Eight, Then Ate

January 24, 2010

Awesome 8-miler in the rain! I met Emily and her husband Casey at the greenway at 11. The rain was coming down steadily – I questioned whether (weather!?) we were crazy, but once we got going, it was no big deal at all. I barely noticed the rain! More of a problem was the muddy patches on the greenway that we had to tip-toe through.

The 8 miles FLEW by. We were turning around at 4 when it felt like we’d only covered about 2!! I LOVE having a running partner – we had so much to discuss since our last run! My legs started to feel it at about 7 miles – you can always tell when it’s the farthest you’ve ran in that last mile! But since I’m taking this training verrrrry slowly, I think my legs should be OK.

Our splits were pretty fun:

  1. 8:37
  2. 8:39
  3. 8:48
  4. 9:42 (holy slippery mud puddles!)
  5. 9:22 (more puddles!)
  6. 9:11 (back out of the puddles)
  7. 8:56
  8. 8:44

Total time: 1:12


Hard to believe Emily was going to do 3 more miles as she prepares for her marathon!

I noticed myself getting a bit hungry in the last few miles and came home ready for some SQUASH! I was also really thirsty. I think I’m ready for some kind of running water system. I really don’t want anything flopping on my back or heavy in my hand. Maybe a belt would be the best for me? I need to research that.

I showered – best.shower.ever. after being cold and wet – and threw on all my Davidson LAX sweats!! I bought these from Whitney (the one who just got married!) freshman year to support her team and I loooove them. I haven’t had a no-make-up sweats day in SO LONG.

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For lunch I morphed my leftovers into an arugula salad and had a side of grapefruit.

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Arugula with my pumpkin seed butter as dressing (I added some warm water to thin it out to dressing consistency) plus kabocha, broccoli and tofu. Yum!

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Plus a huge pile of grapefruit. [Check out that pith Amanda!]

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Cali bowl mama + baby

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An hour after lunch, I’m feeling a little queasy. It’s like I am refeeding or something. Maybe this was too much fiber on an empty stomach!? I definitely feel like I ran far today. I can’t even imagine how wacked out my body would feel after 20+ miles (not that I am going to go there or anything!)

I’ve got dinner in the crockpot!

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Going to go ice my foot under a blanket with the space heater. It doesn’t really hurt at all, but Narval reminded me yesterday how important ice is for inflammation and I’m sure my foot could use some de-flammation.

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1 Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 24, 2010 at 2:53 pm

I can’t wait to see what you have in store for dinner! Crock pots are amazing. I swear, you could throw almost anything in and it would come out delicious!

Sweats and no makeup make for the perfect day. And i’m sure your body is just getting accustomed to running that far. Running is SO hard on the body, harder than I ever realized. Your body can handle a lot but it’s not indestructible. But there was indeed a lot of fiber in your lunch, maybe that does have something to do with it.


2 The Paris Food Blague January 24, 2010 at 2:58 pm

wow impressive. i am just starting to run, am only getting in a mile a day. hopefully some day i’ll be able to do 8!
a bientot!
the paris food blague


3 Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) January 24, 2010 at 3:06 pm

I ice my knees, feet and ankles after all of my runs just in case and it really does help prevent any possible issues. So good for you taking Narval’s advice!

And congrats on the 8 mile run!


4 Alyssa Lindsey January 24, 2010 at 3:09 pm

I just bought a camelbak on friday for my 11 miler yesterday! I was totally with you on hating carrying water with me on runs, but I knew I had to do something as my mileage increases and driving my route beforehand to hide water bottles in the bushes was not ideal. For the first mile or so I thought it would drive me crazy, then suddenly I didn’t even notice it! And having water whenever I was thirsty made the run so much better! I highly recommend it….FYI I got the 50 oz one, filled it about halfway, and ran out just as I began my cooldown.


5 Danie January 24, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Great job on the run Kath! I’m coming out of some issues with my back, and just got back up to about 2 miles a day. I love my crock pot too!! I’m currently making some apple butter in it, and planning eggplant parmesan for later in the week. If you want a good variety of crockpot recipes that are easy to adapt, check out http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/ 😀


6 Abby January 24, 2010 at 3:11 pm

You’re going to rock that half!


7 Kristen @ Change of Pace January 24, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Awesome job on your run! Lunch looks delicious! :)


8 Amelia January 24, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Congrats on the 8 miles! :) You guys are troopers for going out in the rain like that.
As far as running with water, I have a camelbak (the backpack kind) and love it. I’m not even aware it’s on my back. I’ve never tried out the belt kind though, so you might like those better.


9 [email protected] January 24, 2010 at 3:13 pm

I could never imagine running 20 miles..gosh. Hope your body starts feeling better by dinner time :) Sounds like you got a great run in!


10 Jenn (www.j3nn.net) January 24, 2010 at 3:14 pm

I hardly ever wear makeup! lol I’m spoiled by working at home I guess. My co-worker and the cats don’t complain. 😆

I’d be starving after running 8 miles and then eating just a salad and grapefruit! 😮 Have you been cutting down on grains? They haven’t made as many KERF appearances lately.



11 Kath January 24, 2010 at 6:37 pm

I almost added some toast with lunch but wasn’t feeling like I could hold it all in! It came later as a snack :)


12 Estela @ Weekly Bite January 24, 2010 at 3:14 pm

Nice run!! I know how hard it is to stay motivated to run when the weather is crumy!

My stomach does wierd things after running a longer than normal distance.

Can’t wait to see whats in the crockpot :)


13 Freya @ foodfitnessandfreya.wordpress.com January 24, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Brilliant about your run! I actually find after a long run in the rain, I feel so much better – like I’ve worked harder and deserve to have a better rest and so on, you know?! It’s jsut a much better feeling after :) Though I struggle with drinking and running too – I leave a water bottle at the end of the drive and make sure I do lots of loops back to my house to sip lol – works ok, but annoying for a 13miler when I have to keep coming back!
Good job on the lunch, that looks TASTY!! Isn’t kabocha the best!!?? Have a good arvo :)


14 Meghan @ Spreading the Health January 24, 2010 at 3:16 pm

I tend to get nauseated and have trouble eating after long runs, too. Over time it got better, as does paying more attention to eating slowly. That’s why I always have oatmeal after long runs…because I can eat it at a snail’s pace! Congrats on your longest run yet! :)


15 candice January 24, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Your salad looks so colorful and amazing… love the idea of warm pumpkin seed dressing and kabocha. :) Running in the rain may seem like nothing for true runners… but I’m a wuss! Very impressed!


16 MarathonVal January 24, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Girl, you need to have more no-makeup-and-sweats days!!! I wouldn’t know how to have a weekend without it! :)


17 Graze With Me January 24, 2010 at 3:21 pm

I’m having a no-makeup sweats day as well. The sun is out but the wind is *howling* out there! Glad I have nowhere to be.


18 Heather January 24, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Great run! I never feel hungry after running longer distances and have to force myself to eat – because I know I need it!

Hopefully your queasy stomach goes away.

Can’t wait to see what is in the crock-pot!


19 Morgan @ Healthy Happy Place January 24, 2010 at 3:24 pm

I love coming home from a good work out and throwing on sweats. Best feeling ever!


20 Jasmine @ Eat Move Write January 24, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Congrats on your 8 miler. That’s very impressive. Your lunch looked fantastic.


21 Heather @ Side of Sneakers January 24, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Congrats on a great run!


22 Moi January 24, 2010 at 3:37 pm

I love the shutters on the window behind you! Where’d you buy them?


23 Kath January 24, 2010 at 6:38 pm

They came with the house!


24 Kori January 24, 2010 at 3:47 pm

Congrats on your successful run! BTW you look adorable in your comfy clothes. :) Have an awesome rest of the day!!


25 Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 24, 2010 at 3:48 pm

What an awesome run!! Super impressive :) And love the lunch!


26 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) January 24, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Just like my poppa baby bowls :)


27 Wendy January 24, 2010 at 3:55 pm

Great job on your run! I ran my first half marathon in the rain, and it was FUN!! A great running partner & conversation makes all the difference on long runs. I once spilled my whole life story over a 10-miler.

I have a handheld water bottle with a nifty strap for your hand that I like. My only real complaint I have about it is that the heat from my hand makes the water warm. As for post-long run snacks, I always go for something easily digestible to avoid tummy issues. You might also want to think about bringing some mid-run fuel once you get up over 90 minutes or so!


28 Amy Richards January 24, 2010 at 3:59 pm

Congrats on the furthest you’ve run! As a runner/triathlete I definitely recommend epsom salt soaks and icing those knees down after long runs. Mine get so stiff later that day! I like the Nathan Speed belts. I have the one with 4, but you can take two if you don’t need as much water that day. Nice pockets for Sport Beans and gels, too. Doesn’t bother me at all. Good luck! Happy running!


29 Amy January 24, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Awesome run! I have tried the hydration belts and found they kept bouncing around and riding up. I am defintely a big fan of the handheld waterbottles. They can be a bit heavy at first, but you don’t even notice them after a bit. Plus, you don’t have to grip them if it fits properly-the strap keeps it snug on your hand. I love mine!


30 Cynthia (It All Changes) January 24, 2010 at 4:16 pm

I love that feeling of running when it doesn’t feel like you’ve run that far. And good call on cutting out the inflamation before it starts.

I can’t wait to see your crockpot concoction.


31 Heather (Heather's Dish) January 24, 2010 at 4:30 pm

wow, 8 miles! that’s awesome! especially when it doesn’t feel like you’ve done nearly that much…effortless running is so great :)


32 Ursula January 24, 2010 at 4:35 pm

Hi Kath!
I only discovered your blog a week ago, have been avidly reading ever since!
I really like your attitude to food, I hate to go hungry and really enjoy eating lots of healthy food. However, like you I’m always keen to try everything, so I need to learn what you do and just have a taste rather than eating the whole thing and then feeling uncomfortably full afterwards!
Keep up the good work, I’m definitely going to continue reading in the future for even more inspiration!


33 Kath January 24, 2010 at 6:38 pm



34 Darien January 24, 2010 at 4:40 pm

camelbaks are fantastic. theyre fitted to your body well, especially after the first couple runs. theyre easy to clean, which is a bonus. this is coming from an air force girl. we believe in hydration! (hydration out the yang, actually.)


35 Leslie January 24, 2010 at 4:44 pm

your salad looks so good…. i’m jealous. granted I chowed down on brunch today, so i won’t be eating again until 9pm haha.

just wanted to say, i got chia seeds today!! i discovered them at a bulk food place and am so excited to try them out!!


36 Emily @ The Front Burner January 24, 2010 at 4:45 pm

such a great run!! maybe next time, or when we do nine, we should consider 3 out and back, so we can get water. or we can make casey run out and plant us a water bottle halfway! :)


37 M January 24, 2010 at 4:55 pm

You look so pretty and fresh-faced in sweats and no make up!


38 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 24, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Hey Kath,

When I was training for my half-marathon, I got a camelback backpack, and I thought that I wouldn’t like having something on my back, but it worked great! You might check it out!

Great job on the run! I love going farther than I’ve ever run before– makes me feel like such a warrior!


39 Tiffany January 24, 2010 at 5:18 pm

I LOVE no makeup sweats days! Actually, I don’t like to lounge around my house with jeans/dressy clothes, so as soon as I get home from whatever I was doing during the day, I immediately change into sweats. Sooo comfy! And yay for 8 miles, in the rain, no less! You’re a warrior.


40 Katharine January 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Emily and I were actually in the same sorority in college! Nice to see her on the blog. :) I definitely need to acquire some Denison sweats, my collection is basically non-existent.


41 Kath January 24, 2010 at 6:38 pm

I think she was talking about you on our run today! Did you see her on KERF and then email her the coincidental connection?!


42 Sophie @ yumventures January 24, 2010 at 5:26 pm

Sounds like a great run! Running in the rain can be so refreshing, as long as its not too cold outside! Congrats on making it out there.


43 Bec January 24, 2010 at 5:41 pm

I love coming home after a cold workout and getting into warm sweats! I can’t wait to see what you are cooking up for dinner in your crock pot!


44 Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run January 24, 2010 at 5:58 pm

You look itty bitty in your LAX outfit =) I like your colonial style house – cute. Have a cozy rest of your day, Kath!


45 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 24, 2010 at 6:32 pm

That room in your house looks so cute!


46 Cole January 24, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Post run showers are the absolute best!


47 Amanda @ The Hungry Wanderers January 24, 2010 at 6:36 pm

ew! pith! :-p


48 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) January 24, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Awesome run!!! You’re going to be amazing on the half. 😀

I’ve got to tell ya, I bought a water belt a while back for running and ended up giving it away. It was constantly flopping around and riding up. I don’t know if it’s because, as a girl, we have hips and the belt just naturally wants to ride up to our waist? But whatever the reason, it was a major pain and I’m now thinking of going with a camelback instead. I can’t wait to see what you decide on though, because I’m in the process of trying to find a water supplier as well. 😀


49 Ashley January 24, 2010 at 6:49 pm

I love your hair long!!! It looks so wonderful on you. Are you doing the Charlotte half?


50 Kath January 24, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Thanks! Yes, planning on Racefest in April


51 Mary (Food Fit & Fun) January 24, 2010 at 7:04 pm

I love running with a partner! Congrats on your long run PR!


52 The Slowest Triathlete January 24, 2010 at 7:22 pm

Congrats on 8 miles! And a preventative icing can never hurt. When training for longer events I take post-run ice baths to keep the aches and pains at bay. Helps speed recovery too (at least I feel like it does).


53 Carolyn January 24, 2010 at 7:26 pm

You’re an inspiration! I am trying to work up from a 5K to an 8K, but since I had taken a couple months off I feel like I’m starting completely over. My training program has me running 1mi longer than I’ve ever ran just 3 weeks into the 9 week program. I can’t believe I’m supposed to be running 7 miles 8 weeks from now! I’m really nervous and the terrible run I had today doesn’t help.


54 Kath January 24, 2010 at 8:01 pm

Thanks :) You can do it! Running is so mental :)


55 Simply Life January 24, 2010 at 7:31 pm

Nice job with the run!


56 Tara January 24, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Great job on the run! My stomach hurts after I eat and run too!


57 Joanne January 24, 2010 at 8:28 pm

Good run. Yummy eats. Ice the foot? Oh No!


58 Sara January 24, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Congrats on you run! It always makes the day so great when you start it off with a good run!


59 Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle January 24, 2010 at 8:46 pm

I spotted kabocha for the first time at the grocery store today! So excited to try it out, roasted veggies in a salad is always good.


60 Jenna January 24, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Glad you got to relax today!


61 Nicole (dishin') January 25, 2010 at 9:32 am

Great job running….I’m impressed with your times!


62 Heather (The Single Dish) January 25, 2010 at 12:17 pm

8 miles that is great, good for you!!! 8 miles is the max I have ever run :)


63 Alicia January 25, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Great run! I always feel so hard core when running in the rain!

I have both a camelback backpack (2 liter capacity) and a Nathan hydration belt (2 8-oz bottles). I use the Nathan a lot and I love it. I don’t know what I would do without water during a run.

You will rock that half!


64 Tiffany January 27, 2010 at 8:41 am

Hey Kath – Where did you get those chairs (in the pic of you with sweats and no make up)? I’ve been looking for a fabric like that to recover a loveseat but am having no luck! Thanks :)


65 Kath January 27, 2010 at 6:34 pm

They were Karen’s and she had them custom done :(


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