Running Thoughts

by Alison on April 8, 2010

Woke up and went for a 2 mile run, rounding it out to 3 with warm up and cooldown.  I found a decent 2 mile run with some hills but not too many for my newbie runner self. I am still waffling on whether to do a half marathon on June 26th, I don’t want to burn myself out but I could also finish it walking under the 4 hour time limit, but right now I’m considering doing a series of 10ks the last of which would be June 25th, so do I do the 3 10k races or just 2?  Is 6 months after starting running too soon for a half marathon?  Should I wait longer to see if I still want to do it? So many thoughts floating around

Ben wasn’t feeling well so he stayed home today, he moped around all day while I tried to get things done 😛  After my run we had egg and Canadian bacon breakfast sandwiches with grapefruit.  I then went on a hunt for more walls of water for my garden since winter has decided to move back in when all my seedlings are ready to go into the ground, or I have to re-pot them all, UGH.  After a few attempts I did locate some and headed home.  Ben and I took the dogs for a decently long walk before having leftover lamb in pitas, it was pretty tasty but I’m not sure how we will use up all the lamb before it goes bad.  I then spent the afternoon filling the walls of water, I plan to check them tomorrow afternoon and see if I feel confident planting. All of this led to over 2 hours of activity on my Bodybugg and over 2700 calories burned and 14823 steps at 10 PM, not bad.  For dinner we finished off the the cauliflower mac and cheese with some roasted veggies.

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Ate 19 of 24 points. Earned 6 activity points.

Breakfast(5) – Egg (2), Bagel thin (1), Canadian Bacon (0.5), 1/2 grapefruit (0.5), Neufchâtel Cheese (1)

Lunch (5)–Pita (1), Salad with Homemade Balsamic Vinagrette (1), lamb (3)

Dinner (8)–Cauliflower Mac and Cheese (6), Roasted Broccoli (0), Roasted Asparagus (0)Angel Food Cake (2)

Snack (1)–Kozy Shack Low Fat Chocolate Pudding

Running Weekly totals used 23 of 35 weekly points, earned 32 activity points.

April Run a Mile a Day Challenge 8/8

Egg and Canadian Bacon Breakfast Sandwich with Grapefruit

Cauliflower Mac and Cheese with Roasted Asparagus and Roasted Broccoli

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Monica April 9, 2010 at 4:53 AM

Of all the runners out there, newbies inspire me the most. I’d take the 10k’s one at a time, and be careful with the half marathons. I injured my ankle while training for a half marathon after a couple of years of semi-regular running behind me. Now, I can’t run, and it tears me up inside (literally!). So my advice is to take it SLOW. Be safe!

Re the lamb, could you freeze it? Don’t want to let that wonderful little sheep go to waste!
.-= Monica´s last blog ..Day in the life: Get Stuffed =-.

Alison April 9, 2010 at 9:33 AM

I can and probably will freeze it, the dogs wish that the freezer was smaller 😛

Sarah April 9, 2010 at 9:11 AM

I was going to suggest the opposite of Monica here, though she sounds a much more experienced runner than I! Nevertheless, Alison, if you take the 10K and half route, which is prob what I would do, I am gung-ho to do the Seattle half with you. Just say the word!
And I also was going to suggest freezing the lamb — maybe there’s a soup or stew or casserole you can make and freeze portions??
You are inspiring me to go on my own run now…

Alison April 9, 2010 at 9:58 AM

LOL glad I’m inspiring you to go for a run, I had already done today’s by 9 😛 hehe. We should talk about the half, Lindsay might be interested as well…

Biz April 9, 2010 at 11:28 AM

I am not a distance runner, so I have no suggestions – but I think six months seems like long enough?

I brought my cauliflower mac n cheese to work and after I portioned out my piece and one for my friend – I put it on the counter. I got to my desk, forgot a fork, walked back into the kitchen and it was already all gone! That one is a keeper!

Thanks for the diabetes link – I’ll check it out and vote! 😀

Happy Friday!
.-= Biz´s last blog ..I Cried. =-.

Nicole, RD April 9, 2010 at 1:52 PM

Holy calories burned!!! That’s great!

I think you should go for the 3 10K’s. Your mileage has just gone up, up, up and I think so long as you’re realistic with your goals, it’ll be good! Maybe wait to register for a bit to be sure training goes well? Have a great weekend!

Alison April 9, 2010 at 3:55 PM

The date of the first 10k is the date of a 6 mile long run on my training plan, so I’m sure I can manage the 10k, it’s the half that has me worried.

M April 9, 2010 at 1:57 PM

The Cauliflower Mac and Cheese looks great.

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