Dinner / Running

One mile closer

As of yesterday morning at 8:30 a.m., I am one mile closer to my marathon!

I won’t lie — I was stressing about when and how I was going to fit in a long run this week. I took today off work and am going to Pittsburgh to see my sister (!!!!) in just a few hours and didn’t want to try and fit in seventeen miles while also hanging out with her. I went through a lot of options — run Thursday afternoon before a 6 p.m. meeting (that wasn’t happening — not enough time), run Friday morning and push back my arrival to Pittsburgh (not ideal), run a few miles Thursday morning and a few more that afternoon (does that even count?) — you get the idea.

Finally, I settled on getting up super early yesterday morning to get it in before work. Hello, 5:15 a.m.

I woke up, got dressed, ate a piece of whole wheat toast with peanut butter and flaxseed, started drinking some water, and left around 5:45. Unfortunately, since it was so dark, I had to do the run on the treadmill (second week in a row!). I was on a treadmill by 5:55 and I was off!

I don’t really have a play-by-play for it…it was pretty similar to last week. I did the first seven miles in 58:13, took a quick break, and immediately started my second round of seven miles, finishing in 58:06. I really started getting hungry during the 10-14 mile range, so after mile 14, I hopped off the treadmill, refilled my water, and took a gel. For the first time, I actually really enjoyed the gel and noticed a difference!

Then, it was back on the treadmill for the last three miles, which I finished in 24:30. Total time –> 2:20:49, 8:26/mile!

One good thing about the ‘mill is that I really try to push my pace, but I do want to make sure I can start doing the rest of my long runs (only three left — 18, 20, and 22!) outside (and on some hills).

After a quick shower, I headed to work where I subsequently couldn’t walk all day, haha. I was so sore! That’s what happens when you rush from a long run right to work, I suppose…

I forced myself to eat all day (I was literally not hungry at all) and definitely a little sleepy. After work, I did something I never do — I took a 40 minute nap! It was glorious. I woke up feeling completely refreshed and whipped up this yummy dinner before heading to my meeting…


Balsamic Turkey Grilled Sandwich 
Serves 1

  • 2 slices of whole wheat bread
  • 2 slices of deli turkey (I used low-sodium.)
  • Red Onion, thinly sliced
  • About 10 baby spinach leaves
  • 1 slice mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  1. Mix together your olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and brush one side of each slice of bread with the mixture.
  2. Spray a pan with cooking spray, and place one slice of bread (with olive oil mixture facing down) on the pan.
  3. Next, place your turkey, red onion, spinach, and cheese on top. Top with your other slice of bread (olive oil mixture facing up).
  4. Cook your sandwich on medium heat, flipping once, until cheese is melted.

This was simple, but so good! I can only imagine it would be better in a panini maker (or the George Foreman, which I was too lazy to get out). The balsamic mixture makes the sandwich slightly tangy, and I loved the taste.

How to level up this recipe:

  • Add more veggies! If you are vegetarian, you could easy swap out the turkey for a few slices of tomato.

How to level down this recipe:

  • Use white bread instead of wheat. 

Time for Pittsburgh!! I packed all my road trip snacks (it’s about a five hour drive), and am looking forward to seeing this girl so soon!

Have a great weekend!

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