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A Little Tweaking

by Meghann on February 5, 2010

With my impending travel plans I knew getting any decent training runs in this weekend would be tough. Instead of setting unrealistic expectations on when I could get runs in I tweaked my training schedule a tad to accommodate my trip.

My original plan


After a little tweaking

 newweekend copy

I put a hold on my 16-18 mile run that was originally scheduled for Sunday until next weekend. I also moved my easy day that was planned for today to tomorrow when I know I will have no chance at all to get a run in. Sunday I’ve registered for the NYRR Gridiron 4 Miler which I plan to run at a fun pace and happens to fit in perfectly with my revised plan. πŸ™‚

I knew I still wanted to get a double digit run this weekend which is why I set my alarm extra early this morning to get a 10 miler in.

The 10 miles I ran this morning was actually the longest distance I have ever attempted to run before work. I only gave myself an hour and half to complete all 10 miles and putting the time constraint on the run was BIG encouragement to run faster. I came in under goal with an average 9:07 per mile pace. πŸ™‚

After my shower the only thing I had time to prepare before work was a BIG bowl of cereal.



The big dollop of almond  butter, extra granola, and extra yogurt made this bowl extra filling this morning. It was just what I needed after my long run.


Last Day of Q&A…

Question: What was the hardest part about when you started running?


Learning to breathe properly was very difficult for me when I started running.

I used to gasp for air on my runs. I would run with my mouth open and it would make me feel tired and weak. Over time I have taught myself to run with my mouth shut and breathe through my nose. I also had to learn to slow my breathing down so I was breathing on tempo with my feet hitting the payment.

Its sounds strange, but I had put a lot of effort into breathing properly and I think over time it has made a huge difference in my endurance and how I run.

Question Will Maddie ever get to meet Chooey?

I hope so!!! πŸ˜‰ Is Chooey planning to visit anytime soon?!?!?

Question This is totally random but what is your opinion on online dating?

Hmmm… that is random.

I’ve never tried online dating, but I know its worked for tons of people out there. πŸ™‚

Question: How do you make long distance work?

I think having this blog helps. πŸ™‚ I know Derek looks forward to reading it every day and its his way of knowing what is going on if we don’t happen to touch base that day.

We also live and breathe by g-chat. I am HORRIBLE at talking on the phone. I really don’t understand how people have phone conversations that last for hours at a time. I love to multitask and often find myself distracted or doing other things when I’m on the phone. It is much easier for me to talk via g-chat or video chat.

We also make it a point to see each other every weekend and take turns doing what the other likes to do. I think being away from each other so much makes the time we are together that much more special.

1 Anna February 5, 2010 at 10:30 am

Putting a time constraint on yourself like that sure is a good way to get you to run fast!!!

Have a great weekend! Looks like it’s off to a great start πŸ™‚

2 megan February 5, 2010 at 10:35 am

my husband and I had a long distance relationsip the whole time we were dating and engaged. neither of us likes the phone all that much either. we would talk every night, sometimes for just a few minutes, sometimes longer, but we would email and text a lot during the day.

3 Raya February 5, 2010 at 10:35 am

Wow, ten miles!!! And on a weekday no less, great job!!! I am a newer runner and breathing is my biggest obstacle right now too. My legs are not tired but I am super out of breath. Oh well, lots of room for improvement right!!

4 Annie (Running with Forks and Spoons) February 5, 2010 at 10:38 am

I completely agree that being away from your significant other makes your time together so much nicer. My boyfriend and I did long distance for a while, and I actually think it strengthened our relationship.
I have never heard of breathing solely out of your nose. I usually try to breathe in through my nose and out through my mouth like I do during yoga or pilates. Maybe I will try your method!

5 M February 5, 2010 at 10:40 am

I ran 14 before work one time. I was on top of the world all day!
How did you determine your goal pace for this run? So speedy for an ‘easy’ pace! Great job.

6 Meghann February 5, 2010 at 10:50 am

I kind of cheated on this run. I could afford an easy pace so I actually just went with the pace I knew would ge tme home in under an hour and a half. Shhh…. don’t tell anyone. πŸ˜‰ lol

7 Danielle February 5, 2010 at 10:42 am

Congrats on the speedy 10-miler πŸ™‚ I agree about breathing! Especially when it’s windy…there’s no WAY you can breath from your nose

8 Shannon (The Daily Balance) February 5, 2010 at 10:44 am

nice run and your feul looks amazing today! I still have yet to get my hands on Peach chobani — maybe I’ll find some this weekend! πŸ˜‰

9 eaternotarunner February 5, 2010 at 10:47 am

Wow what an awesome before-work run. I’ve never done more than 6 before work!

10 Amy February 5, 2010 at 10:52 am

I’m with you on the whole talking on the phone thing. I’d rather not… and procrastinate and put off long conversations (even if I love my friends dearly).

I’m more of a texter and gchat kind of girl. I may even ignore calls if I’m in the middle of something and text you 2 minutes later… yeah… that’s awful.

11 Heather February 5, 2010 at 11:01 am

I’m horrible at talking on the phone–I hate it! I definitely love the invention of IM and gchat!

12 Erin Eats and Exercises February 5, 2010 at 11:02 am

I wish I lived in FL. You always go to the coolest spots for bfast, lunch, dinner, and for fro yo! Especially Infusion Tea. So jealous!

13 Kelly February 5, 2010 at 11:04 am

My boyfriend and I always joke that blackberry should sponser our relationship and give us free stuff. i swear we send over 100 bbms to each other a day. If I had to pay for texts I’d be screwed. We also spend a lot of time on gchat. we usually talk on the phone once a day when he is walking home from work, i’m usually eating dinner and not paying thaaat much attention but don’t tell him, haha

14 Erin February 5, 2010 at 11:08 am

You know, I’ve *never* heard that you should breathe through your nose while running! Could this be the root of all my problems?! πŸ˜‰

15 foodfitnessandfreya February 5, 2010 at 11:20 am

I like that your’re a bad phone person too! AT LAST someone else who hates it like I do!! I don’t feel so alone now πŸ™‚
Awesome breakfast, awesome run – congrats! There’s just something extra special about double digits….I love them πŸ™‚

16 Jessica G February 5, 2010 at 11:27 am

if i may chime in on the long distance thing i have a couple cents worth…

i was in a long distance relationship for two years. i lived in detroit and had just received word that i had been accepted to grad school in DC. Shortly after that a friendship inadvertently turned into a romance and i fell in love hardcore. I still made the decision to move to DC with the commitment that even though I was 800 miles away, he would still be a priority in my life. We often talked on the phone several times a day and mostly it was just a few minutes here and a few minutes there with a longer conversation at night. not a day went by that we didn’t talk. but its tough. you have your life and sometimes those phone calls can impede on what is going on in your life at your location. you have to be secure and committed to giving yourself a life in your own location and so does the other person while still blocking out time for each other whether it be by phone, email, gchat, videochat, etc. we traveled back and forth to see each other at least once a month. Plus, i was fortunate that my job looked at me as a student first rather than as an employee first. that said, they let me take all of my school’s christmas break off so that i could go back home to be with my significant other. at some point you make a decision. with my situation, we knew that no decision could be made until i was nearing graduation. we knew one of us was moving, but it still was unclear who it woudl be. i ended up with a great job in Detroit and moved back immediately after graduation. we are getting married in August. moving home was a transition too. we had to get readjusted to being together all the time and not going back to our respective locations.

in any event, you just have to figure out what works for you. what works for another long distance couple may not work for the both of you and what your needs are. you must always keep your significant person a priority in your daily life (in some way, shape, or form) even if they are with you on a daily basis. again, figuring out how to do that and in what way is up to you and what works for you and your partner.

17 Heather (Heather's Dish) February 5, 2010 at 11:36 am

that breakfast sounds absolutely amazing…i made a smoothie this morning that i’m having to choke down (blech), so i’m fantasizing about other blogger’s breakfasts…

18 theprocessofhealing February 5, 2010 at 11:36 am

Congrats on the great run! 10 miles before work… wow girl!! And that cereal bowl looks fantastic.

I think the last question is too sweet πŸ™‚ I agree that being apart makes the time you DO have that much more special. And I can’t talk on the phone for hours either… I actually HATE talking on the phone. Hate it.

19 Morgan @ Life After Bagels February 5, 2010 at 11:45 am

It’s true about the time apart . . . when I was in college me and my bf has to alternate houses every weekend and I always looked forward to Friday afternoons, even if I was the one having to take the train

20 Katie @ Health for the Whole Self February 5, 2010 at 11:45 am

I think the idea of Derek reading your blog is so cute! Maybe he should start one so that you can keep up with what he’s doing too! πŸ™‚

21 Darci February 5, 2010 at 11:52 am

interesting info on the breathing while you run question!! that is something i had to work with too, thanks for the info, maybe this will help even more! πŸ™‚

22 Kerry @ Running on Faith February 5, 2010 at 12:04 pm

A major goal is to master a RUN before WORK, except it is so dark! When the time changes, then there will be more motivation to do that. I would love to be able to wake up early enough and get a run in before starting my day- only prob, I get to work at 7-7:30 to start teaching…so we will see how ambitious this goal is!

23 Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle February 5, 2010 at 12:05 pm

I’m so bad with the phone too- I start reading blogs, eating food, dancing.. I talk to my boyfriend (who I don’t see during the week) for about 10-15 minutes or less every night and gchat intermittently throughout the day. I look forward to our weekend time so much! Every Friday, the first thing we do is go to a happy hour for one drink to catch up- it’s easier to sit and just talk at a restaurant than at home!

24 Beth (Mackattack) February 5, 2010 at 12:06 pm

To whoever asked about online dating. It’s entertaining! I met my husband, but also met some really sketchy dudes. definitely a crap shoot! I’m with you meghann, I’m too much of a multitasker to talk on the phone too much. I can’t concentrate like that!

25 lauren (athlEAT) February 5, 2010 at 12:18 pm

That is SO interesting about your breathing during running. I have honestly never thought about that. The next time I run, I am paying closer attention to my breathing.

26 Paige@ Running Around Normal February 5, 2010 at 12:20 pm

That oatmeal looks delicious! That’s great you and the BF have such a good long distance relationship πŸ™‚

27 Hallie February 5, 2010 at 12:23 pm

When you do a big cardio workout before work, do you find that you’re really hungry throughout the day? That happens to me (but I don’t do 10-milers!). Until about noon or 1, I’m starving!

28 DiningAndDishing February 5, 2010 at 12:43 pm

With all the snow headed to DC, I’m fretting over possible missed workouts this weekend. I think you’re right though, don’t set unrealistic expectations – just need to do the best we can :).

– Beth @

29 Matt February 5, 2010 at 12:48 pm

I get a double distance run in every morning before class at 8 AM. Doesn’t it make you feel great?

30 askaree February 5, 2010 at 12:48 pm

I especially understand discipline of mind and body,I have been an professional boxer and running for me was awesome!Breathing in and out from the nose and not the mouth helped me alot doing many things.You have motivated me,as woman we are reclaiming our strength,as for me I am now learning to get back to where I was after a brain injury,I lost my motivation and by reading what you have said,I am hoping to keep my journey going.Thank You

31 meyergirl February 5, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Awesome run! I had to modify my 8K training schedule based on my current abilities. After the 8k I’m hoping to do the Wicked 10K in October.

32 Lee February 5, 2010 at 1:05 pm

I hate talking on the phone. I avoid it at all costs!

33 Yasmin February 5, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Glad to know I’m not the only one who doesn’t like talking on the phone. I always feel guilty about that. Great q&a I really enjoyed all your answers throughout the week.

34 kt February 5, 2010 at 1:43 pm

This breakfast is almost exactly what I’ve been eating for the past week! I probably should venture out and try something new lol, but apples + cinnamon + almond/pb butter + cereal + yogurt can’t be beat!! Quick, easy, delicious!

35 Jamie February 5, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Who is Chooey?

And I’m all about gchat as well; although sometimes I am bad at multitasking and I only focus on one thing…. gchatting haha

36 M February 5, 2010 at 5:51 pm

(I think) Veggiegirl’s pup.

37 Jayce February 5, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Wow, what an accomplishment so early in the morning.

My husband and I were long-distance the entire time we dated and were engaged – I was in Orlando, he was in Tampa. We tried to see each other as much as possible on weekends, usually taking turns. And we did talk on the phone every day, but sometimes it was just short and sweet check-ins. It just made my day sometimes to hear his voice. Going from different cities to same city/married/living together was fun. πŸ™‚

38 Jenny Palacios February 5, 2010 at 4:52 pm

i am the QUEEN of nyc restaurants

Otto for CHEAP but delicious pasta/pizza!!!!!!!!
Blue Smoke for bbq
Clinton St. Baking Co for breakfast/pancakes
“Good Restaurant”
Balthazar- good french food in soho
Norma’s — expensive but wicked good breakfast
Bar Americain (expensive though)
Esca (Expensive)
Sugar sweet sunshine for cupcakes
Levain for cookies
***let me know if there is a neighborhood you know you’re gonna be in & i can give you more recs! πŸ™‚

39 Jenny Palacios February 5, 2010 at 4:53 pm

whoops wrong post!

40 Julie February 5, 2010 at 4:56 pm

I hate the phone too. God bless whoever invented text massaging.

41 allieinalberta February 5, 2010 at 8:09 pm

So impressed that you managed to get 10 miles in and then work a full-day. That is an inspiration. Good for you.

42 BethAnn February 5, 2010 at 8:35 pm

You’re going to be on my turf!!! This is exciting…okay…

Fun stuff:

If you’re into art museums there is an EXCELLENT exhibit at MoMa right now (museum of modern art) …Tim Burton. You have to get tickets ahead of time but it’s a MUST see if you’re into this. I’m going for the second time tomorrow. The MoMa is great in general…there are some Picasso’s, Andy Warhol’s and just really random interesting pieces of work at the museum.

The Intrepid is a pretty amazing museum and it’s right next to the Circle Line…I did both for my birthday this past summer after living in NYC for five years. DO THE CIRCLE LINE even though it is freezing. You get an amazing history of NYC and you get to see it from the water…totally different view of the city. It’s about an hour long and also takes you through the palisades near the border of NY and NJ.

The MET (obviously) is cheap if you want it to be (generally you donate about 5 to get in)

Bryant Park is really fun and cute..I’m not sure if you can still ice skate there but if you can, you should go. The rink is huge and there is an Irish hot chocolate place called Lily O’Brian’s right across from the rink…GO THERE. You can get dark hot chocolate!! It’s amazing

Biking!!! Okay….at Pier 84 in Chelsea you can rent bikes and bike the brooklyn bridge…please do this. It is a once and a life time experience. The bridge is also a huge structure/icon in NYC…it is the reason why we have the burroughs of NYC…it took years to build…Washington Roebling was the engineer behind it…but he went crazy and his wife Emily took over the plans…which is interesting because she doesn’t necessarily get the credit (with the way women were viewed during those times)


Pinkberry (mmmm)

DaRosina–The Italian food I had here may be better than what I ate when I studied abroad IN Italy. EXCELLENT and walking distance from Penn Station and touristy sights (it’s in the theatre district location: 342 W. 46th street between 8th and 9th)…they have a deal where for 30 dollars (kind of pricey but I SWEAR it’s worth it) you get an appetizer (the veggies are to dieeeeeeeeeeeeee) a meal a drink and a dessert for the flat rate.

Magnolia Bakery- DELICIOUS and the location of the bakery from Sex and the City =)

These are MUSTS…if you’re going to be here for a while EMAIL ME and I will tell you other places to check out…I love the city (I live on Long Island), go every weekend and have a lot of suggestions.


Okay…I LOVE going out in the village near Bleaker Street.

Wicked Willy’s is one of the best bars if you’re into a younger crowd (collegeish but it’s not a club)…they usually have a live band but there are also beer pong tables which can be fun if you’re in the mood.

Off the Wagon…this place is a little smaller, so much fun and also has amazing drink deals. They had 10 cent pitchers last Saturday! (can’t go wrong)

McFaddens/Calico Jacks– (2nd st) These bars are next to eachother and has a mixed crowd. They are a little more low key, but get really busy on the weekends. They often have joint drink deals…the issue is that there isn’t much else around if you’re in the mood to bar hop…you’d need to walk or use the metro if you don’t last there…but usually we tend to stay all night when we go out there.

Croxleys– (28 ave B) I LOVE CROXLEYS. I go to the Croxleys on Long Island and it’s amazing. They have over 100 beers on tap…amazing combinations (I’m a Guinness freak and they have “guinness ciders” where they mix cranberry, pumpkin (random different flavors of ciders) with Guinness…again to die.) They also have amazing pumpkin beer!! We know you love pumpkin…but it might be out of season. This is a more low key bar and if you are a beer connisseur…you have to go. You just HAVE to =)

Rudy’s (169 w 48th st)–I also love Rudy’s. Rudy’s is a big hole in the wall but the beer is cheap (about 2 dollars on tap all the time) They also have an INCREDIBLE seasonal pumpkin for 4 dollars a pint and you can get free hot dogs all night (no joke) There is a giant pig statue outside the restraunt and it has a “biker” atmosphere…it’s fun just to stop by. We will grab a drink here and then move ONWARD.

Okay…I think I covered the basics but if you have ANY questions EMAIL ME. I have so many suggestions and no problem communicating with you via phone or email ( if you want ideas. HAVE SO MUCH FUN!!!! =)

43 BethAnn February 5, 2010 at 8:40 pm

OH and if you like Thai food…”Spice” has the best thai food ever…hands down…there are a few locations but we go to the one in the east village (104 2nd ave)

I feel like I’m forgetting things!! But if you email me and tell me what you are looking to do I will send you another novel =)

44 Jenna February 5, 2010 at 11:47 pm

Great bowl of cereal!

45 lily @ Lily's Health Pad February 5, 2010 at 11:50 pm

I breathe through my mouth when I exercise. I always have. I’ve read a few articles about this topic because for awhile, I was worried that it was hindering my running. The outcome of each article was that it doesn’t matter how you breathe. It doesn’t affect (effect?) running performance.

46 kristilyn February 6, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Your breakfast looks delicious!

Breathing is something I struggled with when I started running, too, but I’m getting better. I read somewhere that when you get a stitch that it’s usually attributed to poor breathing. It’s nice to have a faster pace nowadays and NOT be gasping for air! Of course, that’ll change once I start upping my pace again.


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