September 29, 2013

Feeling very "Panera" today

Today I "only" had 10 miles on the schedule :)  Of course the "only" is all relative. Last Sunday, I ran 16, so I really wasn't even thinking of today as a long run. It was my second-to-last double digit run until the marathon, however!

I had to wait until 8:30 to head out, when the kids went to church with my parents, and I wasn't sure if I should eat breakfast beforehand or not. I always regret it when I do, because it makes me feel crappy during my run, but I knew I wouldn't be home and showered until about 10:30, which is nearly lunchtime for me. I decided not to eat before I left, but I brought a Gu with me to have at the halfway point. I also made sure to bring water with me this time; I didn't want another run like Thursday's!

I chose the same lollipop route that I did for my 16-miler last week (only just the out-and-back part, to make it way shorter). I was really hoping that I'd feel as good today as I did last week. I didn't feel GREAT, like last Sunday, but I had a good run. I was aiming for my long run pace of 9:38/mi (or less, if I felt like it). At the five mile mark, when I turned around, I ate a Salted Caramel Gu. My stomach felt totally fine the whole run.

When I turned around, the wind was in my favor (I had a headwind on the way out), so I picked up the pace a little. And, just to prove to myself that I still had some fuel in the tank, I ran sub-9:00 for the last mile.

Today's run put my total mileage for September at 198. Tomorrow, I have 7 miles on the schedule, so that will put me at 205 for the whole month. I'm in disbelief that I've run that many miles! I ran 200 in August, which blew my mind. And now 205 for September. AND, the best part? I've remained injury-free! I'm convinced that this Hansons' method of training has helped me stay injury-free.

When I got home, I was texting Jerry for a little while before getting in the shower, and by the time I was done showering, it was 11:00. The kids had asked me yesterday if we could go to Panera for lunch today, and I said sure. Since I hadn't even had breakfast, I decided to take them to lunch, and I would get a bagel for breakfast. I got a blueberry bagel with reduced-fat cream cheese, for a total of 13 PointsPlus.

It was DELICIOUS. The perfect post-10-miler breakfast!

While I was there, I decided to get some soup to go for lunch later. I adore Panera's Broccoli Cheddar soup, so I got a bowl of that with a 2 oz. baguette to bring home. The soup is 8 PP, and the bread is 5 PP--both totally worth it!

And, because I have a lot of PointsPlus saved up from this week (I've been trying to eat only when hungry, rather than eating "just because I have the PP to spend"), I got a chocolate chip cookie to have tonight. I've never had one of Panera's cookies, but it looks good and I can't wait to eat it during the Breaking Bad series finale!

The cookie is 13 PointsPlus, and hopefully it's worth it! On the way home from Panera, I was stopped at a traffic light, and there was a sign on the side of the road advertising a "Poker Run" and party.

Noah: "Mama, do you know what a poker run is?"
Me: "No, but I'm curious if it's an actual RUN or if it's something to do with Poker." 
Noah: "It's when a bunch of motorcyclists go from one bar to another, collecting a card from each bar; then at the last one, they have enough for a hand of poker, and they play."

I laughed so hard when he said that. I was completely shocked that he knew what it was! I'd never heard of such a thing. When I asked him where he heard that, he told me that my dad explained it to him once.

I cleaned the hell out of my house yesterday, and I found something while cleaning out a drawer in my bedroom (no, not THAT)... anyone recognize this?

That would be an iPAQ. A long, long time ago, before iPods, and smart phones, and all that, there were little PDA's (Personal Digital Assistants). I remember spending a small fortune on this one, because it was in COLOR (gasp!). When I took it out during a college class to schedule a reminder or something, everyone used to stare and ask me questions about what it was. No, I'm not joking. I ended up using it mostly to play games, though ;)

Anyone else watching the finale of Breaking Bad tonight? I can't wait to see how it ends! (Although, really, there isn't a great way for it to end...)

Don't forget, tomorrow is Motivational Monday! If you have a picture you want to share of a health/fitness accomplishment you achieved this week, you can e-mail it (along with a short description) to SlimKatie (at) runsforcookies (dot) com, subject "Motivational Monday", and I may include it in tomorrow's MM post. Can't wait to see what you've all been up to this week!


  1. I'm not sure if you're a squash fan, but I tried Panera's Autumn Squash soup tonight and it was delicious! I don't do WW so I'm not sure about the PP. But so good!

  2. You had some mighty good looking eats there today! That cookie looks fabulous. Be sure and let us know if it was worth it.

  3. That Autumn Squash Soup sounds delish I checked out the nutritionals on WW and it is 10 PP. That's a lot for a bowl of soup!

  4. I spent all day waiting for the Breaking Bad finale... finally it came and I wish I had a DVR because I kept wanting to pause to digest stuff but I couldn't!

  5. The BB finale was amazing! We watched it with a couple of friends and all agreed that it ended exactly the way we'd hoped.

  6. Panera is my go-to favorite right now! Their bread is just amazing.

  7. Great job on the run. Panera is definitely an awesome post-run stop. I've never heard of a Poker Run...definitely interesting.

  8. No spoilers here, but that episode last night was the most fulfilled I have ever been during any television show's finale! I loved it! They tied up everything nicely! That broccoli cheddar soup looks amazing!

  9. We have poker runs with our running club. We play the same way as your son describes, but we run around the track & collect a card each time we pass the starting line. It is pretty fun!

  10. Your food all looks great. I used to work (before retirement) in a building that was attached to the University of Nebraska's famous Dairy Store. I'm not a big ice cream fan, but I did have a sundae or two over the 35 years I worked there. My favorite thing from that Dairy Store, however, was their chicken fajita soup, which they only had one day a week. I'm seriously considering trying to figure out which day they have it now, and going and getting a bowl. It was better than any chicken fajita soup I've ever had anywhere!

  11. It's funny that you mention Panera in your Sunday post. I'm a Michigan native and my best friend from college still lives in Kalamazoo. She texted me yesterday "Why doesn't Panera deliver on such a perfectly fall day in Michigan?" lol

  12. I LOVE Panera and could eat there every day! It seems every time I go, I have a free pasty or bakery item on my card. It's so hard to turn down. I LOVE their cookies, but they have like 400 calories or something, so normally I split it with my kids. I almost always get broccoli cheddar soup, but I love their salads and sandwiches too. Their mac and cheese is so good, but has a BILLION frickin calories. :)

  13. AHHH! Breaking Bad! LOL. My hubby and I liked it a lot. We think it wrapped everything up really nicely and still had some "Walt is too smart for his own good." moments that were amazing. We were both very pleased.

    And now... I want Panera. :)

  14. Bagels are at least part of my weekly routine. I could eat them every day and could never live carb-free because of bagels, and pizza, and cookies, and cake...


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