Are you there Internet? It’s me, Amy.
Hello, hello! My break from blog-land has been quite nice (and necessary). I am glad to be back and hope to post regularly (Mon, Wed, Fri) again – obvs things may come up so don’t worry if I disappear (not like you’d worry anyways). My little break got me thinking a lot about the direction I want to take the blog in my nutrition practice – but I will leave that for another day. Until then, I’d love to get back to recapping some workouts (and races!), sharing some yummy kitchen creations (stay tuned!) and whatever else in honey bee land.
So let’s get to it – starting with this past weekend hanging and running in St. Louis with Morganne!
Eeeeek it was so awesome/weird/amazing/awesome to finally meet! It’s crazy feeling like you know someone before even meeting them in the flesh.
Anyways… once I landed on Friday, I hopped on the MetroLink to the hospital where Morganne works. I enjoyed the weather, did some work/studying and ate some food while Morganne was doing her pharmacy thing. I joined Morganne for her smarty-pants pharmacy seminar later in the day. I tried my best to follow along but when the title of the presentation has the word “hypogammaglobulinemia” in it… well it’s a bit tough.
Then we headed to pick up some essentials: a Trader Joe’s, Target and Whole Foods run. I stocked up on dark chocolate honey mints and fruit bars from TJs, picked up some Larabar Renola from Target (can’t wait to try it!) and got food for the weekend/dinner from Whole Foods (plus a bunch of Larabars and Kit’s seed bars).
How I wish we had these goodies in the great white north – Applegate meat products are so legit!
On Saturday morning (after a delicious breakfast – Instapic here) we headed to yoga. The instructor was great and a stretch sesh was a good idea! Then we walked around Forest Park – a lovely area for running and all around activities. We popped into the Missouri museum and saw an exhibit celebrating St. Louis’ 250 years. Plus a little photoshoot at the steps of Washington University at St. Louis.
Then we headed downtown to the race Expo to pick up our bibs. Morganne’s room-mate and friend from pharmacy school were also racing, which was super nice! I bought two headbands at the Expo because a girl can never have enough headbands.
My lovely tour guides also took me to see The Arch (the gateway to the West) and the Mississippi River.
Then it was back to the apartment for a delicious dinner and some relaxing before race day!
Yesterday morning we were up
bright dark and early to get ready for the 7am start time. I ate my usual pre-race meal (hard boiled eggs and banana) and bundled up (tank top, long sleeve x2, leggings) for the early morning weather – it turned into a beautiful running day but of course my nose still ran like crazy. Then the four girls were off to race!
The first 6 miles were easy and fun. It was my first time racing without headphones/music/podcasts and I actually loved it! I was really able to get into the race spirit with all the spectators. And it was super fun to run with Morganne and her friends. It was a great tour of St. Louis – albeit a little hilly. Even with the hills, we were running at a solid pace (8:35 miles) and I was in a really good mood.
Then miles 7-10 sucked. I ate my baby food (which made me happier) but Morganne calls those miles “the dark period”. Yup. All I kept thinking about was “how the heck am I going to run 26.2 miles?!” But I didn’t let my mind get the best of me, my knee felt fine so pushed through and we crossed the finish line together in 1:54:53.
It was my slowest half time but a) I love my extra CrossFit muscle and it keeps me healthy and b) it was definitely my most memorable race. I am so glad that Morganne stuck with me and coached me through this race with our sights set on our 26.2 in less than two months!
We found everyone (we didn’t all stay together for the whole race) before heading to brunch.
I had a banana and Larabar before digging into my meal at The Corner Cup. Full disclosure that I sent my first plate back because it was legit drowning in maple syrup. Sugar headache, no thank you. But the eggs, bacon and sweet potato hash hit the spot.
The rest of the day was spent recovering (stretching, water), eating, relaxing and shopping.
And now it’s back to Toronto for me – I can’t thank Morganne enough for a truly great weekend! Okay sorry for the novel but I guess with a few weeks off I had a lot to say. Honolulu… we’re coming for you.
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