Even though it was an otherwise gorgeous fall day, it was 70 degrees here in Boston and I got to spend Saturday wearing shorts and flip flops.
I had actually put these away for the winter and had to drag them out again! I'm such a geek, I get excited about getting to wear summer clothes. I hate the cold!
I spent part of Saturday baking a delicious pumpkin treat: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip squares! I'd made these before for my family, using oil as ordered by the recipe. Since this time I was making them only for my own consumption, I decided to make them healthier and experiment using yogurt instead of oil, half the sugar, half whole wheat flour and half white flour, and eggs (I basically un-veganized the recipe.)
I didn't have the right pan so I used this glass one instead - and ended up with a giant pie-like creation! The yogurt made the bars incredibly moist, with more of a bread-like consistency than a bar/cookie consistency. That was fine with me, though. It still tasted satisfying and not too sweet. The chocolate chips helped in that regard!
On Sunday I decided to do a long run of 9 miles. I planned out my route but made a few wrong turns and ended up doing 10 miles! A new PDR and it felt great! I finished in 1:34:16 for an average split of 9:26 !
I was aiming for 10 minute miles, but must have spend up at the end - I was impatient and wanted to be done.
I also tried something new during my run. I brought 3 Clif Shot Bloks to eat with me during my run. I've never eaten or drank anything during a run before.
I know I should be properly fueling and hydrating during longer runs, but I'm not sure how my stomach will react to water sloshing around. Eventually I'll have to get used to it. I didn't have any water during this run, just the shot bloks. I ate them around miles 5 or 6, and they definitely helped for a short while. Perhaps I should bring more next time?
After my run I re-hydrated with a Powerade Zero, the last of my freebies from the Tufts 10K.
How does water/fuel make you feel during your runs?
For lunch I had plans to meet up with some local bloggers at Myers + Chang in the South End. I'd never been there before or had dim sum at all, so I was excited to try something new. I met Caroline at Back Bay station and we walked together to meet up with Meghan, Kelly, Gina, and Kirsten.
Even though I'm not a real food blogger and just a guest poster, it was nice of them to allow me to tag along! We discussed travel, jobs, blogs, running, food blogger events, and more. Here are some of our eats - we shared a bunch of small plates and I didn't catch them all.
Lemony Shrimp Dumplings and Shitake Mushroom and Chinese Greens Dumplings
Sweet Potato Fritters (this were amAZING)
Tofu and Garlic Chives
They were a fun group of girls and I look forward to meeting up with them in the future!