The First Double Beach Day Weekend of Summer

T-4 days before my favorite holiday, the 4th of July! This weekend, I continued my marathon training. I ran 11 miles at an easy pace along the beaches in my town. At mile 7, I stopped by one of the beaches with snack bar and grabbed a cup of water to have with my energy gel. 

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I picked up the pace for a final mile making it a total of 12. I was excited to be done and it was still before 11am. I did not map out my run but instead just did sort of an out and back type route, very uncommon for me. I need loops but I liked the new scenery. 

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Pre run, I had a banana with some coconut almond butter and my Vega pre workout Energizer. This stuff is delicious. It has added sugar but tasted delicious. I looked for it at Whole Foods last night but didn’t see it. I’ll have to ask my mom where she bought it. 

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I enjoyed the remainder of my Saturday relaxing on the beach and treated myself to two Leinenkugel Summer Shandys. 

I woke up Sunday morning, starving. Since it a rest day, I made myself a fancy bowl of oatmeal with Paleonola, blueberries and a scoop of coconut butter.

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My mother is always reading my blog, so when I stay with her on the weekends in the summer, it’s funny how many items she has in her pantry that I’ve featured on my blog. Paleonola is “granola” without the grains, so basically toasted nuts with spices and a little honey. 

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Sunday, we relaxed again at the beach. I started reading The One and Only by Emily Griffin. It was a very mellow weekend, just what I wanted and needed after working most of last. 

This is a short week since the 4th of July is coming up. I’m debating if I should do my long run on Friday before I party on the beach or plan to do it hungover on Saturday… me thinks Friday morning. Any experienced marathon running advice for this newbie? 

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