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November 2009

Pumpkin Pie Cake

Last week when Sabrina and I got together for dinner, we also did a little Thanksgiving dessert prep work! I offered to bring dessert to Fiancé’s family’s get together on Thursday and Sabrina wanted to make something sweet for her Thanksgiving brunch as well.  She found this awesome recipe from Cooking Light to make a Pumpkin Pie Cake. It was seasonal and easy to make so I was in!

We each made the cakes at Sabrina’s apartment, and I took my icing to-go and put together the cake on Thursday. Surprisingly, everything traveled fabulously! Check out the icing cup! I love it!

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Pumpkin Pie Cakes with cream cheese fronting! It smelled and tasted fabulous! I love me some pumpkin. pics 088

Yield: 16 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

Ingredients

  • CAKE:
  • Cooking spray
  • 2  tablespoons  all-purpose flour
  • 1  cup  granulated sugar
  • 1/2  cup  packed brown sugar
  • 1/4  cup  canola oil
  • 1/2  cup  egg substitute
  • 2  large eggs
  • 1  (15-ounce) can unsweetened pumpkin
  • 2  cups  all-purpose flour (about 9 ounces)
  • 1  teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 2  teaspoons  pumpkin-pie spice
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • FROSTING:
  • 2  tablespoons  butter, softened
  • 1  (8-ounce) package 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
  • 3  cups  powdered sugar
  • 2  teaspoons  fresh orange juice
  • 1/4  cup  chopped pecans, toasted
  • Orange slices (optional)

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Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°.

To prepare cake, coat 2 (8-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray. Dust pans evenly with 2 tablespoons flour.

Combine 1 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, and oil in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed 2 minutes or until well blended. Add egg substitute and eggs; beat until well blended. Add pumpkin, beating until blended.

Lightly spoon 2 cups flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, and next 3 ingredients (through salt) in a medium bowl. Gradually add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture, beating just until blended. Spoon batter into prepared pans. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes on a wire rack. Remove cake from pans; cool completely on wire rack.

To prepare frosting, beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until blended (do not overbeat). Add juice, stirring until blended.

Place 1 cake layer on a serving plate. Spread 1 cup frosting over layer, and top with remaining cake layer. Spread remaining frosting over top of cake. Sprinkle with pecans, and garnish with orange slices, if desired.

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The only thing that went wrong was that I didn’t slice the bottom half of the cake to make the top layer lay nicely on top. I also didn’t have any toothpicks so on the way over to Thanksgiving, I had to keep the cake top from sliding off! I did however get a cute little cake carrier!

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Here I am taking my Pumpkin Pie Cake in my cute little carrier to Thanksgiving!

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Everyone seemed to really like the cake! The cake itself was moist and very tasty. The cream cheese icing was velvety and smooth. The candied pecans on top were the perfect addition as well. Thanks for baking with me Sabrina! I hope yours was as big of a hit as mine was!

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I also wanted to put in a picture of what Fiancé and I wore to Thanksgiving dinner at his aunt’s house. I was loving my dress! Cute right?

Did you make anything special for Thanksgiving? What did you make? What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dessert??

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Pumpkin Pie Cake

Last week when Sabrina and I got together for dinner, we also did a little Thanksgiving dessert prep work! I offered to bring dessert to Fiancé’s family’s get together on Thursday and Sabrina wanted to make something sweet for her Thanksgiving brunch as well.  She found this awesome recipe from Cooking Light to make a Pumpkin Pie Cake. It was seasonal and easy to make so I was in!

We each made the cakes at Sabrina’s apartment, and I took my icing to-go and put together the cake on Thursday. Surprisingly, everything traveled fabulously! Check out the icing cup! I love it!

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Pumpkin Pie Cakes with cream cheese fronting! It smelled and tasted fabulous! I love me some pumpkin. pics 088

Yield: 16 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

Ingredients

  • CAKE:
  • Cooking spray
  • 2  tablespoons  all-purpose flour
  • 1  cup  granulated sugar
  • 1/2  cup  packed brown sugar
  • 1/4  cup  canola oil
  • 1/2  cup  egg substitute
  • 2  large eggs
  • 1  (15-ounce) can unsweetened pumpkin
  • 2  cups  all-purpose flour (about 9 ounces)
  • 1  teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1  teaspoon  baking soda
  • 2  teaspoons  pumpkin-pie spice
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • FROSTING:
  • 2  tablespoons  butter, softened
  • 1  (8-ounce) package 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
  • 3  cups  powdered sugar
  • 2  teaspoons  fresh orange juice
  • 1/4  cup  chopped pecans, toasted
  • Orange slices (optional)

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Preparation

Preheat oven to 350°.

To prepare cake, coat 2 (8-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray. Dust pans evenly with 2 tablespoons flour.

Combine 1 cup granulated sugar, brown sugar, and oil in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed 2 minutes or until well blended. Add egg substitute and eggs; beat until well blended. Add pumpkin, beating until blended.

Lightly spoon 2 cups flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, and next 3 ingredients (through salt) in a medium bowl. Gradually add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture, beating just until blended. Spoon batter into prepared pans. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes on a wire rack. Remove cake from pans; cool completely on wire rack.

To prepare frosting, beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating until blended (do not overbeat). Add juice, stirring until blended.

Place 1 cake layer on a serving plate. Spread 1 cup frosting over layer, and top with remaining cake layer. Spread remaining frosting over top of cake. Sprinkle with pecans, and garnish with orange slices, if desired.

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The only thing that went wrong was that I didn’t slice the bottom half of the cake to make the top layer lay nicely on top. I also didn’t have any toothpicks so on the way over to Thanksgiving, I had to keep the cake top from sliding off! I did however get a cute little cake carrier!

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Here I am taking my Pumpkin Pie Cake in my cute little carrier to Thanksgiving!

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Everyone seemed to really like the cake! The cake itself was moist and very tasty. The cream cheese icing was velvety and smooth. The candied pecans on top were the perfect addition as well. Thanks for baking with me Sabrina! I hope yours was as big of a hit as mine was!

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I also wanted to put in a picture of what Fiancé and I wore to Thanksgiving dinner at his aunt’s house. I was loving my dress! Cute right?

Did you make anything special for Thanksgiving? What did you make? What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dessert??

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Drymax Socks Giveaway

“you can only go as far as your feet will take you”

I have a new sock love that I wanted to share with the blog world! I have been having sock issues for a while now. I have gotten blisters on the tops of my toes from bad socks and worn holes fast in socks that weren’t strong enough. I feel that good socks are very important to my running success!

Enter Drymax socks! The wonderful people at Drymax sent me a bunch of different socks to try out. I ran in a few different styles of the socks in the Philly Half Marathon, part of the NYC Marathon, on my 11 mile run, and on my 9 mile run – so I have put these socks to the ultimate running tests!

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Drymax has socks for literally everything! There are running socks for hot weather, cold weather, trail running and mesh socks. There are walking socks, and hiking socks, work  socks, tennis, golf even dress socks! There are socks for EVERYTHING!

One of my favorite Drymax socks that I have tried (so far) is the Drymax Maximum Protection Running Socks. It was very well padded and kept my feet dry and blister free on my longer runs.

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I love these socks. Seriously, they have saved my toes.

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Drymax has sponsoring this week’s giveaway! The winner will get to pick out any sock they would like to try from the Drymax website. There are so many to choose from!

Here’s how to enter:

1) Leave a comment here letting me know which sock you would like to try. Check out the Drymax Socks website.

2)You MUST be a follower to win. So follow me/become a  subscriber and/or add And Her Little Dog Too to your Google reader! 🙂

3) Mandatory – Be my twitter friend/tweet about this giveaway! @HerLittleDogToo – I am in the process of changing over my twitter account to keep with the blog name! Friend me! 🙂

4)Post about this giveaway on your blog for 4 extra points

5) Add And Her Little Dog Too to your blog roll for 2 extra points

6)If someone mentions they learned about this giveaway from you, you get 5 extra points, so spread the blog giveaway love!

Giveaway ends Wednesday! Good Luck!

Drymax Socks Giveaway

“you can only go as far as your feet will take you”

I have a new sock love that I wanted to share with the blog world! I have been having sock issues for a while now. I have gotten blisters on the tops of my toes from bad socks and worn holes fast in socks that weren’t strong enough. I feel that good socks are very important to my running success!

Enter Drymax socks! The wonderful people at Drymax sent me a bunch of different socks to try out. I ran in a few different styles of the socks in the Philly Half Marathon, part of the NYC Marathon, on my 11 mile run, and on my 9 mile run – so I have put these socks to the ultimate running tests!

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Drymax has socks for literally everything! There are running socks for hot weather, cold weather, trail running and mesh socks. There are walking socks, and hiking socks, work  socks, tennis, golf even dress socks! There are socks for EVERYTHING!

One of my favorite Drymax socks that I have tried (so far) is the Drymax Maximum Protection Running Socks. It was very well padded and kept my feet dry and blister free on my longer runs.

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I love these socks. Seriously, they have saved my toes.

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Drymax has sponsoring this week’s giveaway! The winner will get to pick out any sock they would like to try from the Drymax website. There are so many to choose from!

Here’s how to enter:

1) Leave a comment here letting me know which sock you would like to try. Check out the Drymax Socks website.

2)You MUST be a follower to win. So follow me/become a  subscriber and/or add And Her Little Dog Too to your Google reader! 🙂

3) Mandatory – Be my twitter friend/tweet about this giveaway! @HerLittleDogToo – I am in the process of changing over my twitter account to keep with the blog name! Friend me! 🙂

4)Post about this giveaway on your blog for 4 extra points

5) Add And Her Little Dog Too to your blog roll for 2 extra points

6)If someone mentions they learned about this giveaway from you, you get 5 extra points, so spread the blog giveaway love!

Giveaway ends Wednesday! Good Luck!

Thanksgiving Round 2

Greetings blogworld! I took a few days off from blogging due to the Thanksgiving holiday this past week. I hope everyone had a joyous Thanksgiving weekend. I have lots to catch you all up on.

Fiancé and I spent Thanksgiving with his massive family this year. He has lots of cousins and aunts and they do Thanksgiving pretty big. Also, we were met my family today and did a little Thanksgiving lunch with my grandma who is in a nursing home up in Scranton, PA. So no pictures were taking during Thanksgiving with our families, but luckily I had another Thanksgiving to report to the blog world.

My job gave everyone turkeys this year. I got a massive 13 pounder early this past week. I knew Fiancé and I would never be able to eat that much unless we ate nothing but turkey for breakfast, lunch and dinner for a week, and who wants to do that?

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So we decided to throw together a little last minute Thanksgiving Round 2 party for some friends that were in the area for the holiday. It was fun to have friends over and share in eating this massive bird that was given to us. Keep in mind this turkey is bigger than Jackson!

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Two years ago my roommates and I did a little mini Thanksgiving meal where everyone made one or two things and we had a massive feast. This time it was going to be all on me, and I have never made a turkey before! I wasn’t nervous, I knew with the help of Fiancé we could figure it out.

I put out some appetizers for the boys to eat while the turkey was in the oven. We had some gouda cheese, crackers and pepperoni and also some carrots and Wild Garden hummus.

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I felt so domestic making a whole Thanksgiving meal all by myself!

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There was TONS of multi-tasking going on! I pretty much felt that it was all based on timing. I had everything all set out and ready to go and it was just a matter of when I started to make it so that everything would finish around the same time and be warm coming out of the oven.

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Checking on the bird.

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The bird is looking good!

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The turkey cooked for around 4 hours and I did lots of preparation and then cooked everything the last hour and a half or so. We had a table full of lots of Thanksgiving favorites.

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Jackson loved having friends over almost as much as he loved the smells of all the yummy foods!

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I set up the breakfast nook with plates, silverware, glasses and napkins (swag from IKEA & my Frugaliscious Holiday Event!)

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Fiancé did an awesome job carving up the bird. It was his first time carving a turkey and it was a big job, but he did great!

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Here’s all the awesome side dishes I made. First was whole cranberry sauce, which was such a pretty red color. It turned out great using fresh whole cranberries!

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I also made mashed potatoes and corn to go with the turkey.

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Fiancé’s favorite side dish is green bean casserole, so I made him a massive dish of that. I love the crunchy  onions on top! Yum!

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I also tried a new recipe of marshmallow sweet potatoes, which turned out awesome. The recipe for that can be found here. The red mug contains gravy (we need to register for a gravy boat among many other things!) and the top left corner is stuffing! A Thanksgiving staple! Yum!

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Here is part of the group filling their plates up!

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I filled my plate up with a little of everything! I obviously had to try everything since I slaved away all day making it! It all turned out awesome. I think I even impressed myself being able to make such a big meal for a group of people. It was so fun!

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And what’s Thanksgiving without dessert? I made an awesome Pumpkin Pie Cake and one of fiancé’s friends brought an apple pie. 

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I hope everyone had an awesome Thanksgiving weekend!

Thanksgiving Round 2

Greetings blogworld! I took a few days off from blogging due to the Thanksgiving holiday this past week. I hope everyone had a joyous Thanksgiving weekend. I have lots to catch you all up on.

Fiancé and I spent Thanksgiving with his massive family this year. He has lots of cousins and aunts and they do Thanksgiving pretty big. Also, we were met my family today and did a little Thanksgiving lunch with my grandma who is in a nursing home up in Scranton, PA. So no pictures were taking during Thanksgiving with our families, but luckily I had another Thanksgiving to report to the blog world.

My job gave everyone turkeys this year. I got a massive 13 pounder early this past week. I knew Fiancé and I would never be able to eat that much unless we ate nothing but turkey for breakfast, lunch and dinner for a week, and who wants to do that?

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So we decided to throw together a little last minute Thanksgiving Round 2 party for some friends that were in the area for the holiday. It was fun to have friends over and share in eating this massive bird that was given to us. Keep in mind this turkey is bigger than Jackson!

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Two years ago my roommates and I did a little mini Thanksgiving meal where everyone made one or two things and we had a massive feast. This time it was going to be all on me, and I have never made a turkey before! I wasn’t nervous, I knew with the help of Fiancé we could figure it out.

I put out some appetizers for the boys to eat while the turkey was in the oven. We had some gouda cheese, crackers and pepperoni and also some carrots and Wild Garden hummus.

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I felt so domestic making a whole Thanksgiving meal all by myself!

pics 121

There was TONS of multi-tasking going on! I pretty much felt that it was all based on timing. I had everything all set out and ready to go and it was just a matter of when I started to make it so that everything would finish around the same time and be warm coming out of the oven.

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Checking on the bird.

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The bird is looking good!

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The turkey cooked for around 4 hours and I did lots of preparation and then cooked everything the last hour and a half or so. We had a table full of lots of Thanksgiving favorites.

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Jackson loved having friends over almost as much as he loved the smells of all the yummy foods!

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I set up the breakfast nook with plates, silverware, glasses and napkins (swag from IKEA & my Frugaliscious Holiday Event!)

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Fiancé did an awesome job carving up the bird. It was his first time carving a turkey and it was a big job, but he did great!

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Here’s all the awesome side dishes I made. First was whole cranberry sauce, which was such a pretty red color. It turned out great using fresh whole cranberries!

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I also made mashed potatoes and corn to go with the turkey.

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Fiancé’s favorite side dish is green bean casserole, so I made him a massive dish of that. I love the crunchy  onions on top! Yum!

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I also tried a new recipe of marshmallow sweet potatoes, which turned out awesome. The recipe for that can be found here. The red mug contains gravy (we need to register for a gravy boat among many other things!) and the top left corner is stuffing! A Thanksgiving staple! Yum!

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Here is part of the group filling their plates up!

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I filled my plate up with a little of everything! I obviously had to try everything since I slaved away all day making it! It all turned out awesome. I think I even impressed myself being able to make such a big meal for a group of people. It was so fun!

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And what’s Thanksgiving without dessert? I made an awesome Pumpkin Pie Cake and one of fiancé’s friends brought an apple pie. 

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I hope everyone had an awesome Thanksgiving weekend!

Philly Half Marathon 2009 Race Recap

The Philadelphia Half Marathon was this past Sunday, November 22, 2009, and it has taken me a few days to put the recap together because it has been a crazy week for me! Sorry for the delay. Enjoy!

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Sunday morning was pure perfection. The weather was a little chilly for just standing around outside, but it was perfect racing weather. All these pictures are courtesy of the fiancé so shout out to him!

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Fiancé was able to see the elite runners start while I was waiting in the coral to start! Cool picture!

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Mile 1: I got to see my family right from the start which was nice, but it seemed there were WAY too many people squeezed together that first mile. I was weaving in and out of people to try to keep my pace. Here we went by Love Park, but I didn’t even realize it, there were too many people and lots of spectators at this point, it was nuts and the first mile just flew by!

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Mile 2: The first two miles went from the Art Museum down to the Delaware River. I felt like between these two miles, I saw lots of runners that were overdoing it right away and they slowed down. This made for more weaving in and out of ‘traffic’

Miles 3-4: Here we ran along the Delaware River, not too entertaining, at least for me. There weren’t very many fans in this area. It’s times like that that I seriously rely on my ipod. I love my running jam out sessions!

Between miles 4 and 5 we ran a bit down South Street which was fun too. There was good energy there.

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Miles 5-6: We ran past Independence Hall at this point. I knew my parents, fiancé and Aileen were going to be seeing me somewhere around these miles, but I didn’t know exactly where, so that kept me on my toes with my eyes out to see them. These miles were right down Sansom Street, right down the middle of Center City, so there were tons of people out cheering, which was nice. I even saw the mayor handing out oranges!

At this point I was happy to see my own personal cheering section and even more happy to be halfway finished!

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Some more good pics of Michele! She was happy to be halfway done too as you can see in the first pic!

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Miles 7-9: This was a straight shot up 34th street and right through the heart of Drexel University and University of Pennsylvania. There were lots of college kids out cheering (and drinking) watching the race go by, so they were pretty entertaining. I was a little jealous of their kegs and eggs!

Mile 8 had this massive hill I had to power through which was rough, and unexpected, since the majority of the course was fast and flat, but I enjoyed the challenge and pushed on.

Mile 9: We went right past the Philly Zoo and then there were all these zig-zags we had to go through in Fairmount Park making our way up to Memorial Hall. The zigs and zags came with some more up hill action. At this point I saw a kid, who must have been maybe 9 pass me and I wasn’t going slow! It was nuts!

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Miles 10 – 11: This was rough for me. I knew I only had 3 more miles to go, but the course made us go up part of East River Drive on one side of the road and then turn around and go back the other side. I hate running up one side when you see people ahead of you going the opposite direction. It was mentally tough!

Miles 11 – 12: I was in the home stretch and finally on my turf! I had run this part of the race many times in my previous long runs and I was headed for the finish line.

Miles 12 – 13: I saw Aileen waiting for me around Mile 12 and she was cheering me on. I ran over to her and yelled “ I want to PR!” and then continued to sprint and push myself the last mile. I was a woman on a mission!

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I was fighting my clock the entire time, I wanted to make this race my best yet! I was checking my watch constantly because I knew what time I had to beat from my previous PR (and my first Half!) at the Annapolis Zooma Half Marathon. My previous PR was 1:53 with a pace of 8:46 minute mile. And for the Philly Half 2009….

A NEW PR!!!

My final time – 1:51:38 with an average pace of 8:26 minute mile in 13.22 miles (a little over from all the weaving) – Here is the breakdown:

Mile 1 – 8:29

Mile 2 – 8:17

Mile 3 – 8:19

Mile 4 – 8:37

Mile 5 – 8:40

Mile 6 – 8:22

Mile  7 – 8:14

Mile 8 – 8:50

Mile 9 – 8:35

Mile 10 – 8:48

Mile 11 – 8:31

Mile 12 – 8:16

Mile 13 – 8:01 (woohoo!!)

Mile .22 – 1:33

I couldn’t have been happier! I beat my previous PR by 2 whole minutes! I was ecstatic! Aileen had been talking to me about negative splits before the race started and I have never taken much notice to the splits before, but I am super proud of that last mile in 8:01!

Check out the race map here! Check out my Garmin stats here!

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After I crossed the finish line, got my medal, ate a pretzel and found my family, I bundled myself up because I was cold! I was happy I got to cheer Michele on as she pushed for the finish in her first Half Marathon! Way to go girlfriend!! You rocked!

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And then it was time for celebratory pictures. Thanks so much to Aileen for making the trek from NYC to cheer us on! pics 092     Thanks to fiancé for being awesome and waking up in the early morning hours to see me race and for documenting the race by taking awesome pictures! You rock!pics 098

Thanks to Michele for coming up and sharing her first Half Marathon experience with me. It was fun to have a friend in the race even if we didn’t run together. I can’t believe that a few months ago we pinky swore to race this together and now its over!

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Also I was so excited my parents got to be there to see me run and cheer me on. It was great to have their support.

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It was so amazing to get this awesome medal. It means so much to me because I put lots of effort into my training for this race and it totally paid off. I am so proud of my new PR!

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I would also like to congratulate my other blogger friends who ran in the race too! Half Marathoners – Sabrina & PB and Full Marathoners – Kim, Denise, Sarah and Lauren. Everyone did awesome so congratulations to all!

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