Saturday, October 10, 2009

Running Scared

It was the most gorgeous day! It started off a little rainy, but the skies changed pretty quickly and the sun came out for a beautiful fall day.  Since it was raining to start, I decided to go to the gym for a run instead of outdoors.  I can’t believe my first 5K race is in 8 days!  Holy crapola!  I felt a little scared thinking about it.  I haven’t run in a week.  I’m trying to keep my hip damage to a minimum before the race, but at the same time, I’m not really training like I should be.  I know it’s just 5K, but I started feeling uncertain about it;  a million doubts about my ability were flooding my mind…

I fueled up with a little protein before heading to the gym – a spoonful of PB & Co. Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter

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The best stuff ever…

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and I snagged half of little daughter’s toast spread with some of it on the way out the door!

I don’t know why I felt nervous about running on the treadmill today.  I didn’t quite feel up to it and my confidence was shaky.  But, I ended up kicking those nerves to the curb after I got started!  I chatted with my friend, Coleen who moved to the next treadmill to keep my company and keep my mind off the time.  I wanted to try to shave some time off my last run which was 50 minutes.  She left when I had a 1.25 miles to go, so I plugged in my tunes and cranked out the rest of the run.  I pumped up my pace toward the end and , surprisingly, felt pretty strong.  I ended up taking 4 minutes off my time!  I like 46 minutes way better than 50!  Hopefully, next week it will be even less, but as long as I finish, I’ll be thrilled!

I treated myself on the way home to a small Caramel Latte Lite at Dunkin Donuts.  Only 99 cents this week!  I’m treading on dangerous ground by slipping in the coffee here and there, but so far, my stomach and throat seem to be up for it…

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I was ready to chow come lunch time.  I found some leftover Eggplant Parmesan Pizza in the freezer, heated that up and paired it with some crunch…

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I made sure to have a serious snack so that I wouldn’t dig and munch on too much.  I went with a strawberry Chobani yogurt topped with these cuties…

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All the bunnies in…

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I also tried another flavor of Zevia.  This was the Cola flavor…

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I dug it!  It’s a great Diet Coke substitute.  I like mine on ice…

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I bumped Pizza Night and decided to make some comfort food:  roasted chicken, mashed potatoes topped with bacon and green onion and sauteed spinach.  I served it all family style…

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My plate…

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I’m off to pack.  The husband and I decided on an impromptu overnight to celebrate our anniversary which isn’t for a couple weeks, but this weekend worked out best!  I won’t be posting so that I can spend QT with the hubs, but I’ll be taking lots of pics and will catch up with you all on Monday morning :)

Have a great weekend!!!!

ONE GOOD THING:  I had an awesome run on the treadmill and feel confident that I can make it through the 5K next Saturday!

Question of the Day:  What’s one good thing that happened for you today?

13 comments:

The Incredible Shrinking Family said...

One good thing- my newborn nephew stopped having seizures and he will be released from the hospital in a week - YAY !

The Carmel Latte Lite- I am SO THERE !

Have a wonderful time with your hubby !

Joania said...

Hey Marisa...you will be awesome next week...I the same (and more) doubts than you do. I almost did go to the race and boy am I ever glad that I did!! The adrenaline, combined with nerves and excitement will propel you.....you'll be amazing!! Just do it!! Can't wait to hear about your experience!! Warning!!! YOU MIGHT CRY!! I did!! :)

Wendy said...

i know you will do great next week! and happy early anniversary!

sian-girlgetstrong said...

You can do it! and yes, that PB looks very good...have to add it to my shopping list!

Amanda said...

Good luck with the run next weekend! You'll have tons of fun. It's so different running with all those people than by yourself. It brings a whole new energy!

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

Enjoy your weekend with your husband! Looking forward to the pictures!

TjRenee said...

You'll do great in the run next week. I can feel it.

Have fun on your get away!

Nicci@NiftyEats said...

Have a good run! One good thing: My coworker thought of me today at her baby shower. Plenty of veggie friendly dishes, fruits and veggie. Plus I won a prize playing games :)

THE ACTORS DIET said...

there's no dunkin donuts in los angeles! even though i don't drink coffee anymore, i miss it....

Sophia said...

I normally don't like treadmill runs...I find running on the spot kinda boring! But good thing you had company to keep you entertained.

Best thing that happened: someone paid for my awesome lunch! :D

m i c h e l l e said...

Ohhh, you roast dinner looks sooo good!

Yes! You will do great next week w/ your 5K!

Hope you had a great weekend getaway :-) Looking forward to hearing about it!

theskinnyplate said...

I have faith in you. I know you will do amazing next week.

carla said...

can you even believe it's THIS SATURDAY?

the count down begins...

Miz.