Read, Run, Relax, Repeat

December 29, 2009

Breakfast fun!

I made sure to eat oats today so I’d have plenty of energy for our run

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1/2 cup oats (prepackaged with chia, cinnamon and salt) with 3/4 of a banana, a splash of milk, fresh berries, granola and a little Barney Butter.

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I had some of the inn’s coffee today to get my caffeine on!

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This breakfast was the perfect run fuel!

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Digestion was spent with my nose in a book by the fire

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I’m reading a fun girly novel

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At 11:15 Kanz, Matt, Andrew and I set out on our run journey.

We did it!!!!! 7.0 miles in an hour!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We weren’t planning to run for speed but once we got going we just kept up the pace.

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Andrew drove us to the middle of nowhere, Middle Island to be specific, and dropped us off. He then drove the golf cart back and met us halfway through the route on foot, as he wasn’t totally primed for 7 miles.

The run started out leisurely enough – we just ran at a natural pace. Which turned out to be an 8:35 mile! Yikes! I still can hardly believe how fast my pace has gotten. I am not built for speed!!

Miles 2 and 3 went by so quickly at 8:28 and 8:29.

At mile 4 we met up with Andrew. Our pace slowed dramatically when we hit the western winds of the South Beach road – 8:48, 8:51 and 9:02. We were running right into a hefty wind blanket.

The boys had commented early in the run that we might be able to finish the whole 7 in 60 minutes. We knew it would be hard and we couldn’t slow down much (and we did) but mile 6 we sprinted in at an 8:26 pace to see my Garmin say 1:00. SWEET! Definitely broke all kinds of personal records on this run.

My Gmaps-Pedometer route plan. I’d say we covered the island coast to coast!

Bald head run 

I was totally beet red in the face when we finished and now feel kind of like i ran a race this morning. My lungs and legs are totally worn out.

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We came inside and started a 20 minute hatha YogaDownload but ended up just stretching

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And the boys started eating popcorn during the stretching. I don’t think we had the concentration for yoga!

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Lunch occurred at 1:30PM per usual and we got out all of our sandwichy ingredients. I ended up making a salad with some leftover spring mix

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  • Spring Mix
  • Annie’s Balsamic
  • A roma tomato
  • 1/4 yellow bell pepper
  • A hard boiled egg
  • A clementine
  • ~5 almonds
  • ~1/2 a cube of cheese

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Plus half a pear and a piece of toast that I gave to Kanz after two bites cause I got full

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The Christmas cookies are all gone, so the Christmas M&Ms appeared.

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SO SO delicious!!! I had 2-3 small handfuls for dessert

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We said farewell to Larbs + Matt who are on their way to New Orleans for a wedding. Tomorrow more flies drop when Andrew, Karen and my parents leave, but we’re gaining two friends!

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I am ready to just veg on the couch, but the boys are talking about climbing up the lighthouse and walking on the beach. Not sure I can turn that down!

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1 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) December 29, 2009 at 3:38 pm

Wow! You go! I am slowly building my endurance back and and cannot wait to be able to run that fast- rock on!


2 Allison K December 29, 2009 at 3:42 pm

What a wonderful vacation! I can’t wait until I can run 7 miles…at any pace!


3 K December 29, 2009 at 3:49 pm

Congrats on that run!! That’s amazing! Your breakfast looks so patriotic :)


4 Kristen @ Change of Pace December 29, 2009 at 3:52 pm

BRRR! It has got to be cold out there today! Congrats on your run time! :)


5 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 29, 2009 at 4:00 pm

I would love to be at the beach reading right now!


6 Wendy December 29, 2009 at 4:01 pm

AMAZING run!! I’ve been feeling speedy myself lately, but nowhere as speedy as you! If your foot holds up, you are gonna ROCK that half mary!


7 Danielle (Coffee Run) December 29, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Congrats on the run! You are speedyyy. Enjoy your evening :)


8 Ashley December 29, 2009 at 4:02 pm

How cool that you basically ran across the island! And that you’ve gotten that fast. I find that really inspiring, especially this week when I’m getting ready for my first 5K on Friday and am feeling a little bummed about how slow I am. One day I will be fast(er)! :)


9 Lauren @ Eater not a runner December 29, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Wow that is an awesome run! Congrats! Is there anything you’ve done to improve your speed? I am a slow runner but want to work on speeding up!


10 Kath December 29, 2009 at 10:46 pm

I ran with people who were faster than me!! AnneP and Sarah Ghost World are both speedy. It’s like my muscles remembered how to fun faster. And my Garmin let me know that I was really running fast. It makes all the motivational difference in the world.


11 Stef December 29, 2009 at 4:08 pm

cool to map out your run like that! you’re a speed demon!


12 candice December 29, 2009 at 4:10 pm

You look absolutely glowing after your run! Man, I need to go… take a walk or something, haha! You inspire me to exercise, thank you. :) That salad is beautiful—the clementines add a lovely burst of color (and flavor too, I bet!).


13 Kath December 29, 2009 at 10:47 pm

Aw thanks :)


14 Emily December 29, 2009 at 4:17 pm

I love the Shell Seekers! Great book.


15 Carolyn December 29, 2009 at 4:18 pm

I’m leaving Thursday for my brother’s wedding right outside New Orleans!!


16 Jenna December 29, 2009 at 4:19 pm

Great job on the run!!


17 Shannon (The Daily Balance) December 29, 2009 at 4:22 pm

nice run, girl!! enjoy the rest of the time with your fam 😉


18 megan December 29, 2009 at 4:29 pm

wow, way to go on the run, that’s really impressive! Isn’t it a great feeling when you finish a run like that? the m&m’s look delicious too :)


19 Cait (Cait's Plate) December 29, 2009 at 4:30 pm

Ah! I’m so jealous that you’re all together with your family! I wish I still was!!

And I LOVE Christmas M&Ms! Any candy that’s holiday themed is just worlds better than normal :)

Congrats on the 7-miler! I knew you could do it! I have one coming up soon and I’m nervous!!


20 Becca December 29, 2009 at 4:32 pm

Long time reader…first time commenting! Congrats on the run! I live in Chattanooga,tn and visiting my mom in Mooresville, NC. We went to a Davidson basketball game last night and I thought of you! Denzel Washington was at the game…his son was playing for the opposing team! Don’t worry you guys killed em! Have fun on vacay!!!


21 Kath December 29, 2009 at 10:47 pm

GLad we won!! Fun you were there :)


22 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope December 29, 2009 at 4:40 pm

That breakfast is picture-perfect! And congrats on the awesome run! It always seems like I get my best times when I least expect it. :)


23 Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen December 29, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Wow, I am truly impressed! Those are great mile times, and to get it down while running against the wind is great!


24 Cole December 29, 2009 at 4:46 pm

Awesome run! Topped off with awesome M&Ms of course.


25 Kailey December 29, 2009 at 5:00 pm

dang 7 miles in an hour!! thats awesome!! I wish I could run that fast.


26 Anne [email protected] Weigh of Life December 29, 2009 at 5:06 pm

Awesome run! You look so cozy reading by the fire. That’s the best enviornment, in my opinion!


27 Christy December 29, 2009 at 5:33 pm

7 miles/ hour… impressive!! I’m so not built for speed and would LOVE to run like that!


28 Erin December 29, 2009 at 5:38 pm

Sounds like you’re having a fantastic vacation — love living it vicariously through you. 😀


29 sarah (ghost world) December 29, 2009 at 5:40 pm

YEAH! i would say you are definitely ready for half training! awesome run — wish i could have come TOOO!!


30 Kath December 29, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Me too!! Go 26th!! (Although 29th on here :) )


31 sarah (ghost world) December 29, 2009 at 5:41 pm

PS: i was the 26th commenter (and now 27th). just sayin’


32 Lauren December 29, 2009 at 5:42 pm

Congrats on the fast 7 miles, and these blackberries you had with your oatmeal are huge!


33 Estela @ Weekly Bite December 29, 2009 at 5:44 pm

I love girly novels! They’re my favorite :)


34 Kirsten December 29, 2009 at 6:04 pm

The Shell Seekers is one of my top 10 favorite novels. And I am not a fan of girly reads.


35 Susan December 29, 2009 at 6:13 pm

Eee!! Congrats on the new running record! That’s crazy fast – I can’t imagine doing that!


36 Hillary @ Nutrition Nut on the Run December 29, 2009 at 6:18 pm

Digging all the alliteration lately =]


37 Faye December 29, 2009 at 6:59 pm

Wow, I admire your endurance! I don’t think I’m made for running- I can barely run for 1 min! I want to definitely work towards straight running for at least 20 min. An hour seems crazy to me! Love the pics of the guys eating popcorn while stretching, it made me giggle!


38 Amy December 29, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Apparently you are built for speed! Awesome job!


39 Jenny December 29, 2009 at 7:32 pm

Great run! That’s a really amazing pace :)


40 skinnyrunner December 29, 2009 at 7:34 pm

dang, speedy! way to go on the run!


41 Cynthia (It All Changes) December 29, 2009 at 7:42 pm

Your vacation is amazing!


42 Barbara(Blood, Sweat and Heels) December 29, 2009 at 7:48 pm

You really know how to live:)


43 Jil December 29, 2009 at 7:58 pm

Aww, yay! Great run! I looove me some M&Ms! haha That picture of the boys and the popcorn is hilarious…especially considering yoga was supposed to be happening…boys will be boys, right? haha


44 Abby December 29, 2009 at 8:00 pm

I’ve been reading your blog for quite awhile now, and i’ve noticed that like me, you read quite a bit. Might I recommend a Kindle from Amazon? It’s a little bit pricey (like $275), but i’ve found mine to be worth every penny. There are so many books for free that you can download, and all the other books tend to be majorly discounted as well. It’s also suppossed to be better on your eyes since the screen isn’t backlighted and it’s like reading an actual book. I just figured that since you seem to travel a lot, a Kindle would really benefit you, instead of lugging around a whole bunch of books which can get heavy. Don’t get me wrong, there’s something about a real book which will always be superior, but a Kindle is really convenient. You should look into it.

Well, now that i’ve totally tried to sell you on the Kindle, i’ll stop, haha. Thanks for the blog, Kath! I look forward to reading it every day!


45 Kath December 29, 2009 at 10:48 pm

I would really love a Kindle but can’t justify the expense right now because of the library…and audio books for free.


46 Erin @ Big Girl Eats December 29, 2009 at 8:14 pm

That is awesome Kath!! Way to go on the speediness! It’s awesome to see your time/distances improve over the past months/year, especially since one of my goals this year is to increase my 5K times. Congrats!

And that oatmeal looks beautiful. Yum!


47 Tracy December 29, 2009 at 8:50 pm

Totally digging your vacay – love how active you and the fam are! Perfect vacation in my opinion. Keep it up!


48 lauri Watson December 29, 2009 at 9:30 pm

Wow- 7 miles in 1 hour is AWESOME! Congrats!


49 alyssa December 29, 2009 at 9:38 pm

way to go! my favorite thing is when i feel a great workout in my lungs the next day! it makes me feel like i worked so hard! (and im jealous of those christmas m&m’s) :)


50 lynn @ the actors diet December 29, 2009 at 10:40 pm

i dunno why green m and m’s taste so good but they do


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