Clicking Register, Sacrifice, and Fun Running Mail

Apparently a healthy hip means an issue with clicking the register button. I might be a little race happy, but I think I deserve it. Here’s what I’ve added in the past few weeks. Please keep in mind I don’t plan to “race” them all. Some of the races may be tempo runs, easy long runs, some for plain old fun, and some I may actually race. I will continue to listen to my body and do what is best for me.

1. The Atlanta Junior League ShamRock n’ Roll races are this weekend. They offer a 10k, 5k, and fun run. So there is something for everyone. This race has always been on my radar, just never had a chance to do it (it’s usually close to the Publix 1/2 Marathon and I usually do that race). I’ve decided to do the 10K as my tempo run. The race was voted #1 charity race in Atlanta by Best Self Magazine, so they must do something right!

2. Because of the impending court date for March 24th, I planned a weekend home to Mobile. Little did I know that the local 10K, The Azalea Trail Run, is the same weekend. I’M SO EXCITED TO DO THIS RACE. My great uncle is still involved with the Port City Pacers (local run club) and has asked me every year since I started running if I was coming home to do it. I’m usually in the height of spring marathon training, so again, this just worked out. I plan on actually racing this one-it’s flat and fast and seems like the right thing to do with the course.

3. You may have picked up on the fact that I’ve hit the trails for the first time. EVER. Well, I have the opportunity to run the Ragnar ATL Trail Relay at the beginning of April with Nuun! More on this later…

4. Cheese Please! I’m headed to Chicago and Wisconsin to run the Wisconsin 1/2 marathon in Kenosha in May. The race is on a Saturday and I’m going to stay with Corey for the weekend. It looks like we are headed to see the Cubs play on Saturday night too! Looking forward to a weekend in one of my fav cities!

Yes, that is a relay, 2 10Ks, and a half marathon. All registered for in a week. Told yall I was “register” happy.

Ash Wednesday marked the beginning of the Lenten season. I typically don’t put a lot about my faith on the blog, but it is something that is important to me. I always give up something for Lent. Typically it’s sweets and fried foods but I decided to step it up a notch and make it even harder. I wanted a bigger sacrifice, so I’m giving up processed foods. veg-board-with-real-food-rules1The first day was tough:

Typical breakfast: 2 eggs, shredded cheese, avocado and coffee with half and half.

New breakfast: no cream (almond milk instead) and no cheese in my eggs.

Lunch: I would’ve had lunch at an office where I did a training. I would’ve had a sandwich, salad and fruit.

Wednesday Lunch: No meat on Ash Wednesday made for a tough one. I bought a cold pressed juice and had a natural, raw bar that I got at the juice bar too. Also snacked on a banana, almonds, and carrots.

Typical Dinner: varies all the time…but my typical sweet potato has butter, brown sugar and cinnamon.

Wednesday Dinner: Salmon, quinoa with peppers and chickpeas, and a sweet potato with coconut oil and cinnamon.

It’s just a few small changes that I think will dramatically help. When I’m on the road, my eating out can be tough-and mostly processed. I also tend to spend a lot of my time socializing over food…this will be an interesting challenge when I go out to eat with my girlfriends. It will also be hard with the races I have planned and not eating everything in site at Ragnar (relay food is always so fun). This new change will take some planning, but I found a great blog with tips, rules, ideas, etc.

I will have one exception to Lent and that is my sisters birthday this weekend. My girlfriends grandmother used to always say birthdays don’t count. 🙂 I won’t go overboard, but we are going to the new hot spot in town and I want to enjoy it!

And more fun mail kickstarter news…my Bia watch arrived this week!! I hope to take it out on a run this week and will write a review once I get to know it a bit better. photo (20)

Did you give up anything for Lent? Did you help back Bia with Kickstarter? Love or hate a 10K? Ever done a Ragnar trail event? 

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  • I heard about the Ragnar Trial Relay and it sounds like a ton of fun! Especially since you always come back to a base camp, sounds easier logistically than driving in a van. Have fun!!

  • Yay for a trail Ragnar! Holy effer you’re doing WI and I won’t be there because I’ll be in Cinci at Flying Pig. : (
    I’m giving up chocolate. That’s a sacrifice, a necessary one!

  • So jealous of #3. I wanna do the ATL trail Ragnar so bad (I’m doing TN again this yr, not trail) and want that Southern Discomfort bling! haha

  • Dying to know more about the Bia. You know, since I still don’t even have a shipment notification 🙁

    Fresh v. processed always better, good luck!

  • I’m doing the Ragnar Trail in WV in June and I’m still waiting for my Bia 🙁 I am a Kickstarter backer so hopefully it will be in the next batch. How do you like it?

  • I love your idea for lent. I’m pushing my envelope a little this year – not eliminating all processed food – but a LOT – going with anything that falls under the category of “junk food” – candy, chips, cookies, fast food, etc – so a lot of processed stuff. Interested to see how it goes for you 🙂
    I also really want to run a trail Ragnar, have fun!

  • GOOD LUCK! I am impressed and can’t wait to hear about how different/better you feel after. I am not sure I have the will power. Also…is wine “real”?

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