It was worth it for the biscuit.

9 miles, done. Another half marathon training run checked off the list!


And boy… was it rough.

Today was one of those days where your legs just do NOT want to move. A 3 mile run would have been challenging, let alone 9. Thank goodness for running buddies!


In honor of making it back up to 9 miles for the first time since training for my first half marathon, I decided Mr. Camelbak (he’s a 1.5 liter “Hydrobak”) needed to come back out to play!


9 miles is just too long to go without water, even if it’s not hot out :)

I also brought along some fuel — Mike & Ike’s! Haha. They were left over from Halloween, and I figure candy/straight sugar is essentially what all those sport gels, sport beans, etc., are, so why not?


I ate half of them at our turnaround point at 4.5 miles, and the other half just after the run. I think they helped!


  • Mile 1: 8:37
  • Mile 2: 8:48
  • Mile 3: 8:33
  • Mile 4: 9:05
  • Mile 5: 9:06
  • Mile 6: 8:48
  • Mile 7: 9:17 (seriously losing steam)
  • Mile 8: 8:59
  • Mile 9: 9:06

Overall, we ran the 9 miles in 1:20, for an average pace of 8:55. Not my best run, but still a GREAT pace considering! I was just proud that I didn’t give up and walk, which is what I wanted to do basically the whole time. Can’t win ‘em all, right?


After the run, we headed to BRUNCH! Doing brunch after a long run is seriously the best thing ever. Such good motivation to go faster, and a fun reward for a long workout, too! This week, we decided to head to the Durham location of Foster’s Market.


I heart Foster’s. I ordered the breakfast biscuit with two scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, and bacon.


Oh, yes.


It was SO amazingly delicious. I think I need to make a new fANNEtastic t-shirt that says “Will Run for Biscuits.” :)


I’m off to relax and enjoy the sunshine! Tonight is homemade pizza night at Elle’s :)


  1. 1

    I love Foster’s! I lived pretty close to their CH location, but I loved the Durham one even more. Probably because of the ambiance. Such a cool place – and SUCH good food!

  2. 2

    your run was awesome!! check out those stats!!!!– oh and a biscuit is totally worth it all!

  3. 3

    That biscuit looks amazing!! I would run for that too!

  4. 4

    I love that your fuel was Mike and Ike’s! Haha girl you are hard core:) Slash I would run for a biscuit ANY day!

  5. 5

    I’ve definitely eaten candy as fuel before. It’s much cheaper than GU right?

    Do you know anything about the Tar Heel 10-miler? I might be running it with my sister who goes to NC State in April.

  6. 7

    Haha…I’ve had gummy bears as fuel before. Poor man’s fuel. ;)

  7. 8

    Great job on the run! Whenever I set out for a run, I can always tell if its going to be a good or bad run in the first mile. It has to be so much easier to get through with good company. And food! Food always helps.

  8. 9

    AWESOME run! I going to start training for my 2nd 1/2 beginning in March and am very excited!

    A biscuit is motivation for all those long runs in a 1/2 marathon schedule! Run to eat, or eat to run? That is the question! Great job again!

  9. 10

    Great work – and fitting reward. “I run so I can eat,” is a pretty good approach. Well done!

  10. 11

    Wow 9 miles that is awesome and that biscuit looks grrrrrrrreat.

  11. 12

    I seriously love biscuits, now I’m jealous you’re living in the south!!

    • 13

      When you come visit, I will feed you biscuits while you lay in a hammock surrounded by hot men.

      • 14

        YESS!!!! You promise??? I will book my ticket today ;) Nothing says relaxing in a hammock with hotties like biscuits! Will they fan me as well? I heard it’s warm there, unlike the freezing north where I reside. Don’t worry, the high temperature is going to be ABOVE 32 today! Some snow might melt!!!

  12. 16

    The brunch after a long run is such a nice way to fuel up. Yours looks delicious! :D

    Great job on the run! It’s the tough ones that make us stronger and build up that endurance. AND, it makes the good runs feel all the more great. :D

  13. 18

    Oh, that definitely looks like it was worth a long run!! Makes me want to head straight into the kitchen. :-)

  14. 19

    PS your camelbak photo is like your SELF magazine modeling shoot in Colorado ;)

  15. 21

    Well done. Pressing on when one wants to stop is the ultimate victory!

    But, are you sure you’re not overheating? Can you not run with short-sleeved shirt, shorts, and, if necessary, gloves. Always good to start out feeling chilly and avoid the ultimate overheating of being comfortable at the start…

  16. 23

    Heyo, way to power through!! I think brunch after a Long run is not only a good reward, but good motivation! Add mimosas to that mix next time and I promise you’ll run faster… ;) heh

  17. 24

    awesome 9 mile run!

  18. 25

    So I randomly stumbled across your blog while looking for input on the Tarheel 10 miler. First- I love Foster’s and went there almost every day in college. Second- my blog is called willrunforbiscuits. Third- great blog!

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