Back to real life today! Well, not really. I don’t start school until next week and I didn’t work out today (still sick!) so my day has pretty much been spent eating and doing absolutely nothing. Uh, actually, a lot of my days are like that. Thank goodness I worked tonight, otherwise I probably wouldn’t even have left my house.
I was in the mood for something different for breakfast this morning. Every day, I see a ton of really creative breakfast ideas on everyone’s blogs that I’ve been meaning to recreate. Unfortunately, I have the world’s worst memory, and I couldn’t remember any of them this morning! So, instead, I made some more chocolate oats. I still have three packets left, and while this stuff isn’t bad, it’s too warm for hot oatmeal!
There is just no way to make that look appetizing… sorry.
Obviously, that tiny bowl wasn’t going to keep me full, so I supplemented with some banana soft serve.
Ah… much better!
For lunch, I used the leftover filling from my eggplant rollatini in a pita. I mixed the filling with some marinara sauce and goat cheese, stuffed it in the pita, and grilled it.
My sister saw me photographing this and said, ‘Good thing it’s on a cute plate, because it looks disgusting.’ Like most of my food, it was ugly… but delicious 🙂
The pita was followed by an apple with peanut butter and the food I can’t live without- pumpkin yogurt. Do you want to see how orange my skin is from all of this pumpkin?
I don’t think I need to tell you which twin I am in this picture. I swear to God I have never used fake tanner in my life, but that’s what it looks like. It’s horrid, really.
My dinner will be leftover black bean stoup. I could use all the vegetables I could get after their disappearance from my diet the past few days 🙂
Since I had so much time on my hands today, I thought I would check out some upcoming races near me. Maybe two rest days in a row is making me antsy, but I am seriously getting the urge to race again. It’s already been over a month since my last race. I don’t care what the distance is- I just want to race again! Okay, that’s not true. There is no way in hell I’m going to be running another marathon any time soon. I’ll be quite happy with a half, thank you very much!
Unfortunately, I am pretty picky about races. There are several factors to consider when I’m choosing a race. The biggest one is obviously money. Races are seriously expensive! I know it’s worth it, but I die a little every time I fork over the money for a race. The second factor is the location of the race. I prefer local races so I don’t have to wake up at 3 in the morning just to get there on time. Races start early enough- the less time I have to spend getting ready for the race, the happier I am. The third factor is distance. I’m sure I can run 13 miles, but I’m not sure I’m ready to race 13 miles. One of my goals this year is to PR in a race, and while I would be happy to knock off even 30 seconds from my previous half marathon time (2:08:53), I really think I have a sub 2 hour half marathon deep inside me. It’s going to take some work, but I think I can do it. Obviously, a lot of training will be required!
I was originally going to do the Surf City half next month, but that wouldn’t leave me enough time to train, and it’s a little too expensive for my liking. Then, I decided I would do the San Diego Rock n Roll half– it’s way more expensive and about two hours away, but I was planning on doing it with my cousin, and it leaves ample time to train. One problem- I’m 75% certain I’m moving at the end of May! So, I think that’s off the list.
So for now, I have three races in mind. I’m going to be doing the Timberwolf 5k at the end of next month. It’s only a few miles away- at my old high school, in fact! It’s a small race, but I think it would be fun to revisit my old stomping grounds. Plus, I would love to see my old cross country coach and brag that even though I was a huge slacker when I was on the team, I ran a marathon with absolutely no coaching 🙂
The second race I’m planning on is the Coaster 10k at the end of March. I was planning on doing this last year, but it was only two weeks before the half marathon I did, and I wanted to make sure I wasn’t burnt out. It’s earlier this year, so it leaves plenty of time to recover. Did I mention it’s at Knotts Berry Farm and you get free pie when you finish? Yeah, I said free pie. If I only do one race this year… it will be this one.
The third race I’m tentatively planning on doing is the OC Half Marathon in May. This is the same half marathon I did last year, and while I had some issues with the course, it’s the perfect place to PR- same course as last year! I think I’ll have enough time to train between now and then, although I don’t even know when I’m going to start. I need to formulate a plan ASAP!
I haven’t signed up for any of these races yet (did I mention I’m poor?) but I’m excited for all of them. In the meantime, I’ll be on the lookout for races between now and the end of May. If my finances are satisfactory, I have my eye on the Denver Rock n Roll in October- I’ll only be an hour away!
How do you decide what race to do? Do you have any races planned for this year? If anyone wants to do the 5k or half marathon with me, let me know! I’m not fast, but it would be fun 🙂