The Best Run I’ve Ever Had

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on September 6, 2009

Hey guys :)

I hope everyone is enjoying a safe, happy, and healthy long weekend!

Oh and errr…catching up on much needed sleep like Sketchie!

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We bought him a cat bed, but he prefers this box lid- go figure!

Here we go with Saturday’s eats!

Breakfast: 9am

Green monster (kale, hemp milk, liquid garlic, ice, 1/2 c blueberries, 1 tiny brown banana, spirulina)

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Little did I know, I was off for what would be the run of my life!

Saturday my body didn’t tell me to pull back, in fact it said to me ‘Eat your heart out and rock this run!’ So that is just what I did.

I have never had a training run that was this moving. Something was in the air, that I know. It was maybe the most beautiful morning we have had all summer long. Crisp air, no humidity, blue skys, green grass.

I saw about 50-60 cyclists, lots of people doing yardwork, etc. Everyone said good morning and many of them had a little chat with me as I ran by. It lifted my spirit so much, especially because I was doing the murder hill route.

And get this.

I saw the most beautiful scene of nature I think I have ever come across. I was at mile 6 and struggling a bit (miles 4 onward are uphill) and I saw three of the most beautiful deer come out of the woods.

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[Note. Picture from google images! lol]

Ok, ok, so they didn’t leap the fence, they crawled through the bottom, but who’s keeping track? In my mind, they leaped over the fence. bahahaha.

I watched the deer and they bounced so gracefully away all the way across the field and down a farm road. It was SO BEAUTIFUL. I had a big grin on my face for the next half mile.

During other moments of the run, I also felt quite moved for different reasons. I thought about Chris and the races I am running in his honour. It is a bit hard for me to really put into words exactly how I was feeling on this run, but it was nothing short of euphoric and deeply meaningful to me.

At mile 7, I saw a bunch of horses in a field. At mile 9, I saw 2 cute bunnies. :) Got me through the last mile.

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The run:

  • 1 hour 41 mins
  • Distance: 10.08 miles
  • Pace: 10.02 min/mile
  • Max HR: 173 bpm
  • Avg HR: 152 bpm

It was the longest I have ever run in my life! By 0.08 miles, lol. I was going to stop at 10 miles, but I thought why not break a new personal record? :) I also beat my Wednesday run by 3 minutes. I felt so fast and strong!

Immediately after my run, I had a hit of protein from my Amazing Grass powder:

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Lunch quickly followed my refreshing shower. I was starving like a monster!

Lunch: 12:30pm

Darvida Crackers and Salsa

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A Tabouli + Black bean + Tomato puree + Lettuce wrap:

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Just awesome.

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A bagged Sencha Green Tea Eric picked up for me yesterday. It was decent for a bagged Sencha.

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It had been a while since I put lettuce on my wraps and I really loved it. I need to do this more often!

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Edited to add: I also had an apple.

Then we were off to for our special weekend excursion!

Any guesses where we went?

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If you guessed Toronto you are right! We had an awesome weekend of events, eats, and friends.

And I had lunch number two…

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This veggie sub and package of crackers didn’t even put a dent in my hunger!!

Off for our excursion!

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We went to the EX…

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Saw the air show…

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Judged sand castles…

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Judged flowers and vegetables…

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The veggies made me hungry! haha

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For dinner Eric took me to his favourite pizza place:

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I got the Diana :)

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And a side of pizza sauce for dipping. It was delicious!

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I ate every last bite!

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And then had a grand ol’ time with friends.

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While en route, I had a Refresh Glo Bar (not pictured).

I was super tired last night after the 10 miler and walking for about 6 hours! I just stuck to 1 beer and called it a night.

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It was such a fun long weekend getaway.

We have more fun in store today, with another possible trip to Fresh– stay tuned!

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Tay September 7, 2009 at 1:35 am

What an awesome run my friend! 2 10-milers in one week? Go you!! And that pizza looks fabulous. What a fun day you had :-)

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Shannon (The Daily Balance) September 8, 2009 at 1:35 pm

I wish I would’ve known you were at the EX! The Mister and I had to walk through it to get to the Killers Concert, I would have loved to have met up with you for a few minutes!

Oh well, next time ;)

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Lili August 17, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Hi Angela!

I was wondering what device you use to track your runs/heart rate? I’d like to purchase the Garmin Forerunner 10 but I don’t think it has a heart rate monitor. Thank you!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) August 19, 2013 at 9:07 am

Hi Lili, I don’t use it any more but I did use a Garmin forerunner. The newer models have a heart rate strap to wear across your chest. When I used it in the past it worked well.

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