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Day 665- To 5k or Not to 5k...That is the Question

Thursday, September 26, 2013

I'm going home this weekend and I just discovered that there is a 5K this weekend about 30 minutes away. But the reason it is important is it benefits a foundation in memory of a good friend from high school's aunt who passed away last year.

I obviously want to do it to support my friend but I'm worried because I haven't run 3 miles in a while. Granted, I ran 2 miles last week, but I hate doing races when I haven't prepared. And I'm already planning on another 5k next weekend. But why not do both?

I'm thinking I probably will. My aunt is flying in from out of town, and I want to visit with her but the race is at 8 am and I don't think her flight gets in until the afternoon, so I will probably be done in time to get to the airport. We shall see.

I was 180.2 this morning so I'm pretty sure this 5k could get me back into the 170s and that's reason enough for me to do it.

Oh and has anyone ever made crockpot apple cinnamon oatmeal? I did last night and it cooked for about 8 hours but it just wasn't that great. The cinnamon and brown sugar were barely noticeable. And it was so mushy there was no texture. I know oatmeal is supposed to be mushy but it just wasn't what I expected. Let me know if you've ever made it and if you did anything special to it.

Thanks for reading, SparkFriends!

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MARKATSPARK 10/14/2015 5:38PM


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KALEWINE 9/28/2013 5:50PM

    I think you should go for it. Even if you don't run the whole thing, at least you will be moving and getting some exercise!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 9/27/2013 2:38PM

    yay 5k!!!

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KNYAGENYA 9/27/2013 7:05AM

    You can do it.

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RUNNERRACHEL 9/27/2013 5:25AM


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ONLYTEMPORARY 9/27/2013 1:27AM

    Do it, even if part of it is walked. Support your friend and don't let yourself down.

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NASFKAB 9/27/2013 1:27AM

  even if you walk part of it its exxercise & helps out all the best

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MOBYCARP 9/26/2013 6:36PM

    I see from the later status update that you did sign up for the 5K. Good call. Worst case, you walk the last part of the race. Most probable case, you finish running with a smile on your face.

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UWPALUM 9/26/2013 5:19PM

    You should definitely do the 5k. What is the worst that happens? You run some and walk some? You'll still be miles ahead (about 3 miles) of anyone who decides to not participate. Think of it as just another work out...:)

Good luck!

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GINA180847 9/26/2013 2:38PM

    Lucky you to get to do a 5 K. I actually walked that yesterday and here I am a lame duck again. My left knee just does not like me doing this. So I am going to the nurse practicioner and see what is what. I only do carrot cake oatmeal as all my life I really did not like oatmeal . I can give you that recipe and what I do is make a big batch and then I freeze it in one breakfast portions. One batch makes about 10 breakfasts. It is delicious.

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JENNY888 9/26/2013 1:18PM

    I always use steel cut oats in my oatmeal and it is always delicious that way. I'd go for the 5K. If it is too much you can always drop out. I bet once you are there you'll do it though. Remember any exercise is better than none.

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COWGIRL_72 9/26/2013 12:13PM

    I say go for the run. Exercise and support together, how can it be wrong?
The oatmeal likely cooked too long. Crockpot oatmeal should only be cooked about 4 hours unless you use steel cut oats which take a long time to soften. Good luck on both your running and cooking adventures! emoticon

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BANDITOBOY 9/26/2013 11:31AM

    I had the same experience as you with the oatmeal, but added a little more brown sugar on the servings that I re-heated and it made a big difference.

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URBANAUDREYE 9/26/2013 11:23AM

    I think the 5k is an excellent idea, especially since it benefits something that you have an emotional tie to. And I believe you'll have no problem doing it. You're too motivated to fail. And worst comes to worst, you can always walk part of it. You're still out there moving and supporting your friend.

As for the oatmeal, I've never made it (or any oatmeal in the crock pot for that matter), but as long as you can afford it nutritionally, I would suggest maybe adding some pure maple syrup to it and increasing the brown sugar (of course, I'm notorious for using about 3 times more brown sugar than I really should). Also, blackstrap molasses will give you a stronger flavor as well. And adding more cinnamon is negligible calorically, so spice it up! Not to mention it will increase your calorie burn to spice it up a bit.

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MKD4444 9/26/2013 10:53AM

  First of all, I love following your blog. You're a wonderful inspiration :)

I'd say do the 5K this weekend and just do your best. If you can't quite do the full 3 miles running, walk a bit. You'll be more likely to regret NOT doing it than doing it.

I made the oatmeal. I cooked it for only 3 hours and it came out fabulous.

Keep rocking and rolling!

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HEYITSLISA 9/26/2013 10:16AM

    Definitely do the 5k, even if you have to walk for part of it. I'm sure you won't be the only one!

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3NEWBEGINNINGS 9/26/2013 10:09AM

    You know you're going to exercise this weekend anyway, so it may as well be for a good cause! Have fun.

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NANCYSINATRA 9/26/2013 9:54AM

    I'd suggest doing it. Even if you haven't ran 3.1 lately, you'll be amazed how you can push yourself "easier" when there are spectators. :)

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SIMONEKP 9/26/2013 9:46AM

    You should do it. Just walk the last mile if you finish it running. It's for a good cause so just have fun with it instead of worrying about your time/placement.

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KIMPY225 9/26/2013 9:26AM

    I never tried making that - sorry it wasn't so great!

Good luck if you decide to do the 5K! and good luck with the race next weekend too!!

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MESEATURTLE 9/26/2013 9:05AM

    Just do it!!!

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JMB369 9/26/2013 9:04AM

    On the 5K, can you do a walk/run?

As for the crock pot oatmeal, I totally agree. I've tried it twice -- once with 5 min regular oatmeal, and once with the kind that normally takes 30 minutes. Both turned out pasty -- no texture, little flavor, despite apples, cinnamon, brown sugar. I'll stick to salsa chicken for the crockpot and do my oatmeal in a saucepan. I bet you'll do the same!

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KELLYFIT123 9/26/2013 9:00AM

    I think you should do the 5K. You don't have to reach for a PR. Heck, you could walk it (or parts of it) if you needed to. It's not the exercise but the showing up for your friend.

I've never made crockpot oatmeal, but what you wrote doesn't surprise me. I find that many things in the crockpot turn bland.

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COCK-ROBIN 9/26/2013 8:56AM

    Go for it!

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MLLEMINOU 9/26/2013 8:45AM

    Good morning!! I think you should totally do it! 1. as you said, it's for charity and would mean a lot to your friend and 2. it'll be training for your 5k next week-end!! I'm sure that next week-end, when you see how much faster you ran the same distance, you will be so proud of yourself! and congrats on the weight loss!! With 2 5k runs 2 week-ends in a row, I'm pretty sure you will hit the 170s!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TMINUS65 9/26/2013 8:40AM

  Go ahead and do the 5K --- It gets you up and about!! It is so easy to fall out of routine when visiting. This way you get your exercise in no matter what the rest of the day brings. Have a wonderful weekend.

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