How to make the long run a good one and Brooke has some serious skills.

I think that all of this sunshine that we are experiencing is Mother Nature’s Birthday Month gift to me.  PS my birthday is on Friday the 13th this year… hmmmmm.

Just lounging next to a pool (for 3 minutes) with the pool cover on because there should be a foot of snow instead of 55 degree weather.  

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Ash and I went to celebrate our 4 year anniversary.  Ashley was my very first friend that I met through blogging and it was meant to me.  I started this blog because I was bored while taking some time away from running after a marathon and it has brought me some of my very best friends.  

 

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I was really into making interesting faces yesterday or something but…  She still falls asleep in my arms and it will always be my favorite even if my left bicep will be sore for about a week after holding her for so long.  

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Brooke and I stopped by our happy place for some essentials.  I’m telling ya, walking isn’t an option for Brookers.  

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And after dinner we got a cone of the good stuff.  She has skilllllzzzzzzz. 

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And just in case you are needing a Quest Bar or two you can just head on over to Megan’s house because she has just a few right now…

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I’m taking a rest day today.  I love having somewhat fresh legs for the long run!  

As I have let you know (many many times), the long run has been really tough for me.  I have been loving speed work and all of my other runs but the long run lately has been more challenging than previous training cycles.  I have been coming up with a mental list of things to do to make this week’s long run the best ever.  

Turning my mental list into a blog list.  Ready, go.  

-I’m going to stop telling myself that long runs are hard for me lately.  The way we think affects everything we do.  Just replacing the thoughts of how hard the run is going to be with neutral thoughts about it will make a huge difference.

-Keep up with and pay attention to my fueling.  I am usually with people on my long runs and I get too into the conversations and forget to start fueling early enough.  Of course my long runs aren’t going to feel super great when I am not fueling for them properly.  

-Cut the run into segments in my brain.  We are doing 17 this weekend and breaking it down to 5, 5 and 7 makes it sound way easier than 17.

-Set up a reward for finishing.  I mean, it has been way too long since my last apple fritter and a nap during Brooke’s nap also sounds like a great reward after getting up crazy early to run. 

-I’m going to remember that the long run is all about time on my feet.  My pace doesn’t need to be fast, I’ve done some great speed work this week so I should focus on just getting in some endurance work and forget about the time!  

-I’ll spend today (the day before the long run) getting some foam rolling in, drinking loads of water (and no soda) and putting myself to bed early.com.  

-I’ve gotta remember that running isn’t easy.  It takes a whole lot of work and consistency to get to our goals!  I’m just thankful to be out there running!

And just like that, the long run is going to go great.  

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3 things you are doing this weekend?

When do you start taking in fuel on your long runs?

Who has met up with other bloggers in real life?

If you could go for a run anywhere in the world this weekend, where would it be?

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My daughter’s bday is the 12th! Love that picture of Brooke getting the soft serve! Such skills :)

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Love your goal list! And i love self serve ice cream too!

I would hit New Zealand for sure! That’s my favorite on the bucket list!

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Going to my nieces baptism, sleeping in, long run. That should pretty well cover the weekend!

I would go to Seattle. It’s my favorite place!

I break up my long runs as well. Even when I think of a marathon in terms of 26.2 miles, it seems crazy long to me (even after doing 30+ of them), so I break it into smaller pieces and I can wrap my head around it then. I’m sure your long run will go great!

My 18th birthday was on Friday the 13th (many years ago). I think its lucky!

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Love the quest bars!
3 things: long run, going away party, and a birthday party
Long run fuel: 1start eating Gu at 1 hour
Blogger meet up: we just had our first Nashville fitness blogger meet-up last week…so much fun!
I’d run at the beach…bring on the sunshine and warmth!

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Speaking of meeting bloggers in real life…when can we meet?!

Ha, dreams would come true.

I like your list of getting mentally ready for a race. For me, the first long run is always the hardest. I often feel like I struggle and the more I do, the better I feel.

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We will meet. It must happen! You are so right about doing more and more and feeling better and better!

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This weekend I’m taking my niece to a band tryout for her high school. She plays the saxophone. I’m so proud of her =) I’m also going to spend some time with my boyfriend and his girls doing crafts. (Well boyfriend will probably do some more manly stuff around the house while we craft) And Sunday I’m going to do some freelance photography for a real estate firm.

I usually fuel every 4.5 to 5 miles. I’m a slower runner (11 min pace for long runs) so that’s about every 45 minutes to an hour.)

I bumped into Run Eat Repeat at the NYC Marathon Expo in 2013. It was so funny. I just recognized her like an old friend.

If you could go for a run anywhere in the world this weekend, where would it be?

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You WILL have a great long run this weekend and it will make all the other long runs in this training cycle great! Just keep thinking positive!

I start talking fuel about 45-60mins into a long run… usually a couple honey stinger chomps!

I have met one other blogger at a race which was really cool! It was at a Disney race so it was soooo nice to have someone to hang with during the long wait and walk to the corrals!

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I like to fuel starting at mile 4.5 then every 4ish miles after that. I love using Honey Stingers!
This weekend I’m excited to see my man. I’m working and doing homework besides that, which isn’t that fun.
I met up with two bloggers once at a race and it was a lot of fun! I hope to get to do so again.

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Great tips for long runs, thanks for sharing! It’s so true about how telling ourselves it’s going to be a good or bad run makes it into a good or bad run. I start fueling at 12 mile runs, which I’m doing one today. If I could run anywhere in the world right now I would pick somewhere sunny, scenic, and in the 50s.

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Weekend: Menchie’s (Free fro yo today!) and work!

To Run: Along the coast of Big Sur! I went there in September and was blown away!

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I would go run a beach down in California! I was going to say Oregon, but I think I’d need to go further south in order to comfortably run in shorts, and I love running in shorts!

I usually eat gummies every half hour on a long run; maybe a bit more often towards the end of the run since that is when I get tired.

This weekend I am going to the Old Spaghetti Factory with a long-lost friend, enjoying an extra day off on Monday for BC Family Day, and hopefully celebrating my husband getting a new job that will cut 4-5 hours out of his daily commute!

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I met a fellow blogger in Florida when I was running the Ragnar there. It was awesome! I’ve bern listening to some podcasts during my long run and I’m always calculating fuel, etc. plus I try to make them pretty slow. Good luck tomorrow.

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I’m running the Best Damn Race half marathon this weekend with lots of blogger friends.

Brooke’s arms when she’s running look just like yours when you’re running. It’s so cute.

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We’re having my son’s birthday party this weekend! His birthday is the 12th!
I’ve meet a few bloggers in real life but none lately!

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I’ll be hanging out with friends over food a lot this weekend…never a bag thing;)

I’ve never met up with other bloggers, but I think it’d be fun!

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Three things I’m doing: Going to bed early tonight, 14 mile run tomorrow morning, watching Ouija with my boyfriend tomorrow night.

I have been terrible about fueling lately. I used to start immediately at mile 6 for anything longer than a half marathon distance, but my boyfriend NEVER eats on long runs so when I train with him I tend to forget. It doesn’t always affect my performance so much as it affects my mood. Hanger is a real problem for me.

If I could run anywhere this weekend it would just be somewhere warm and dry. I normally love running in cool weather and winter running has NEVER bothered me before, but I’m craving a warm, sunny run, somewhere where the sidewalks are clear of snow and ice!

Good luck tomorrow, I’m POSITIVE you will do great!

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I’ve never met up with a blogger in real life but I would love to one day.

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Love this post!!! Long runs are mentally tough!!! I know you’re going to do awesome!!

I’ve met up with you!!! My favorite blogger!! Duhhhh ;)

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Seriously. Meeting up with you has been the best ever. Move here. Or let’s just plan more get togethers!

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I hope you have a great long run this weekend- I think your plan sounds great and you will wake up refreshed and ready to run!

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This weekend we are looking at a house and getting brunch and dinner with friends! We’re going to a southern cooking place tomorrow and I cannot wait!

If I could run anywhere this weekend, it would be on the boardwalk in my hometown: Virginia Beach. :)

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We’re celebrating my nephew’s first birthday this weekend, eating lots of cake, and playing lots of games. I’ll sneak in a run or two this weekend also :)

For a long run, I use a Gu before I start the run and then at 40-45 minute intervals throughout the run.

I can’t think of a specific place off the top of my head, but I would run anywhere that it’s not 19 degrees!

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As soon as I put pressure on myself, I jinx it all. That’s why I don’t follow a specific training plan because I know I’d get so frustrated before I’d ever get fast. But…..you are way more determined and driven than I am as far as having a race time goal. I have no doubt you’ll have a great long run tomorrow because you’ll just decide to! You’ll kill it tomorrow. Roar.

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Hello! Lovin that picture of Quest Bars.. and I am so envious of your 55 degree weather… Chicago is a frozen, snow-covered tundra right now.

If I could run anywhere, it would be anywhere warm. Otherwise, I will stick to the treadmill.

3 things to do this weekend… 1.) Clean my kitchen. 2.) Have some decent snacks–maybe the popcorn-chips at Trader Joe’s or put peanut butter+chocolate on caramel rice cakes. 3.) SLEEP a ton! And not think about my job (grading)…

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Have you tried setting the alarm on your garmin to remind you to fuel? I know that works for some people, especially in races when you might be focused on other things.

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You are brilliant. I have never thought about doing that. Thank you!!

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I set my watch to go off every 35 minutes so that I can take a gel/chomp/sport beans and a salt capsule. I drink whenever I feel I need it in between.
I am glad to read that you are going to try to run slower for your long runs, I was thinking that slowing down would make you feel a lot better.

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This weekend I am doing a broken up long run because trying to prep for Boston while returning from stress fractures is no fun at all!

I have met my very best friends from blogging, in fact, I met my current roomie through blogging. LOVE IT!

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It IS going to go great! Have a blast.

This weekend I’m getting back into exercise after being sidelined because of a fall. I’m starting with yoga tomorrow morning and I’d also like to get in a short run to see how that feels. Fingers crossed that my third thing will be meeting my cousin’s new baby.

I’d like to be running in St. John this weekend :) Alas. the treadmill.

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Good luck with your long run! Long runs are typically my favorite because I don’t worry as much about pace, but I’m also really bad at fueling properly. Starting early makes such a big difference!

I also think that rewards are key. I’ve read that you shouldn’t reward yourself with food, but I usually avoid dessert, so I like to plan on something sweet after running for a few hours.

My long run is going to be short this weekend. I’ve been taking a low mileage running week and increasing my strength training, and my body is tired! I’m looking forward to getting out in the sun, though.

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Are you going to Blend again this year? I bought my ticket last week and can’t wait. No big plans this weekend. Planning on restating and catching up at home.

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AHHH I WISH:( I have a race that weekend that I committed to a while ago. You are going to have an amazing time! 2016!?!

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I try to start eating jelly beans at mile 6 for long runs. I just did a post earlier this week about staying positive to get through long runs, especially long ones on the treadmill. It’s all about positive thinking and breaking the run down into segments for sure. That’s what I have found works best for me.

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My trick is to always remind myself that I am blessed to even be running and that I should enjoy each and every mile. I try to go to a place of gratitude!

20 miles for me this weekend, praying the bad weather holds off! Gimme some of dat 55 and sunny ;)

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I have to remind myself for long runs that it doesn’t the to be fast too. I do notice I start to get blisters around kilometer 7 though, and that makes me want to rush to finish the rest of the run.

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This weekend, I am going to hear my favorite author speak at a church, I’m going to take naps, and I am going to eat A LOT of froyo.

If I could run anywhere in the world this weekend, it would be somewhere in Hawaii. I’ve heard about how amazing some of the trails are out there, and I could relax on some perfect beach afterward.

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3 things that I’m doing this weekend are – going for an 18-20 mile long run on the Boston Marathon course, volunteering at an event at church and celebrating my GRANDPA’S 91ST BIRTHDAY!!! Last weekend he said he’s going for 100! :)

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I love that Brooke runs everywhere!! Have you ever tried genucan? I swear that stuff is a miracle fuel, even if it’s only mental I have the most amazing runs when I drink it before and during long runs/hard efforts. This weekend I’m studying, working on a resume and doing a long pool run hehe. I’d run anywhere if I could run but a beautiful trail would be my first choice. I hope you have an amazing long run!

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I haven’t heard of that! I am going to have to look into that. Thanks so much Melissa and good luck studying and in the pool:)

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I start fueling once I get to 16 milers… I typically don’t file for half marathon distance or less…

I have a long run, a work shop for work and a potential snow storm in our future so shopping and stocking up at target of course…

I’m so jealous of your sunshine send some our way it was -10 this AM.

I’m meeting up with my first blog friend in two wks! I can’t [email protected]

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I am running long this weekend, hanging with my guy before he goes on a work trip, and signing (and paying for) franchise paperwork so I can start my new job running a children’s fitness program! :)

I usually try to start taking fuel at around mile 5 of my long runs, that way I don’t wait too long.

If you could go for a run anywhere in the world this weekend, where would it be?

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I’m going to be reading for classes (ugh), filing my taxes (ugh) and finally hitting the gym (yay)!

Your running stories always inspire me so I can’t wait to read how your long run went :)

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I have 12 miles on my schedule this weekend and I wish I could run them in Central Park!

I usually start taking in fuel around the 45 minute mark (about 5 miles)

I LOVE meeting up with Bloggers especially running ones. They have also become se of my best friends because we already have so much in common and just connect so well!

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3 things you are doing this weekend? Long run, homework and enjoying being snowed in!

When do you start taking in fuel on your long runs? I take it every 45 minutes or so. I have been in weight loss mode for awhile and need to start the day before so I’m not “running on empty” for my whole long run like I have been lately.

Who has met up with other bloggers in real life? Nope

If you could go for a run anywhere in the world this weekend, where would it be? Anywhere where there isn’t 3 feet of snow outside with another foot this weekend! :)

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I think we have all your snow in Boston!! Your experience running in the cold/snow may benefit you for the Boston Marathon. If things keep going at this rate, we may still be buried in April!!!!

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I’ll be studying, dancing, and taking a nap this weekend!

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I met my first blog friend a couple weeks ago!! So much fun. I’m going to a baby shower this weekend and a basketball game. OH and Sweet Cece’s is doing 2-for-1 for 99 cents for frozen yogurt day!!! So that’s happening. Have a wonderful weekend!

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if you can take some time away from your friends for part of the long runs, that might take pressure off of keeping a particular pace. but then again, friends might help motivate! i also find that podcasts work really well so i am getting really into listening to them instead of hurting through my run :]

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I’m training for an ultra and that means lots of long runs and time on feet. Before a long run I eat my favorite pre-run breakfast and take my time getting ready even though it’s super early and I allow myself to be really excited about it–we love running long, that’s what all this training is for and we’ve spent all week doing shorter runs to support those long runs and now it’s finally time to run for hours.

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This is exactly what I needed to read. Thank you so much Myranda and GOOD LUCK with your Ultra and training… that is so awesome!

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I take a Gu at the start, and then every 5 miles (but only if I’m running longer than 8). Then I usually don’t take any Gu.. I just eat a nice breakfast.

Before I blogged I met up with some bloggers for a RAGNAR. They needed a 12th person and thankfully weren’t as worried as they should have been about finding a complete stranger on Twitter to run with them. It was a blast!

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I love Target so much! Happy Friday!

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Lots of things on the agenda this weekend– running TWO races (a 2 miler and a 4 miler), studying for class, and working on a presentation. REALLY EXCITING! I actually think I have a shot at the 2 mile race.. we will see!

But if I could run anywhere? I would run in California with my amazing fiancé and daughter! Miss those two while I’m away at school!

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3 things: celebrating my birthday with the family, enjoying the amazing weather and catching up on things around the house

I have two amazing friends I met through blogging!

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Brooke running, that is the cutest thing ever. Stole my heart.

Best place to be running right now? Hm. Colorado is pretty awesome so I’ll stick with it. Though I have friends in Pittsburgh. I do love running there.

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We have met up!

If I start to dread/worry about not feeling great on long runs (or any type for that matter) I have to change up something in my life routine so that it gives it a chance to be a new beginning. If that makes sense. Obviously don’t change up things that don’t need changing and could effect the run, but I welcomed the optimism I had the day prior to focusing on this difference. (Some things have really helped and to this day do not know if it is the thing or the optimism that produced the better run)

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Seriously… I feel like we were destined to meet and blogging was the only way for us to connect:)

That makes COMPLETE sense and it was just what I needed to read. Thank you Erica!

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My 3 things: 1. My kiddo’s basketball game; 2. Kiddo having a friend over for a sleepover; 3. Hopefully spending time with my new man. :)

Fuel on your long runs? — My long runs are only about only about 1/2 the distance of yours. Therefore, unless it is a half-marathon, my long = ~90 minutes. I will start fueling ~30-45 minutes in…then about every 15-20 minutes. I (stubbornly) try to run without fuel until my runs hit about 1 hr 15 min. I guess I just feel I should be able to run 60 minutes without help while out……

If you could go for a run anywhere in the world this weekend, where would it be? — uhh….somewhere not in the Seattle liquid sunshine. California would be great…a beach…basically somewhere with SUNSHINE (of the non-liquid form).

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My 3 things are: definitely relaxing, hoping to run Ocean Blvd if this sunny Florida weather stays put, and getting my Brooks Pure Flow 4s!! I am so excited!! Do you think you will be trying them? I’ve heard really good things so far and can’t wait to try out the new fabric they used!

And if I could run anywhere in the world it would definitely be anywhere with hills like San Francisco! We don’t have any hills in Florida so I never get to incorporate hills unless it’s the treadmill! :(

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try an old-fashioned donut dipped in hot cocoa. This is now my go-to post long run treat.

It’s AMAZING.

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Great list! It’s inspired me for my long run coming up this weekend!

Love the picture of Brooke running in the store :) too cute

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I usually fuel around 4.5 to 5 in…or I will forget!
As for running anywhere I could just go for no snow. I would love to run without worrying about sliding around.

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Perfect timing. I’m a bit nervous for my 15- miler tomorrow. Thanks for the pep talk!

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Love Quest bars! I but them in multiple boxes as well.
yesterday was 72degrees here been way to warm this winter for me. Being in central California our winters are quite mild anyway so when we have one like this year it feels like we miss it all together.

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The most I do for long runs right now is only about 10 so I don’t worry about fueling!

This weekend is going to be amazing. I have a basketball game later today then tomorrow I’m going to Michigan Ice Fest! I’ve never ice climbed but I can’t wait to try the experience!!

The only blogger I’ve met is you and is was SO much fun! I hope we can do it again if I’m ever in Utah!

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I think breaking the run into segments in your mind is a great idea. For my half marathons, I’ve thought of the race in advance as an 8 mile run, followed by a short 5 miles, which really helped me not worry about it beforehand. Then, during the race, I never even thought about the distance!

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This weekend I am running the Hot Chocolate 15K! There are supposed to be over 13,000 runners (it’s a 15K/5K)… CRAAAAAZY. I have never fueled during a run before so I may experiment with Gu during my race tomorrow to see if it works well (I have heard it can make you nauseous).

I would love to run in Central Park (when it’s warmer) or on the beach/Runyon Canyon in Cali with my best friend who lives there :)

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This weekend I will be getting some good workouts in, binge watching Once Upon a Time with my daughter and eating pizza.

I joined a NH bloggers group so I’ve gotten to meet some great people at our events.

I would love to run anyplace with sunshine and no snow!!

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So it was 10* this morning when I woke up. I think it’s up to 18. Yay NJ! I have 10 miles planned for Sunday but it is supposed to snow again! So if I could run anywhere t would be any where warmer! a 50* run would be perfect!

Other exciting things on my to do list are take my daughter to ballet and the baby to get his second hair cut

Happy Friday!!

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My husband and I are leaving for Hawaii tomorrow so I will definitely be lounging by the pool with a good book, running on the beach, and snorkeling with turtles.

So I guess, if I could go running anywhere in the world this weekend it would have to be Hawaii! Can’t beat a little sunshine and scenery.

I’ve met a couple bloggers in real life at various races and wish I could meet a lot more! It’s amazing how much I have in common with so many of my blogger friends.

I typically don’t fuel during a run if I am only doing 7-8 miles. If I am doing more than 9 miles I will fuel every 45 minutes.

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GOOD LUCK! I am loving your list! You’ll be GREAT, I have the FAITH!!!
A nap after a long run sounds divine…

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3 things: run 1-13 miles in the morning then finishing up IVF. Transferring 2 embryos tomorrow afternoon! Then saying goodbye to my dad who’s been with me all week.

fuel: If it’s a training run, I don’t fuel unless I’m going 16mi or more and that’s at mile 10.

dream run: an international marathon! Preferable one of the world majors like Berlin , London or Japan. I have the 3 US done and would love to get the other 3.

Have a great run tomorrow!

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I would love to run in lower elevation just to remember what it feels like haha! I live in Utah. This weekend is my baby girl’s first birthday party and I am sooooo excited!!!! :)

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I’m weird bc my long run distance MUST be an even number…I HATE turning around (I do out and backs for my long runs) at x.5 miles…HATE it. BUT I fuel on odd miles…so 3, 7, 13, 17, 21 or 23. I’ve tried fueling every 4 miles since this is about 40-45 mins of running for me, but it just never works. Sticking to my odd miles to fuel has done wonders for my long runs. And I do think its a lot mental.

You’re gonna rock your long run, and everything I have read says long runs should be done at a comfortable conversational pace – so you are right on – its time on your legs not pace. You’re gonna kill it =)

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Oh and I want to run any place that is between 55-60 degs….SC is killing me with its sub-artic 30 degree weather!

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I am so jealous of your weather I could cry – it’s -15 with the wind chill here today, and I saw this morning that for the rest of the month we will be way below average temps while the Pacific North West and your region will be above. I’m taking a rest day today too, but my run will likely be inside tomorrow….again :(

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And remember you will be with me so no matter what it will be good :)

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Hi J! That sounds like a good plan of attack for your long run tomorrow. And it’s good you’re resting today. Looks like Brooke is going to be a runner like her Momma! It’s supposed to be raining in the Bay Area this weekend, so I’ll be inside a lot I guess. Reward yourself tomorrow!! And have a great day:)

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I usually take in fuel about half an hour in. I’m still trying to learn what works best for me! Hope your long run goes better today! :)

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Love your list, I am sure you will rock the long run!

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Great tips for long runs!!! During my training for my last marathon (which was also my first marathon) I became tired of long runs once I started logging 19 mile runs —- I can imagine for you the cumulative effect of alllllll the long runs you’ve done over the years makes them feel either really awesome or just annoying at times. I hope you have a great run tomorrow!

If I could run anywhere….maybe cape cod? We are working on planning a vacay there this summer and I’ve been daydreaming about early morning runs by the beach!

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I’m running 12+4+2+2 tomorrow, ha!
I’ve been fueling only around the halfway mark of my long runs or just past it, so around 11 or 12 depending on when the bathroom breaks are. But I take a gel and endurolytes a half hour or so before I start, so I guess I technically start fueling early!

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3 Things This Weekend: #1. Outdoor long run while my mom babysits, #2. Visiting family!, #3. Contemplating signing up for Fall half marathon for some post-baby motivation :)

Awesome tips for making the long run. Splitting the run into smaller chunks helps me so much! Mentally it seems so much more do-able then. Or even time increments. For a 20-miler, sometimes I think of them as “just run for three hours” broken up into 1 hour chunks. Remembering that the focus is time on your feet is another one that really helps me – it’s not race day!

You pretty much covered any tip I could think of :)

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I’m playing field hockey, shoveling off the cottage roof and getting in my long run.

I take a gel at 45 minutes…and every 45 minutes after that. Works for me!

I have met a lot of twitter peeps, some of whom blog, in the last year – it has been great! Some of them have become very important friends.

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AHHH brooke getting her own ice cream?! She is so grown up now!! precious!

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Brookers looks like such an adult in that running shot and making her own cone! When did that happen?! Time flies :)

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My long run this weekend is also 17 miles and I am dreading it a bit. I am totally going to use some of your tips!

3 things I am doing this weekend: 1. running sat and sun for a total of 23 miles, going to a friends bday party tonight and going to Disneyland on Sunday with some friends!

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Boston is my dream. I am living my dream through your training. Thank you! :)

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I always break my long run up in my head! It’s the only way I can handle running 22 miles. If I could run anywhere, it’d be somewhere tropical so I could do a short run and then lay on a warm beach!

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I would be running in San Diego if I could. Florida last week was quite nice to. It’s 26 degrees here right now which doesn’t motivate me to bundle up and go. (I do it anyway)

I am working, shopping for a new car and baking something chocolate this weekend.

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Happy early Birthday!! Mine is Sunday! I met bloggers at a conference a few years ago in Philly… but I really want to me YOU someday!! :)

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Long run tomorrow :) Resting/Blogging and Finishing my RunDisney tutu

I think I would run either New Zealand or an international city like London or Paris

Breaking up the long runs always help me focus on the big picture without being overwhelmed. I usually start fueling around mile 4-5 because I don’t typically eat much before my a.m. runs.

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I’m determined to see a movie this weekend. Also have Sunday afternoon tea planned with a good friend, and will definitely get a run in. Except that I’m tapering, so it will only be about 8 miles. We’re finally getting rain here in California, so that’ll be novel. I’ll have to dig out my rain jacket.

I usually try to fuel every 45mins or so. I usually time it with the water fountains on my route. But if I’m carrying water, it’s really easy to forget.

You’re going to rock your long run! Enjoy every step of it! We’re lucky we get to do this!

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Oh..and I got a chance to meet so many cool bloggers last July at BlogHer14. Not many specific to running, but lots of wellness / fitness folks. But especially some amazing writers who I have a total fan girl thing going because I’m in awe of their writing skills.

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Your list is spot on! It is so much about the mental attitude – love being reminded about that :)

Three things this weekend…
1. Haircut 2. pool running 3. hopefully get out to see a movie

I would run in Santa Barbara! I went to University there and it is the best place ever for running. LOVE.

For long runs, I have a GU before the run and then about 1 hour into it I’ll have another. I also work on alternating between water and performance fluid so I can feel comfortable on race day. Have fun!

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This weekend I am doing my long run (18km), going to see American Sniper in Gold Class, and making a cake for my husband for his birthday!

I start fueling about half an hour in. I really feel a difference if I don’t wait until I am started to get low on fuel stores. Earlier is better for me.

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Asst. Coaching my daughters’ basketball game, getting in my long training run (6 miles this week) and spending some quality time with my runner girls!!

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1. I’m going to get free froyo at Menchies with the kids! National Frozen Yogurt Day! Thanks for the awesome tip Janae!!
2. Take my son to his first baseball practice, can you believe it’s starting already !?! So crazy…
3. Enjoying some much needed rest days. This week felt like such a struggle for me during all my runs!

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I’m so envious of your warm weather! It’s SO COLD here in NYC and next week is supposed to be worse. I’m already trying to figure out how I’m gonna survive running next week :(

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3 Things I’m Doing This Weekend:
1. Writing a journal article
2. Reading part of a text book/creating discussion questions for a class I’m leading
3. Getting coffee with a friend

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Three things this weekend: trying to let my foot recover from an injury, taking puppy to “basic manners” training classes, and shoveling my car out as it snows MORE in boston!

If I could run anywhere in the world this weekend, it would be some warm, dry, and scenic (preferably alongside the ocean :-) ) San Diego?

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I got my long run in today (20 miles, woot!), so the weekend is all clear for doing nothing but relaxing! I told myself it was just 2 easy 10 mile runs, out and back, and that worked. I take a gel every hour. It’s hard because I have zero interest in eating while running. Even if I’m hungry I am just too tired to do it when I run, so I really have to force myself to do it.

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Who’s your really cool friend in that last picture?

Good luck in the morning! Can’t wait to hear how awesome it is. Hopefully I’ll be joining you on the next one.

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I met Monica from RunEatRepeat and I also met Skinny Runner at a race last year. I seriously felt like I was meeting a celebrity! )
Lol. If you are ever around my neck of the woods I would love to meet up with you :)

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I have met some of the best people through blogging. When I lived in VA we had a bloggers group and we were able to meet up and share ideas. When I moved to Chicago there was the same thing, just on a grander scale. Bloggers are always so supportive and I love being able to connect with them in real life. Going to blogging conventions also doesnt hurt!

This weekend I will prob be lazy and play some video games. Maybe hit the gym tomorrow but today is a rest day!

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My long runs have been hard too, I will try to do a list like you

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My birthday is 2-13 also! I was born on Friday the 13th and so I love when it falls that way again. Happy Early Birthday!

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