What did you do yesterday?
Oh, just ran my very first half marathon. No biggie. Just one of those defining moments in my life, that’s all.
But really, you know defining moments aren’t complete without a few freak outs; the ones you can laugh at after it’s all said and done. Here are a few of mine:
Pre-race freak out #1: I forgot my ipod.
If you’re gearing up to run 13.2 miles (!!!!!! – or 21k if you will), I’m pretty sure you’d want some music to pass the time. Specifically, if you got a new ‘clip on’ ipod (ie: nano) for your birthday to replace the bulky ipod touch that you used to run with. Did I mention you traded this bulky ipod for the new nano specifically for running purposes?! So, when you arrive at your run destination (read: staying at the g-rents because they live in run destination, plus they’re away and live right on the water…sweet deal), and find headphones unattached to ipod, you might freak out…just a little bit. You curse; curse yourself for being in such a rush to leave home, curse the headphones for not reattaching themselves back to the ipod after charging, and curse the ipod itself for being so small and dumb.
You might contemplate driving back home, even if it is an hour away because 13.2 miles without music is a loooong time. Until, wait, could it be?
Pre-race freak out #2: Where do I pick up my race kit?
It’s all nice and lovely that the race started and ended in a park, but to have the race kit pick-up there, as well, when you’re new to the area (read: haven’t set foot in the park since your grandma used to take you there when you were three) isn’t so lovely. Oh, did I forget to add that I was in a time-crunch to head to work after picking up said race kit?!
Yes, I enjoy nature, being on the water, and perfect weather. Yes, I enjoy kids laughing in the park. But, no I don’t enjoy being rushed while witnessing these things, especially when work is in the near future. After walking around the park (witnessing some family bbq’s – nice for them), I finally found the tents tucked away in the back. Picked up my race kit as quick as I could and jetted.
Pre-race freak out #3: Starbucks it OUT of the way to go to before the race.
And yes, I actually lost sleep over this. I think I dreamt in map routes to minimize travel time to the race from Starbucks. But whatever, I got my ‘bucks and drank about 5% of it. Successful fail.
Pre-race freak out #4: My mouth is so dry from the PB I put in my oatmeal.
Damn, peanut butter. My obsession was also my demise yesterday – pretty much a mouth hazard! Such a hazard that I made the husband run back to the car and get my water bottle, which I shouldn’t have left there in the first place (oops!). Which leads me into freak out #5…
Pre-race freak out #5: Where is the husband?!?! The race is about to start!
Did I forget to mention that I started complaining about forgetting my water bottle ten minutes before my race was scheduled to start?! My bad…
The overly generous and speed-walker husband went back to the car and then made it back in time to sprint to the start line with me. Ok, I exaggerate. He made it back in time to walk with me to the starting line and even managed to snap a few pics. My peanut butter mouth thanked him.
Even with the freak outs, we made it there safe and sound and I ran my little heart out. With ipod. With my bib from the race kit. With 5% of an iced coffee in me. And lastly, with a PB mouth still intact.
Thank goodness for drink stations.
I had other ideas of things in mind that I was going to do today…but that’s ok because today still turned out to be pretty successful. And yes, I would repeat it everyday if I could.
Started it off right with some oats – in went 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup water, 1/3 coconut milk (unsweetened), 1/2 a naner. Stir in a pot over med-high heat until desire consistency, then mix in your toppings. Mix ins: 2 tsp ground flax, 1 tsp chia seeds, sliced almonds, shredded unsweetened coconut and white chocolate PB. Top it off with a tea and voila – perfecto breakfast.
I squeezed in a little time to study chem (hello, teacher call me, so I can get this final written by next week!). Somehow studying chem always turns into going into my Google Reader…it’s a mystery to me… 😛
I have been on the hunt for a banana bread for the past day now (banana’s won’t stay overripe forever…haha) and finally just scraped the search and made my own variation on two recipes I was looking at.
Coconut and banana fusion!
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 5 small very ripe bananas
- 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 2 flax eggs (2 tbsp flax + 6 tbsp water)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup *next time I would up the amount of this
- sweeten, sweeten, sweeten! I definitely neglected the sweet aspect of this recipe (and also didn’t have any vanilla on hand which might have made a difference)
- increase the temperature of the oven from the beginning. This took way too long to bake. I’m not one to hang around for an hour while a banana bread bakes!
- coconut oil, anyone?! I’m kicking myself for not adding it.
Once you added a little Earth Balance, it definitely increased my liking for it.
A little pre-run carb load up and I was good to run!
My workout outfit :
Which happens to all be lululemon…except for the shoes!
- Flow Y bra
- Cool Racerback tank (if you’re anything like me and like longer tops, then you’ll love this one)
- Ultimate Running sock
- Black Running Shorts – which they no longer carry + can’t remember the name (sorry!)
- Shoes: New Balance 758
Today’s run was 6.56 miles in 60 mins. Hubby got home from work when I was 10 mins away from being done my run. We had just enough time to talk for about 10 mins post-run before he was heading out the door to go teach a golf lesson. In that time, I squeezed in a quick workout on top of the run.
- shoulder press on stability ball – 3 sets, 12 reps, 8lb weight in each hand
- lateral shoulder raises sitting on stability ball – 3 sets, 10 reps, 5 lb weights in each hand
- tricep dips on stairs – 3 sets, 12 reps, body weight
- hip lifts lying on floor – 2 sets, 10 reps followed by 10 pulses at the top , using two 5 lb weights
- leg extensions on stability ball – 2 sets, 10 reps
- 50 crunches with feet on stability ball
- 20 stair jumps (to get that heart rate back up) – I jumped 2 steps
- lunges – 2 sets, 10 reps (each leg), 8 lb weight in each hand
- dead lifts – 2 sets, 12 reps, 8 lb weight in each hand
After racing through that, I managed to convince the hubby to make a pitstop at Starbucks (this is how dedicated I am – we drove separately, so he wouldn’t be late to teach his lesson, because I wanted Starbucks so bad and I knew he needed it after his early morning start today). So I met him after a 3 min car drive to Starbucks, we ordered together, then he was off. Nothing like some quality time with the hubby 🙂
The reason for the need to go to Starbucks? 1/2 price frappuccino’s obviously! I got the new mocha coconut with soy milk and it was delish!
I’m afraid that I might get sucked in and get one each day the 1/2 price deal is on (which goes until may 15th…yikes!)
That brings me to this point in time: writing blog and thinking about how I should have showered before I wrote this blog post (today’s run was a sweaty one…TMI?). And that is that. Happy Friday!
Q: What is your fav drink from Starbucks?
I normally love chai tea latte’s, but love when Starbuck’s does great promotions like this because it allows you to try other great products for a fraction of the price!
What gear do you like to workout in?
I love lululemon, especially since I stocked up on gear when I worked there, and haven’t really branched on to new things!
What’s your favourite way to sweat?
I love running, and when given the chance also like to use the stairmaster! I used to dance and loved that as exercise and would like to get back into it. I haven’t done yoga in a while (especially hot yoga for the sweating purpose of this question) and think I should do more of that just to make sure my flexibility stays intact!