Dancing for Food

Overcoming the ballet body image.

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The Last Long Run!!

Today’s Run

22.05 miles, 3:50:20, 10:27 pace

Yes.  My daddy and I ran 22 miles today.


We met at 15th street in Newport around 7:30 this morning.  While it’s much, MUCH easier  to run with a buddy, it’s still quite daunting to start running when you know you have 22 miles ahead of you.

We ran from 15th to the wedge (about 2.4ish miles) and stopped for the mandatory photo op.

wedge 1

wedge 2

wedge 3

I love how the pictures into the sun turn out.

We then turned toward Huntington as usual and ran until the Garmin read 13.8.  That would get us back to 15th street at 22 miles.  Actually it got us there a little before because we didn’t calculate the mileage exactly, but whatever.

Running in Huntington is nice.  We ran past dog beach – it was so fun to see all the doggies frolicking in the water!   I was imagining a little corgi with her short stumpy legs running in the water and it made me smile.  🙂

My dad started feeling a sharp pain where his shin meets his ankle with about 8 miles to go.  I was worried, and he was too, but it would go away after running for a bit.  He thinks it might be the beginning of a stress fracture, which obviously isn’t good.  Hopefully it isn’t bad so he can run the marathon without too much pain or issues.

At the turnaround point, I snapped a few more photos on my phone.

turnaround 2


turnround 4

turnaround 3

We kept trucking along, stopping for walk breaks every couple miles or so.  We were both hurting a bit, him more than me I think.  But, we’re in this for the experience and to finish it.  Speed doesn’t matter to us.

I had gels at miles 8 and 16 and tried to drink as much water as I could.  When I don’t stop for lights I forget to drink.  Not good.

We also stopped for the bathroom a couple times.  This is one of the key reasons to do long runs at the beach.  You have easy access to bathrooms and water fountains.  Makes things much easier and removes stress.

When the Garmin finally hit 22, I was very happy, as you can imagine.  More photos.

turnaround 1

done 1

Naturally, I uploaded this picture to Instagram.

done 2

I got home, had a protein shake (protein powder and chocolate coconut water) and took a long hot shower.  It was glorious.

I then had a banana, overnight oats, and iced coffee with milk and Hershey’s.


overnight oats 2


And since then I’ve been sitting on the couch (like a boss) blogging and working on shower crafty things.  No pictures yet because the honorees need to be surprised!  Later I believe we’re going to Panera for dinner thanks to the Valentine’s gift card from my parents.  The bread bowl is calling my name!


What are your Saturday night plans?

P.S. Can you believe it’s already almost March?  Where does the time go?


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Some Days Just Aren’t Running Days

I don’t get it.  Last week I ran 21 miles with out music and felt pretty darn good.  Then this morning I ran only 14 miles and felt like crap.

I woke up just not in the mood AT ALL.  I generally have to force myself out these days, but today I was just not feeling it at all, physically or mentally.  I took forever getting out the door and was immediately greeted with unseasonably warm temperatures.  Don’t get me wrong, I love warm weather and it’s one of the many reasons we’re trying to buy a house in one of the most expensive areas of the country.  But when it comes out of the blue it’s not fun.



This is of course later than when I ran, but it still shows how much warmer it suddenly became (and how cold it’s expected to get in comparison).  I ended up ditching my jacket a mile and a half into the run.  Since the first few miles took me in a small loop around home, I was able to have Mat come out and take the jacket from me so I didn’t have to deal with it around my waist the whole time.

The whole run was rather ugh.  I had to walk quite a bit and even stop to catch my breath and rest.  I mean seriously, these splits are pathetic.


I guess not every run can be a good one, right?  Just gotta shake it off and remember that I have one more really long one next Saturday and then it’s already taper time!

Another way to shake it off is to be excited about our Valentine’s date night tonight!  With the new Kate Spade purse and earrings!

What do you do when your workouts don’t go as planned?

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I Ran 21 Miles Today

Today I did something that my old ballerina self would have never thought possible: I ran 21 miles.

Like 2 weeks ago when I ran 20 miles, I got up at 6 so I would have time to eat and wake up.  And use the bathroom, of course.

I ate the same bread with peanut butter pre-run snack.

pre-run snack

And I went to the same beach where I ran my 19 miler and 20 miler.

I ran almost 2.5 miles to the wedge and stopped for some photos.  I mean, come on, if you live 15 minutes from the beach and have the chance to run it anytime you want, you have to take pictures, right?

wedge view 1

wedge view 2

wedge view 3

I guess the other side of that argument would be that if you live close enough to the beach that you can go whenever you want you have no need to take pictures, but whatever.  I digress.

This run felt surprisingly good overall.  For being terrified of it and incredibly lazy this morning, on top of bleh runs in general lately, I was VERY pleasantly surprised at how good I felt throughout.  I still took walk breaks, but I actually ran the first 8 miles or so straight minus stopping for my photo op at the wedge.

Speaking of the wedge, the highlight of my run (except for finishing it) happened there.  I saw 3 corgis.  And I got to pet them!  OMG SO STINKING CUTE.

I didn’t take pictures with of them because I figured it would have been creepy to ask their owners if I could.  But ohmygoodness I want a corgi.

So anyways, I ran and ran and ran.  I ran the piers today each time I passed them and discovered that running the pier is roughly .4 miles.  That was basically awesome because it cut down on the actual coastal distance I had to cover.  Plus, it was really nice to run with the water literally underneath my feet.

When my Garmin read 13.35 I stopped to snap some photos before turning around to head back to my car.

13.35 view 3

13.35 view 2

13.35 view 1

Smiling normally.

13.35 1

Smiling creepily.

13.35 2

Did I mention I ran the whole 21 miles without music?  I did.  It just sort of happened that way.  When I first parked it was so quiet and peaceful that I decided to just enjoy it and turn the music on later.  And then I zoned out and just never turned it on.  It was actually really nice.  I was able to enjoy listening to the water and just be zen.

When I finished the 21 miles I was SOOOO proud of myself.  I snapped more photos.


done view 3

happy to be done

done view 2

done view 1


When I got home it was protein shake time.  This one was a scoop of chocolate protein powder with chocolate coconut water.  And guess what?  My hubby had it all ready in the fridge for me.  (He also did a crapton of cleaning today so I wouldn’t have to.  I love this man).

protein shake

After a shower and foam rolling, real food was a banana that I scarfed down and overnight oats with coffee.



Food never tasted so good!


To quote Chef Katelyn, how did you sweat dirty today?