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Up in the Air

by Meghann on December 6, 2009

It is truly amazing what a person can accomplish in one day.

As I begin to type this post its nearly 2:00 pm EST and I am currently 30,000 feet in the air flying some where over the southeast. I am officially on my way to St. Louis, but just this morning I was running 18 miles around the Winter Park neighborhood and tonight I will be setting up out booth for work. Crazy, right?

Just before 6:00 am I met with a local Orlando Runner’s Club (ORC) runner who is training for Disney as well. She had sent an e-mail earlier this week pleading for a 20 miler partner. My sister had injured her self after last week’s half (Don’t worry she is fine, just needs to rest her legs) leaving myself partnerless as well. The stars aligned and I agreed to meet her for my 18 and her 20.

Before I headed out the door I made my traditional long run meal of an Arnold’s Thin with Almond Butter, Pear Butter, and Raisins.

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When I met up with Lisa it was very dark and cold. Very, very cold. Brrrr…

We set out on our first 6 mile loop with ease. We held a steady sub 9:00 minute pace and got to know each other. There is no better way to learn a person’s life story than heading out on a long run with them. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Mid-way through we both realized we had no clue where to turn next. Luckily, we passed a fellow runner’s house who just happened to have his lights on. We could see him through the windows and knew he would help us find the way. We stopped and he was happy to guide us back. I swear ORC runners are just awesome!

Back at the cars we re-fueled – I had some gatorade – and the two of us joined the large ORC group that meets at 7:00am for the usual 10 mile loop.

The plan was to do the 10 miles and then I would do an extra two after that. Turns out we lost the group and Lisa and I got lost again. We turned the 10 mile loop into a 12 mile. Ooops! My Garmin beeped 18 miles just as my car was in eye sight. Perfect!

Running with Lisa was awesome. We talked the entire way and were able to keep great pace. I finished the 18 miles just shy of 2:50:00! Wooppeee!

My run may have been relaxing, but after that my morning was rush, rush, rush.

I had exactly 1 hour from the time I walked in my apartment door to shower, prepare breakfast, eat, and finish packing. Oy vey!

Breakfast was quick, but delicious.

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I had two eggs in a basket.

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And an entire Mango with Plain Oikos and Granola.

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Mangos are so cheap right now at Publix. Yum!

Thanks to my lovely time management skills I was able to leave my apartment at 10:30am on the dot. I reached Caitlin’s with time to spare and she happily drove me to the airport. God bless great friends who live close to the airport and don’t mind driving you there, no matter how many times you fly a year. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Love you Caitlin!!! You’re the Best!

Luckily, the airport was pretty uneventful but my early morning was catching up with me. I stopped at Starbucks a caffeine jolt in the form of a Joy Tea Non-Fat Misto.

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I saw the holiday Joy tea on display and had to try it. I was hoping for a peppermint tea, but instead found myself drinking more of a ginger tea. It was very tasty and woke me up.

Once on the plane I dug into my prepared lunch of Cold Roasted Veggies from last night’s dinner.

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I love eating cold veggies, but I immediately regretted the decision when I opened the tupperware and the scent of the veggies filled the air. I hope my neighbors weren’t too upset with my smelly, tasty meal. ๐Ÿ˜‰

For dessert I had a discarded Gingerbread Man that Caitlin claimed was not pretty enough to ice.

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Pretty or not, he still tasted good to me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

My 18 mile run is finally catching up to me. My legs are not enjoying sitting still and are causing me alot of discomfort and pain. Hopping on a plane immediately following a long run probably wasn’t the smartest decision I’ve ever made, but I didn’t have a choice. ๐Ÿ™

I am now an hour into the flight and already can’t wait to land. When I hit publish on this you will know I made it to St. Louis safely. Until then, I better catch up on some trash mag reading.

See ya tonight!

EDITED TO ADD:

As soon as we landed in St. Louis it was non-stop working.

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We set up our booth for the tradeshow.

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I snacked on an Pear.

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And we had dinner.

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Wine was needed at this point

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Salad

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St. Louis Style Pizza with Mushrooms and Onions

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Sooo good. The crust was thin as air. After eating what felt like nothing all day, I helped myself to multiple servings.

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Now, I am ready for bed. It is going to be an exhausting next couple of days.

Wish me luck!

1 Jenna December 6, 2009 at 10:52 pm

sounds like an exhausting day girl but a fun one!
jenna

2 karla December 6, 2009 at 11:06 pm

glad you made it here safely! what a busy day!

3 Meg C. December 6, 2009 at 11:06 pm

wow i’m impressed you were able to fly after that long run – i would have been in so much pain sitting in those tiny seats !

4 lauren (athlEAT) December 6, 2009 at 11:10 pm

congrats on a great 18 miler!

5 Melissa S. December 6, 2009 at 11:14 pm

great job with the 18 miler! i so envy you…i can’t get past 13.1! need to fix that…

hope the next few days go smoothly!

6 Julie @ Wearing Mascara December 6, 2009 at 11:15 pm

Wow! What a busy and yet successful day. Hope your trip continues to be satisfying. Also, congrats on the run!

7 traveleatlove December 6, 2009 at 11:35 pm

Congrats on the run and good luck! Just finished our biggest trade show of the year and glad we have only smaller ones until next year!

8 Karla December 6, 2009 at 11:51 pm

Wow! You had a busy day!! Have fun in St. Louis!

9 JW December 6, 2009 at 11:52 pm

Glad you landed safely. You probably mentioned it earlier, but why are you in St Louis? I’m guessing for work maybe?

10 Jordan December 7, 2009 at 12:01 am

My husband is on an ‘eggs in a basket’ kick since our annual viewing of V for Vendetta, and he discovered that Cracker Barrel has them on their menu. I need to learn how to make them.

I bet that trade show/conference would be interesting. I’m going back to school to be a teacher!

11 blueberrymuffins December 7, 2009 at 12:58 am

Wow you are a busy gal!

12 bobbi December 7, 2009 at 1:01 am

So glad you landed safe! Yes I know what you mean about
sitting on a plane right after a run, I sat in a car for 3 hours after my race today and my legs HATED me for it!!!

I so wanted you in the race today, I have decided it is way more fun running with someone!!!!

13 Christy December 7, 2009 at 1:02 am

Wow, what a day. It IS amazing how much someone can get done ๐Ÿ™‚

14 greensandjeans December 7, 2009 at 1:08 am

sitting on a plane after that major run would totally wipe me out! you’re a star!

15 Lisa (bakebikeblog) December 7, 2009 at 1:21 am

Wow what a busy day indeed! Congrats on the run – hope your muscles feel a bit better soon ๐Ÿ™‚

16 cookingincambridge December 7, 2009 at 2:59 am

I do that with the veggies too!!! Actually, I just got home from London (arrived last night), and all I can think is: grocery stores open SOON I need veggies! haha ๐Ÿ˜‰

17 Catherine December 7, 2009 at 4:06 am

compression socks might help your legs on a long flight, especially after a long run.

18 Tamzin December 7, 2009 at 6:28 am

What a great run, morning runs are the best! I know what you mean about smelly food that always happens to me! Have fun x x

19 M December 7, 2009 at 6:52 am

That is SO fast for 18 miles (qualified only because I know you can run, say, 5 miles at a faster speed). Really impressive that you can keep that out, especially outside!

What are your thoughts on the “rule” that your long-run pace should be super slow relative to your race pace? It makes me feel really uncomfortable to do my long runs at a much slower pace — because it’s just so much easier. How do i know that, when it comes time to race, I’ll be able to go a minute/mile faster, never mind for an additional 6 miles!

Anyone else have thoughts on this? I’ve heard it’s a good idea to incorporate marathon pace into the second half of your long run, but i’ve also heard that your long run should be 60-90 sec slower per mile than your intended race pace.

20 lessonstolearn December 7, 2009 at 7:34 am

My head is spinning reading about your packed weekend. It all looked fun, but you must be exhausted! Hope the conference goes well!

21 Morgan @ Life After Bagels December 7, 2009 at 7:39 am

I usually have an all or nothing day like that – either all jam packed, or all lying on the couch . . . must be our foolish generation to fill our days like that! Good job though and enjoy your work trip!

22 Molly @vegandorm December 7, 2009 at 8:23 am

oh lord…i so miss st. louis style pizza! if you get the chance to try fortel’s, don’t miss it!

23 Kara December 7, 2009 at 9:01 am

Busy, busy! Hope you get some time to relax!

24 Laura Georgina December 7, 2009 at 9:09 am

You are the time management QUEEN! I think you should hold TM Bootcamp for those of us that dawdle and waste precious morning minutes ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy St. Louis….

25 rebecca lustig December 7, 2009 at 9:13 am

Wow, talk about productivity, hehe ๐Ÿ™‚

Good luck with that Disney Race– I think it’s wonderful and only wish I could partake in such an event.

Also, I just had memories of eating eggs in a basket when I was younger– good times.

Good luck today!
bec xo

26 Anna December 7, 2009 at 9:27 am

Congrats on the run! Awesome!

Haha…I hate eating smelly foods on airplanes. I brought a TUNA FISH sandwich on a flight a few months back…I honestly don’t know what I was thinking. I was mortified…but starving, so I had to open it!!

Good luck with the next few days!

27 meyergirl December 7, 2009 at 9:45 am

Have fun in St. Louis. Make sure you check out the arch if you’ve never been. ๐Ÿ™‚

28 Erin December 7, 2009 at 9:49 am

Wow, busy busy busy.

29 Sarah (from See Sarah Eat) December 7, 2009 at 9:58 am

Hope you were able to get some sleep! Good luck with the rest of your trip ๐Ÿ™‚

30 madisonruns December 7, 2009 at 11:40 am

Congrats on the 18 miler!

31 Anne Marie@ New Weigh of Life December 7, 2009 at 12:20 pm

Good luck in St. Louis!

32 Evan Thomas December 7, 2009 at 12:32 pm

Wow you fit a lot in that day! good luck with everything

33 iga December 7, 2009 at 12:35 pm

welcome to st. louis Meghann!! good luck with the conference & i look forward to meeting you in person ๐Ÿ™‚

34 DiningAndDishing December 7, 2009 at 12:53 pm

make sure you indulge in lots of good Italian food while in St. Louis – amazing!!

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

35 Courtney December 7, 2009 at 12:57 pm

You make running 18 miles look like walk in the PARK! GO BABE! ๐Ÿ˜€ Hope those legs are nice and loosened up now :]

36 Katie December 7, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Good for you for being so motivated! Hope this week is a good one for you!

37 goodtastehealthyme December 7, 2009 at 1:47 pm

Tradeshow season can be rough! Last year I went so often and it was tough living out of a suitcase for almost two months! They can also be so fun though. I love seeing new places. Good luck!

38 Lauren December 7, 2009 at 3:04 pm

What a crazy day. I’m impressed you squeezed it all in with time to blog! That is insane. Good luck!

39 carolinebee December 7, 2009 at 3:18 pm

OMGG you are craaazayyyyy ;D In a good way!! Good luck!

40 Wendy December 7, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Welcome to St Louis!

What kind of work do you do? I’m working on my teacher certification, and your booth looks interesting.

41 RhodeyGirlTests December 7, 2009 at 3:43 pm

great run and good luck!

42 rungirlrunn December 7, 2009 at 6:06 pm

Congrats on the 18 miler!

43 Alyssa December 7, 2009 at 7:02 pm

Good luck! Sorry if you’ve mentioned this or can’t say, but what is the work conference for? Looks like a fun/busy time ๐Ÿ™‚

44 Amanda @ Cakes and Ale December 7, 2009 at 7:48 pm

18mi + plane ride? You’re a warrior!

Funny about the veg… I did that the other day and grossed out my coworkers. I think the brussel sprouts are just particularly stinky!

45 Brittany December 7, 2009 at 8:16 pm

Yes- now I have someone to commiserate with about the educational conferences. I hope it goes well. ๐Ÿ™‚

I love that you took roasted veggies on the plane for lunch!!

46 Naomi (onefitfoodie) December 7, 2009 at 8:48 pm

18 miles?! amazing! youa re quite an inspiration, girl ๐Ÿ™‚

eggs in a basket-I call them eggs in a window haha either way they are deeeelicious right ๐Ÿ™‚

i love cold roasted veggies they are still packed with so much flavor!!

47 Hethir December 7, 2009 at 8:55 pm

18 miles then off to the airport. Incredible. That is so cool. One of the reasons I love running so much is that it can make a normal day into an amazing day. Have fun on your trip!

48 Katie December 7, 2009 at 9:25 pm

Good luck!

Great lookin eggs in a basket!

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49 Josh December 7, 2009 at 9:37 pm

your blog has a new mobile version that is working very well. Have Kelly show you on her phone.

50 Erin @ Big Girl Eats December 7, 2009 at 9:54 pm

Congrats on 18 miles and good luck with the traveling!

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