A Good End to a Loooong Weekend

Today’s Workout: 11 miles @ 1:56:00 (well, actually somewhere between 1:55:00 and 1:56:00, but who’s counting?)

For the most part, this weekend was full of waiting and driving (I’ll be getting there), but at least it ended on a good note.

First off, I did the longest run that I’ve ever done on a treadmill today – 11 miles, woot woot! I am so excited, but also very sore (probably doesn’t help that I ran four miles with the last two being negative splits yesterday). I made sure I stretched out really good afterwards,
but sometimes no matter how much you stretch, you know you’re going to end up sore. It’s funny, the difference a mile makes. Last week, I did 10 miles, at the same pace, and I was perfectly fine after my run.

So after finishing my run, I treated myself to some cake. Some chocolate ganache cookie dough cake, to be exact (there’s a pie crust like layer T the bottom made out of chocolate chip cookie dough).

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This photo really doesn’t do it justice.

But my cake stuffing was also preceded by a veggie burger and a southwestern black bean salad. Ingredients: black beans, corn, avocado (mmm, avocado), cilantro, tomato, red onion, scallions, jalapeño, olive oil, lime juice, and a little salt and pepper. So good! Click here for the full recipe. Tonight’s dinner was obviously meatless Sunday.

I totally was planning on taking a picture of my salad, but had an oops moment where I didn’t realize I wasn’t supposed to throw in the avocado until after all the other ingredients had marinated in the fridge, and it turned brown. Oops!

Now onto the snow that wouldn’t end. Last night, I was supposed to drive to the Berkshires for work for a banquet. My husband left the house at 4:30 for what was supposed to be an hour and a half drive. About 10 minutes after we left, it started snowing, but the snow wasn’t sticking so we didn’t think much of it.

Well, we probably should have thought ahead and realized that we’d be driving into the mountains because about 45 minutes into our drive, it started snowing. Hard. So what did we do? We didn’t turn around, we just kept driving. What should have been an hour and a half drive to the banquet turned into a two and a half hour drive for us, and we never made it there. There was still “a half hour left” at the point where we turned around. We would have turned around sooner, but when we decided that we’d have to call the trip quits, we pulled over at a McDonald’s rest a area to grab something to eat (I was STARVING!), only to find out that the next exit wasn’t for another 18 miles.

This was all my fault. JP wanted to turn around earlier, but I insisted on moving forward. My car is a beast in the snow (I drive a Honda Pilot), but despite all of it’s amazing snow driving capabilities, it doesn’t have a button you can press to increase visibility in the snow. I wish!

So by the time we got home, we had driven 5 hours, round trip, without ever reaching our destination. I’m about sick of all this snow!

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Our driveway that we shovel ourselves to save money. Confession, this pic was taken last year.

What’s’ the longest distance you’ve run on the treadmill?

Is there something particular you do to reward yourself after a hard workout or a long run, whether it’s food or a spa day? If so, how do you reward yourself?

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7 thoughts on “A Good End to a Loooong Weekend

  1. emmelineruns

    Ah I’d go nuts after all that driving if I didn’t even get to my final destination! I typically have a fun meal after a long run, just something that makes me happy and tastes yummy 🙂

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  2. Amanda - RunToTheFinish

    I’ve actually done a 21 miler on the treadmill…but the best was a 17 miler staring at a blank wall. I don’t really mind it, but that was tough. Sorry about the snowventure, I definitively remember that from times in Kansas City where we were supposed to head to Iowa to visit family

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  3. Jessica @ RunYourMuttOff

    The longest treadmill run I’ve done is a little over 10 miles. I would run 1.25 miles and then walk 0.1 miles to help break up the monotony of the treadmill. More than 5-6 miles on the ‘mill is SO mentally draining. So, Way to go!!
    Also, that cake looks AMAZING. Chocolate ganache is my favorite! And one more thing – I can not imagine living where it snows that much. We get a couple days of snow a year, and if it sticks around more than a couple days its a big deal, it’s just so different from our climate that I can’t comprehend it. I’ll have a glass a wine and enjoy our moderate weather for you today!

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  4. Megan @ Meg Go Run

    That salad looks amazing, I plan on making it! But I will prob add some chicken to it. I am terrified of driving in the snow, but I guess if I had a beast of a car I wouldn’t be as scared. What a horrible drive! Glad you guys made it home safe.

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