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5 MILES!!!

Andrea

That's right bloggies, this morning the hubb and I joined the training group for a 5 MILE RUN!!!  We're halfway to reaching our goal of running the Charlottesville 10-Miler on April 4th.  I can't believe that in the last 12 weeks we've gone from 0 miles to 5 miles...WOOHOO!!!

We started off with a slow 1/2 mile warm-up jog on the track, then did 4-1/2 miles on relatively flat Charlottesville roads.  There were gradual ups and downs the whole way, and two steep hills, one at the beginning and one at the end.  They were nothing compared to the actual race which has MANY steep hills...in fact, the Charlottesville 10-Miler is known as one of the hilliest, most challenging races in the country!  Yikes.

I began the run with a sweet foursome of ladies while my hubb joined a faster group of guys.  The ladies were pacing a bit slower than I typically do, about 11 minutes.  I pulled ahead after the first 1-1/2 miles and finished the last 3-1/2 miles at my typical 10-minute pace.  I felt great for most of the run, with just a little bit of knee soreness.  But I never felt like I needed to quit.  Never.  All-in-all it was a great run, and left me totally pumped to continue my training for the next 12 weeks until the 10-miler on April 4th!!! We received Phase 2 of our training program today so I will get it posted in the next couple of days on my training program page.

Before my run I ate 1/2 a banana. This is my typical fuel before a long run, but I know I'm going to need more now that I'm at the 5-mile mark.  How do you other runners out there fuel before a long run???

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After my run I was famished!!!  My tummy was growling at me for the last mile.  I knew I had to eat as soon as I got home...

Breakfast:  1 cup of Flax Plus Pumpkin Raisin Crunch with 1/2 banana and 1 cup of soy milk.

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The hubb and I had a great day running some errands and meeting friends for lunch.  I won't bore you with details, but the day included mattress testing and lunch at a Brazilian Churrascaria, Ipanema Grill. If you've never been to a churrascaria before...GO!!!  Its sooooo fun.  The big chain one is Texas de Brazil, which we've also been to (in Orlando).  I mainly ate off of the salad bar, which is huge and AMAZING, but I also had a small piece of bacon-wrapped chicken and a small sausage. Lunch was so big and filling that we completely skipped dinner!

And, on the way home from Richmond (about an hour drive) the hubb and I talked about rearranging our house.  And when we got home, we proceeded to COMPLETELY tear it apart.  We like immediate results...  :)  So, tomorrow we'll be going to Ikea to pick up a few things and try to put our newly organized and arranged house back together.  So fun!!!  Here's a shot of our poor architecture books displaced in our dining room...

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And this isn't even close to all of the books we own...

So, my big plans for grocery shopping and baking today were postponed until tomorrow, hopefully.  :)

I hope you all are having a fabulous weekend...I'll be back tomorrow!