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Loving these long runs!

This morning I ran 18 miles and I really had a great time doing it. I got up at 6:00 to eat some overnight oats and to start drinking water. I know it may seem like all is eat is overnight oats and I will tell you why. One serving of these oats keeps me feeling full and helps fuel my long run. On Friday nights I usually place 1/2 a cup of old fashioned oats in a mason jar and then add 1 tablespoon of chia seeds 1 tablespoon of organic natural peanut butter 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder some walnuts pieces and then finally add about 1/2 cup organic milk. I shake the jar really well and then place it in the fridge to soak overnight. After I ate I started some house chores and waited for my meal to digest. I typically aim to eat two hours before a long run to give my body time to get ready. This is what works for me you may not need two hours or maybe you'll need more. The only way to really find out is trial and error. That being said when you find something that works for you try and stick with it. I got so much done in my two hour pre run rituals. I was thinking if I can bake some chores out then I won't be obbsess over my to do list while I'm running. This was probably one of my best plans to date. I will say that I'm not always able to get so much done in before a run if my daughter is around but last night my Mom kept the kids and it was a huge help! My run went really well. I kept a good even pace the entire time and I'm extremely happy with my progress. This training plan is really working for me. The weather was typical for this time of year but there were some really heavy winds at time which was probably good to help keep my pace slower. I am learning how important it is to not be fast right now. I'm going for distance. This can be hard and I will admit then my head does mess with me at times and tells me to go faster but I'm in uncharted territory right now. I am not familiar with runs of this distance and my goal is to finish and see how I feel. I think 9:30 is my long distance pace right now and I'm fine with that just for the moment haha 10 minutes from now I could be beating myself up again. I have been back from my run for several hours now. When I came back I quickly ate a slice of my homemade whole wheat break with organic peanut butter on it followed up my glass of organic whole milk with my homemade chocolate milk dry mix. I allow myself to have chocolate milk only after my long runs and I swear at times it is what gets me to the finish. I have been drinking lots of water sicne I have returned and I still have lots of energy. I hope I can keep this energy level up for the remainder of the day. Tonight my daughter was invited to her school buddy's birthday party and I know it's going to be a blast!

Chocolate Peanutbutter Overnight Oats
1/2 cup old fashioned oats
1/2 cup milk of choice
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon raw honey 
1 table spoon chopped walnuts

Place all ingredients in a mason jar ending with the milk, then shake well and place in fridge overnight.


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