I found out yesterday that the 50 miler I wanted to run in May is full. I knew I should have pulled the trigger and signed up sooner, but I was still waffling a bit and couldn’t make up my mind if I really wanted to commit to running 50 miles. Of course now that I for sure can’t do the race, I really want to. However, I would be lying if I didn’t say that a teensy tiny part of me is a little bit relieved. I mean, now I don’t have to run 50 miles. I am going to turn my bummed out attitude into a list of why this is a positive thing. Ready? Here goes:
1. 50 miles is a really long way
2. Now I can start to incorporate more biking and swimming into my life, which will make me better prepared for when Ironman training officially starts
3. I can stop doing back to back long runs on the weekends and give my legs a rest with more cross training. Dear spin class, I’ve missed you.
4. My legs will be fresher for my speed workouts, which means I can get in higher quality workouts, which will help me kick butt in Boston
5. There will be another 50 miler next year, and I can dedicate myself to training for it without worrying about things like other marathons and Ironmans and such. I hereby pre-declare 2012 as the year of ultrarunning.
Ok, I feel a little better now. I’m still bummed, but there’s nothing I can do about it. I am going to look at my training schedule tomorrow and adjust things accordingly. I still want to keep a relatively high weekly running mileage, but I think adding in some biking will be great. I just haven’t really been able to fit it in lately with running five days and swimming too. Biking is my weak spot, and I need to really work on getting stronger before tri season if I am going to avoid a seven hour bike split at Ironman.
Sunday night Steve and I made homemade pizzas. I realize that it is now Tuesday, but these beauties are still worth mentioning. Can you guess which one is mine? I can’t tell them apart.
If you guessed that mine is the one topped with four pounds of roasted vegetables, you would be correct. There was roasted broccoli, cauliflower, red onions, red peppers, mushrooms, and sun-dried tomatoes. All topped with a little mozzarella = perfection.
Mmmmm. It was so so good. I make the crust in our bread machine from a super simple recipe. It’s a perfect mixture of white and whole wheat flours with just a touch of honey. I think this is my favorite meal to make at home, especially since I can get three meals out of mine.
And lastly but most importantly, today is National Peanut Butter Lovers Day! I don’t even know why we didn’t have off work for this. In honor of this momentous occasion, I enjoyed one of these little babies earlier atop my breakfast yogurt bowl.
And in case you thought I wasn’t celebrating in advance, here is my breakfast from Sunday.
That would be a greek yogurt parfait with bananas, strawberries, and Peanut Butter Puffins cereal in an almost empty jar of Dark Chocolate Dreams. Heaven.
Who am I kidding? I celebrate this holiday every single day of my life.
What is your favorite nut butter? Favorite application of said nut butter?