Two Long Runs, Two Salads and Off To Philadelphia


We won’t discuss that this was one of the last weekends left of summer.



If you recall, my running plan for the weekend was to mimic the Runner’s World Hat Trick which is coming up in October.

Saturday’s Run:

Since the first day of the Hat Trick will be a 5K followed by a 10K, I treated my typical long run morning almost like two separate races in that I stopped at 3.1 miles to go to the bathroom, drink some water and stretch before heading back out for the next 6.2 miles.

adidas energy boost

I felt like it was important to make the pit stop in between the miles just to do the whole run-stop-run thing.

I don’t really have an issue stopping and then running again after a short distance but I also didn’t stop for as long as the break will probably be on the actual race day.

I ended up running a few steps over ten miles because when I finished both race distances, I slowed my pace to a cool down until I reached my front door.

The best part about any run is knowing what post-run fuel is waiting for me when I finish.

oatmeal in a jar

In case you forget what’s always inside – cooked steel-cut/old-fashioned oatmeal served cold mixed with plain greek yogurt, lots of berries, lots of peanut butter and lately, I add Skoop A-Game for the added boost of nutrients (and because I like the taste when it’s all mixed on up).

I liked using this peanut butter jar as my bowl because it was easier to reach around and get all the little bits of peanut butter off of the bottom because it is shorter and wider than the typical Crunch Time jar.

It’s the little things in life that make me happy.

Sunday’s Run:

This run was mentally more difficult simply because I had to keep reminding myself on Saturday that I was running thirteen miles on Sunday.

I am so used to running long on Saturdays and usually just doing a shake out run Sundays with no mileage goal in mind.

Even though I have done a bunch of back-to-back ten-mile runs, I had to stop thinking about the fact that I was doing 13.1 miles because somehow too much thinking about that distance, even though I do it pretty often, was still slowly creeping up on me mentally as if it would be a challenge.

Ten miles are always the easy part of a long run (easy is a relative term here, we know it’s never actually easy) it’s those extra miles past the ten-mile mark where I tend to get tired and I found myself thinking I would get tired sooner since I ran ten miles on Saturday.

pro compression

I wore my favorite Pro Compression calf sleeves for this run.

Lately I have only been wearing them as recovery (they really do amazing things for you legs after a run) but I decided to wear them as additional mental/physical support.

The mental part that was getting in my way before I ran drifted away as soon as I starting running.

I felt great actually. In fact, I think I felt better overall than I did on Saturday.

Don’t ask me exactly why I think this because I can’t pinpoint a reason. All I know is that I was in a nice groove and found myself running faster in the second half of the run rather than konking out.

I always pop jelly beans starting after mile six but I can’t say if they help or just taste good.

It was as if I didn’t run ten miles the day before which is really something to be happy and actually, proud about.

If you were to have told me two years ago as I was training for the Hershey Park Half Marathon that one day I would be running ten miles on a Saturday and a half marathon distance the next, I would have thought you were crazy.

I used to get all sore and stiff after running long distances and even my shake out runs were a struggle.

It’s really amazing what the body can learn to do and what it can even learn to enjoy.

Speaking of enjoy…

Favorite eats from the weekend:

red mango parfait

Red Mango Parfaits are prettiest when the yogurt on top is pink.

I went with strawberry greek yogurt on top because they didn’t have coconut greek which is my favorite. The coconut greek yogurt doesn’t actually taste like coconut. It almost tastes like the original flavor just a bit thicker and creamier.

I had two fantastic salads over the weekend that didn’t come from The Cheesecake Factory.

First, from the East Bay Diner, the Portobello Mushroom and Avocado Salad.

salad and sweet potato

Not the best photo because the lighting was real bad but you get the idea. It was gigantic…until I ate it all and wondered where it went.

And, of course, order a sweet potato on the side.

Diners always bake the best potatoes.

And, another great salad from La Bottega.

la bottega salad

What I love about La Bottega is that they will combine all different ingredients from any of their standard salad options to make you what you want.

I rattled off so many ingredients (like every roasted vegetable including butternut squash, eggplant, mushrooms, corn and who knows what else) plus they give you a ton of avocado which just ties it all together so nice.

Totally random, but my son and I are off to Philadelphia for the day. When people ask me why we are going, I say for lunch.

I don’t know, we randomly decided we should head west rather than out east for a day trip this week and we somehow came up with Philadelphia as a destination.

We may see the Liberty Bell but if you know me by now, you know that is totally not our focus.

I had my son research some foodie favorites that have been recognized by Adam Richman (Man vs. Food) and/or seen on episodes of Diner’s, Drive-in’s and Dives.

Our destination in terms of driving directions will land us at the parking garage of the Reading Terminal Market.

I suggest that you read Allison’s post (from the blog, Life’s A Bowl) who just visited the Reading Terminal Market. One look at her photos and you will know why this is the focal point of our excursion rather than some bell.

Be sure to follow along with me on Instagram for all of the Philly fun!

Now, excuse me while I go squeeze in a Pure Barre DVD workout before we leave…


Have you ever and/or how often do you run back-to-back long runs?

Favorite food to order at a diner?

Ever been to Reading Terminal Market? Favorite food to get from there?


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  1. says

    If I thought that my legs could take it, I totally would do back to back long runs. But I just don’t think that it is a good idea at this juncture! My go-to order at diners is an egg white omelet loaded with veggies with a pancake on the side (if I can swing it). I actually had that (minus the pancake) twice this weekend!
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  2. says

    YOU ARE GOING TO PHILLY!!!! Why couldnt you have gone a year ago?? Heck, 6 months agooooooo! Booooo!!! I have sooooooo many places for you to visit, and a ton of places off diners drive ins and dives (I have them all down). But yes, reading terminal is by faaaaarrrr the best place, it is one of my favorite places in the entire world!!!! DEFINITELY go to beliers donuts (and get a stuffed one), and hopes cookies, oh and you will loooveee the Mediterranean place in the middle. Ahhh I am soooooo jealousssssssss! ENJOY EVERY SECOND!!!
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  3. says

    I’ve been dying to try that TJ’s peanut butter but I always order my groceries online so I can never find it haha. Looks good though!

    Hmm fav food to order at a diner… probably hashbrowns or some form of potatoes!

  4. says

    I did back to back long runs this weekend too- 8 miles and 10 miles. It felt awesome. Honestly, I think you’ll be surprised at how natural it feels to do the two runs. Your legs will definitely tighten up a bit waiting between the two races but you’ll be running adrenaline and it’s a lot of fun! Plus, nobody who does the hat trick really pushes themselves that hard so it ends up being more of a fun run all weekend! I AM SO EXCITED TO RUN WITH YOU! Have a blast in Philly 🙂
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    • says

      I know, right?! I am super excited for the races and to run with you too! I don’t plan on racing those races (like, not at all) but I do plan to run back to back long at least one more time just to make the races that much more comfortable…I thought of you yesterday when we ordered a giant ice cream cone! I will share the photos from Philly tomorrow.

    • says

      I think the back to back long run distances just take time to build up to because I never would have imagined I would be capable of such a thing. Over time it just happened just like my average routine run going from just three miles up to four, to five and now, usually six. It’s a gradual build up.

  5. says

    You are AWESOME! I miss running and can’t wait to get back into the groove after Baby Szed is born. And those calf sleeves are fabulous, love the colors! Hope y’all enjoyed Reading Terminal Market and got a cheesesteak {that’s the one thing I never got!} 🙂
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