Second Thoughts

I still have yet to sign up officially for the Disney Marathon.

Partially because I can’t bear the thought of slapping $125 on my credit card and letting it accumulate interest until I get a job next May, but mainly because I’m pretty scared. Twenty six point two miles is a long way.

 

Am I crazy? 26.2 miles!?!

 

I feel like I barely have time to breathe and get my homework done, much less train for a marathon. I’ve been talking to BFF Debbie about this a lot, especially with her moving to NJ next Monday. My BFF/Running pal is leaving!? 😦

Debbie advised that we both go ahead and sign up, and continue to train. She reminded me why I originally wanted to do this marathon- To prove to myself that I am capable of anything I put my mind too. Granted I am busy now, but my time is flexible. After this year, I’ll most likely be working for an engineering firm (I hope!) and not have as much time to dedicated to longer-mid week runs.

I just wanted to be real, and share that I’m honestly scared.

I think that my body is capable of 26.2 miles, but I’m not sure that I can wrap my head around the idea. My plan is to sign up, keep training, and give it my best. When you really want something, you make time for it!

This morning Debbie and I headed to one of our favorite running spots! We have a bunch of fun runs planned for her last week in O-town!

Before I left, I fueled up with half a full size bagel and PB. I’m trying to get my stomach accustomed to eating more than 1/4 or 1/2 a CLIF bar before runs. I don’t think that’s enough fuel!

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We had a GREAT workout! I’m glad I gave my legs a two day break. They needed it! Our workout included:

  • 6.0 miles easy pace (10:00 min/mile average)
  • 2 laps on track, sprinting straightaways (5:34-6:17 pace!!!) and then jogging the curves
  • 2 laps cool down

Total= 7.0 miles!

When I got home, I made a big bowl of Boston Creme pie Oats!

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  • 1/2 cup Oats
  • 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 TBL Flax
  • graham cracker
  • banana
  • mini chocolate chips
  • dollop of plain yogurt

YUM!!

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It’s official: Let the Marathon Training Begin!

❤ MegaNerd

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Ready to Eat Healthy

Today I realized just how busy this week is going to be!

I have two test this week, several assignments due, meetings, lab reports, you know how it goes.

I also realized just how unprepared I am in the nutrition department! I’m always in such a rush that it’s hard to make healthy choices. Bad idea when you are trying to ensure a good balance. 😦

Take this morning, for instance. I made some Kashi Hot Cereal, with a banana and a kiwi in a to-go travel mug.

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Good choice! Plenty of carbs and protein…but eaten at 6:30 am.

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Bad choice: Not thinking to pack a snack because I was FULL at the moment!

I stopped at the little on-campus convenience store and picked up a Balance/mocha chip protein bar. My stomach was basically eating itself by 10:00 am, and the only other option were nutri-grain type bars. I digest those things before I’m done swallowing them.

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This bar was actually amazingly tasty! While the ingredients list was quite long, it didn’t taste like artificial junk. It was the density of a reese’s cup, with 15g of protein!

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It held me for 2.5 hours, which I consider amazing for a snack. I came home and made a salad using leftover ingredients from the fridge:

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  • spinach
  • 1/2 tomato
  • 1/2 bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup refried beans
  • handful of cheddar cheese
  • black bean chips, crunched up

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I warmed the beans, so the sort of sunk mid-picture. I mixed it all up and didn’t even need dressing!

After I finished up lunch, I decided to solve this problem of buying snacks and meals on campus by spending 30 minutes to prep some food for the week. What kind of engineer would I be if I didn’t solve problems!? I know that things are going to get crazy, but I think I have at least some stuff under control now.

First, I used these little containers to portion out some chili and other leftovers to heat and eat during the week:

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I then chopped up some veggies and put hummus in individual to-go containers. This saves so much time! I hate getting the cutting board out just for a carrot stick.

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I cut up fruit, washed grapes:

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Individually packed some nuts and Clif bar halves:

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I think I’m all ready for the week now! That only took 20-30 minutes, and minimal effort. No excuses to eat unhealthy food!

What do you pack to take to class/work? Do you prep your food in bulk ahead of time?

❤ MegaNerd

No Expectations

Tomorrow is the big day! Well, just a 15k (9.3) race. Who am I kidding, that is awesome!

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I have never raced this distance before, and I’m really excited! I honestly have NO idea how I will do, but no matter my speed, I’m automatically going to PR! I am thinking of pacing like I was in a half marathon, just finishing 4 miles early. 😀

I have no expectations for tomorrow other than to try my best and have fun! I put way too much pressure on myself during the Rock N’ Run 5k two weeks ago, and I didn’t enjoy that race as much as I normally would have. I finished and said, “meh, 24:23”… when honestly that is a great time for me! I think it’s important at this to remember why I am there, to have fun!!

 

My body was begging for extra sleep, so I stayed in bed until 8:00am. That might not sound late, but I am used to waking up at 5:00-6:00 every single day including weekends, so I greatly appreciated the extra rest!

I finally got up and moving and made some breakfast. Purple Peanut butter oats!

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In the bowl:

  • 1/2 cup Oats
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk (so good!)
  • 1 TBL peanut butter
  • thawed out berries

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I love it when I mix it all up and it gets purple!

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Lunch was a refried bean and cheese burrito:

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side salad with spinach, tomato, green pepper, avocado

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…and some black bean chips (x2) 😀

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I’m trying to focus on including a little carbs/protein/fat in each meal. I think this does a good job!

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Have you ever run a 15k? That distance seems so odd to me. I once ran an 8k… even weirder!

 

In Other News….

Jason’s camera battery died, so I guess I’ll be back to using my 4.0 mega pixel brick 6 year old junk camera until he finds the charger!!! Good-bye beautiful food photos… see you soon! ***cough, Jason find the battery!!, cough***

 

❤ MegaNerd

First Day of Fall… not Fail

Well, the calendar says it is now fall… but there is no sign of it in Florida! The high today is 89 degrees… LOL.

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I appreciate everyone’s encouragement! It’s helping me realize that today is just one day!

Instead of crying about being stressed, which does nothing to help the situation, I am deciding to be proactive about it!

I made a plan for the day, per your suggestions!

 

10-10:55am:  Study test #1 material

10:55-11:00am: Break

11:00am-11:55am: Study test # 2 material

11:55am-12:30pm: Lunch break/watch mindless TV?

12:30-4:00pm: Continue to study and take 5 minute breaks every hour

4:30-5:45 Test #1

6:30-10:30: Test #2

10:30: drive home, brain dump, sleep!! (really looking forward to this part!!)

 

Hopefully this will help me stay on track!

Before I left for my 7:30 am Lab, I made a bowl of Kashi Hot Cereal, topped with strawberries and almonds.

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I really like this, it’s got a good flavor and texture. It cooked better when I made it in a mug for some reason?

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Instead of going straight home, I stopped at Starbucks to pick up a nonfat Pumpkin Spice latte! Perfect for “fall” and for keeping me awake while studying!!!

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Wouldn’t it be even more fun to drink out of this adorable pumpkin mug?

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Alright, enough wasting time! Off to study… wish me luck! 😀

❤ MegaNerd

Saturday School

I’m not even sure if I’m awake right now…

Today went a little something like this:

5:30am: Alarm goes off, roll of the bed, Jason yells at me to stop hitting snooze.

5:45am-6:30am: Gym: Run 2 miles while being scared to death by Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi music video… I think I might have nightmares after watching that?! Do a few arm weight machines, and abs.

6:30-6:50am: Shower (didn’t have time to wash my hair, eeeeew), change, pack my breakfast/lunch/snacks

6:50am- Drive my semi-awake self to campus, and eat my Kashi Hot cereal. I would call this oatmeal… but it’s just not the same. I added a banana and some strawberries, and it tasted good, but it’s not oatmeal.

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7:25am-7:30am: Hustle to the other side of campus. Game day parking requires me to park way out of the way!!

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7:30am-12:00pm: First half of class. By the way, I’m taking this Saturday class as a refresher course before the FE. The FE is in 5 weeks… gaah!!! It’s not mandatory, but it’s really dumb if you don’t take it. Obviously.

10:30am: Snack #1, crunchy/obnoxious apple! 😀

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12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch break! Highlight of my day!… now if only we had nap time and recess. Hmm…

I packed leftovers from Thursday, which you didn’t see because I took the night off blogging. Here’s the pretty version (from Thursday). Mine was in a sweet little tupperware, and I ate it cold. Tasted good actually!

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  • broccoli
  • couscous made with veggie broth
  • basil
  • chickpeas

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1:00pm-5:30pm: Gaaaah. INFORMATION OVERLOAD!!! Text Meghann to stay sane. She mentions beer, I wake up. Thanks. 😀

Oh yes…..and there were snacks:

Pumpkin Pie Kashi Bar

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Baggie of peanut m&m’s… the sugar helps me stay awake!! 😉 My reward for busting my ass on a Saturday. Don’t you dare judge!!!

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5:30pm-6:00pm: Drive to Mellow Mushroom to meet Sarah, Meghann, RyanAshley, and Lindsey!

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We all split two medium Mega Veggie with no mozzerella cheese pizza.

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I had two slices

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Delicious!

It was great seeing the girls again, and meeting Sarah!

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After dinner, we hit up Jeremiah’s, a local italian ice place!

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It has been too long!! I ordered my typical stand-by, Scoop Froggy-Frog (mint chocolate chip with swirl ice cream).

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I honestly contemplated going straight home and putting PJ’s on. I am SO tired (and was so tired) from class all day. I’m glad I went out tonight! Life is too short to work hard and be boring!

See you in the morning! I have a 12.0 miler planned with Caitlin and Meghann!

❤ MegaNerd

 

P.S.- It looks like I eat SO much when I put it all on one post!! LOL.