A Speedy 5 Miler + Brunch

Awesome run yesterday morning with my college BFF Turner!


Yes, we’re weird.

Turner, Kris, and I headed over to the Tobacco Trail in Durham for a late morning run. Kris set off on her own (she prefers running by herself and wanted to go with a slower pace), and Turner and I started out at what felt like a good clip. The first mile flew by; it felt like we were running fast but not crazy fast, and we were too busy chatting away to check our watches. When my watch beeped Mile 1 I looked down and was very surprised to see our pace as 7:56! Turner is a fast runner and I was feeling good, so we decided to see if we could do our entire planned 5 miles at a sub-8 minute mile pace. And what do you know? We did it. :) I felt great except for the last mile, which was hard. I was huffing and puffing, but determined to stay below an 8 minute mile. Success!


  • Mile 1: 7:56
  • Mile 2: 7:59
  • Mile 3: 7:59
  • Mile 4: 7:41
  • Mile 5: 7:51

What an awesome run! A great reminder to push myself — you never know what these legs can do. Total distance: 5 miles. Total time: 39:28. Average overall pace: 7:53!


Maybe I’ve got a sub 1 hour 50 minute half marathon in me just yet! We’ll see.

After our respective runs, the girls and I headed straight over to Guglhupf Bakery in Durham for brunch!



Love this place and was excited to introduce it to the girls. They were big fans!

I had the frittata of the day — artichoke, spinach, and swiss cheese.


Plus a side salad:


And some fruit:


Yum. I also had some unpictured English Breakfast tea with milk. Perfect post-run feast!

The rest of the day was spent relaxing. We met up with my grad school girlfriends for dinner and then went to see “Iron Lady” — Meryl Streep’s latest in which she plays Margaret Thatcher, the first female Prime Minister of the UK. It’s a fascinating look into Thatcher’s life; Meryl Streep was amazing and the movie was very powerful. Highly recommended!

We have a holiday from school today for MLK Day. I just took the girls to the airport and now Matt and I are about to get in a workout! Have a good one, friends. :)


  1. 1

    I really miss having running buddies! They make workouts SO much more fun and you push yourself even harder. Sigh. #expatlife

  2. 2

    strong work on your run! you gals were speedy! and your frittata sounds and looks incredible – yum!

  3. 3

    That frittata looks delicious. And your run is so freaking impressive!

  4. 4

    In awe of your pace! I don’t think I’ve ever broken a 9:00 mile. :-P (Maybe after I have this baby.) At any rate, great work! Looks like you had a beautiful morning for a run.

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    Love English breakfast with milk! One of my favourite teas :D

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    Adventurer says:

    Very impressive. You might, indeed, have a sub 1:50 half-marathon in you! Very well done to both of you!

  7. 11

    Girl you are going to rock your next 1/2. You just look like a natural runner. :) Enjoy your day off!

  8. 12

    That’s a super fast time! Awesome job!

  9. 13

    You are SO FAST! How long did it take you after you started running to get to the point where you could sustain that kind of pace for 5 miles?

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    You guys are speed demons ;)

  11. 16

    You ladies are FAST!!! I say go for the PR! You definitely have it in you:) Do you have a race scheduled?

  12. 18

    Congrats on your awesome run!

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    Wow that is a speedy 5 miles, congrats!
    And yum artichokes in an omelet, I may have to try that soon!

  14. 20

    nice run, girls!!

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    Wow, great job on the sub-8. That brunch looks like a great reward :)

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