Tales of a 20-something running and eating through life

Racing Against the Wind

By on January 18, 2014 in Daily Life with 2 Comments

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.

Screen Shot 2014-01-18 at 8.55.02 PM

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.

Screen Shot 2014-01-18 at 8.41.26 PMMy pace ended up actually being one second slower per mile than my 5-mile race, which tells me I could have run faster if I wanted to. But, surprisingly, I really didn’t care about my finish time!

Screen Shot 2014-01-18 at 8.42.25 PMAs you can see, my pace-per-mile slowed down a bit in the middle of the race. That’s when it was getting hard!

Screen Shot 2014-01-18 at 8.41.38 PMAfter 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.

DSC_3611I really know how to put together a brunch. This was great!

In my eggs, I had spinach, parsley, cherry tomatoes and feta cheese:

DSC_3637And the French toast was also perfect:

DSC_3632Even Ryan liked it. That’s high praise.

Coffee and OJ to drink:


DSC_3622After 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:

DSC_3661Lucky’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.

DSC_3646I also had a bowl of this blackberry ice cream we found on sale at Lucky’s:


DSC_3668It was really fruity! Nice flavor.

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!

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  1. CK says:

    I was wondering how I missed you. Huddling in the women’s bathroom and getting the heck out of there after the finish would explain it :)
    Have fun on your half marathon adventure.
    Remember: “There are no standards and no possible victories except the JOY you are living while dancing your run. ☺ [The Zen of Running]

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