September 5, 2013

Marathon Training Week 11 Update and a Pumpkin Coffee Recipe


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The Road to 26.2 -Marathon Training Week 11

Runs:
Short runs: My training group was back to hillwork this week. It was a pretty warm and humid afternoon so it was not very easy. We did 4 hills, 3x each, with a medium effort the first two times up the hill and a hard effort the third time.  I definitely was out of breathe after that session, but I'm going to need all the hill preparation I can get for the Baltimore marathon! I also got a couple short, easy runs which were quite nice due to the pleasant weather we've been having here. 

Long Run- Saturday was my longest run ever. 20 freaking miles. Besides some glutes and hamstring soreness, I felt good.  I've never felt that burn in my bum before, but I guess a bunch of hillwork and running will do that to you ;)  There was a trail race on Sunday so our training group was kind of split up and doing the race or the miles on their own. A couple of awesome people from the training group were running around the city so I joined them. It was pretty much a running tour of all of Baltimore by the time we were done and included some hills too! 

The sun was shining so I was a big sweaty mess, but I kept fueled and hydrated properly and definitely felt a runner's high by the end. I was smiling from ear to ear and feeling quite accomplished, hence my more than usual social media fitness sharing! On my cooldown walk, I treated myself to my first pumpkin iced coffee of the season from Caribou Coffee (it was closer than the Starbucks!). 

What was awesome last week:  I ran 20 miles for the first time. Duh :)

What I need to work on this week: Stomach issues starting to normalize a little bit but still not quite great yet because I drank some boozy beverages and ate lots of greasy eggs over the weekend, so that doesn't help.   Drink a least a tall glass of water when I wake up, before a workout or before I eat breakfast. I've been neglecting water in the morning and going straight for the coffee, oops. 

All you crazy kids who want to rush summer being over and do everything that comes with autumn and eat pumpkin flavored EVERYTHING, I've got a recipe for you. 

I'll admit, I love some pumpkin coffee and pumpkin beer, but there's no need to have a pumpkin overload already. Unless I suppose, if you live where it never gets cold and autumn is just another season where some holidays happen.  I'm just not ready for all the craziness and the cold weather. 

However, this morning as I stirred some pumpkin into my peanut butter oats, I decided I'd make myself a fancy pumpkin coffee. This recipe is super simple, but if you can't throw down money on flavored coffee from a shop everyday, when you really just want some of that pumpkin syrup flavor, this is for you!


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Are you ready for fall? Are you a pumpkin coffee fanatic?

17 comments:

  1. ahh congrats on 20 miles! that's really awesome. i'm not quite ready for pumpkin yet- maybe because i'm still trying to figure out how the hell we got to september. weren't we just in june?!

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, I still am having trouble accepting that it's September and holiday decorations are ALREADY out in some stores. ugh.

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  2. ohmygosh homemade pumpkin pie coffee?! why yes please! I'll be making this soon, no doubt.

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    1. Yay, let me know how you like it!

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  3. HUGE Congrats on your first 20 miler, it's a big accomplishment and can be a big motivator during training! Celebrating with a pumpkin coffee really is the best way to go! I am going to have to try your recipe!

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    1. Thanks so much! Please let me know if you try it out!

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  4. 20 MILES?!?! Amazing!!!!
    I must try that pumpkin coffee. The amount of money I spend at Starbucks every fall on Pumpkin Spice Latte's is embarassing!! LOL!

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    1. Thank you, yes those PSL add up quickly :)

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  5. 20 miles is amazing! Great job! The most I've ever ran has been 10 miles.

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    1. Thanks, only doing it because of marathon training. Before training, I'd only run a few half marathons!

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  6. way to go, some great training happening!

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  7. Congrats on running 20 miles! That's awesome. Good luck with all your marathon training. Thank for the pumpkin coffee recipe. I don't think I've ever tried it. My favorite fall coffee is a caramel macchiato. Will have to try pumpkin coffee this year.

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  8. Yes! Thanks for the recipe :)

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  9. You better believe I'm a pumpkin fanatic. Pumpkin pie spice is something I use year-round....no sense in banishing it to a few months a year! Thanks for the coffee recipe...it has been pinned and will be tried in the near future.

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  10. The pumpkin sounds great! Beer, coffee or otherwise, I can't get enough!
    Your 20 miles is inspiring. I'm up to 15 and am supposed to go 18 this weekend but I have a head cold and its freakin me out a little.
    Good luck on you race! Thanks for a great recipe.
    Sami

    http://www.go-go-mountaingirl.com

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  11. OMFT - Oh My FU**IN' Tastebuds! LOL!! I am SOOOOOO making this coffee!!!!! And I cannot wait. However, I need to wait until it gets cooler outside, because I know this recipe is probably tastier when it's HOT.

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  12. I might start exploring with pumpkin a little more this season! It's not something I go crazy over but...I do enjoy it :)

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