36 Miles + a whole lot of food

Hi! How was your weekend?

The weekend kicked off at 5 p.m. on Friday with a “happy hour” 4-mile run at Mission Bay. It was a beautiful, chilly night = perfect running weather.

When Chad got home, we went down the street to play basketball (I lost, but I did make a couple 3-pointers). πŸ™‚ We also watched the documentary, Icarus, on Netflix, about the Russian doping scandal. Have you seen it? It’s CRAZY.

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On Saturday morning I ran a realllly easy 6 miles, followed by a glass of strawberry Nuun. This glass really makes me smile because my Pop-Pop gave it to me about 10 years ago, along with an iced coffee maker that he bought me when I first got into coffee. πŸ™‚ He’s sweet, huh? Did you know that the name Stay Great My Girl is all about him? Read about it in my ‘About’ section

Chad and I spent the afternoon having a picnic and walking around a new park we had never explored before. We took a nap on the grass and played with a golden retriever named Queso who stole my shoe. πŸ™‚ It was sweet and we had an amazing view of our city.

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Our picnic date was followed by more food, obviously. πŸ™‚ I got georgia peach sorbet with mango, strawberries, blueberries, kiwi, and crushed graham cracker. Chad got a little bit of everything!

Then we popped in to say hello to our local running store. Movin’ Shoes is fantastic and they do a lot of wonderful free things for the local running community! Their trail runs and weekly meet-ups are my favorite and have introduced me to some of my best running buddies. Fun fact, Meb is a part owner. Yes. ThatΒ Meb!

On Saturday night we “hung out” via skype with some of our best friends, Matt and Gwen. I always love catching up with them and then get really sad when it’s over and we have to shut our computer screen. We miss them.

On Sunday, I didn’t have any firm plans other than to get my long run done…so I was able to sleep in (til 6:30). It felt luxurious! On long run days I always feel like I am leaving the house with a million things – including bottles. Above is my nuun tube, Orgain plant-based protein shake (for after), Nathan water bottle (for after), and Simple Hydration bottle (for during).

PS: Simple Hydration is NOT paying me to say this, I’m just being honest…but guys, I LOVE their bottle. If you haven’t found a hydration solution that works for you yet, try SH. It’s the only thing I’ve found that works for me. They sent me a bottle a few weeks ago and it has been an essential tool on any mid/long run ever since. No more having to plan my routes around water stops or run in circles to stop at my car to grab water! Check them out. πŸ™‚

On the run, I went a little farther south than I had originally planned…

But I got it done! 15 miles – my longest in over two years. It feels so good to be building back up…something about the distance past 13.1 feels like rediscovering a part of myself I forgot existed. I can’t wait for the first 20-miler of this cycle! But I will…because I don’t want to get injured.

I stopped for groceries on the way home from the run and couldn’t resist this treat. 15 miles earns a giant protein cookie, right? Also – sparkling water because I was feeling fancy (and parched).

I baked some brownies for Chad and I…he is not totally vegan yet but is willing to try anything I make. So I made a boxed gluten free + vegan brownie mix. Sometimes, I make vegan recipes from scratch. And sometimes I’m sleepy and just want to take a shortcut. All I needed to add to this was a dash of oil and water! Easy.

And they were delicious!

Later, we had the brownies ON TOP OF ICE CREAM. I’ve been loving Steve’s lately (ate it all before I could take a pretty picture, so here’s a Google Image.)

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Some more shots from the run… a recovery soak in the bay. Please don’t look too closely at my runner’s toes. Ouch.

This was my view at the turnaround point…beautiful, right?! Thank you to Amber (@amber26.2) for encouraging me to give this new route a shot!

And now for a quick training recap…

But wait, before we get into the miles…I have to tell you about my first Taco Tuesday. I can’t believe this was my first San Diego Taco Tuesday (we just usually do them at home) but I joined my running buddies Ali and Myleah at City Tacos and HOLY COW these were some goooooooood eats. If you’re coming to San Diego, be sure to put City Tacos on your list. It’s a cool place.

Cauliflower tacos with jicama and cilantro and a zillion other delicious vegan magical plant tasty things. YUM.

Okay, enough food pics. πŸ™‚ I don’t have much to recap for training this week other than I ran 36 miles and did strength train 3x (yay! let’s keep that up!) and I am starting to have a bit of lower calf pain. Trying to roll and ice and stretch as much as possible. We have a 5k coming up this weekend and I am excited to try out some speed at that distance! Should be interesting, as the 5k has never been my strength. πŸ™‚

How is your training going?

What races do you have coming up?Β 

Did you celebrate Taco Tuesday?Β 

Verse of the Week – Let’s remember this in our jobs, fitness, and family life!

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Happy Trails,




4 thoughts on “36 Miles + a whole lot of food

  1. I am so inspired by you and look forward to reading your blog each week! What training plan are you currently following for your upcoming marathon? Also, how do you fit your runs in during the work week – do you like running in the morning (if so what time do you get up) or after work?


    • Thank you so much, Megan! You are so sweet. I am currently following the Runner’s World Intermediate marathon training plan. Their plans are great! I also love Hal Higdon’s and am curious to try the Hanson Method for future marathons. It is always a challenge to fit training in along with a full-time job, part-time job, small business, and blog…but I’ve learned that if something is important to me, I will make a way. I usually wake up at 4:30 most mornings, spend 30 minutes drinking coffee, praying, reading the Bible…and then usually run or workout from 5-6:30. Then it’s a quick shower and off to work! Usually with wet hair and no makeup…have to sacrifice some things! πŸ™‚ Hope this helps! XO


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