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16 Halloween Miles

by Meghann on October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween Everyone!

Its so strange to have Halloween fall on a Saturday this year. I believe Halloween works best on Friday nights. That way you get to join in the Halloween spirit at work/ school and continue it into the evening. ๐Ÿ˜‰

My Halloween began this year with an early morning 16 mile run with my sister and her friend Jenny. We have plans to celebrate Halloween tonight and decided to switch our long run days this week in order to enjoy the festivities and not have to worry about an early morning wake up call the day after.

Before I headed out I made myself an Almond Butter, Pumpkin Butter, & Dark Chocolate Chip Sandwich.

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This is officially my new favorite pre-run snack. It’s filling and chock full of protein, carbs and sugars to push me through.

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I met Kelly and Jenny at their apartment complex and we headed out for a nice 16 mile loop in the surrounding area. We kept a steady pace of about 10:30 per mile and went nice and easy. This was Jenny’s first time doing a big loop and she did great stepping outside of her comfort zone.

At the half way point we stopped at a Publix to refill our water packs and use the restrooms. I was able to get a good stretch and refueled with 3 Strawberry Clif Shot Blocks.

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After stopping the second half of the run seemed harder and longer than the first. I’m really not sure how much I enjoy taking such long breaks in long runs, but I know some people need them.

Towards the end of the run Kelly and I were getting the ‘we just want this run to be over’ mentality and pulled ahead of Jenny. I believe out last mile split was faster than any mile before it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

We overestimated the distance and ended up stopping at 16 miles, but still had to walk another 3/4 miles back to the apartment. The extra walking was a great cool down that loosened my legs up and got my heart rate down.

Congrats to Kelly who earned a new PDR this morning!

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As predicted I was ready to eat my arm off when the run was over. Good thing I had planned ahead and had a few Nature Valley Nut Clusters to hold me over on the drive home.

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When I made it back to the apartment I immediately got to work prepping breakfast in the kitchen. I was hangry!

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I hope Paul didn’t mind I may have been enjoying a distant cousin of his for breakfast. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’ve seen Pumpkin Smoothies popping up on a few blogs and couldn’t wait to try one for myself.

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For my smoothie the following mix went into the blender:

  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup Fat Free Milk
  • 1 Oikos Honey Greek Yogurt
  • 1 t Pumpkin Spice
  • 1 t Cinnamon
  • 2 t Sugar
  • Ice

Yum! It tasted just like a pumpkin milkshake. I will need to make this again in the near future.

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With the smoothie I had a Vegan Pumpkin Raisin Scone.

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Pumpkin Butter was a must.

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Mmmm… scrumptious!

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Those 16 miles wore me out! I think a low key day is in order followed by a crazy night. I love Halloween!

What are your plans for the day/ night? Are you going to dress up as anything special?

Remember to get your VOTES in through the weekend!

1 Matt October 31, 2009 at 12:53 pm

My plans involve going to a party and eating a lot of candy ๐Ÿ˜‰

2 joelygolightly October 31, 2009 at 1:00 pm

I love your pumpkin themed breakkie.. I’m not a big smoothie person at ALL, but that pumpkin one looks like it would hit the spot. Def resembles a milkshake to me, which are always good!
-Joelle (The Pancake Girl)
( http://www.joelygolightly.wordpress.com )

3 Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) October 31, 2009 at 1:08 pm

I love the pumpkin smoothie! I bet it’s delicious!

My plans for tonight include me dressing as Harry Potter nerdily enough. I am slightly nervous about going to a halloween party in that outfit but whatever!

Have fun tonight!

4 VeggieGirl October 31, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Please view my latest blog video for Halloween information ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hope that YOU have a stellar time tonight!

5 Erica October 31, 2009 at 1:14 pm

Great job on the run! What a way to start the day!!! Love the pumpkin smoothie- I need to try making one of these bad boys!

We’re headed out to a late lunch for my dad’s birthday and then handing out candy. Can’t wait

6 carolinebee October 31, 2009 at 1:33 pm

haha i just caught up on your last 3 posts andddd, you are definitely gonna turn orange in the near future ;D Have a great Halloween lovely!!!

7 Brie (The Fit Bride) October 31, 2009 at 1:35 pm

No Halloween partying for me–I’ve got an 8K in the morning! Now that’s scary!

8 Jenna October 31, 2009 at 3:39 pm

wow that pumpkin smoothie looks great!
jenna

9 Evan Thomas October 31, 2009 at 3:59 pm

Great job on the run! Everything about your eats looks so deliciously pumpkiny!

10 Kimberly Lee October 31, 2009 at 4:43 pm

My sister-in-law and I are hosting a Halloween party for all the kids in our neighborhood. We’ll have a hayride, trick or treating, and a cookout. I’ve prepared goblin cheese balls and pumpkin cheesecake to take. Since I’m pregnant this year, I am dressing up as “bun in the oven” and hubby is going to be a baker.

11 caitlin October 31, 2009 at 5:34 pm

i love your breakfast AND I AM SOOOOOOOOOOOOO EXCITED TO SEE YOUR FACE TONIGHT

12 Jessica October 31, 2009 at 6:05 pm

the pumpkin shake looks amazing.

13 Haleigh October 31, 2009 at 6:23 pm

Lovin’ all the pumpkin goodness in this post ๐Ÿ˜‰

14 Niki October 31, 2009 at 6:25 pm

Great job on the 16 miles girl!! My plans for tonight are low key, just handing out candy!

15 Erin October 31, 2009 at 7:03 pm

So many pumpkiny things! I think I need to get some sandwich bread to try that pre run snack soon! Congrats on the run!

I’m going as a 70’s housewife to a party tonight, complete with feathered hair!!

16 Bridget October 31, 2009 at 8:48 pm

Yay Halloween!! I was a flapper last night, so fun. Nothing tonight…we’re staying in and handing out candy ๐Ÿ™‚ Nice run this morning…your runs always make me want to run, so thank you haha.

17 Whole Body Love November 1, 2009 at 1:16 am

Your blog has made me even more of a Pumpkin Lover! Yum.

18 Casey Leigh November 2, 2009 at 2:28 pm

Looks yummy! Do you use canned pumpkin? What brand?

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