Three good things happened that I’d like to note:
1. My dad got out of the hospital and is back home.
2. Pineapple Chobani has finally come to ATL.
3. Yesterday’s temperature reached 70 degrees! Even though I was stuck in my office all day, I had a serious case of Spring Fever and did not want to be in the house when I got home. Jason and I discussed finding a restaurant with a patio but realized that after the sun set, it wouldn’t be so warm. We ended up going to a Turkish restaurant that we had a coupon for. The food was mediocre at best, but it was still fun to go out with Jason. And I didn’t have to wear a coat! Winter can suck it.
It’s true; I’m racing two weekends in a row. There’s no real reason besides that I like the Silver Comet 10K and it happens to fall the weekend before the ING. I also tend to burn out a bit towards the end of training and find that signing up for a race during the training period re-motivates me. I ran a 15K race about two or three weeks before my last half marathon. I’m looking at these two races very differently, the 10K and the half. I have a more specific goal for the 10K. I want to do it in less than an hour. I ran this race in 2006 in 1:00:08. Running a 10K in less than an hour requires keeping roughly a 9:30 pace. That’s pretty fast for me so I’m not exactly sure if I can do it. Back in 2006, I weighed about 10 pounds less (damn you, slowing metabolism after age 30), but I think I was in similar shape cardiovascularly, so it is possible. For the half, my goal is not as specific. I would like to set a course PR which I think I can do. A course PR for the ING would be 2:28 or less. (It’s very hilly.)
Sometimes my racing goals are too lofty and I end up setting myself up for disappointment. I’m not sure if I’ve ever just raced for fun. Actually, scratch that, I’ve done the Peachtree for fun, but besides that, I always seem to have a goal in mind. I guess I’m just goal-oriented? It’s kind of the same issue that I have when I run with my Garmin. Instead of enjoying the run (or race), I’m constantly fixated on pace. But then again, it’s good to push myself and if I don’t, I won’t get faster. Hmmm. What are your thoughts on this? Does pushing yourself to achieve a certain time goal take away from the enjoyment of running or is it a good thing?
Good food has found it’s way back into my life, in case you were wondering. I set my alarm five minutes earlier this morning and made fresh juice. Whenever I make juice, I always wonder why I don’t do it more often. I used spinach, baby carrots, about a quarter of a hothouse cucumber and a small apple. No picture, but it was a dark green. I always imagine that it’s going to taste like seaweed or something, but then it ends up being sort-of sweet. The apple is definitely key. Just a small apple adds a lot of sweetness.
Jason has requested some meals from the South Beach Diet Cookbook. While I’m not following the diet myself, I like the recipes in the cookbook and was happy to oblige. For dinner, I picked out Balsamic Salmon and Jason cooked it with some sauteed peppers and onions.