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January 11, 2011

This run brought to you by the letter A

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for Alcohol. The rest of today is brought to you by the letter C. For coffee.

Not T for tempo.  Although this week’s went significantly better than last week’s. I think it had to do with the fact that yesterday at work I had a real craving for a flatbread-esque pizza.  Luckily the girl I share an office with (and who I’ve been, like living with lately!) agreed with me and we went to her place after work to make and eat pizza.  And I may or may have had my first sip of alcohol in the form of beer with the pizza.  Nothing beats the taste of a cold beer with a pizza.  Here’s a picture just so you don’t think that all I do is bake and eat cookies and pies.

It was really easy to make too.  We took tortilla wraps and toasted them in the oven for 5 minutes.  Then we added a spicy basil pasta sauce and some broccoli, spinach and tomatos that were seasoned with basil.  Then we sprinkled grated mozzarella cheese on top and placed back in the oven for 10 minutes or whenever the cheese had melted.  Since I love flatbread pizzas this was awesome.  The beer was good too,  I texted my friend who joined us too what kind of beer was a good pizza beer and he suggested I pick up Shock Top wheat.  It was delicious.  Dare I say that I may be becoming a beer person?

Before digging into the pizza, however, we did make a rum vanilla pudding pie.  Rather than be *completely* lazy we decided to make the graham cracker crust ourselves.  We also added a healthy dose of my good friend Morgan

and I just want to point out the bananas in the background. Picture of health.

So I was running on pizza, beer and vanilla rum pie this morning.  With a lack of sleep as I didn’t get back to my place until 0100. Oops. But it was worth it because we watched Salt.  Amazing! Total BAMF and I absolutely loved it.  Thanks to Lacey for writing about it and making me pause at the Redbox last night 🙂

Surprisingly the run didn’t go as bad as I would have thought and went a little something like this

  • Warmup
  • “Tempo”: 5.6 miles @ 7:36 pace (2.2 miles @ 7:52, 2.2 @ 7:26, 1.2 @ 7:26)
  • Warm down
  • 1.6 miles @ 8:26 pace

Overall I got in 15.2 miles at an 8:33 pace.  Not too shabby.  Again the tempo is in quotes because it really wasn’t an actual tempo.  But I’m getting there!

After seeing the first 2.2 miles be so slow I muttered some cuss words.  Like more than a few. So I decided to try and maintain the effort for the rest of my planned “tempo” route and then, because we’re supposed to be getting 12″+ of snow tonight and I don’t know what my LR will look like later this week, make it into a makeshift long run because I knew that my paces were NOT fast enough to be tempo.  Faster than last week (where my average for 4.4 miles was 7:44ish) but not the 6:50-7:05 that a tempo should target for me. So I think that the ebb and flow of pace today was good for a LR.

Of course those goal paces are based on my current marathon PR and I’m not sure I want to attack Boston as an overall PR race.  I say that right now and I’m not really feeling all gung-ho.  I’m pretty sure it’ll pass though. I definitely will commit to gunning for a course PR (and a sub3:30 because that’s what I was targeting last year) and the pace I was at today is below that MP and it was a bit hard of a pace but nothing dreadful.  It was actually a bit enjoyable by the end.  So I’m optimistic that Boston will be good to me.

In any case I had a really good hard LR this morning.  Just in time to go out and buy booze and ride out this “extreme storm” that we’re supposed to be getting tonight.  We’ve already been called out of work for Wednesday. Hizzzzoller.


  1. Does the A stand for AA, perhaps ;). I’ve never seen you drink so much, chica….ah to be so young!! Vanilla run pie sounds heavenly, though…why do I keep gaining weight when reading your blog??? 🙂

    Comment by Jill — January 11, 2011 @ 15:21

  2. pizza and beer… there’s no better way to enjoy pizza. I’m positive of this.

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — January 11, 2011 @ 15:28

  3. seriously huzzahhh to 15 miles! jeeeeeeeeez that is amazing. i want to bust that mileage out again one of these days. that pizza looks amazing! personal pizzas were a hebert staple growing up. did you ever do english muffin pizzas?

    Comment by Lacey — January 11, 2011 @ 15:29

  4. That is my ne pre-race meal if you promise I can pull times like that?! I am craving pizza now! Damn you!

    Comment by Jess @ Blonde Ponytail — January 11, 2011 @ 15:51

  5. Pizza and beer is always a great combo (I”m jealous.) Maybe I should put that on my menu tonight? I’m also jealous of your 15 mile jaunt 🙂

    Comment by Lisa — January 11, 2011 @ 15:53

  6. yay for snow days!! great run! hope you dont go stir crazy in the house tomorrow, but if ya do that’s nothing a little A can’t fix 🙂

    Comment by Lindsay — January 11, 2011 @ 16:13

  7. Nice running! Lucky you to have a snow day! We are always expected to work from home if lots of snow occurs. Which I think it will tomorrow? For the record, I am a big Elmo fan and appreciate the picture above 🙂

    Comment by mealsformiles — January 11, 2011 @ 16:31

  8. Congrats on the long run! Just because your pace wasn’t quite where you wanted it doesn’t mean you didn’t work hard. And it sounds like you worked hard! 🙂

    I saw Salt a few days ago and loved it, but I felt like most of the scenes were complicated action shots that probably involved stunt doubles, which meant that Angelina Jolie was only really doing the scenes with her face or conversation; i.e.,like, 1/4 of the movie, lol.

    Comment by caronae — January 11, 2011 @ 16:55

  9. beer people are awesome people…so it’s good if you are becoming one hehe 😛 let me know if you ever need a suggestion for a delicious brew!
    um, vanilla rum pie sounds DELISH and nice tempo too!

    Comment by hurdlingham — January 11, 2011 @ 16:55

  10. Pizza + Beer = ❤

    nice job on the tempo and enjoy your snow day 😉

    Comment by Aron — January 11, 2011 @ 17:30

  11. Perfect match = pizza and beer! *hic*

    Comment by Julie @ Hotlegs Runner — January 11, 2011 @ 18:11

  12. Mmm, pizza sounds (and looks!) delicious!

    Comment by Jess — January 11, 2011 @ 19:47

  13. I ❤ Shock Top. Blue Moon is also a good pizza beer.

    Comment by Nick — January 11, 2011 @ 21:32

  14. Equation for happiness:

    Comment by danny — January 11, 2011 @ 21:58

  15. MMM the pizza looks GREAT!!! Nice job on the “tempo”!! I have a really hard time with pacing a tempo so I usually just put the speed I’m supposed to go into the treadmill and just try not to fall off. 🙂

    Comment by Angie — January 11, 2011 @ 22:36

  16. “first taste of alcohol?” really? And I agree that Blue Moon is great beer. The best beer in Europe for my palate is in Belgium, and Blue Moon does the trick back home…
    Have you tried a hummus pizza? they are my favorites right now. In fact…I might just be going home and making some dough because of you!

    By the way…a favor! Could you potentially send me a jar of chunky salted Peanut Butter from Trader Joes? I am OUT and in a crisis for my trip in 2.5 weeks!

    Comment by Special K — January 12, 2011 @ 06:39

  17. sounds like a delicious meal; i agree…nothing better with pizza than beer (and i’m not a huge beer drinker, either).

    Comment by emily — January 12, 2011 @ 07:11

  18. Unless you are leading a pace group, don’t ever mention 3:30 as a target time again. No, really. You can KILL Boston. As for pizza- YUMMO!!!!!! That’s a post-run favorite of mine, too! Stay warm, dear!

    Comment by Rebecca — January 12, 2011 @ 07:14

  19. Snowing again here, but at least we’re home! 🙂 That pizza looks fab – and easy! Love a recipe like that!

    Comment by Terri — January 12, 2011 @ 09:22

  20. Yuuuuuum vanilla rum pie sounds amazing hehe

    Comment by Laura — January 12, 2011 @ 11:34

  21. Hah, A is for alchohol, love it. I wish I was a beer person, all my friends are to a crazy extent (biking 3 days to a beer festival in NY crazy). It’s a cool sub-culture.

    Comment by Flo — January 12, 2011 @ 11:43

  22. Sorry I am late to the party Karyn, but the “humping the floor” graphic was awesome. I think you could add several options to that for squats, planks, and warrior pose. Hilarious…

    Comment by Mike Russell — January 12, 2011 @ 12:17

  23. The colder temps are definitely making my morning runs slower! Plus the snow always slows me down too! I think its a great idea to go for a course PR at Boston! Just run it and have fun!

    Comment by J — January 12, 2011 @ 12:44

  24. Wow that’s a long run! And I love making tortilla pizzas. I can’t believe I’ve used 6 of the 8 in my current tortilla package to make sandwich wraps. Pizza is next.

    Comment by Jess — January 12, 2011 @ 14:15

  25. I love wheat beer. It’s the girliest of all beers. Hope you are having a fun storm day and still have your electricity.

    Comment by Chelsea — January 12, 2011 @ 16:02

  26. I can’t get over the crazy weather you guys are having! I hope you are staying warm over there, via blankets and sweaters and not just beer! 🙂

    Comment by Ameena — January 12, 2011 @ 19:49

  27. how did the snow storm go for you? the roads are finally starting to melt down here in sc… they were seriously like a skating rink. of course, my job refuses to close! heaven forbid we get a day off for snow and ice. i’m whining. we did get some “late arrivals” at least.

    Comment by lindsay — January 12, 2011 @ 20:31

  28. I tagged you in a post today.

    Comment by Chelsea — January 13, 2011 @ 06:42

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