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Long Run Preparation

by Meghann on December 18, 2009

My marathon training comes to a climatic peak tomorrow morning when at 6:00 am I plan to conquer the elusive 20 miler that has been staring at me since day one.

20 miles? Is it really that time already?!?! Ughh…

Come one Meghann! You can do this!!

At least those 20 miles looming over my head is as good excuse as ever to spend my Friday night sitting on the couch in my underwear watching Fa-la-la-la Lifetime and stuffing my face with delicious food.

Carb loading, right? πŸ˜‰

I had a mini bag of kettle corn before leaving work.


Nom Nom Nom

I was at a loss on what to make for dinner.

In the spirit of carb loading my mind immediately went to a pasta or rice based dish, but both weren’t appealing to me at all. Instead I took some inspiration from one of my favorite bloggers and experimented with a recipe I have been meaning to try for a while.


Mama Pea’s Pumpkin Spiced Chickpeas


I can see what all the fuss is about – these chickpeas were great! They were slightly sweet, but not terribly overwelming. I bet they would pair well with some butternut or acorn squash. πŸ™‚

Steamed Green Beans


And last, but not least, the CARBS


Roasted potato simply seasoned with a grilling season and paired with ketchup for dipping. πŸ™‚

For dessert, a serving of peppermint ice cream topped with chocolate covered graham cracker, and some chocolate/peppermint/M&M pretzels.


I also made some a panful of Pumpkin Coconut Chocolate Chip Bars for a Christmas party I am attending tomorrow night.


I’ll have to try one tomorrow to make sure they came out right. Let’s cross your fingers!

Still can’t believe I’m running 20 miles tomorrow morning!

I have strict orders to meet my sister at her apartment at 6:00am to get our run on.


I guess that means I better go to bed now.

Good night!!

1 mags December 18, 2009 at 9:46 pm

good luck!!

2 Stephanie December 18, 2009 at 10:04 pm

BEST of luck on your long run tomorrow! I am training for my 1st half and the 9.5 is looming big for me tomorrow morning!!!
I love your blog and it has been such and inspiration for me!

My little Peaches says hello to Maddie! I hope she is excited for her 1st Christmas!
Merry Christmas to you and your whole Family!!!

3 Sara December 18, 2009 at 10:06 pm

I am also training for disney and tomorrow I plan to conquer my longest run of 21 miles. I will think of you on my run to get pumped up!! we can do this!!!
Good luck to you and kelly!!

4 amanda @ fake ginger December 18, 2009 at 10:11 pm

Good luck tomorrow!

5 Nicci@NE December 18, 2009 at 10:33 pm

Have a great run tomorrow, the chickpeas look delicious.

6 Lily @ Lily's Health Pad December 18, 2009 at 10:45 pm

Whoo hoo! Good luck with the 20 miles!

7 Erin December 18, 2009 at 11:28 pm

Good luck on your run — I so admire people who can run that far! It’s too cold here to get outside this weekend, unfortunately. We’re supposed to get a foot of snow tomorrow! πŸ˜€

8 Mama Pea December 19, 2009 at 12:00 am

Yay for P-spiced Chickpeas!!! I love how your pre-long run fuel is my everyday eats πŸ™‚ Have a good night!

9 greensandjeans December 19, 2009 at 12:25 am

Good luck tomorrow Meghann! You def got some good fuel in you, you are going to rock it!

10 jenna December 19, 2009 at 12:48 am

Yummy desserts! Good luck:)

11 Christy December 19, 2009 at 1:08 am

Chocolate covered graham crackers… Ooo la la! πŸ˜‰ Good luck tomorrow! I’m sure it’ll be awesome!

12 Brittany December 19, 2009 at 1:16 am

Best of luck tomorrow morning!!

The new header is awesome, btw.

13 Chelsea December 19, 2009 at 1:28 am

You can totally do it! Make sure to drink water and take fuel for your run! (Gu, Shot Blox, etc)

14 Hangry Pants December 19, 2009 at 1:32 am

I like the new name idea and the new layout. Good luck with the long run. πŸ™‚

15 Ashley December 19, 2009 at 1:35 am

I’m going to have to make chocolate-covered graham crackers soon…those look delicious! Good luck with your run!

16 CalliNae December 19, 2009 at 1:38 am

GOOD LUCK with your run! Of course you’ll do amazing πŸ™‚ Man, I LOVE reading about when people just overcome these new running hurdles… makes me think maybe I could do a full one day also!

So good luck.

And enjoy some choco-covered pretzels for me. They’re my fav πŸ˜‰

17 Jenn (eating bender) December 19, 2009 at 1:38 am

Love your new name! At first when I saw “running, eating & living in the real world” pop up in my Google Reader I had no idea who it was or how it got in there πŸ™‚ I should have realized that with a title post like “Long Run Preparation,” it had to be Miss Meghann!

The chickpeas and pumpkin bars both look scrumptious. Have a great night!

18 Lizzy December 19, 2009 at 3:07 am
19 Caroline December 19, 2009 at 7:50 am

You are a brave one for conquering 20 miles! Again! Hey, by commenting I finally found your search bar! As you work on the blog you should find away to move it closer to the top of the page. I want to read about when you first got Maddie, just having adopted a JR this week myself!

20 MelissaNibbles December 19, 2009 at 9:20 am

Rock that run girl.

21 skinnyrunner December 19, 2009 at 9:34 am

good luck w your run!

22 Karla December 19, 2009 at 10:41 am

I’ve been seeing those chickpeas all over blogs but for some reasons sweet chickpeas doesn’t really catch my attention…

Have a great run!

23 Kristine December 19, 2009 at 10:59 am

I want me some chickpeas! πŸ˜‰ Hope you are surviving your 20-mile run! You are a machine!

24 Evan Thomas December 19, 2009 at 11:04 am

I’m so behind; hope your 20 are or did go great!

25 RunToTheFinish December 19, 2009 at 11:59 am

always crazy when the final bigun’ creeps up on you. i bet it went great!

26 Molly December 19, 2009 at 12:44 pm

mmm love me some chicpeas and I have been looking for a recipe like this! Im envious of your 20 mile endeavor, Im still working up to that! Good luck πŸ™‚

27 Shannon (The Daily Balance) December 19, 2009 at 1:46 pm

awesome dinner – and of course I love the dessert!


28 Naomi(onefitfoodie) December 19, 2009 at 3:05 pm

lovin’ those pretzels girl! I hope you liked everything!! good luck on your run!!

29 kandkfood December 19, 2009 at 4:04 pm

Good luck!! You will do great!!

30 strawberrysuitcase December 19, 2009 at 4:34 pm

20 miles you got it! have fun

31 Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen December 19, 2009 at 6:15 pm

Running with your knee like that definitely makes you a badass πŸ™‚

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