Speed Demon

I was a speed demon this morning!

I had a faster pace during this week’s long run than I did during the half-marathon I “raced” last weekend!

Today’s run:

Distance: 15 miles

Time: 2:03

Average pace: 8:12 minutes/mile


Craig biked the first 9 miles with me! πŸ™‚ I always likes it when he comes with me. We enjoyed the time to talk and catch up on things that have been happening in our lives.


Running 15 miles gives me a lot of time to think and ponder random things.

Mile 0

Brrr!! It is cold out here! (I think it was about 35*.)

Mile 1

Oh boy, I don’t know how I am going to make 15 miles today. πŸ˜•

Mile 2

Oh wow, I am actually running quite fast today. I’ll probably slow down after a bit though. (I think I was trying to keep up with Craig on his bike.)

Mile 3

Seriously dude! (to a guy driving an big truck) Watch when you are going. I, as the pedestrian, do have to right-a-way!

Mile 4

I can’t believe all of our leaves are already off the trees. 😦

Mile 5

Yikes! Still 10 more miles to go!

Mile 6

I’m surprised I have been keeping a pretty decent pace this whole time!

Mile 7

Bummer, I’m starting to get a little bit of a side cramp.

Mile 8

I run past some guy who shouts, “Hup two, three, four.” Um, okay? I’m not in the military.

Mile 9

Took my GU. The strawberry banana flavor is my least favorite flavor. The banana flavor tastes like an overripe banana, and I definitely prefer my bananas on the bright yellow side—just after they turn green.


Mile 10

Oh, boy do I have to pee!

Five more miles to go, Michelle. (Am I the only one who talks to myself in the third person?)

Mile 11

A dark barks and scares me. Go figure!

I’m not sure if I like the Nissan Juke. It looks a little strange.



Mile 12

Only 5K left to go.

Oooo, my feet are starting to get a little tingly and go numb.

Mile 13

(While passing a women walking a Golden Retriever.) I wonder if the Golden Retriever or the Yellow Lab would be the ultimate “All-American” dog?



Mile 14

Whoo! Hoo! Under 8 minutes for that last mile! Let’s try to get under 8 minutes for the last mile too!

Oh wow, I feel pretty light-headed right now!

Mile 15

Yes! Under 8 minute mile. And I’m done!


When I returned from my run, I was quite ravenous because it had been 6 hours since I had eaten breakfast.

I ate breakfast at 7 a.m. and had planned to start at 9 a.m., but Craig and I actually didn’t get out until 11 a.m. because Craig was busy making “Bacon in a Blanket” and blogging about it! (Yes, I brought him to the dark side of blogging. πŸ˜‰ ) So when I got back at 1 p.m., I was running on empty!

Smoothie In A Bowl


I had two new ingredients in this smoothie.

Hemp Pro 50 protein powder from Manitoba Harvest

I usually use soy protein in my smoothies, but I got this sample from my sister, so I gave it a try.

I honestly couldn’t taste it in my smoothie, but maybe I needed to add more?? But then again I probably wouldn’t want this “plain” flavor to stand out too much in my smoothie.


I also topped my smoothie with Cinnamon Raisin Fiber Power Granola by Bakery on Main.

I was pleasantly surprised how authentic the cinnamon raisin flavor was!

A while back I tried one of their granola bars too and really liked it!


I was quite disappointed in my smoothie-making skills today; it did not taste very good.

I’m not sure what made it taste so poor. . . .maybe the frozen fruit? I tried a new blend of from fruit, but it included a lot of berries and cherries, which should taste fine?? Who knows.

Oh, and don’t worry, this is not all I had to eat. This actually didn’t do much for my appetite.




What is your favorite thing to eat after a long run?


9 responses to “Speed Demon

  1. I have always been big into running, and ran all throughout my school years. Now that I am an adult with a little child I love it even more. My favorite time of year to run is in the Fall when all the leave are changing and the air is cool πŸ™‚ I put my daughter in the stroller and off we go! Hopefull this year we will get out and do a race πŸ˜‰

  2. Thank you so much for this post, I’d just like to say that I am glad I am not the only one who has tons of random thought when I am running:) GO you on running so many miles it must feel so good after all the miles to look back at your acheivement. I am training for my first 5k..Pretty exciting. Best of luck

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