Ship’s Log–September 7th


Today was the last truly long run before the half marathon, since next week will be a shorter taper run. I wish I could say that today’s run was strong, my pace was fast, and my legs felt great, but that would be a lie. Today’s run was hot, humid, hard, and painful.

I am now concerned that there is little chance I will be able to meet my goal time in two weeks, which is disheartening. I wish I could blame it all on the humid weather, or the abscess on my leg (which seems to be healing on it’s own), but it’s most likely due to the weight I’ve gained this training cycle. The more weight you’re hauling around, the more work it is to run fast. There’s no safe way to drop enough in the net two weeks to make a huge difference in my time

I don’t know if I’ll have it in me to try another one in November if I miss my goal this race, but it’s now on the back burner. I’m going to start looking for local races in mid-late November or even early December for which I might be able to get myself ready.

Distance to goal weight: 20.8 pounds


  • 12 mile long slow run


  • Pre-run: toaster waffles with banana, peanut butter, and honey; coffee with sugar and almond milk
  • Post-run: whole grain blueberry corn muffin; smoothie with banana, frozen blueberries, Vega One Vanilla Chai, mixed greens, flax seed, and water
  • Cold brew New Orleans style coffee with almond milk

Lunch @ Pop’s Garage:

  • Chips with salsa and guacamole
  • Potato, veggie, and bean burrito bowl sans cheese
  • Iced tea

Afternoon Snacks:

  • Kiddie size vegan cinnamon coffee gelato (probably shouldn’t have had this, but I was tired, hungry, and feeling blue over my poor performance earlier in the day)
  • Metromint Orange Mint Water
  • NatureBox Guacamole Bites


  • Multi-grain bread dipped in olive oil and vinegar
  • Pasta with artichoke chardonnay sauce and steamed veggies
  • Watermelon
  • Dogfish Namaste Ale

Late Night:

  • Orange Shandy
  • Small dish of mixed nuts

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