It’s been one week and I thought about my 5K race a lot today. Ironically, the weather this morning was as crappy as it was last Saturday, so I think that brought up some of my thoughts! I was replaying the race in my mind again and trying to figure out what I could do to be better next time. Yes, I think I just said…next time! Oh no! But, the more I think about it the more I see that I have to try it again. I can’t got down like that with my first race – LOL!
Seriously though, it’s not about competing with others. I’m not a competitive person at all. I would classify myself more like “everybody’s cheerleader”! It’s more about how to be better for myself. There are lots of things that went wrong and thinking it over, I realize that the main thing is that I did not train as hard as I should have. I kinda took the attitude that if I ran 3.1 miles once, I can do it over again, no problem. And yes, that is true mentally, but physically, I think my body needed much more practice than I was giving it. I primarily backed off due to my hip. I was concerned that training may damage it so that I would have to bag out of the race altogether. So I backed off, but that ended up hurting me in the end because I realize that my legs weren’t ready.
Another thing I need to learn is how to manage the racing jitters. I was so nervous when the start gun went off and that threw my whole breathing pattern out of whack. I was unable to focus at all. Even my music did not help. And my head was so filled with nerves and doubts that emotions took over causing me to really lose it! I’m not quite sure what to do to help with the jitters, but I did do some research on training for a 5K. I found some good articles on Runnersworld and Cool Running, so I think I’m going to try out the program and see if I can get myself to run stronger and faster! I would love any additional tips from my runner blog friends, so please feel free to leave a comment or email me!
Well, that being said, I took the day off from exercise today –LOL! So much for training, right?! Seriously, I am planning on starting tomorrow! I’m a bit apprehensive due to my bouts of dizziness, but my plan is ,as long as it’s not acting up, I’ll get in a run. Today, I was still experiencing a little dizziness, so I just puttered around the house which was kinda nice!
I wasn’t especially hungry for breakfast and couldn’t figure out what I wanted. I finally decided a smoothie sounded right. Not any smoothie…a BLUE MONSTER! Green monsters have been all the rage, but I’m going blue…
- 1/2 cup Silk Heart Health Vanilla Soymilk
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 ripe banana
- big handful of baby spinach
- 1/2 packet NuNaturals NuStevia
For lunch I made a ginormous salad…
- lots of romaine
- diced ham
- 1 lite string cheese, chopped
- 1 hard boiled egg white
- 1/2 cup pinto beans
- 1 hummus filled egg white (filled with Trader Joe’s Chipotle Pepper Hummus)
- Kraft Light Three Cheese Ranch Dressing
and some tuscan crackers topped with asiago spread (from our Anniversary basket)…
I tried another Zevia this afternoon…
I didn’t like this flavor, so I tried another…
It was definitely better. So far, I’ve only liked 2 of the flavors. I think my affinity for diet soda has really diminished though.
I felt like munching this afternoon, so I pulled out the Cheez-its! I made sure to “control” myself…slightly, by putting them in a bowl instead of having my face in the bag :) My cup overfloweth…
Dinner was random. We were all in relax mode, so I just reheated some turkey meatballs for sandwiches and sliced up sweet potatoes for fries. I went bunless but layered on the cheeeeese…
And ended the flop- around day with chocolate…
Running is definitely on the agenda tomorrow ;)
ONE GOOD THING: While I was relaxing, I went through some magazines and pulled out some great new recipes to try this week.
Have a great day!!