One of life’s many lessons: not knowing what the future has in store for us is actually a very GOOD thing.
I’m glad I didn’t know that I’d be taking 3 years of chemistry in order to earn a degree in Nutrition (because fear may have stopped me.)
I’m glad I didn’t know that today’s 5k was going to be so hilly (because I would have ran home instead.) 😉
I realize how dramatic I must sound — as I seem to always gush how tough these runs are — but I honestly feel that each 5k that I’ve run has become just a little tougher each time.
More hills. More heat. More intensity.
This is me running through a “break,” just after conquering a steep hill. Right before ascending into a really, really steep hill. Oh gosh, I’m tired just thinking of it…ha!
There was beer for all the runners after the race but I longed only for water. And orange slices. 😀
Honestly, I think the hardest part of this entire race for me was running at 5:45pm! I had a hard time deciding how to eat, when to eat, what to eat, etc. I’m used to eating a bowl of oatmeal or cold cereal and trotting out the door at 6:00am. This time change felt tough on my legs and on my psyche.
This is what my “fueling schedule” looked like:
- 5:00am Breakfast – cold, high fiber cereal with blueberries, milk and walnuts
- 9:00am Snack – yogurt with granola
- 11:30pm Lunch – salmon, roasted potatoes, mixed veggies, side salad
- 2:30pm Snack – 1/2 peanut butter sandwich, two handfuls of cherries
- 4:30pm Snack – orange
- 5:45pm RUN!!!!!!!!
- 8:00pm Dinner – chef salad with “the works” (aka, avocado, black beans, sunflower seeds, boiled egg, etc.)
This schedule seemed to work out just fine. I didn’t feel hungry and I felt overall very energized (and hydrated!) Good to know for next time around, although hopefully there will be more morning runs in my future. 😉
This was such a fun way to kick off the weekend!
And now? Time for a bowl of watermelon and a night of relaxation.
Happy Friday, everyone! 😀
Question: Have you ever run/walked a 5k or participated in another similar event? OR, if you’ve done many, what was your favorite?