Nick

Kara

3.05.2011

Hi my name is Natalie....

and I'm a coupon addict. I've spent alot of time this week cutting coupons and making my trips to the stores.  Last night I took envelopes and put coupons for each store and cut out parts of the ad so I know what the deals are for the week. It's an addiction! I'm looking forward to seeing how much I can save and taking this to a new level, haha!

Group run this morning
I did not want to go this morning to the group run... I wanted to just hang out with the fam but knew I wouldn't get my run in at a good pace on my own.  I think my last long run with the group was just ok.. it was a snow covered day and I ended up running slower than I wanted to. I met in the parking lot and still felt so-so. I started off running with some older people that were running a good pace, conversation was just ok. We finished 6+ hilly miles (the inner loop at Valley Forge) in about 52 minutes - the pace was good but I knew I should be going a bit slower if I wanted to get in 12 miles.

Then we met back at the lot and more people were there to run. I didn't want to take very long water break so I saw two guys not too much older looking than me heading to the trail to continue running and shouted out to them - "hey guys!" How much are you planning to do? What pace? They were doing 12 miles in the high 8s - sounded perfect to me so I tagged along. They were great running partners - even paced and we had good conversation about kids and running.  At the end when I usually want to slow down and I fade out, one of the guys sped up the pace and led us - we hit an 8:23 for the last mile. Nicee! It was kind of fast for a long run but it gave me confidence for the half marathon (or ten miler, going back and forth) in 3 weekends.  I just feel like I need to hire a pacer!  This put me at 32 miles for the week, highest mileage in a very long time!

Miles: 9:39, 8:30, 8:33, 8:34, 8:33, 8:38, 8:55, 9:17, 8:47, 9:00, 8:43, 8:23, (then they sprinted for about a minute and I cooled down), last 1/2 mile at 9:31 :) 

I came home and my post run eat was Alex's bitter cake 
topped with hemp fudge and peanut butter. YUM YUM YUM.  I devoured it - sorry no pictures!

I just dropped off the bike for a tune up and I get fitted on Tuesday.  Yeaaa!

9 comments:

  1. It sounds like running with people is sometimes just what I need to keep me pushing forward. I am still recovering from really pushing myself at a 10k last weekend, but I think in general a running group would be good for me. How did you find your group?

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  2. Haha, I'll have to start sending you my diaper and wipe coupons. I hope to have this kid PT'd by the end of the month. I've just been lazing about it :)

    Nice run today! I remember doing workouts at Valley Forge. Those hills are no joke.

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  3. I need to get addicted to couponing. Groceries are so expensive!

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  4. I love coupons! :) You aren't alone!

    Great job with the run! So excited to hear that you had such a high mileage week! Keep it up girl!

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  5. Cute new picture in your header. Do you follow any coupon blogs? I've seen ones that help you link up the best deals and link to online coupons too.

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  6. your runs sound great...fast (especially to me now, ha ha, but even when i was in shape!)! i used to play soccer by the arch in high school...great park.

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  7. haha I love that you cut coupons I used to love to when I was little but don't anymore you seriously can save major money with coupons though!

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  8. Good running - well done! Good for you for introducing yourself to the guys - I always find that hard to do!

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  9. did you happen to see "extreme couponing" that was on TLC a while back. it was nuts!! more of a nicer version of hoarding, but really interesting.

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