Morning!  Man, Meghann totally whipped my butt this morning on our run. 


Before meeting up with Meghann, I had breakfast + coffee.


I had a slightly larger portion of oatmeal to fuel me for my run.  My oatmeal contained:


  • 3/4 cup oatmeal
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 sliced banana
  • Toppings: unsweetened coconut, strawberries


I drove the Wekiva Trailhead, which has been the site of many arse-kicking long runs, and met up with Meghann at 8 AM.


She was raring to go.  I was sleepy!


I packed 100 calories worth of Clif Shot Bloks into my CamelBak for mid-run fuel.  These were CLUTCH because I definitely needed the extra calories around the Mile 6.0  mark.


Anyway, like I mentioned, it was just one of those days for me.  Meghann set a really challenging pace, and I totally struggled to keep up (but I did!).  There was definitely a moment around Mile 9.0 that I gasped out "What pace are we running??" and she looked at her Garmin and exclaimed, "Oh, 8:30!"  AHHHH! No wonder I was so exhausted!


Like the Speed Demon she is, Meghann sprinted the last 0.1 mile while I kind of stumbled along the trail, thinking about yakking and sucking in oxygen. 🙂


All in all, it was a successful 12.0 mile run, and I’m definitely glad I had such a dedicated running buddy!


Here are my statistics:


  • Duration:  2 hours (12.0 miles)
  • Calories Burned: 1,100 (estimate)


By the time I got home and showered, I was shaking from hunger.  I quickly whipped up my favorite post-long run meal:


About 2 servings of Anne’s Organic mac and cheese and a side salad.


Heaven in cheese form:


I actually might go back and polish off another 1/2 serving of mac and cheese that I already made.  I’m STILL hungry.


We have a wine tasting class at 2, so I’m going to take a nap.  I know I have questions from last night’s post to answer, so I promise I will get to them later.


Happy Sunday!



  • Becca February 22, 2009, 9:34 am

    Wow I can’t imagine running that pace or for that long! Awesome job!

  • Meghann February 22, 2009, 9:36 am

    haha sorry! I was totally in the zone and didn’t realize what pace we were at. 🙂

  • Hallie February 22, 2009, 9:39 am

    Impressive! I’m about go to go the gym, and whatever I do there isn’t going to seem that tough anymore. You girls are amazing!

  • d.a.r. February 22, 2009, 9:42 am

    Wow, that is awesome!! Congrats on such a good run, you are going to really do great at Gasparilla!

    Quick question (sorry, I know I am asking a ton lately!) what Camelbak do you use? How do you like it? I need to start drinking more on my runs since I running longer these days, but I am afraid something like a fuel belt or Camelbak will drive me crazy! Did it take some getting used to?

  • Sara February 22, 2009, 9:44 am

    Congrats on the run. You girls are awesome!

  • Lora February 22, 2009, 9:48 am

    wow! i have to run 9 miles today and its: 23 degrees (without wind chill) jeesh!

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) February 22, 2009, 9:51 am

    Wow-8:30 pace for 12 miles. Great run…you definitely earned that extra helping of mac & cheese!

  • Monica February 22, 2009, 9:51 am

    Wow, I’m impressed, both with the run and with your ability to eat breakfast so soon beforehand! How long do you wait before eating and running? I always find it difficult to exercise after a stodgy breakfast!

  • foodsthatfit February 22, 2009, 9:54 am

    What a great start to your day! Makes me wish I had a running buddy!

  • Mara @ What's For Dinner? February 22, 2009, 9:59 am

    I’m SO impressed!! I can’t imagine running that long, let alone that FAST!

  • elise February 22, 2009, 10:00 am

    you guys are such all stars!

  • Emily February 22, 2009, 10:03 am

    Congrats on a great run!
    Love your refuel choices.

  • Nicole ( February 22, 2009, 10:03 am

    Wow! Now that’s a fabulous run!

  • Thinspired February 22, 2009, 10:12 am

    You are a rockstar and continue to inspire! If the day comes when I run 12 miles, I know what my refuel food of choice will be!! 🙂

  • trustingmyintuition February 22, 2009, 10:12 am

    you guys are so lucky to be able to run in shorts right now. I’ve got a 14 mile run today and it’s 26* (14* with wind chill) and snowing! ah! only a couple more months though. Also super lucky to have a running buddy.

  • ksgoodeats February 22, 2009, 10:14 am

    You two are speedy Gonzales! I love your post run Annie’s meals and I would so need that wine tasting after running 12 miles!!

  • Colleen February 22, 2009, 10:14 am

    You ladies are fabulous! I hope one day I can run 12 miles! I ran 5 this morning and felt like a rockstar! 🙂

  • Tyler February 22, 2009, 10:24 am

    nice!! now i feel like i need to go for a run…

  • Justine February 22, 2009, 10:29 am

    Great job on the run! And yay for making your challenge next weekend official!
    Have fun at the wine tasting…sounds like fun!

  • Erin February 22, 2009, 11:06 am

    Adding peanut butter to pre-run oats is a great way to stay fueled through a long run. It makes such a difference to me.

    Also 8:30? Wow, that’s race pace for me! I wish I had my own Meghann to push me like that!

  • Mica February 22, 2009, 11:14 am

    Great job keeping up with speedy Meghann! You two are awesome!

  • Matt February 22, 2009, 11:31 am

    Nice run!

  • talieworld February 22, 2009, 11:37 am

    Wow! That is really fast, great job!

  • Chelsie February 22, 2009, 12:02 pm

    Wow, I am totally impressed. I can’t wait to be at that point in my training. Congrats on such a great run!

  • jane February 22, 2009, 12:02 pm

    i am so jealous that you have a running buddy! good job with the 12-miler!
    p.s. i am SO jealous of the weather you have. today i ran through flurries with a neck gator so the wind didn’t rip my face off. pleasant, no? 🙂

  • TinaGirl February 22, 2009, 12:38 pm

    I’m dreaming of running that long at that pace. yesterday I ‘crashed’ our local 5k and unofficially came in at 25 minutes after the 7 mile run (9:40pace) out to the race. So it was a long run/ speed workout for me too. GREAT JOB!

  • Brandi February 22, 2009, 1:03 pm

    awesome job! it’s nice you have a running buddy to keep each other motivated.

  • Leah February 22, 2009, 1:03 pm

    Oh my gosh, 12 miles- you guys ROCK!

  • redheadedjournal February 22, 2009, 1:23 pm

    Congrats on the run!

  • Dori February 22, 2009, 1:28 pm

    I wonder if I will ever be able to run for 2 hours!

    I LOVE Annie’s Mac and Cheese – now I want to make mine because your pics look awesome!

  • Lori February 22, 2009, 2:37 pm

    WOW!! How long did it take you to be able to run 12 miles straigt? How did you add more distance to your runs?

    I am inspired now, I must push myself a little more each day!!

    I hope your knees were feeling okay after your long run?!

  • Bec February 22, 2009, 2:54 pm

    Wow that is a crazy fast pace for a 12 mil!

  • Megan February 22, 2009, 2:56 pm

    omgggg, you are AMAZING! i seriously don’t even know if I can run a mile. i’m going to start training in two weeks and seeing that people regularly run 12 miles is INSANE! eek!

  • Betsy February 22, 2009, 2:56 pm

    Yowza, 12 miles sounds like a marathon to me. I struggle to do half that!

    The wine tasting class sounds fun!

  • D10 February 22, 2009, 5:10 pm

    Great job on the run. It is nice that you guys have each other.

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point February 22, 2009, 5:22 pm

    dar – there are some lady camelbaks that are a slim profile and hold about 1.5 liters of water. they are great for women and very comfortable. i ran with just a sports bra on today and it didnt rub my skin at all! i highly recommend them.

    lori – thanks! my knees are a little sore – ok a lot of sore! i need to go stretch. 🙂

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