Eric and I had every intention of hopping on our bikes and riding to South Philly for Friday night’s dinner. But then there was some happy hour, and tv watching, and before you knew it we were tired and just wanted to eat.
We decided to head to A Full Plate, one of our favorite brunch spots.
It’s BYOB and has some patio seating, which is nice.
Eric and I both ordered different veggie burgers, which were both good, but nothing epic.
We also split an order of their fries, which were epic!
And then Friday night came to an early end.
I am still half marathon training, which is going great, but I have to plan my weekend around it. Which usually means staying in Friday night and getting some good rest.
Well this week’s plan called for 12 miles. But then Leslie told me she was only running 13 miles (ha yeah only…) so I decided to tag along and try to do the entire 13.
We wanted to change things up this week and met at her apartment to to do some trail running at Wissahickon Valley Park.
Running on the trail was really nice because it went along a river and was completed shaded.
I am so happy to have Leslie has a running buddy. She is great to talk to and she also has such great energy and enthusiasm while running.
We came across a restaurant in the middle of the trail, which was a nice pit stop.
I carried my camelback for the first time and LOVED it. I might even use it for the half marathon so I don’t have to worry about water stops.
I had previously mentioned to Leslie that at some point after the half marathon I wanted to run 15 miles, just because it seemed cool. Well we reached the turnaround point of 6.5 miles, but decided to keep going till the end of the trail. We hit the end at a little over 7, and that’s when upping the run to 15 became a reality. Was I really going to run 15 miles?
The craziness didn’t stop there, because Leslie decided to up her run to 20 miles. So mine went 12, to 13 to 15. And her run went 13 to 15 to 20.
The run was definitely tough, physically and mentally, but I never felt like I couldn’t finish. I think having a running buddy helps you so much mentally.
We might have done a few laps around the parking lot to hit 15, but I did it! We finished in about 2 hours and 21 minutes!
I had some dirty ankles at the end.
And then I came home and did what any sane runner does, take an ice bath! Kitta Marie was concerned. I think this is probably what was going on in her end…
“Mom…WHAT are you doing in there? There is ice. Are you crazy?!”
“You’re scaring me Mom. Why would you sit in ice? It’s cold!”
“Ok, I think I will observe from a safe distance.”
After showering I ate then passed out for a long time. 15 miles takes a lot out of you!
But when I woke up I had only one thing on my mind, cake. Apparently Leslie was thinking the same thing, hah.
I made a chocolate cake that my friend Amanda had actually made at our going away party. It turned out fabulous, and hit the spot!
I tried to walk around some, but was really just tired, so I think this explains how I spent my Saturday night.
I woke up starving on Sunday morning, and got to work making pancakes. I definitely end up feeling the hunger the day after my long run.
It’s hot again in Philly, but Eric and I got out of the house for a bit Sunday and walked around Old City then headed to the grocery store. We invited Josh and Kelly over and whipped up some quick veggie burgers. It wasn’t a fancy, or glorious meal, but it hit the spot and I hope they enjoyed their burgers.
The trade off for feeding them was we got to go to their apartment and watch True Blood and Iron Chef. Did anyone else watch the vegetarian Iron Chef? Anyone else confused why they let her use marshmallows? They even mentioned gelatin earlier in the episode, and how it wasn’t allowed, but then she used marshmallows?!