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Gaining Back Speed

by Meghann on November 24, 2009

I am running a half marathon on Sunday…..I keep forgetting that.

Maybe its the fact that the race takes place the Sunday after Thanksgiving or the fact that I have been focusing on my marathon training goals, but the race keeps slipping my mind. Which is a shame because I am actually very excited for this one!

I LOVE half marathons! I think they are my favorite race distance because they are are short enough to focus on speed, but long enough to have the endurance and distance elements built in which tend to be my strengths.

On Sunday I will be running the Space Coast Half Marathon.

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I am VERY excited about this race and have heard a lot of good things about it. The course is unfortunately an out and back, but the whole course is waterfront. It is suppose to be breathtaking to run next to. 🙂

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I ran my first half marathon almost a year ago with a finish time of 2:06:18 (recap here) and my second back in February with a PR of 1:58:56 (recap here). On Sunday I am aiming to finish just under 2 hours.

As I have been focusing on distance and endurance in my marathon training, my speed work has been seriously lacking. This week I plan to change that and refocus on speed in preparation for Sunday.

This morning I reminded my body what it was like to go fast again with a 5 mile run that included 4x 800SI ( 4 Half Mile Speed Intervals).

My speed intervals weren’t very fast – an average pace of 7:30 per interval – but with absolutely no speed work in almost two months, I am not surprised one bit. I am going to continue to work on my speed over the next couple of days in hopes of waking my legs up a bit and reminding them what they do best – go fast!

After my run I was really in the mood for waffles. 🙂

Did you know I have three different types of waffle mixes in my cabinet?

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It was a new discovery on my side as well. I didn’t have any milk and was looking for a mix that would make fabulous waffles without the addition of milk. All three presented the option of water in place of milk, but in the end I chose the pumpkin mix in the spirit of the season. 😉

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While prepping the mix I was really digging these measuring cups from my Bertolli Foodbuzz Swag Bag.

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I can not for the life of me remember who makes them, but I love how the handles of the cups become measuring spoons.

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An extra measuring spoon is just one less item I would have to clean in the end. 😉

As you  may or may not know I am severely pancake challenged. I burn them & make big messes trying to flip them, but waffles are easy. With a waffle maker you are guaranteed a perfect waffle every time! Well… as long as you don’t ignore the light.

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And trust me, my waffle maker is nothing fancy! I bought mine for $10 with a Wal-Mart gift card my freshmen year of college and its still alive kicking over 6 years later. 🙂

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For my waffle topping I chopped up the other half of my pear from yesterday’s breakfast and heated it up in the microwave with the last of a jar of Pumpkin Butter.

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This jar of pumpkin butter didn’t last very long at all. Good thing there is another one waiting for me in the cabinet. 😉

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Final presentation with a sprinkle of flax seed on top.

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Delicious!

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My breakfast was amazing, but now its time to get to work!

Don’t forget to keep the votes coming for the Sam-e Good Mood Gig. Remember, you can vote once a day per IP address. Of course I have also discovered if you have a computer with Chrome, Explorer, and Firefox on it then you can vote from each of those on your computer.

Sooo close to 400 votes! Lets make it happen! 🙂

1 Sarah (from See Sarah Eat) November 24, 2009 at 10:27 am

Yummy waffles! Hope you have a great day and good luck this weekend 🙂

2 Brie (The Fit Bride) November 24, 2009 at 10:28 am

I actually love out-and-back courses. I focus on the leaders running and I cheer for them as they run by–I like being able to watch the race while running it! My first half is in April–I can’t wait!

3 greensandjeans November 24, 2009 at 10:37 am

pumpkin topped with pumpkin? sign me up!

4 megan November 24, 2009 at 10:47 am

I actually like out and back courses as well. It makes me feel good on the way back to see the places I’ve already run by. like an old friend 🙂

Waffles look great!

5 MelissaNibbles November 24, 2009 at 10:50 am

You run the coolest races! I wish I lived in Florida!

6 Katie November 24, 2009 at 10:52 am

Good luck! Sounds like a pretty race at least. I prefer point to points, but they can be hard to find.

I LOVE waffles they are just crunchier then a pancake 😉

Good for you with the speed workout! Looks good to me.

7 DiningAndDishing November 24, 2009 at 10:58 am

A waffle maker actually sounds like a great idea!! I am a huge fan of pancakes but they are quite time consuming. Perhaps I’ll add one to my Christmas wish list :O)

– Beth @ http://www.DiningAndDishing.com

8 Vanessa (Last Night's Leftovers) November 24, 2009 at 10:59 am

I love those measuring cups! Would love to get my hand on some. Time to start hunting 😀

9 Shannon (The Daily Balance) November 24, 2009 at 10:59 am

omg MOUTH-WATERING!

10 eaternotarunner November 24, 2009 at 11:00 am

That looks like such a great half marathon to run….good luck!

11 Erin November 24, 2009 at 11:01 am

That looks delicious! Gotta love TJ’s pumpkin products! 😀

12 RhodeyGirlTests November 24, 2009 at 11:08 am

So you are running all week even with speedwork although you have a race on Sunday? No tapering? I think I need to read up on running more so I can understand everything better!

Also, your waffles look amazing.

13 brandi November 24, 2009 at 11:08 am

what a great breakfast! I love pancakes/ waffles. we don’t make waffles as often, but we should! I just hate getting our waffle maker down.

14 Matt November 24, 2009 at 11:14 am

I love waffles 🙂

15 Julie @ Wearing Mascara November 24, 2009 at 11:16 am

Good luck on the half!!!! I am thinking about signing up for my FIRST half in May 🙂

16 Erin November 24, 2009 at 11:22 am

As a girl who runs a 12min mile, 7:30 is unthinkable for me right now!! That’s awesome 🙂

So are those pancakes!!

17 Haleigh November 24, 2009 at 11:30 am

Pumpkin waffles sound divine! I purchased a pumpkin waffle mix from Target the other day but I am saving it to be enjoyed THanksgiving morning 🙂

Good luck with the speed training this week!

18 Lauren November 24, 2009 at 11:41 am

I love half marathons too! I actually miss them right now. Good luck on Sunday-you will do great! Tthose waffles look awesome!

19 Jenna November 24, 2009 at 11:44 am

mmm pancake waffles look delish!
jenna

20 Anne Marie@ New Weigh of Life November 24, 2009 at 11:44 am

Good luck at the half marathon!

21 Lyss November 24, 2009 at 11:48 am

yayyy i was just 4,000!

22 krittie November 24, 2009 at 12:10 pm

LOVE Pumpkin Butter, I use the same kind and always have a bak-up handy 🙂

23 Kristen November 24, 2009 at 12:13 pm

Wow didn’t know you were space coast 🙂 I grew up in Rockledge and went to Cocoa Beach HS

24 Courtney November 24, 2009 at 12:14 pm

If you figure out who makes those measuring cups please please please post because I would love those! How handy can it get!!

Courtney
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25 Lee November 24, 2009 at 12:30 pm

I did an out and back half last month and actually liked it.

Do you know what place you are in for the Sam-E thing?

26 Evan Thomas November 24, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Good luck with the half! I need a waffle iron for my dorm. is that even legal? Haha

27 Sarah November 24, 2009 at 1:25 pm

BIG fan of pumpkin waffles 🙂 I’ve seen that mix at TJ’s, I’m glad it’s good!

28 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) November 24, 2009 at 1:28 pm

Good luck with your half! I love making and eating waffles. The recipe i like best uses a lot of butter and makes the waffles taste super buttery – they just need fruit or syrup to taste FAB!

29 kbwood November 24, 2009 at 1:34 pm

ooo those waffles lookin GOOD!! i love waffles! you are going to dominate that half!

30 Christine November 24, 2009 at 1:55 pm

Mmmm.. Those look yummy. I think Santa might have to bring me a waffle maker for Christmas.

31 Ali November 24, 2009 at 2:32 pm

Those looks so yummy!!!!! Good Luck with your race!

32 girltweetseats November 24, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Meghann you need to come and cook me for! Those waffles look DEVINE!
Best of luck with the half, and I’ll keep voting for you -loved the video 🙂

33 luckytastebuds November 24, 2009 at 3:16 pm

This might be the weirdest thank you ever, but THANK YOU for featuring your waffle maker!! After I saw your pumpkin waffles, I put waffle maker on my own X’mas list, but I was SO going to buy a fancy one because that’s what i thought produced your waffles. hahaha SO good to know it was a budget buy Meghann! PHEW! 🙂

Good luck on your next half marathon! Thanks to your inspiration, my bf and i are going to sign up for our first 5k ever! 😛

34 janetha November 24, 2009 at 4:10 pm

haha no, i in fact did not know you had 3 types of mix. so glad i do now! haha i love your face. the waffles look banging. and good luck on your run! not that you need luck, but ya know 😉 xo

35 kristin November 24, 2009 at 4:24 pm

yah for pumpkin waffles! 🙂

36 Amy November 24, 2009 at 5:59 pm

I absolutely adore pacakes and waffles! They’re my FAV weekend treat! Packed with flax and other good stuff, of course! 🙂

37 Kate November 24, 2009 at 6:04 pm

Out and backs aren’t too bad unless they’re boring! Good luck for the half- I suspect you will ROCK it and come in waaay sub 2)

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