Ship’s Log–August 11th


I’m back, baby! Today began with a 9 mile run. It was still a wee bit on the slow side, but I didn’t need any of the walking breaks I had been prepared to allow myself. Thing 1 and I have both lost some of our conditioning, true, however we should be able to recover it in time for Philly if we fold in some serious mid-week speed work sessions.

Normally I would finish a long run with a protein smoothie followed fairly soon after with a big honkin’ lunch. My normal routine has led to some weight gain over the last year, so I’m doing something wrong. Today I decided to skip the smoothie and dive right into a big honkin’ brunch. I also knew that when I took Thing 1 out back-to-school shopping at the mall with a friend of hers, I would not have the willpower to resist the Starbucks Frappuccino when the two girls started begging for them. Smoothie+Lunch+Frap would be too much even on a long run day.

By late evening it was clear that my body really had lost a lot of my previous conditioning because I was hurting more than a run has made me hurt in the past year. Ow, my legs! I went for my post-run analgesic of choice: a beer. Even with the soreness I’m glad I ran the whole 9 miles. It showed me where I stand, which is closer to doing well in Philly than I had feared.

Running Fuel:

  • Pre-run: cinnamon raisin Ezekiel muffin with almond butter and raspberry preserves; coffee with stevia
  • Mid-run: water with NUUN Active Hydration tablet

Big Honkin’ Brunch:

  • Tofu Scramble: tofu with coconut oil, garlic, red onion, heirloom tomatoes, broccoli, baby spinach, turmeric, Italian herbs, nutritional yeast, and Daiya cheddar topped with avocado chunks and sriracha
  • Slice of whole wheat toast
  • Watermelon
  • More watermelon
  • Cold brew New Orleans style coffee with soy milk

Afternoon Snack:

  • Starbucks tall caramel ribbon crunch frappuccino with soy milk but topped with real whipped cream (no willpower, as I had suspected, but when I got to the bottom where it was heavy with the whipped cream, my cough immediately returned, so I stopped drinking it)


  • Vegan Chef Salad from Dean’s Natural Market
  • Garden of Eatin Pico De Gallo corn chips
  • Coconut seltzer
  • Breckenridge Brewery Summerbright Ale
  • Kettlecorn, which The Hub and Thing 2 brought back from the festival

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