Happy Last Day of Terrible Campaign Ads! That’s something to celebrate, right? I ran out and voted during lunch.
Let me get you up to speed:
Yesterday’s lunch was Amy’s reduced sodium vegetable soup, a WW tortilla with my last mozzerella laughing cow, and an apple.
Snack was oatmeal + Justin’s PB and some pretzels. I was fulllll after that.
I headed out on a 4 mile run. I debated not running at all since I was so tired from the weekend, but knew I would feel good after doing it. I was right. And good news is that “huge hill” no longer feels hard! Guess running hills during training has helped.
Dinner was some of the Butternut Squash and Lentil Stew that I had frozen in the fridge, and dessert was half an apple. NO CANDY! Woohooo!
Confession: I’ve never actually made overnight oats. In my head, I consider my yogurt messes to be overnight oats, but that’s only because I’m insane. Due to my lack of yogurt and and desire for something pumpkiny, Angela’s Vegan Overnight Pumpkin Pie Oats were created. And THANK GOD…they are AMAZING!! I used flax instead of chia seeds because I don’t have them. The little bit of maple syrup in the recipe takes them over the top.
Here’s what they looked like after I prepared them last night…
And then this morning, after chillin in the fridge all night! I topped them with some walnuts and dried cherries.
Last night my boyfriend told me I have a pumpkin addiction. When someone who lives in a different state says you have an addiction, it’s probably true. I’m not mad.
I had lunch at my desk after voting. They said the polls had been super busy which is great!! I had a Dr. Praeger’s with hummus+tomato sauce on a sandwich thin. On the side I had some steamed brussel sprouts and a sliced pear.
I kinda like not having my regular groceries. I got to try overnight oats and I switched up my normal Honeycrisp for dessert thing. I actually broke up with apples over the summer after a stomach bug. They just started to make me feel sick. But now I have this mentality where lunch isn’t complete without one, and I don’t like being so repetitive! Maybe I’ll just never grocery shop again.
Or I will tonight after work like I plan on doing.
So About The Advice I Need:
I’ve mentioned before on this bliggity blog that race training while working full time has been a tough adjustment for me. Even training for this half marathon has been hard as it gets darker and colder. I hate being limited on time and not being able to run when I have the most energy. It’s been especially hard since my running buddy, LB, is on such a different schedule than me. She is in grad school and so has more time during the day to run. Her training has been awesome too! Running almost every day, tons of mileage, and super fast. It’s great for her, but definitely makes me jealous. It’s really hard not to compare my training to hers and feel inadequate, even though I know I’m in a different situation. (You are not at fault for anything, btw, LB! 🙂 )
Anyway, LB has decided to run a full marathon in April. A full marathon is something I’ve always dreamed of doing, and something I always thought I’d do with her! However, I’m super nervous about being able to train during the winter when just training for a half has been a little challenging. I don’t want to end up frustrated for the next four months because my training isn’t going well and I don’t want to sign up for something that I really don’t have the time to do well!
However, this might also be a great opportunity to run a marathon with LB! I don’t know that I’ll ever really feel like I “have the time” to train for a marathon, so maybe I should just suck it up and learn to run in the dark and cold. And I’ll just have to accept that fact that LB can run more than me.
- So what would you guys do, take the chance and sign up for a marathon with a friend? Or say no for now and avoid the comparison trap and training frustration?
I also worry that if I decide NOT to run the marathon, I’ll end up just as frustrated and upset with myself.
In other running news, here are some races I’m considering in the next couple of months:
Girls On The Run 5k on Nov 14th
Webster/Kirkwood Turkey Trot 3miler or 6miler
St. Louis Track Club Frostbite Series –5 races of varying distance throughout the winter. Could be good way to keep up my distance!
Confession: I’m listening to Christmas music on Pandora.