Afternoon! It’s 11:37 and I just finished my lunch. Part of the trouble with beginning work at 7 AM is that I end up hungry for lunch so early.
I have a natural tendency to "front load" calories in the morning, which can lead to trouble if I get too snacky in the afternoon (like yesterday). One of the ways I’m trying to balance out my meals is to have a regular breakfast but a light mid-morning snack and early lunch.
So, my mid-morning snack was an orange…
And my lunch included two mini WW pitas stuffed with spinach and chicken deli meat.
The mini pitas are so much more satisfying because they take a little bit longer to eat than 1 big pita. Yay!
With mustard on the side for dipping action.
Plus, 3 small carrots.
Since Meghann announced her Gasparilla Goals this morning, I figured I should, too! On Saturday, I am running the 15K at 7:30 AM and the 5K at 9:30 AM. On Sunday, I am running the half marathon (which starts at 6:00 AM!!).
I am doing this race series for the challenge of DISTANCE, and thus I will not be focusing on speed as much as I would if these races were separate. So, Goal #1 is to finish, have fun, and not get injured!
Of course, I have some time goals in mind, too! They are:
- 15K: As the 15K is my first race and my preferred race distance, I’m pretty sure I can set a new personal record (PR) without much effort. My PR for a 15K is 1 hour, 27 minutes, and 58 seconds, which I set in September at the Miracle Miles 15K. I hope to finish this 15K in 1 hour, 25 minutes (which would put me at 9:30-minute miles).
- 5K: Because there will be a thirty minute waiting period between the 15K and 5K, I think I’m basically screwed for the 5K. My PR for a 5K is 23 minutes and 36 seconds, which I set in December at the Dash of the Elves 5K. I hope to finish this 5K in 31 minutes or less (which would put me at 10-minute miles). This 5K is about fun, not speed.
- Half-Marathon: I am really excited about this Half Marathon because it’s only my 2nd Half! My PR for a Half Marathon is 2 hours and 6 minutes, which I set in October at the Marine Corps Half Marathon. My goal for this Half Marathon is to simply improve my time and set a new PR — even if it’s only by a minute!
I think my favorite race ever was the Marine Corps Half Marathon — it was a lot of fun and a scenic race. Check out the race recap for all the details!
If you’re a runner, describe the best race you ever competed in!