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So much sweat
1/2 mile warm up
3:30 @ 5.7, 3:30 recovery x2
3:30 @ 5.8, 3:30 recovery x3
Couldn’t fully make it through the last interval so….
1:30 @ 5.8, 3:30 recovery
1:00 @ 5.9 
Cool down

So much sweat
1/2 mile warm up
3:30 @ 5.7, 3:30 recovery x2
3:30 @ 5.8, 3:30 recovery x3
Couldn’t fully make it through the last interval so….
1:30 @ 5.8, 3:30 recovery
1:00 @ 5.9 
Cool down

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34 degrees and we made it! $1400 to help homeless youth and 4 amazing 7 year olds that slept outside to raise it.

34 degrees and we made it! $1400 to help homeless youth and 4 amazing 7 year olds that slept outside to raise it.

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Heading to bed under the stars. It’s 45 degrees and dropping. These kids are awesome.

Heading to bed under the stars. It’s 45 degrees and dropping. These kids are awesome.

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Runner Question

I am typically an excellent sleeper.  I fall asleep within 5-10 minutes of shutting my eyes for the night and I sleep a straight 8 hours (if I have that kind of time) or until my alarm goes off.  Last night, I was reminded of a pattern that developed last training season.

When I get into the higher (for me) mileage runs…I think 8+.  I fall asleep pretty easily still, but I wake up in the middle of the night and am wide awake.  This happened consistently with my long runs last year.  I was up from 2am-4am this morning.  Then, I proceeded to sleep through my 5:45 alarm and wake up at 7am this morning.  That’s not so good when your school is 15 minutes away and your students come in at 7:45.  I got there by 7:35 and all was fine, but I’d prefer restful nights.

Anyone know what might be causing this?

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runningwithguts replied to your post“runningwithguts replied to your photo:My dinner: Black bean spaghetti,…”
Curious! This is intriguing. Did you have to order them?
No, I buy them at a little local grocery store.  I will admit that they are pricey.  1 bag (4 servings…which let’s get real…is more like 3 servings for me) costs $5ish dollars.  That’s not a lot for a meal, but it is a lot if you are comparing it to a box of pasta.  I try to buy a couple of bags when they are on sale for $3.andalotofchange.
They also come in several varieties.  I’ve also tried mung bean fettuccine and soy bean spaghetti. I like those too, but I always go back to the black bean spaghetti. 

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Tell me about this bean pasta.

It’s made by a company called Explore Asian. The only ingredients are black beans and water.  It has 25 grams of protein per serving.  As a vegetarian, I can get behind that.  I’m not gluten free, just limited because that’s how I feel best.  This, however, is a gluten free option for those who can’t have gluten.  Nerdyjess, are you reading this????!!!!

I’d be lying if I said it tasted like regular semolina pasta.  The taste and the texture are quite different.  Really the only resemblance is the shape and the cooking process.  And, while it tastes different, I don’t mind the taste. I   I like having a quick, healthy, easy dinner option that is loaded with protein.  And, I like the fact that it only has 2 ingredients. 
Try it!  Don’t expect a pasta substitute because really it is it’s own thing.  I buy it at a small local market, but apparently they are starting to carry it at Costco (info from my sister).

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My dinner: Black bean spaghetti, onions, garlic, spinach, topped with pine nuts.  So good. 
I ran 8:25 miles after work.  I don’t have an exact time because my phone died, but at 6.85 I was averaging 11:19 which is much faster than the 7 miler I did in NOLA.  I didn’t want to stop short of 8 so I went a little farther than I thought I should and it ended up being an extra 1/4 mile.  I swapped around my runs because of commitments I have this weekend.  It feels like such a relief to only have a 3 mile run and a 4-5 mile run left for the week.

My dinner: Black bean spaghetti, onions, garlic, spinach, topped with pine nuts.  So good.

I ran 8:25 miles after work.  I don’t have an exact time because my phone died, but at 6.85 I was averaging 11:19 which is much faster than the 7 miler I did in NOLA.  I didn’t want to stop short of 8 so I went a little farther than I thought I should and it ended up being an extra 1/4 mile.  I swapped around my runs because of commitments I have this weekend.  It feels like such a relief to only have a 3 mile run and a 4-5 mile run left for the week.

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