I am a new runner and still learning a lot about the sport and training. I think of myself as an athletic person, enjoying sports and fitness from middle school through high school. Although, after having children and being a stay at home mom, fitness was put on the back burner behind laundry, meals, diapers, and cleaning.
Once I became aware that all foods are not good for you, I changed our daily meals. I have become passionate about eating right and exercising, trying many form of exercise. I have discovered that I am a person that likes to be active. I enjoy aerobic, dance, P90X, yoga, walking, swimming, hiking, kayaking, and running. I need to be challenged and do best when I give myself goals. I realized a while back that if I think of exercise as only a way to lose weight then I am more likely to get burned out and look negative to the scale and daily workouts. Once I enjoyed the activity for the fun and feel of being active I found lacing up my shoes and gear a positive experience and looked forward to it. I realize that exercise is a way of life and relaxing to the body and mind. That is why I now enjoy running. I enjoy the beautiful landscape around me, the clean air through my lungs, and the nature I see all around me (minus the coyotes). I still enjoy other workouts but when the weather is nice I'll be out running.
|Before race with friends, all very excited!|
I had three goals for today.
- To finish.
- To never stop running, no walking here.
- And to finish with an average under 11 minutes miles.
|View of those behind us.|
Many times during the run negative thoughts tried to worm there way in, wanting me to just walk for a few minutes. This is where having my goals helped me so much. Just by saying "no no walking" I was able to push on and stay on pace. I believe running is 80% mental and my mind will tell me to stop before my body will.
Healthy eating plays a huge part in your fitness and you have to eat dense calorie quality meals and snacks. I needed to have plenty of energy on hand waiting to be burned for the race. We had a homemade sauce and organic spaghetti noodles, side salad, steamed squash medley, and bread.
Homemade Tomato Sauce Recipe
1 yellow onion, diced small
1 zucchini, diced small
1 yellow squash, diced small
1 red and yellow pepper, diced small
8 blanched tomatoes. crushed
5 cloves garlic
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried parsley
In sauce pan add olive and all remaining ingredients. Simmer over medium heat for 30-40 minutes. Pour over whole grain pasta noodles and enjoy!
|The hair must be done!|
|Family excited before race!|
After race I walked through the line to cool down and grab my banana, apple, bagel, and MEDAL! Yep, I got to rock a medal for my hard work and training. The day before when I picked up my running bib I received my tech shirt. Over all I had a blast and looking forward to training for my next race, a half marathon! Training starts.......Wednesday after a little rest and yoga.
Starting out or seasoned runner?
What races are you in this year?
What is your favorite meal night before?