I’m currently experiencing that post-race, now what let down. I spent the past three months training for this race and now it’s just a memory.
Of course, there are always more races. Three in the plans, in fact. Jason and I are going to run the Green…I forget what it’s called…Green Race or something. It’s a 5K on April 24th in Piedmont Park. Then there is the Skirt Chaser 5K in May and the Peachtree 10K in July. I’ve only signed up for the Peachtree out of the three but am pretty sure that I am going to do the other two.
I really do want to keep my running up. I’m giving myself a few days off though. My little toe is black and blue from the race. I think my shoes are pretty dead. Maybe I’ll buy new ones this weekend. Aside from running, I’ve decided to incorporate a new form of exercise into my life. Jason bought me the P90X for my birthday! (An early present – my birthday isn’t for another month.) It hasn’t arrived yet, but it’s a 90 day program and it’s 95 days until my wedding. Perfect! I think it’ll be a good shock to my system, especially since I tend to typically focus more on cardio. Anyone have any experience with the P90X? Jenn from Eating Bender has said good things about it on her blog. And there are a bunch of videos on Youtube that I’ve been watching that give it favorable reviews. I am a little bit concerned that doing these DVDs is going to interfere with my running. I always seem to lose my endurance after I do a big race and I would like for that not to happen this time. But maybe I should let running sit on the back burner for a little bit. I don’t know. I’ll figure it out.
You guys had some good suggestions for things that I can do to amp up my eating habits. Among them were:
1. Adding more greens.
2. Making sure my meals consist of a protein, a complex carb and one or two veggies.
3. Don’t stress too much about it!
I am trying to think more about balancing my nutrients when I plan my meals. Previously, I’d just made what sounded good, but I never really looked at the nutritional values aside from making sure the meal was relatively low in calories. I’m also trying to make sure I’m eating enough vegetables. I like vegetables but sometimes I find that I’ll go an entire day without eating any! I’m trying to incorporate them into every meal. I like to have an egg sandwich most days which I can just add some spinach too. I switched it up this morning and had a green smoothie, also with spinach.
Last night, Jason requested something Mexican so we had a Mexican Casserole:
A pretty easy meal. I used Guiltless Gourmet Blue Corn Tortilla Chips. We both thought that it might taste better as nachos instead of having the chips crumbled on the top. It was on the dry side too. I’d add more salsa next time. I also sauteed some frozen mixed peppers in taco seasoning and hot sauce for a side. The peppers were sort of an afterthought when I realized that the tiny bit of salsa and corn in the casserole did not count one plus serving of vegetables. I have trouble with side dishes. I often eat one-dish meals and I would like to change that. Can anyone recommend easy vegetable side dishes?
After dinner, Jason and I watched the movie Up. Have you guys seen that? I loved it. I don’t laugh out loud at movies very often and I was laughing hysterically at the talking dogs. Mostly because we talk for Murphy all the time and he sounds like Dug in the movie. Even though it’s animated, it’s definitely worth a watch. And yes, I cried a little bit in the beginning.