21

I did it! 

I ran 9 whole miles this morning. :) 

9 Mile Stats

I woke up a little before 7 a.m., laced up my shoes (yes, I tied the laces – no more blisters for this girl!), and headed out. 

I did an out-and-back route for the first four miles before running my typical five-mile loop around the large lake near our apartment. 

Around mile 5.5, I stopped for about 30 seconds to sip some water at a drinking fountain and eat a Stretch Island mango sunrise fruit leather. It’s amazing how such a short break can rejuvenate a run. The last 3.5 miles weren’t too bad, and I finished the run feeling like I can tackle a half marathon in the near future! 

Don’t get me wrong, my legs and lungs felt fatigued, but I feel like as long as I keep up with my training plan, 13.1 miles is a do-able goal on August 1. Phew! 

Breakfast  

After about 10 minutes of stretching and toweling off my sweaty body, I was ready for breakfast. 

I started with a cold and creamy cup of strawberry Chobani Greek yogurt

Berry Good

I love this yogurt, but I don’t really like all the goopy strawberry stuff on the bottom. I think it tastes perfect without all that fruity liquid stirred in. Sweet with a slight hint of strawberries. Yum! 

My main course included two dippy eggs with a strip of MorningStar Farms veggie bacon and a toasted Alternative bagel. 

Breakfast is Served

It was Ryan’s first time trying the veggie bacon and he loved it! The bacon flavor (and smell!) is spot-on if you ask me!

Extra Dippy Please!

Toasty

Dip It, Dip It Good

I love hearty breakfasts on the weekend. 

Happy 21st Birthday to My Sister! 

Today is a big day in the life of my little sister. 

Little Les

Dancing Queen

Leslie & Sadie

Sisters

I Love Her

Twenty-one years ago little Leslie was born. 

Today she celebrates her 21st birthday! 

I sense an extreme hangover in her future. :) 

Happy birthday to the best sister in the whole wide world! I love ya, Les! 

In honor of Leslie’s big day, I leave you with an old picture of me and Ryan from 2006… on my 21st birthday.  Yikes! 

Me & Ryan on my 21st

What was  your 21st birthday like?

Comments

  1. says

    Ha! My 21st was Easter Sunday so I was able to avoid the hangover. I think I has some church wine. . . Congrats on the 9 miles! You will have no trouble with the 13.1

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  2. says

    My 21st was on a Sunday too, so I went out on Saturday at midnight. Let’s just say that all I could manage to eat the following day was a few pieces of my birthday cake. It was awful!

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  3. says

    My 21st birthday was tons o fun followed by meeting my parents and brother for lunch the next day (feeling like I might vomit the whole time) where they proceeded to laugh at my slightly green hue.

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  4. says

    Happy Birthday to your sister! What a beautiful pair of sisters :)

    I love the picture of you, too haha! Awesome.

    Enjoy your day and congrats on that run! You rock :)

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  5. says

    Way to go on the 9 miles! I think I’m just hanging out a week behind you- I did 8 this morning! :)

    Happy bday to your lil’ sis! My birthday, since I was one of the youngest of all my friends and it was in the summer, turned into a four-day affair of going out at midnight the night before, birthday dinner, a night at a casino, and a 21-shots night (uuuugggghhhh). Never again!

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  6. says

    Congratulations on your 9 mile run!
    I spent my 21st in Paris…. Lots of stories there, but it was a decade ago now *sigh* ! Hope your sister has a great day.

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  7. Kludjy says

    You know exactly what my 21st birthday was like because you were a first hand witness. It wouldn’t have been the same without you and I love that we wore sweatpants to the bar<3

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  8. says

    You have that half marathon in the bag! You know what they say…if you can run 8 then you can run 13! So you are GOLDEN! YAY!

    Also Happy Birthday to your sister! What a fun birthday! haha! My 21st was fun. My roommate and I both turned 21 with 4 days of one another so we had a big blow out at our house!

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  9. says

    My 21st was fun & VERY cold! It was the middle of January and I’m pretty sure we had freezing rain that night…it didn’t stop the partying though!

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  10. says

    Happy Birthday to your sister!! :)
    My 21st was fun, but nothing too super crazy. It was enjoyed the way a 21st birthday should be – out with friends and drinks ;)

    Congrats on your run – that’s fantastic!!

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  11. says

    Awesome job on the 9 miles!!! My 21st was on a Sunday so I went out Saturday night. I don’t really remember that night but I do remember on my actual day, my mother made me a gorgeous bday dinner, with steak and potatoes and asparagus, candles, and champagne. It was really sweet :)

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  12. says

    good job on your run! you’re gonna rock the 1/2 marathon for sure.

    21st bday…typical “event at bar” type thing. i shared a 21st bday party with another friend. i dont remember too much of it though. :)

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  13. Jessica says

    My 21st was a 3 day celebration! It fell on a Friday, which meant I could go out Thursday at midnight, which was mellow. Then came Friday, my actual birthday, in which I went out with a massive 30 or more people because it was also my brother’s 25th birthday (yes, on the same day) so he came up to kalamazoo from chicago and we had a big blast together with all of our friends! Saturday came a long and was pretty much a repeat! haha

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  14. Nikki says

    My sister just had her 21st birthday June 13th. Her birthday present just started right now as my mom and her are in Arizona. Tomorrow they go on a hot air balloon ride.

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  15. says

    I had my first shot on my 21st birthday. It went down…and then came right back up! I hadn’t even drank anything yet, but that was the day that I learned that shots are not for me!

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  16. says

    Congrats on 9 miles and happy birthday to Leslie!

    LOVE that picture of you from your 21st – hilarious!!

    Mine wasn’t too crazy – a night at the casino with my fam and two of my bests :0)

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  17. says

    Wow, 9 miles! What an accomplishment! Did you take Sadie with you? I beat she’s happy to be running longer distances!

    Happy birthday to your sister! I’ll tell you how my 21st goes when I get there. ;]

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  18. Anne @ the doctor takes a wife says

    Congrats on your 9-miler :) That’s a big one!! I love the pic from your 21st… There are plenty of pictures from mine that are VERY similar.

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    • peanutbutterfingers says

      thanks! it’s actually a shirt (i’m wearing jeans that you can’t see) & i got it from marshall’s last summer.

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  19. hrj0116 says

    Julie, I have a question for you…

    I usually go to the gyms in the morning; however, I always have had trouble with what I should eat prior to working out.

    I usually stick to Greek Yogurt, granola and some routine coffee. I know that doesn’t sound too appealing – but I just don’t know what I should do that would be “right”

    Thanks,
    Humberto :)

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  20. Zoe says

    My 21st isn’t for a couple months but it will be during a break from my school so my parents promised to take me out for a cocktail!

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