Good morning all! Happy Thursday – this week is almost done. Mine has been very busy – how about yours?
So I want to share my dilemma with you all and get your thoughts. I would really like to qualify for the 2011 Boston Marathon. My first marathon time was 3:54:57, so I have to do some good training to get to 3:40:00. My dilemma is when to run my next marathon.
Initially, I was looking at Fall 2010. However, my husband and I want to plan a trip to Ireland this September and I’m fearful that the trip will interrupt my training and potentially throw it so off course that I won’t qualify. We’d be going for 10 days and I would likely not be running at all.
So my latest idea is to potentially run a spring/early summer marathon in May 2010. I’ve found one in the Poconos that is supposed to be a pretty fast course. But, that would mean my training needs to start…like tomorrow.
So what do you think? Go for the spring or fall marathon?
I should also note that I’ll be running a half marathon toward the end of January and the end of April – so that may help with my speed and training for a May run.
Ok – let me know what you think. Now on to my eats:
Breakfast yesterday was oatmeal with banana, almond butter and agave.
For lunch I finished up the rest of the leftover tomato-basil soup with some carrots.
Snacks were some Fage Strawberry Greek yogurt with granola (don’t really enjoy their packaging) and two prunes.
Yeah I know, those prunes look gross. But they are pretty decent snacks. I also had an unpictured apple before the work-day ended as well. Then I headed to the gym.
Inspired by my marathon dreams, I tried to run a fast four miles on the treadmill at the gym.
4 miles in 33:20
Not too terrible. Then I did some ab work and grabbed 5-pound weights to do some arm work.
I headed home and threw together a quick dinner. I spotted some Spinach Gnocchi at the store the other day and picked them up. These little buggers are fat-free, but a little bit high in carbohydrates. I made a small batch with some marinara sauce and a side of broccoli sprinkled with parmesan cheese.
Up close is better…
I am slightly obsessed with these gnocchi. They were so chewy and delicious. I could have eaten way more than I did. I think they would definitely make for good running fuel.
Now the question is – when will I be running? Help!!
Have a nice Thursday all – talk to you tomorrow (FRIDAY!!)!
P.S. – I promise a book review is coming soon. And I am really enjoying the next book I’ve started.