I woke up with butterflies of excitement in my tummy this morning because I knew I would be running my very first official race later that morning! I wanted to have a very simple, bland breakfast so I wouldn't upset my stomach running. I made myself a small bowl of Rice Krispies cereal with a splash of vanilla soy milk.
This breakfast really did the trick. It kept my hunger away without filling me up and didn't bother my stomach while I ran. Success!
It was a cold one this morning! I think it was about 8 or 9 degrees when we got to the park and began registration. Brr! I had on an UnderArmour Cold Gear top, a Nike run top and my Give the Gift of Life shirt over top and I was still cold.
Once we got moving, we started to warm up. The course was a 1 mile loop that we did three times. It was quite a confidence-boosting run to run on perfectly flat ground!
I'm not exaclty sure what's going on in this photo, but I think we're both laughing at Megan's attempt to take off her sweater underneath her run t-shirt in mid-run!
The run felt amazing and it turned out to be a beautiful sunny day! I was so proud of myself for running the entire race and even felt like I could have run another 5k. It's amazing what adrenaline can do when you're running with other people. If I have the time, I'd really like to try a 10k by the time winter hits.
I ran on behalf of Megan who has received two kidney transplants in her lifetime, yet continues to inspire me with her dedication and fitness. I couldn't have asked for a better running buddy!
After the race, I had an apple and a burger on half of a bun at the post-run barbeque. I didn't have my phone or camera on me though, so I wasn't able to snap any photos.
After the race, I met up with another blogger friend, Cheryl from Happy is the New Healthy, for a Starbucks date. I was still pretty chilled from the cold race, so I ordered a grande non-fat no-whip half-sweet white mocha as my post-run treat. It was delicious, but I think I'll stick with a tall next time.
Cheryl and I chatted up a storm for a good hour and a bit before we had to cut our date short. I had lots of homework to get back to and Cheryl needed to get on with her day. I think sometimes I could spend days chatting with Cheryl and never get bord. She's a great friend and a great conversation buddy!
After a bit of homework and another small grocery shopping trip, it was time for dinner. I made up some breaded flax chicken bites with a bit of pineapple Sezchwan sauce along with some sweet potato medallions and steamed asparagus.
Everything was incredibly delicious, but the Sezchwan chicken bites stole the show!
As we ate dinner, there was something tasty cooking in the oven...a mini apple crisp! After such a cold race, I was in the autumn mood, so I made up a tiny apple crisp for us to enjoy as a celebratory dessert.
It turned out incredible and was super easy to make. I simply peeled and cut three McIntosh apples into the baking dish, then mixed up a bowl of 3/4 cup of oatmeal, 1/4 cup of brown sugar, a few tablespoons of margarine and a pinch of cinnamon to put on top. I baked it for half an hour at 375 degress and it was finished!
It was possibly the best apple crisp I've ever tasted. It wasn't too sweet and the apples were nice and soft.
Today has been such a wonderful day and I can't wait for the day I can race again. Maybe that'll be sooner than later?! Now, it's time for me to get back to workout and then it's early to bed for me. Have a lovely night!
Have you ever run in an official race?
What is the longest race you've done?
What is the longest race you hope to do?