City of Oaks Half Marathon 2015

I tried to fit all of this into an Instagram caption…but it just wasn’t working out.  So here is the race report I’ve been looking forward to writing for the better part of 3 years.  This morning I ran the City of Oaks Half Marathon in Raleigh, NC.  The last time I trained for, and completed, a race was July 2013, when I ran/crawled the Grandfather Mountain Marathon.



Backstory: I qualified for Boston 2014 at the Baltimore Running Festival in 2012. I was in the best shape of my life and I remember it being effortless.  I crossed the finish line in 3:29:17 full of life (this is how I remember it). 20 days before Boston 2014, after a year of unsuccessful training, stomach aches and injuries galore, I got the results of an MRI that revealed a femoral shaft stress fracture.  I watched Boston on crutches and dreamed of crossing that finish line.  Little did I know, 2014 had a few more plot twists in store for me.  Two more stress fractures and lots of stomach aches later, in October, I found out gluten was not for me.  I quit running, and focused on trying to figure out a life without beer, bread and pasta.  I was fortunate to go to Australia for 28 days around Christmas, I exercised 4 times while I was there, rested, explored, and ate gluten free and vegan with two of my best friends in the world (Laci and Auryn, forever grateful for you two).  I came back feeling out of shape, but healthy, happy and ready to rock my second semester of grad school. Around Feb. 14th 2015 I started walk/running a couple miles 6x/week on a treadmill and doing glute/core activation exercises.  Running became what it always should be for recreational runners- a stress reliever and my favorite part of my day.  Most of mileage was done facing a corner in my parents bedroom on their treadmill and I loved every second of my 20 minute walk/runs in that corner.  They soon turned into 3 mile runs, 5 mile runs, 20 mile weeks and somewhere around May I thought – what if I trained for a race this fall? My coworker and friend, Will, wrote me a training plan and mid July I was on it.  I ran MULTIPLE 50+ mile weeks this fall and totally fell in love with running all over again.  I loved every second of every run I did in the past 10 months…and holy cow…I never got one stress fracture!!!!!

Today’s Half Marathon:

I pushed my race up one week because one of my best friends from high school is getting married this Friday, and the idea of trying to run a half after dancing my butt off in heels seemed unrealistic.  I had been planning on the flat, fast outer banks half marathon. So, last weekend I signed up for the hilly, hilly….HILLY City of Oaks Half Marathon in Raleigh, NC.  This week I slept lots, ate lots of gluten free carbs (mostly for the fun of it) and foam rolled my legs like there was no tomorrow.  Shout out to Sweet Note Bagels…gluten free, egg free (top 8 allergen free) bagels, I had a plain one with PB, honey and banana at 4am this morning and it hit the spot.  I also ate about 8 of them this week, yum. I rested, and I soaked up the fact that I ran for 10 months this year healthy, and happy.  I was lucky enough to have a friend running with me (Rachel, you’re a beast!) and to say I was nervous at the start would be an understatement.  I started off right around my goal pace (7:00-7:10 min/mi) and managed to keep it there for about 5 miles…and thats when those Raleigh hills started up.  I have done most of my running this year on a treadmill (I am now a full fledged treadmill lover, judge me) or on the ATT.  I was really not prepared for some hills.  So I took a little assessment of how heavy my legs felt, stopped looking at my watch and ran the last 8ish miles with no cares about pace, waving to familiar faces, walking at water stations and thinking…next time…lets run some hills. The last mile of my race felt pretty fast…probably at 7:30 or so? And I think I ran around 1:42:00.  Not a PR, but damn did it feel good to cross a finish line, hobble to the car, and go home and make some gluten, egg free pumpkin waffles with a side of bacon with my mom.

Gluten & Egg free post race breakfast

Gluten & Egg free post race breakfast

Was it my dream PR hitting gloriously pain free half marathon? Definitely not. But aside from qualifying for Boston it was the best race I’ve ever had.  To think this time last year I was running 0mi/week and today I ran a half marathon. It’s been the most amazing year and I wouldn’t change a thing.  I had more fun being hurt and out shape than I ever thought I would have. I am so grateful for that experience.  Being injured, and sick reminded me that running is supposed to be FUN, and we are lucky to be able to run even one mile.  It’s supposed to be a way to relieve stress, not create it and that no run, no race, no missed PR should ever make us feel anything but amazing.

I am hesitant to make future plans, but I would LOVE to run the Wrightsville Beach Full this spring and qualify for Boston, again.  If you made it this far, thanks for reading, and for cheering me on for the past few years.

“If I quit now I will soon be back to where I started, and when I started, I desperately wanted to be where I am now.”

Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats

Per [multiple] requests for the recipe for a breakfast I posted on Instagram that didn’t even  look appetizing (but tasted PHENOMENAL) here is the recipe for my overnight pumpkin spice oats. Grad school year 2 has me on a grab and go breakfast plan. This recipe is necessarily gluten free and vegan but I am sure you could add regular milk or use regular (non gf) oats and it would be just as good!

Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats: 

Pumpkin Spice Overnight Oats


1/2c oats (I used gluten free)
1/2 cup almond milk (I used unsweetened original almond)
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tbsp maple syrup (I pour and guesstimate this part…so maybe more)
1/2 tsp pumpkin spice blend
1/4 cup pumpkin puree
top with sliced banana, peanut butter, pecans etc.


Put all ingredients mason jar or tupperware, close lid tightly and shake to combine. Place in refrigerator overnight. PRO TIP: Do not put the chia seeds in the jar first…they will stick to the bottom…add the oats first and then the order doesn’t matter after that.
In the morning, top with additional milk if it is too thick (I usually just add a little bit of almond milk)
Top with banana and peanut butter (optional) and dig in!

“Real difficulties can be overcome; it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable.”

Peanut Butter Fathers Day Cake & The Comeback

I’m back!!! It has been a longgggggg time since I posted a blog, and I won’t lie…there are a few in my “Drafts” about my amazing experience on the sidelines of the 2014 Boston Marathon.  But, you all will be spared of my Boston Race Report.  Here is all you need to know: I ate all the food, drank all the beer, shopped, and had more fun than I think anyone has ever had traveling on crutches.  I am so thankful for my mom and sister who were my race crew, even though I wasn’t racing.  It was an amazing experience and I feel so fortunate to have been able to be a part of what will most definitely be the most emotional, monumental Boston Marathon in history.  See you in 2016, Boston.

Looking forward.

Today, exactly 4 months after my last run, I laced up my Ride 6’s and ran 2ish miles.  I have no idea how long it took, or exactly how far I went, but it was the happiest two miles ever.  Leading up to Memorial Day I was SO frustrated with all my failed attempts to start doing anything with no leg pain. Every little thing I tried to do hurt my femur, which was obviously not completely better. So, I decided when I went to Topsail Island (to be a part of one of my best friends weddings) I would do no exercising. I relaxed, I ate, I drank and I had the most fun I think I have ever had. I was there for 9 days.  I am so grateful to have friends like mine. I decided when I got back from the beach I would get back to business.  I joined a new gym, started eating a little better and kept my eyes on the prize – running.  My amazing sports chiropractor made a deal with me – if I could get at least a 15 on the FMS – I could jog again.  That was all I needed to hear and I was suddenly doing my pt exercises [almost] daily, and I have been getting up everyday to do some sort of horrid cardio inside the gym. When I had a stress fracture, I got an 11 on the FMS, the best you can get is a 21.  Today I went back and I was feeling great, I have gone 2 solid weeks with absolutely no femur pain.  I asked to do the FMS again…and I got a 16.  I don’t think I’ve stopped smiling since.

After a stern pep talk I left the EPC office and I went to the gym for a little bit of arc trainer action, and my glute bridges and planks.  I tore out of the gym as fast as I could and drove to Duke’s East Campus, which for those of you that do not know, has a nice little soft 1.57(ish) mile loop around it.  I swear it was the fastest, slowest, 2ish miles I’ve ever run.  You know I ran it a little more than 1 time around.  I rewarded myself with an iced almond milk latte and a chocolate peanut butter Larabar.

Where's My Garmin?

Speaking of chocolate and peanut butter, brace yourselves for a summer of delicious Instagram pics and (hopefully) the recipes to follow.  I gave my Dad a Father’s Day card that said something about how it’s a shame there is no cake associated with Father’s Day…so I decided to make a cake…obviously.  That is a good observation, what is a holiday without cake? My Dad has a thing for purchasing a jar of peanut butter every single time he goes grocery shopping, so I decided it was time to use it up! Fun facts about my baking – when I come up with an idea for a treat I google it, and read the first few recipes, than I make up my own making sure to use the appropriate ratios.  Whoever said baking is an exact science – lied. This may be one of the best things I have ever baked:


Peanut Butter Layer Cake w/ Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Icing:                                              For the layer cake:

  • 1 cup creamy peanut butter (I used regular ol’ Jif)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened (1 Earth Spread stick)
  • 1.5 cups sugar (365 brand vegan cane sugar)
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups flour (I used white whole wheat flour)
  • 4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1.5 cups milk

For the frosting: 

  • 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter (Jif again)
  • 6 tbsp butter, softened.  (Earth Spread)
  • 6 cups powdered sugar, sifted.
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 5-6 tsp vanilla extract (I love it, I used 6)
  • mini chocolate chips!


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. With a stand mixer, cream together the peanut butter, butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the eggs and mix well. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt in a separate bowl and whisk together. Slowly alternate between adding a little bit of the flour mixture and a little bit of the milk until everything is combined. Rub some butter (I used an Earth Spread stick) on the inside of two cake pans, make sure to get the sides and the WHOLE bottom of each.  sprinkle a little flour in each. Tip: I like to sprinkle in the flour and then tap the side of the pans with the palm of my pan until the flour has spread out across the whole bottom of each pan.  Divide the cake batter evenly between both pans. Use a spatula to make sure it is level and fills out each pan.  Be sure to leave some in the stand mixture and on the spatula, to taste test, of course.  Bake for 30 – 35 minutes (or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.  Remove from oven and place pans on a wire rack until the cakes are barely warm.

picture of cakes cooling on wire rack

For the frosting, in a stand mixer, cream together the peanut butter and butter.  Turn off mixer and add 3 cups of sugar and 1/4 cup milk. Cover stand mixer with towel and slowly turn on and increase speed until completely combined.  Add the second half of the powdered sugar and milk, again, cover with towel, and slowly increase speed.  Mix well, until the frosting looks, and tastes…frosting-like.

picture of peanut butter frosting


To assemble the cake, place one of the layers on a plate (I like to do bottom up, so that there is a flat surface to set the next cake on top) and frost the top of it, then sprinkle with mini chocolate chips.

bottom layer frosted!

Then, place the other layer on top and frost the top of it first, and then the sides.  It’s always best to put a big lump of frosting on first and then spread it around.  Never let it get to thin, otherwise pieces of the cake sometimes rip off.  After you frost the whole cake sprinkle the top with chocolate chips and then slice off a piece and enjoy!!!

 final productslice of heaven





 “It takes a very long time to become young.” 
– Pablo Picasso


Do what you love, love what you do.

Do what you love, love what you do.

Stress Fracture…Now What?

So, for those of you that do not know…I got the results of my MRI on April 2nd and I do indeed have a stress fracture in the shaft of my femur.  This is apparently  REALLY uncommon in 22 year old women, typically femoral stress fractures are in the neck of the femur (like up in the hip).  Treatment: non weight bearing for 4-6 weeks. I am on crutches. I go back to the doctor for X-rays on April 30th and can possibly stop crutching then.  The most commonly asked question: “What does this mean for Boston?” Well…it means I will not be running Boston 2014.  Apparently if I had continued pushing it, it could have been much worse.  On one side I am really thankful that we figured out exactly what it was before I could attempt to run Boston…that would have been bad.

I have never been injured before. I mean, I’ve had little soft tissue aches and pains that can be cured with a little rest and a lot of Aleve..but that’s about it.  I have NEVER been on crutches. If you’ve seen me in the past two weeks you know,  it’s been a struggle.  Here are some things I’ve learned/invented on crutches:

5) Going down stairs on crutches is an art….that I will probably never master. Especially with a back pack on. Every time I go downstairs it is hilarious. I really just need someone to piggy back me around Boston…any takers?

4) Lateral crutching is a thing. I invented it. I even have a dance…stay tuned.

3) Everything fun is weight bearing. But seriously, I have a craving for dancing (Zinda), bowling, heavy lifting, volleyball, True American, going to get a latte all by myself and carrying it, and basically all activities that require two legs.

2) YOU CAN’T GO TO THE GROCERY STORE ON CRUTCHES. It is a tragedy. And I have been refusing to use the buggy…I don’t have/need a cast so I feel like an ass if I take the buggy because it doesn’t look like anything is wrong.  Instead, I recruit friends/family…or forage my pantry and get creative.

1) Last and most importantly…you cannot carry a coffee on crutches.  Let that sink in for a second.  I cannot go into a coffee shop alone, get a large coffee and carry to my car. I drink an avg 8 cups of coffee everyday.  My favorite past time is going to local coffee shops and getting almond milk lattes.  Thank God for my friends, I have spent so much time at Bean Traders in the past two months drinking lattes and chatting with friends. Here is my strategy for getting coffee to work:

When life gives you crutches...come prepared.

When life gives you crutches…come prepared.

My Hydroflask seriously rocks, I can carry it around by that little loop on the lid even with my crutches. I even ordered another one that is a bit smaller and HOT PINK. So pumped.  Picture to come when it comes in.

Hooray for exercise!

Hooray for exercise!

I have been doing some upper body lifting.  I have a phenomenal coworker/friend that will leave weights by a bench for me so that I can just crutch over, sit down and knock it out.  I have also (when I have time) been going to the pool and swimming just using my upper body and no kick.  I have finally figured out how to play around with my breathing and intensity to get a good workout. Besides that I have been really trying to rest.  I sleep tons (crutching is hard work), and if I was going to wake up early and workout, but my alarm goes off and I’m exhausted…I just sleep in.  This is totally against my personality. I never like to rest, which is probably part of the reason I am injured in the first place.

All in all it has been a really long two months of waiting, doctors appointments and most importantly, wondering if I would be able to run Boston.  I knew about a month in to no running that the chances were slim. My amazing sports chiropractor was sure I had a stress fracture, but I tried to continue practicing positive thinking and proceeding forward as if it was just a soft tissue problem.  I kept saying I was going to “positive think” it better. Believe it or not…there are some things you can’t fix with positive thinking…you just have to take the time to pout.  I am really proud of myself for pushing through and being positive until I actually saw the stress fracture on the MRI.  I am not even letting myself feel bad for waiting to crutch until I had proof.  I planned to run Boston until the second my doctor said I did actually have a stress fracture and that was hard. Once I found it out, I definitely took some time to pout (again).  Finding out I definitely would not be running Boston was an extremely hard to handle.  When the doctor left the room I didn’t want to tell anyone, even though I had multiple friends/family members anxiously awaiting a text.  It took everything I had not to cry in there, I was like breaking a sweat trying to keep it together.

There were lots of tears my first few days on crutches. And then I moved on. I still take time everyday to be mad about my crutches, and not running Boston, and totally losing my “base” from not running for what will be a total of 3 months.  And it helps.  My friends have been amazing. From taking me around the grocery store, to taking out my trash, pumping my gas, meeting me for coffee (and carrying it for me!!) to providing me with some much needed distraction and laughs.  I really don’t know what I would have done with out all my recent injury coffee dates, dinner dates, and chats.  I am so beyond thankful for all the people that have been helping me out.  I decided I will still be making the trip up to Boston on Friday.  I can’t wait to go to the expo, (hopefully) meet some elite runners, sightsee, shop and watch some of my great friends run what is bound to be the most amazing Boston Marathon to date.



I even bought alllll the Bull City Running Co gear to wear on the sidelines!

So…what next? I will be on crutches at Boston…get ready for some amazing stories about that. I have an appointment on April 30th where they will hopefully do an xray and tell me I no longer have to crutch! And then I will have to carefully work my way back into walking and RUNNING! Ah. It will be amazing. In terms of racing…it would be smart for me to defer my Grandfather Mountain Marathon entry to 2015 if possible.  I (and my running friends/ pt) just don’t think two months is a realistic time frame to train for a marathon after something like this.  So – Game Plan: Run a sub 3:20:00 marathon in November.  This would be a PR for me, and obviously also a BQ for Boston 2016.  Maybe Richmond? Maybe Vegas? We will see!  And good luck to everyone running Boston! I will be sending you alllllll of my speedy thoughts.

 “Some people create with words or with music or with a brush and paints. I like to make something beautiful when I run. I like to make people stop and say, ‘I’ve never seen anyone run like that before.’ It’s more than just a race, it’s a style. It’s doing something better than anyone else. It’s being creative.”

– Steve Prefontaine

Boston here I come?!

We will start with the positives: On Monday I was able to slowly jog about a mile, it was hardly pain free, but it was tolerable.  Yesterday I managed about 5 -10 minutes of 30sec jog/30sec walk.  I have been cycling for about two weeks (seated, in the saddle) with minimal pain.  I have been taking ALL of the Aleve.  And my hip/leg situation is finally starting to improve, rather than stay the same.  HOOORAY!!! If we keep going in this direction I may be able to shuffle my way through Boston wearing the most FABULOUS Fanny Pack anyone has ever seen.

I felt obligated to finally write a post (Thanks to my friend, Allie, for inspiring me!) updating, and thanking, everyone who has entertained me the past few weeks.  So…here it goes! In mid February, after a typical 24 hours in the life of Liz that included a 15 mile run, teaching cycling, an easy 6 mile run, and teaching a kickboxing class I was having mild left hip pain.  It felt like my hip flexors (mostly my psoas) were just reallyyyyyyy tight and inflamed.  I foam rolled, took some Aleve and did my track workout the next day. I wrote in my training log that my left hip was nagging me a little throughout the workout, but I continued.  The next day was my rest day and it was over. My whole body felt horrible, I was so sore and I could barely walk on my left leg without a really sharp pain shooting down from my hip.  I continued to run (I know…I know) for about 4 days after that with constant hip pain shooting down my thigh.  Finally, about a week later, I got three slow painful miles away from my apartment and had to walk/cry myself home.  I have not run since. I immediately made an appointment with a sports chiropractor that I had only heard amazing things about and using some manual therapy techniques (and giving me some core exercises to do at home/work) we managed to get the pain to go from an “8” all the time to me not feeling it unless there is impact involved.  This week, I can hardly even feel it walking (most times)…but it nags when I cycle and hurts when I jog still.


Thoughts? Originally we were thinking it was just tightness in my hip flexors/ sartorius/ adductors but after weeks of resting there was still one spot in my thigh/femur that I felt sharp pain anytime there was impact involved.  My training up to this point had been going PERFECTLY, and between March 1st and St. Patty’s Day my plan was to PR in a 10k, 8k and half marathon…all of which I couldn’t even jog because of my hip/leg. I was pretty upset by this but kept my spirits up, cycling, lifting upper body, eating well and swimming.  I have gone to multiple doctors, had more X-rays than I can count (it has been too early to see anything on an X-ray), and I am getting an MRI on April 1st.  The conversation eventually moved to the possibility of a femoral stress fracture. UGH. Needless to say (and those who have seen me in the past few weeks know) I have been so upset about the possibility of missing Boston all together because of a stress fracture. The thought of not running Boston at all resulted in tears at work, lots of wine, beer, champagne and cookies, long (teary) chats with great friends, a few days of crutching and hardcore pouting.  And now, here we are. Fingers crossed that there is no stress fracture on the MRI next week.  If my MRI does not show anything you will see me at Boston, jogging/walking and smiling ear to ear every single second of those 26.2 slow miles.

I know, for a female distance runner, I am really young…I am 22 and I hope my best years of running are yet to come.  I know the Boston Marathon will always be there, and I know I will have many more chances to run it.  I know the real accomplishment was qualifying at 21.  I know there is still a possibility I could get to jog/walk it this year, and I know there is also a possibility later next week I will be on crutches. I have learned it is actually a good thing to pout daily when you are sad about something, and that you should tell people about it. I am so grateful to have so many people supporting me, checking on me daily, and giving me advice.  I appreciate it more than I can say.  Finally, and most importantly I have been reminded my closest friends are everything.

One of our clients at Empower (who has been an extremely inspirational and influential person in my life for the past year+) sent me a speech in her weekly pep talk email (I LOVE these) that was so amazing.  It confirmed my belief that how we think about anything and everything everyday is so key. My favorite quote from the speech was:

“The really important kind of freedom involves attention and awareness and discipline, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them over and over in myriad petty, unsexy ways every day. “

-David Foster Wallace 

Here’s to being free, happy, and of course…being healthy enough to cross the start (and finish) line at Boston 2014!!

Boston Training Update 1/23 and Homemade Granola!

Its Thursday. I am 12 days in to my aggressive aleve/ice/eompress/elevate/norest treatment for shin splints.  At 5:30am this morning I noticed (on my drive into work) that my Garmin screen was blank…thank god I brought my charger in my bag.  Jump to 9:30am…I am leaving work to run at 10am…I never plugged in my Garmin…panic sets in as visions of a tempo run on the treadmill dance through my head.  I will say, it is almost embarrassing to me how attached I am to my Garmin, the fact that the battery life of a watch can evoke such emotion is a little extreme.  So, I start mentally preparing myself, thinking of all the pros of a tempo run on the treadmill.  1) Its FLAT. 2) I can set the pace and then I have to push a button to slow myself down (I will not push the buttons).  When I run outside, sometimes, let’s be real…I slow down. So I would definitely stay on pace.  3) It’s much more pleasant inside, and 27 degrees  aka freezing cold outside.  The MAJOR con of treadmill running: it kills my shins…my poor shins.  I have never heard of someone’s feet swelling as a sign of shin splints…but I guess it is.  My feet have been swollen for almost two weeks now, and I think this shin splint issue is going to settle in and stay a while.  So, things I am doing to try to fix it:

  • I did take down my mileage last week, and I miiiiiight this week (probably not).
  • I have been keeping my feet up as much as possible, NFL has made this SO easy the past two weekends…we’ll see what happens this weekend with NO football..I don’t know what I’m going to do without it.
  • Icing…I have been freezing water in dixie cups and massaging it on my shins. There are dixie cups of ice in all the freezers I frequent (EMPOWER Raleigh studio, my parents…and mine.)
  • Compressing….my CEP compression socks have never gotten so much wear! I wear yoga pants to work most days (I know, lucky me) and I can just wear them under and no one even has to know!
  • And I have been trying to stretch my calves as much as humanly possible, using this piece of equipment at work that can only be described as torture.
  • Finally, and I think this is the most significant change – I have not run on sidewalks/concrete in the past two weeks.  I have been running on trails, rubber tracks, and around Duke’s East Campus.

If we’re being honest, every day I do less and less icing, elevating and compressing.  The better my shins feel and the less swollen my feet are the less I do. Yikes. If you see me, nag me, please. Until this point, my Boston training had been going really well! My track workouts are obviously always better when done with friends and  I am surprising myself by being able to hold pace in my tempo runs.  I have yet to get any REALLY long runs in (nothing over 14 yet) but I really like my training plan (running 6-10 miles 6 days a week). I have been taking my warm up/cool downs from just 1 mile each to 2-3, which I never thought I’d willingly do. So overall, lots of positives.

Another positive side effect of marathon training – I am starving 24/7.  We had our first “real” snow scare earlier this week in the Triangle area..sooo obviously I went to the grocery store and decided to make granola.  Thank goodness not everyone in Raleigh drinks Almond Milk…unlike regular milk there was plenty in stock.  My granola was Chocolate, Pecan, Coconut, Chia seed granola… and it was DELICIOUS.  I got the idea for my granola from this recipe.  I had almost everything I needed, except I was somehow out of oats and shredded coconut. I made mine with agave (I definitely used more than was suggested), chia seeds, pecans, and light brown sugar.  I didn’t even add any chocolate pieces to it after it was done, it was sweet/chocolaty enough for me.  While it was cooking in the oven my apartment smelled heavenly.  The recipe makes 7 cups…I ate it all by myself in three days.  

picture of granola


The plan for 1/26- 2/01:  If my shins cooperate I should get in about 50mi

  • Sunday – easy 8-10 miles @ Umstead (hopefully)
  • Monday – 6 miles
  • Tuesday – 400x800x1200x1600 ladder (about 8-10 miles total)
  • Wednesday – No Run
  • Thursday – 7 miles @ goal pace (7:35) – 10 miles total
  • Friday – (depending on the shins) – 7 mi or 90 mins on the bike
  • Saturday & Sunday – 1 day 8 easy, 12 – 14 long

And the quote I was living by when I ate 7 cups of granola in <72 hours:

“Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”

Xo, Liz