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A Trail Run 8 Miler & Guglhupf Bakery Brunch!

8 mile half marathon long training run? Check! :)

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Plus, look who’s FINALLY back!

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Yay :)

Matt and I met my friends Jillian, Elle, and Lauren at 9 a.m. this morning at the beautiful American Tobacco Trail for a nice long run.

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We had 8 miles on the docket as per our half marathon training plan! Since we did an out-and-back run on a trail, Matt was able to come along too, run the first 2.5 miles with us, and then turn back early for a 5 mile run. Perfect!

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We had a fantastic run — 8 miles in 1:08:42 for an average pace of 8:35! 

Splits:

  • Mile 1: 8:22
  • Mile 2: 8:49
  • Mile 3: 8:37
  • Mile 4: 8:52
  • Mile 5: 8:29
  • Mile 6: 8:49
  • Mile 7: 8:15 (!)
  • Mile 8: 8:26

Hooray! As always — we ended with a sprint :)

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I’m excited because we’re definitely getting faster — I think our weekly speed workouts are starting to pay off already! Our first half marathon long training run was 6 miles at an 8:55 pace, our second long run was 7 miles at an 8:53 pace, and this week was 8 miles at 8:35! Obviously the fact that this run was for the most part flat and the others were hilly is a huge factor, but we’re also all just starting to feel stronger, too. I’m excited :)

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And speaking of speed workouts and running — check out this awesome post on speed work and becoming a better runner by one of my loyal blog readers, Gavi! Those of you that are just getting into running will find her story particularly inspiring — she went from being overweight, struggling to run 11 minute miles, and being too nervous to run with others, to finishing a half marathon in 1:51 (an average pace of 8:30/mile!). Pretty amazing, really. Just goes to show how far determination and a little self-confidence will get you!

Anyway! After our run, we headed to brunch. Today’s location: Guglhupf Bakery!

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I’ve been here before and love this place, so I was happy to go back with everyone :) I had the frittata of the day (with mushrooms, cheese, and leeks), which came with a couple slices of freshly baked baguette and some fruit!

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Deeeeeeeelish.

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Plus — a side of bacon, which I shared with Matt — that’s his “I love bacon” face, lol. ;)

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Because as we all know… I “Will Run for Bacon:)

Matt and I are off to enjoy the beautiful 60 degree and sunny weather that NC is lucky enough to have today. Have a great Saturday!

Comments

  1. 1

    GREAT run!!! :D :D :D

    Enjoy your day with Matt! The weather is beautiful here in FL too! :D

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    Congrats girl!! I wish my hammy didn’t hurt so I could run:( You are a lucky duck!

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    Haha I believe I make the “I love Peanut Butter” face in about the same way, minus the beard! Great job on the 8 miles. Those splits are fab. Keep up the good work. I got 10 in today. Can’t wait for some beautiful weather so our trails clear off soon. Happy Running!

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    Must be fun to have so many people to run with!! Looks like a great weekend!

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    Great job on the 8 miler! Running long distances with friends is so much easier!

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    Looks like Matt should be a bacon model. “Mmmmmmm bacon.”

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    congrats on the great run & yay for matt being back! :) i will do a lot of things for bacon, and running is one of them!!

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    Your boy is backk! enjoy the beautiful day!

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    Looks like a great run for you girls. Welcome back Matt, we missed you.
    It was 65 in Atlanta today. beauttttttttiful day.

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    umm, buried in snow. hate you :)

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    Great run, Anne. And tremendous to see the times come down. Very well done. Speedwork pays off, as you’re seeing. Congrats -

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    That is a speedy 8-miler, great for you!

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    Your 8-mile runs are very inspirational :)

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    Adventurer says:

    Awesome! Great run, great group, great chow, great guy! Doesn’t get any better than that…

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    Congrats on a fabulous run!! I just started my half training the other day. It begins with a long run of 4 miles and works up to an eventual 12 before the big day. I’m so excited, and your blog is so inspiring and full of positive motivation. Thank you! :D

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    You always show me the places I didn’t go when I lived in Chapel Hill. I think having no car for two years limited me and then the last two years of school I was just set in my ways. Can’t wait to try some of these places when I’m in town in April! :)

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    I took a break from running following a minor injury. I’ve been having trouble getting the motivation to pick it back up (even though I’ve been running for 12 or 13 years). I’m not sure what it was; but, something about your pictures has me itching to get out the door and go for a long run. THANKS!

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    It has to be so nice to train with friends, especially for these long runs. And so happy that Matt is back. :) Awww, you must have missed him to share your bacon with him. ;) So cute.

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    Trail runs and bacon. Sounds like my idea of heaven.

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    Amazing run! And goodness, I LOVE Guglhupf. Such good memories of weekend brunches in college…

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    MMMM:) Can’t wait to come visit!

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