11 Hilly Hammer Gel Miles & An Omelette Brunch

Hello, hello!

It’s been a great Saturday so far here in Chapel Hill. First things first — I ran 11 miles with my friend Lauren!


Lauren is also training for the DC National Half Marathon, and she mapped out a big loop all around the greater Chapel Hill area for us to do today. It was perfect! Rather hilly, but the country scenery kept us entertained :) It’s been nice to mix it up from out-and-back trail runs!

We ran the 11 miles in 1:42:50, for an average pace of 9:21 min/mile. Not too shabby considering all the hills (and the distance)!



  • Mile 1: 8:30
  • Mile 2: 9:02
  • Mile 3: 9:06
  • Mile 4: 9:17
  • Mile 5: 9:06
  • Mile 6: 9:37
  • Mile 7: 9:52 (intense hills and eating first half of fuel)
  • Mile 8: 9:25
  • Mile 9: 9:22
  • Mile 10: 10:02 (more intense hills and eating second half of fuel)
  • Mile 11: 9:35

It was a great run! The miles went by really quickly and I felt good the whole time thanks to the great company and entertaining route :) Here we are after our run celebrating with our new friend:




Heh. We’re weird. :)


Anyway! As you saw in the mileage time breakdown, after getting all your great recommendations earlier this week I decided to test out fueling during a run! I tried this Hammer Gel my friend Stephanie recommended, in the espresso flavor.


I ended up eating half of it at mile 6 and the other half at mile 9 (I stored it in a little ziplock baggie in my shorts). When I was training for my first half marathon, I remember trying jelly beans during a run, but found them really hard to chew/breathe at the same time while I was running. I really liked the Hammer Gel — it was SO much easier to eat and went down very easily! Tasted pretty good, too. I was worried it would hurt my stomach since I’m usually kind of sensitive to stuff like that (especially since there was caffeine in the gel), but I had no problem at all. I don’t know if it was just a placebo effect or not, but I definitely felt more energized at the end of our run than I have in a while!


When I arrived home, I found Matt getting ready to whip up some omelettes for us in the kitchen!


He played a couple hours of pickup soccer this morning and was also ravenous :)

By the time I was out of the shower, I found this awesome omelette waiting for me and Matt on the porch taking some photos of it! Hehe.


It was a 3-egg omelette stuffed with fresh spinach, mushrooms, zucchini, avocado (yum! I never would have thought to add that to an omelette), chopped chicken sausage, and grated cheddar cheese. So delicious.

Plus some grapes, photograph also courtesy of Matt. I was impressed with his creative eye ;)


His own omelette was covered in spicy chili sauce!


What is it with boys and spicy food? :)

I’ve been spending the rest of today lounging around — running that far makes me SO tired! We’re finally mobilizing now to head out and run some errands. We’re meeting Matt’s brother Chris for sushi tonight for dinner and then heading to see a concert afterward — should be fun!

Hope you’re all enjoying your Saturday!


  1. 1

    Great job on the run. And thanks for talking about how you fueled. I’m training for my 2nd half and need to start considering that.

    Tell Matt he’s a very good photographer! I love the background in the grape picture :)

  2. 2

    Congrats on the run!!!! You’re gonna rock the half :) :)

  3. 3

    Great job on the run!
    How cute of Matt to take pictures for you!!!

  4. 4

    Matt has quite the photography eye! ;) Good for him!

    Great job on the run! :D

  5. 5

    Matt has quite an eye for photography :) Glad you had a good run and such a nice brunch!

  6. 6

    I just had an awesome run too! Awesome job on the 11 miles! My favorite part of your Saturday runs are always the brunch!

  7. 7

    Congrats girl!! That is three more miles than I’ve ever run:)

  8. 8

    Great job on your run! I like spicy food too. :)

  9. 9

    Well done, Anne!

  10. 10

    Nice job on the run!! I can’t wait to see you in DC! It’s going to be tons o fun!

  11. 11

    Whoop!! Great job, lady. Excellent splits. I love the fact that Matt is cooking for you. So sweet. Can’t wait to run with at Fitbloggin lady!

  12. 13

    P.S. I’m still not sure about the need for anything other than water on a half-marathon… I realize it will be a two-hour affair; however, my experience was that eating slowed me down more than it gave me energy to speed up!

    • 14

      All the dietitians I’ve heard from recommend fueling – glycogen stores get used up in a mere 30 to 45 minutes! I felt a big difference yesterday in energy levels at the end of my run, so I believe it. I’m going to stick with the same fuel pattern for next weekend and see how it goes for round 2!

  13. 15

    Running makes me tired too! I’m glad to hear your review on the Gel, as I’ve been toying with the idea of trying it on future long runs as well. :D

    Congrats on a GREAT run! :D

  14. 16

    That is an awesome run!! Great job! And how cute of Matt to take pictures for you! I literally “aww”ed (out loud) when I read that part.

  15. 17

    I’m the same way when it comes to the jelly beans. I like the way they taste but I always feel like I’m going to choke on them.

  16. 18

    Congrats on an amazing run! It’s always better to have a running buddy!

  17. 19

    Bonus points for Chef Matt! Well done! :)

  18. 20

    Those are great times for your 11-mile run! I also am not a fan of chewing the sport beans of energy gummy bites while running…but the gels are AWESOME! I definitely feel the difference in my energy levels! I wish I had a man to make me an omelet for me when I get done running my 12 miles today :-) Good job Matt!

  19. 21

    It would be so amazing to come home to food cooking. Alas, my husband can barely heat things up in the kitchen. Yay on 11 miles!

  20. 22

    awesome job on the run! and then go out and run errands, go out to dinner, and a concert! Can you send me some of that energy? haha

  21. 23

    congrats on your great fun! :) my fiance made me an omelette for breakfast this morning too! what great guys…

  22. 24

    great job on your run!!! I’ve never tried hammergels before.. Everytime I try to eat something when I run I get super thirsty

    great post meal :) yum!

  23. 25

    I love your blog. And, I agree about boys and their spicy food. Before I started dating my boyfriend, I abhored spice. Since he does most of the cooking – yay for boys who cook – I’ve become accustomed to spice and even crave it.

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