The timer has started and it is officially less than one week until I run my first ever 5K run - or any run if you are keeping count. I'm thrilled and nervous all at the same time - as many of you already know. I keep having daydreams about the gun going off for the start of the run (I'm extremely against guns so the thought unsettles my nerves to say the least); tripping on something in the cross-country path; losing a shoe in the mud since it's supposed to rain everyday next week; going overboard the first mile and then keeling over during the second; and so on... Just a few of my worries. haha I can travel and work overseas in a foreign, non-English speaking country by myself but the thought of running a 5K is getting the best of my sleep pattern. My husband thinks I'm overreacting but seriously it is a big life changing event and I want to make sure that I make it through remembering the day.
Enough said on my craziness and irrational daydreaming... I found this list of people that have run marathons (celebrities) and found it interesting to see their times run. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_marath oners I tried to look for celebrity 5K running times but I guess they weren't as important as the marathon runners. Oh well...
Last night's run: 31 minutes and 28 seconds. We still have about one minute and 28 seconds to shave off our time. Our plan is to run the Turkey Trot in 30 minutes. It is something to work towards! Hoping the rain stops enough so we can run the next 6 days!
Have you heard about the weight fairy that implants heavy weights in your legs before running? Well, I am destined to believe that this fairy is real and has played a double prank on my body. Yesterday was a strange, my legs were feeling as those each one had gained about one hundred pounds each! We took yesterday off from running to allow our bodies to rest and recuperate after all the exercise that we have been logging in the last few weeks. We try to take one day off a week do relax and give a little R&R to our bodies. hmmm Not sure if it was the best plan since we felt worse the day after relaxation than what we had the previous workout day. From now on I think we will take a general relaxation run without trying to beat our previous time, instead of taking the whole day off from working out.
Yoga is in my nearest future to try to get our the kinks in my legs and hopefully some of the "fairy weight" will fall off during the process. Beware: watch out for the weight fairy!
A few days ago we found Thai coconuts on sale at our Whole Foods Market (usually they are very expensive) so we splurged and purchased one. We used to be fully raw vegans so a nice ripe Thai Coconut is the perfect reminder of our days eating only raw vegan foods. If you have never had the pleasure of this wonderful tropical delight, I highly suggest splurging on one too and trying it out. Thai coconuts are the ones that are white on the outside - you can find many videos online that help you learn how to open one up easily if you are a newbie. These little gems can just not be compared in the least to those round ones we grow in America.
Here's our Smoothie Recipe from this Morning: (makes 2-4 servings)
10-12 ice cubes
1.5 cups raw thai coconut milk/juice
1 c. mixed berries (we had frozen in the house)
1 tbsp flaxseed
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp almond extract
1/4 tsp agave nectar (you can use any sweetener)
1 scoop EAS Soy Vanilla protein powder
Blend until smooth and enjoy in the wonderful scent and taste!
If you have read my blogs entries even at least once in the last two weeks, you will know that I am training for my first ever 5K! It is a big accomplishment for me sine I've never been able to run even one mile without huffing and puffing it before stopping to a halt. (and that was during my tennis playing days) The last few weeks have been all about learning how to run, which sounds easy but has many different aspects that I never knew about before starting up running with my experienced husband. It took time to learn how to breath correctly, roll my feet the correct way and setup my body to a relaxed state without compromising my posture. Never in my dreams would I have thought that all of these things would make a difference between a tennis player and a runner. It is a great learning curve that I have had to overcome and am still learning more daily. Thankfully I am blessed by God in my adventure and have seen a great difference in my hard work. Just this week my husband and I have seen a decrease in our running times. (My husband does hold back a lot so that he can run alongside me - bless his heart!) Last night we got down to 31 minutes and 38 seconds! Hurray! Our goal is to finish the 5K race on Thanksgiving day and try to get 30 minutes or under so we are well under way to our successful Turkey Trot!
For me, I'm the type of person that loves to try out new foods and this includes meal plans generated by dietitians. As I was reading a few blogs I came across this website that had a wonderful section containing meal plans for all sorts of eating needs or wants. Each plan has a seven day menu that includes recipes and calorie counting. This is similar to S.P.'s menu plans however everything is laid out in pdf form and can be printed off easily. In addition, the foods in eaten each day are generally inexpensive and can be found easily at most stores. I have a problem with S.P.'s menus because there aren't enough choices and the items are rather expensive when you get everything added together for one week. Check out this fun Canadian site in French and English at: en.chatelaine.com/english/food/artic le.jsp?content=904909