at Northshore Park). It was starting to get really hot.

By the time I got back to the St. Raphael’s bridge (at about 6 miles) I was totally dying.

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But I managed to make it home and get in a total of seven miles running. The stats are on my “Still Running” page.

After I got home and showered I made the second part of my breakfast, which looks quite a bit like a good entire breakfast all on its own now that I really see it. Oh well. I also had coffee #3.

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It was another piece of whole wheat toast with Fresh Market pumpkin butter, eggbeaters scrambled with scallions and fruit. This pumpkin butter is so good, and only 25 calories per tablespoon.

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I spent the next couple of hours doing things around the house like laundry and watching America’s Next Top Model (is it just me or is Hannah really the only nice girl left?) and Top Chef Masters.

Lunch was the same as yesterday…

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CSA lettuces and tomatoes with some lite ranch dressing and a cut up reheated hot brown dumped on top. This may look disgusting but it is so delicious.

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There is one more hot brown in my fridge, so expect to see this same salad again tomorrow if I photograph my lunch. So good.

The rest of the afternoon has been carpool, homework/snack, making tomorrow’s boy lunches, etc. Look at this crazy carrot that we got in our farm share on Saturday:

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Chewie was lurking there, hoping he’d get it, but Cal requested that it go in his lunch as-is (thoroughly washed) so he can show everyone. Chewie did get the root end tip that I cut off. He always lurks while I’m making the boys’ lunches.

Now Joey Z. is over playing with the boys and I’m making sauteed chicken, roasted CSA squash and zuchini and leftover Derby party mashed potatoes for dinner.

I wanted to go on a bike ride this afternoon with the boys but Mack wasn’t into the idea and we really didn’t have much time anyway. I’m just dying to get back out on my new bike! Tomorrow, definitely. I’m going to try to do a 10-mile ride after lunch before the boys get home from school.

Happy Monday!