Friday Runch Date, Lunch and a New Book


Whelp, I figured out I could fit in a little “runch” I between appointments today. I had just enough time to get to the coast and get in run.

It was one of those spur of the moment realizations and it ended so well.

You know, you have those runs that are just not fun sometimes, and then you have those runs that are just magnificent.

This one just happened to be one of those magnificent ones.

First off I got wore my running gear to my tax appointment on purpose. Definitely wasn’t out to impress, but knew if I risked going out in public like that I would make myself run afterwards. Ha.

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After my appointment I fueled up with a SunButter sandwich on the road.

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Got to the coast just in time to get out of the car and just run to see how many miles I could get in.

Headed out for 7 miles, took a quick picture

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then headed back.

The run was just awesome. I was thinking that you really have to embrace the awesome ones because not every run is like that. There are quite a few actually that aren’t awesome at all. But then you have the ones that just make you want to smile. I promise you’ll have them at some point. Sometimes it just takes a few extra not so fun ones to get there.

And…. it’s always nice when you hear the little lady tell you you only have a mile left. Here’s where I was when that happened today.

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I got back to my car as quickly as I could. Oh hey, look what my little Polar RC3 GPS told me today.

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That’s kind of fun.

I wasn’t really paying attention to my pace on my run, but with the pace calculator I averaged 8:08/mile.

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I’ll take it.

I’ll also take the gorgeous day and an extremely dirty Halo Hat. What the heck happened?

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I chugged some Vega Recovery Accelerator on the way to take my car in.

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When I finally got home (thanks to the courtesy shuttle) I scarfed down this roll up.

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Right? A Julian Bakery paleo wrap with my three ingredient salmon concoction and romaine lettuce.

I’m already out of popcorn. Shocker. I finished the bag yesterday. I know, I have a bit of a problem. And I must say the timing is just not good since you have some really great topping ideas I really need to try. Guess I’ll be making a stop at the store soon.

Instead of popcorn I went for some gluten free Rice Chex.

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Did them up the right way with strawberries, blueberries, cinnamon and some PB2 with Silk Unsweetened Almond Coconut Blend.

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It was so darn good.


I got the Runner’s World Big Book of Running For Beginners in the mail the other day.

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I haven’t gotten to thumb through the entire book yet, but it covers all the basic topics and looks like a very easy read. Not to mention the authors are all brilliant: Jen Van Allen, Bart Yasso and Amby Burfoot. I’ve worked with all of them with the Runner’s World Challenge and friends, they know their stuff.

It covers how to just get started, some basics, how to stay motivated, how to eat like a runner, losing weight and how to run safely and prevent and cope with injuries.

The Runner’s World Big Book of Running for Beginners helps readers foster a healthy lifestyle with aides such as:

  • Five training plans to start walking, start running, run nonstop, run faster, and run longer
  • No-fail weight-loss strategies
  • Ideas for meals and snacks to eat before you run, on the road, and after you’re done
  • Injury-prevention tips including a guide on which pains to run through and which pains demand surrender
  • Inspirational stories from people who used running as a tool to lose weight, stop smoking, overcome illness and heartache, and manage chronic pain


The book was just released April 8th. You can order it here. I’m actually really excited to read this book. I’m not exactly a beginner, but any kind of basic running information is always good motivation. I’ll get a recap up once I get some more time to dive in the book.


Speaking of a little extra running motivation, in this article, one of the authors of the book and my friend, Jen Van Allen, shares some secrets to becoming a runner.

Seven Secrets to Becoming a Runner and Sticking With It For Life


It’s a great short article with good advice. And I just have to say, I really believe anyone can be a runner. Not saying everyone wants to be a runner, but if you do and in your heart you want to be a runner, you CAN become one. Seriously.

Another article I stumbled upon was this one.

What to Eat the Week of a Marathon

Since Boston is about a week away now, these are good reminders on how to be smart leading up to a race.

And…… that’s it.

It’s officially Spring Break here for the local schools. I used to love spring break when I was a teacher. Now, well, it’s not much different than every other week. Ha. But, we’re going to live it up this year because taxes are DONE!

Woot! Bring on the party!


What are your spring break plans?

Would you say you have more great run or more not so great runs?

What’s your favorite book about running (if you have one)?

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  1. 1
    Heather says:

    My new go to snack are the wheat chex I love them.

  2. 2

    I don’t get a spring break, I’m a toddler teacher, but we’re a year round center.

    Lately I have been having more great runs than bad, which is amazing! I love when the good outweigh the bad, though I know I’m due for a few lead-legged runs one of these days.

    I have a soft spot for the book Marathoning for Mortals – it helped me train for my first half marathon.

  3. 3

    Yesterday I had the first GREAT run I’ve had in what seems like a while. It was short, and not even that fast, but I loved it. Those are the best!!

  4. 4

    Most of my runs are really good.
    I liked the article about becoming a runner, especially number 7. I think that’s the one that makes my runs so good, running as I need and want, depending on my time/energy/etc, and not trying to do something I’m not ready to do just yet.

  5. 5
    Kim says:

    So hard to believe that some places are just now having spring break – I think we only have 6 more weeks of school and then we are out for the summer!
    I can’t wait to hear all about your Boston adventures!!!

  6. 6
    Carson says:

    I teach at a local school of nursing, and our spring break was a month ago. All I did was enjoy not having to grade a bunch of paperwork. Today was actually our last day of for real class and finals are just around the corner. Summer is on the horizon!

  7. 7

    If I am trying to squeeze a run in between errands I absolutely wear my running clothes around town to force me to get in the run. Might not look adorable but I will get in my workout!

  8. 8

    I have spring break this week, but a to do list a mile long for every day. However, I am so excited to sleep in a bit later and actually have time to get stuff done!

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    Christina says:

    First time commenter I’ve been reading for a few months now and am so trying that salmon wrap bought some of that mustard from TJs didn’t know what to do with it lol. Had to comment since I had a great ten miler today! Gearing up for my 4th half I’m undertrained for due to colds 3 kids and life. This was a nice confidence booster! Surfing the runners high!

    • 9.1
      STUFT Mama says:

      Love love love first time comments Christina! 🙂 Oh, let me know what you think about the TJs mustard. It’s so good. Glad you had a great 10 miler. When is your half?

      • Christina says:

        Yes my half is the 27th this month at the San Luis Obispo Marathon…one day I’ll get brave enough to do the full. I met Dean Karnazes there last year where he handed out his books for free at the day before expo. That was cool!

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    LauraMae says:

    I LOVE chex!! It’s the only gluten free cereal I can afford! lol It doesn’t upset your stomach when running either!

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