About that itty bitty type…
Considering I haven’t been running at all since I hurt my knee quite a few months back, registering for a 5K is sort of a ridiculous thing to do. But completing a race is on my bucket list, and I don’t want to do just any race for the sake of a race; I’d rather do a charity race. I was going to do one in December, but then I decided it’s just too cold for me in the winter. A good call on my part, as it turned out, since the day of that race was frigid. Anyway, this opportunity presented itself now, and I kind of grabbed it.
So, yeah. Insane? Me? Not at all. (Have I mentioned that I’ve never covered more than two and a half miles in one go, and even that was half walking?)
They did provide a training plan “for beginners,” based on the assumption that you can run one mile. Which, evidently, I can, because while I was ruminating over this on Sunday morning, I ran just under a mile at the gym. The problem with the training plan is that I’m a week behind. My co-worker gleefully revised it for me.
The revised plan includes a longer taper, which is nice. It also includes a four-mile run, which is hysterically funny.
The thing about this whole situation is that I don’t think I can do it… but I know that I can. It will just involve a lot of ego-bruising, because I’m setting the bar very low. Say… forty-five minutes?! That’s not even setting the bar low, it’s burying it underground — I can walk faster than that. But since I’m notoriously self-critical and will be dissatisfied with my time anyway, I think I’m going to accept the fact that I’m just a slowpoke and deal with the battered ego. I’d rather do that than deal with battered knees.
Though speaking of battered knees, I have to say that the knee strap is the eighth wonder of the world. I don’t know how it works, and I don’t care; I just know that it does. Now, if they only made something like that for ankles…
Another reason to believe that I am a natural slowpoke was that not pushing myself in terms of speed meant I didn’t experience any cramping. That’s always a nice thing. But I have another dilemma.
Toasted zucchini bread, topped with Maranatha sunflower seed butter. This had an entire hour to digest before I started running today, and it still wasn’t long enough. Apparently I am one of those people who can only run on an empty stomach. Annoying, but duly noted.
I stumbled across something exciting in the supermarket the other day.
Plain yogurt! I always use vanilla because I was unaware this even existed. I did the same thing with this as I did last week with vanilla yogurt: toasted orange cranberry mini muffin, orange marmalade diluted with water, and dried cranberries.
I really liked the yogurt! It was pleasantly tart. I’m not going to stop using the vanilla, because I like that, too, but it’s nice to know that I have this as an option.
Oh, by the way, remember those red bananas? They finally ripened. Yes, it took two weeks. And it was still a battle to peel the thing!
I guess it does taste a little different than regular yellow bananas… but I really think I prefer the yellow ones. And even if I didn’t, I’m not about to start paying double the price for the novelty of red bananas.
Now that Alphebruary is over, it’s time to move on to a March challenge! Since March is National Frozen Food Month (and also National Nutrition Month, which I find slightly ironic), this is as good a time as any to clear out some major freezer space. Yes, I’m supposed to be doing that anyway. Let’s ignore that little issue. 😉
Since I can pretty much open a Steamfresh (I hate their new site, BTW) store right now, and I also have random Alphebruary things to use up…
Steamfresh whole grain brown rice, Jalfrezi simmer sauce, and steamed cauliflower. There were actually supposed to be chickpeas in there, too, but I forgot to soak them last night. Oh, well.
Ever since that whole ear saga, it bothers me to get water in my ears. I never had a problem with that before, but it’s annoying — even if it’s probably all in my head! So I bought me some ear plugs. But they really kind of gross me out — I do not like silicone ear plugs! And they’re not 100% effective. Or comfortable. So, as part of a huge Amazon order tonight (which included two knee straps!), I bought these, which hopefully will work out better. Because I need to be able to hear the bobbing ladies, right?
Okay, okay. I’m not complaining about that part. The water was quite lovely tonight. Until they invaded it!
I have an appointment with my endocrinologist tomorrow morning. I am so not excited about that. He tends to not listen to me when I tell him I don’t want to know my weight. And seeing the … issues I am having right now, it would be really nice if he would keep that information to himself. Just saying.
In jewelry-related news, I am very sad.
My bracelet broke! 😦
And I dug out a pair of earrings I bought a few months ago, but never wore. It’s like jewelry shopping in my own room!
No idea why it’s so blurry…
Happy Hump Day… (Ten weeks until I can say that and mean it! Um, that also means I need to get a move on and quit procrastinating…)
“Humankind cannot bear very much reality.”