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Weekend Long Run & Pizza at Salvatore’s

I don’t know where this weekend went, all I know is that I enjoyed it.

I mean, who doesn’t enjoy an early morning Saturday long run followed by sunshine and pizza?

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We had dinner Saturday night at Salvatore’s. They serve THE BEST brick oven pizza! Our pizza so large that I could barely capture a photo of our entire pie.  At least I remembered to take a picture.

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My half was topped with roasted red peppers, onions, mushrooms, artichokes and jalapeno peppers.

The pepperoni on the other half of the pie did not tempt me although it looked divine.

Now, before I discuss my long run from Saturday, please let me know if this is a normal occurence at a Whole Foods near you:

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That would be a dog, on the table, at Whole Foods, sharing lunch from the Whole Foods food bar box with his owners.

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I apologize for not capturing a photo of the dog sharing coffee with his owner. But trust me, it happened.

Anyway, on to my long run.

I normally run at an easy pace on Saturdays but decided to push myself out of my Saturday comfort zone.

I am guilty of running a lot of my miles at a comfortable pace. There are days where I know I can go faster but choose to remain in my “safe place”.

Saturday I asked myself why. Why not push my limits a bit, get a little uncomfortable?

I noticed the difference in my speed right away, yet it felt fine and I was quite capable of keeping the pace consistently throughout the run.

I wasn’t even uncomfortable for long, it began to just feel natural.

Aren’t we all guilty of staying within our comfort zone in fear of..of…of…what? What are we all so afraid of?

Don’t get me wrong – there are times when slow and steady are crucial. But there comes a point where you need to pick up your pace and break out of your safe zone to see what can happen.

 

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If you don’t test your waters and push your limits, you may never know what you are missing out on.

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Getting out of your comfort zone can create and open up so many doors and present you with wonderful opportunities.

Not to mention that running faster gets the miles done quicker, burns a few extra calories in the process and puts you at the finish line ahead of schedule.

While I contemplated all of this during my speedy 90 minute run, I decided that all finish lines should include chocolate fudge cake.

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That would be the Chocolate Tower Truffle Cake from The Cheesecake Factory. I usually order the same ol’ Mud Pie but all this talking of breaking out of comfort zones has inspired me to try a slice of this cake ASAP.

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I NEED TO KNOW:

How was your weekend?

How many miles did you run?

Are you guilty of running at a comfortable pace?

How often do you push your limits and get uncomfortable?

Favorite cake from The Cheesecake Factory? I love the blackout cake but I also enjoy a nice slice of Linda’s Fudge Cake.

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  • myrealfoodfamily July 22, 2013, 7:05 am

    Great job pushing the pace! One of my long run partners wasn’t going to run with me Saturday because she said she couldn’t maintain the pace I wanted to for 18 miles. And guess who did it?!? Yep, 18 miles at a pace that was previously outside of her comfort zone. I’ve started blogging about my marathon training (in addition to food) just to document how far I’ve come with things that I thought I couldn’t do. It’s amazing how much we are capable of when we step outside our comfort zone!

  • MarQ July 22, 2013, 7:20 am

    My weekend was good. I didn’t run any miles but I ate a lot of food. Thanks for asking.

    MarQ

    • The Cookie ChRUNicles July 22, 2013, 12:26 pm

      Marq, I would love to know if you ever had difficulty locating a personalized key chain.

      • Dee July 24, 2013, 7:24 am

        Not really. The Target by me has an endcap where they have millions of names to choose from. That is, until today when they replaced them with a Twinkies display. 🙁

  • IHeartVegetables July 22, 2013, 7:40 am

    My weekend was awesome! 🙂 That pizza looks AMAZING. And that’s kind of crazy about the dog haha

  • cleaneatingveggiegirl July 22, 2013, 11:19 am

    Yum!! Brick oven pizza is theeee best!! And look at all of those veggies! I love artichokes on my pizza :).

  • Alex @ Cookie Dough Katzen July 22, 2013, 1:35 pm

    Veggie pizza is my favorite. I had it twice in the past week. 🙂 I totally agree with your mindset on pushing your run. We have to be uncomfortable before we can take in success.

  • jumpeatrun July 22, 2013, 7:08 pm

    2 things…1. that pizza looks so good. 2. I want to dive into that chocolate cake right now:)