Another Winter Park Series race today! This morning’s race was at my favorite park, which just happens to be 5 minutes from my house. So I got to “sleep in” relatively speaking. Mom and I headed out at 8:30 for the 9 a.m. race. It was nice to be relaxed.
Before the race, I had a bowl of cinnamon Puffins and soy milk, plus some water. I wasn’t too nervous about the race, because I wasn’t planning on really RACING, just running a hard run. But the weather had me dreading the 3.7 miles around the lake.
Check out that 13 mph wind! When we got to the park, I did a short warm-up, but after 2 minutes I realized how bad the wind truly was. It would catch in my throat and make me lose my breath! Instead of warming up outside, I huddled in the heated bathroom with my mom and other women. It wasn’t ideal, but it was better than freezing.
Once the race actually got going, I was just moving my legs forward. I wasn’t worried about pace at all, only focusing on my own feel and whatever would get me to the finish line in the fastest and least-painful way. I didn’t want to race and get that exhausted feeling, but I knew running fast was the best path to warming up and being finished.
After I finished, I waited for mom and then we got the heck out of there. We were home before 10 a.m. and it was fabulous. When we got home, I put brunch in the oven: baked chai-spiced French toast. I put everything together before the race, and then added the topping before popping it in the oven. The smell was heavenly! I love the floral cardamom.
I took a shower while the French toast cooked, and had just enough time to throw together a little veggie egg scramble and make some coffee.
In my eggs, I had spinach, parsley, cherry tomatoes and feta cheese:
Coffee and OJ to drink:
After brunch, I got my stuff together and was on the road by 12:30. I was in Columbia by 2 p.m., and then I relaxed in my room a bit and took a nap before going grocery shopping with Allen. We checked out a new store that just opened in Columbia:
Lucky’s is a large natural foods grocery store, very similar to Whole Foods but some of their produce isn’t organic. They have great prices for produce and an excellent bulk bin section. They also have a nice salad bar and pizza station that we didn’t partake in, but I look forward to spending more time there.
Dinner tonight was peanut noodles!
Whole wheat linguine, red bell pepper, cabbage, cilantro and a tasty peanut sauce.
Tonight I’m going to watch SNL and get some sleep. Tomorrow I’m going to get my books, go for a run and write my first column for The Maneater. I’m pretty excited!