In approximately 10 hours, I’ll be running my fourth half-marathon.
My friend Joan and I went to the expo today to pick up our numbers. She’s still not feeling so hot but feels better than she did, so she’s just going to play it by ear. The number pick up was painless but there were so many people milling around the expo that we just decided to leave right after getting our numbers. I did manage to score two free Larabar samples. The rest of the day was spent doing various errands. For dinner, I met my friends Jamie and Dave at Stella to carbo-load since Dave is running the half as well. We split the Brushetta and I had the Pomodoro with whole wheat penne. I liked this restaurant. The ingredients are supposed to be local and organic and the plate of food was just the right size, not huge like some Italian restaurants. I ate most of it but managed to leave a little bit on my plate.
I think I’m going to take a bath and see if I can get myself ready to go to sleep.
Joan emailed me yesterday saying that she was having bad abdominal pain and had been up all night. She went to the doctor and they didn’t know what was wrong with her. They gave her an ultrasound and she’s waiting for the results. She said that if it’s a bug, she’ll run tomorrow but if it’s something more serious, like an issue with her gall bladder, she won’t. I will admit, for a minute, I thought it might just be nerves but she’s trained for this and has no reason to doubt herself. So I’m hoping she feels better today. I’ve run several races by myself before. I know that I can but for the past three months, we’ve been in this together and it will just feel weird to not run it together. So, we’ll see what happens, I suppose.
I’m supposed to go to the Expo today at the GA Dome to pick up my number. It’s raining pretty hard right now and has been for a couple days but the forecast has been assuring me that it’s supposed to only be partly cloudy tomorrow. Really, the only thing that scares me about running in the rain is the possibility of my ipod malfunctioning.
I made a playlist for the run. Here it is:
Intervention – The Arcade Fire
Boston – Augustana
One Crowded Hour – Augie March
Still Fighting It – Ben Folds
Amen Omen – Ben Harper
Begin – Ben Lee
The Story – Brandi Carlile
Womanizer – Britney
He Lays in the Reins – Iron & Wine with Calexico
Nine Crimes – Damien Rice
The Brilliant Dance – Dashboard Confessional
Transatlanticism – Death Cab
Breakable – Ingrid Michaelson
The Trapeze Swinger – Iron & Wine
Human – The Killers
Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon
Live Like You’re Dying – Lenka
Paper Planes – MIA
Yeah! Oh Yeah – The Magnetic Fields
Time to Pretend – MGMT
Myriad Harbour – The New Pornographer
Five Years Time – Noah and the Whale
Crystal Village – Pete Yorn
Detects on My Affection – Peter Bjorn and John
Running up that hill – Placebo
Hotel Song – Regina Spektor
Kissing the Lipless – The Shins
Breathe Me – Sia
Saeglopur – Sigur Ros
Chasing Cars – SNow Patrol
Me and Mia – Ted Leo
Chariots of Fire song
Defying Gravity – from the Wicked Soundtrack
Poker Face – Lady Gaga
Live Your Life – T.I
Shove It – Santogold
Rocky Theme Song
Anyone have any additional suggestions? Do you guys have, for a lack of a better word, power songs? Like a song that when it comes on just gives you a surge of energy? Mine is, and this is very weird if you know the band, Saeglopur by Sigur Ros. I have no idea why, but that song just pumps me up.
I have an issue with tuna steak. Pretty much every time I try to cook it, I end up totally drying it out which is what happened tonight. I had marinated it in some sort of mustard/vinegar combination but that didn’t really do much to moisten the fish. So, I looked in the fridge and decided to give ol’ Country Bob another try. Last time I tried the sauce, I thought it was too sweet. But tonight, I poured some on the side and dipped my pieces of fish in it. And lo and behold, I liked it.
Back to my tuna problem. I like my tuna rare typically. But whenever I buy it from the store, I always end up overcooking it because rare fish that’s from Kroger or Trader Joe’s or wherever kind of scares me. I mean, I know that I could buy quality tuna steak from Whole Foods or the Farmer’s Market but I usually don’t because of the cost factor. Tuna is really the only fish that I’ve had the dryness problem with. I guess because it’s so thick.
In regards to what I posted about last night, the desire to snack as soon as I get in the door if dinner is not immediately served, I was pretty proud of myself tonight. I came home, ravenous of course, and cut up an apple with some cinnamon to snack on while my real dinner, the tuna and some steam in the bag cauliflower, was cooking.
Jason’s work schedule is awful. Half the time I don’t even know when he’s coming home from work. On the rare day when we get home around the same time, I like to have dinner together. The problem is that I have issues waiting. When I’m hungry, I want dinner NOW. I got home around 6:20 tonight; he’ll be home at about 7:45. We need to go to the gym so that means that dinner isn’t until around 9ish. I tried to have a little snack of some fruit chews which led to an ice cream bar. It’s like I will start snacking before dinner and then either not eat dinner at all or eat dinner in addition to the snacks which can sometimes end up equalling two dinners. I’m not good at waiting. I know that some people like to get themselves pretty hungry because they feel like their food tastes better. Not me. It’s like no matter if I’ve had an afternoon snack or not, the second I walk in the door, I want dinner. I’m not really sure what to do about this except to somehow find a way to distract myself. Walking Murphy helps but today it’s raining so that’s out.
A food review:
Kashi frozen meals were on sale at Publix yesterdays so I picked up one of the new ones, the Mayan Harvest Bake. Once again, I forgot to pay attention to the nutritionals and just threw it in my cart. Holy carbs and sugar! 58g carbs and 19g sugar!! The rest of the stats were pretty good though including 8g of fiber and 9g of protein.
This meal consists of plantains, sweet potatoes, kale (though not a lot), black beans and polenta with some other sort of grain mixture in an ancho sauce. When it was cooking, I was trying to figure out what the high sugar content was from. The sauce? From the picture, the sauce looks very sweet and sticky but upon first bite, I realized it was from the plantains. Duh! I don’t think I read the ingredients very well when I bought this. Anyway, the whole thing was pretty good. Normally I feel like I have to add something to the Kashi entrees to spice them up, but this was pretty tasty on it’s own. Of course, the sweet plantains were my favorite part. Damn you, sweet tooth. The fiber and protein content will kept me full this afternoon which was a welcome change. I probably should have paired it with a green since, as you can tell from the picture, it is lacking in colors besides red and orange, but I happened to bring another orange side, cantaloupe. At least it matched.
I don’t know if I would buy this again. Based on taste, probably. But based on the high sugar content, I probably would only buy it once in a blue moon.
Today’s run was 4 miles, tomorrow’s is 3, Thursday’s is 2 and then Sunday is the race. I did my 4 miles on the treadmill tonight because I was tired after work and didn’t feel like rushing to get the run into before sunset. As I was running, and I know this is super cheesy, the song “Chariots of Fire” came on my Ipod and I started getting a little weepy. (I’ve never even seen that movie!). I pictured myself all beat up and walking through the finish line of the marathon two years ago while that song was playing. Then a bunch of other songs came on that made me very emotional. That’s happened to me during races before, but I’ve never had to almost hold back tears on the treadmill. Truthfully, I’m extremely tough on myself. I never feel fast enough, thin enough, smart enough, whatever. But sometimes when I think about all the races that I have done, a huge surge of pride sort of washes over me. I sometimes forget that compared to a lot of the authors of the running blogs that I read, sure I might be a slow runner, but compared to the rest of the world that doesn’t run, the fact that I’ve run a half marathon every year for the past four years is something that I can toot my horn about.
So, two more runs and then I’ll run my 4th half marathon. Woo hoo!
Murphy is driving me bananas. He is very mouthy and getting into everything. I took him for a walk earlier; I don’t know how to get rid of his energy. I really don’t like it when he tries to constantly bite me. Sometimes I wish my dog had an off button. He’s into something downstairs; I can hear it. Ugh.
He was eating the mail. I’m probably the only person in the world who you’ll ever hear screaming at their dog, “it’s a federal offense to tamper with someone’s mail!”