Sometime shortly after my marathon in November, my best friend and I decided to sign-up for the Surf City Half-Marathon in Huntington Beach. It sounded like a great idea at the time – I’d just completed a full marathon, so a half sounded easy! Well, now that the race is just a little over a week away, I’m wondering what I was thinking. Since the marathon, I have had no desire to go for a long run. 3 miles – no problem! Longer than that – no thanks! I did manage to go for a 5 mile run a couple of weeks ago. Now, you are probably thinking I shouldn’t run the race next weekend (and any experts would probably advise against it), but my best friend and I have decided just to go out there and have fun. I’m planning to take it really slow and easy and walk if I need to. The last half-marathon we ran together was after 48 sleepless hours in Vegas, and we finished, so I’m thinking we will be ok. I have been consistently running and doing cardio since the marathon, so hopefully that will be enough to get me through 13 miles! To be honest, I really want to run this race because you get a cool surfboard medal if you finish. :) (I am not suggesting that anyone should attempt to run a half-marathon without training.)
My wonderful sister-in-law gave me a subscription to the Clean Eating magazine for Christmas. I got the first two issues in the mail recently and I must say that I love the magazine! The magazine’s “motto” states: “The soul of clean eating is consuming food in its most natural state, or as close to it as possible. It is not a diet, it’s a lifestyle approach to food and its preparation, leading to an improved life – one meal at a time.”
The magazine is filled with TONS of great recipes. Earlier in the week, I tried their recipe on the cover for Minestrone Soup with Quinoa. It was yummy and super healthy – loaded with fresh veggies, beans, and protein packed quinoa. It is seasoned with a lot of fresh herbs and uses water instead of high-sodium broths. I will definitely be making it again!
I hope everyone had a great week – I’m definitely looking forward to the weekend!
I leave you with a picture of a tired dog (sleeping on my husband’s pillow :) )