Ahh… I’m nervous. I can’t figure out why exactly. The race itself, the traveling, being away from the boys, flying, not knowing where exactly we’re going, not having checked out the race course or where the start line is, not knowing what my pre race meal is going to be, not having huge jugs of egg whites or PB2 available, etc.
First of all, we don’t travel. Ever. We do family staycations, but we don’t go anywhere. We don’t have the time or the money and have a million animals to take care of, so we just don’t. The last vacation we took was a family vacation to Belize (courtesy of Mom and Dad) and approximately 9 months before the boys were born. Go figure. And…. I pretty much had a nervous breakdown in the car as we were leaving. I’m a mess.
I’m a homebody at heart. I haven’t been away from the boys for more than 24 hours at a time. I’ve never traveled to a race. I haven’t exactly trained for The San Francisco Marathon as I just found out I won an entry three short weeks ago. I mean, I really haven’t trained. I only ran 2 long runs and during those runs I stopped every couple miles to pee, ask people to take my picture or to stretch out my T. rex arm. Nice.
Some random thoughts going through my head last night.
What the heck am I doing?
Who do I think I am?
Why did STUFT Daddy let me convince him to take a “racecation” to celebrate our anniversary?
Where am I going to find a place to eat a bunch of jalapeños or crushed red pepper the night before the race?
Wait, where is the expo? Where is the start line? What is the course like?
Yep, I haven’t check any of that out. I’m so not on top of it friends. I’m hoping to have a little time at the airport. Isn’t that what traveling people do?
I did print out my confirmation and check my starting time though so that’s a start.
I’m in wave 5, but that’s still darn early (and I hope to get around 3:40 or so for my time).
At least I know when to be there, now if only I knew where exactly the start line was.
I think I have most of my things packed. And yes, there is a diaper in my bag just in case. Ha ha.
I have my Handful, my $30 miracle, my Mizuno racing shoes, and a couple of outfits. I also have a brand new Halo racing hat from the wonderful people over at Halo Headbands. Their hats are the only ones I will race in and do an amazing job of keeping sweat off my face.
I also got some brand spanking new Pro Compression socks in the mail.
I’ve been wanting some of their socks for a long time and finally got my chance. I better impress them my new Pro Compression friends. Especially because they have a bunch of new colors coming out really soon.
Man am I going to look awesome sporting these beauties all around the city.
I also have some race essentials and a couple other goodies packed.
Hopefully I have what I need.
And well, while I was waiting for my gazillion vegetables to
roast burn last night
I decided to make a cookie.
Oh and yeah, there’s three chili peppers in that mix of roasted goodness.
I went with the broccoli slaw BBQ bake style and topped it with BBQ sauce, hot sauce and low fat ranch.
And my cheese less sandwich was cuter than normal so I snapped a quick shot.
This late night cookie creation was inspired by my friend Sara who pulled through for a little Flatterday picture with her goo creation of peanut flour and eggs. She has the best goo creations around among other things. This lady knows what she’s doing and she’s pretty much my best friend.
Calm Me Down Low Carb Cookie
2 tablespoons coconut flour (14 grams)
2-3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
2 sweetener packets
splash of almond extract (or vanilla)
1 tablespoon egg whites
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
cinnamon to taste (optional)
Mix all ingredients together.
Form into a cookie on parchment paper.
Bake at 350 for 10 minutes.
It actually was a bit soft and crumbly, but it definitely had that baked cookie batter taste. It was perfect and big and according to my quick estimate less than 100 calories.
I ate it layered of course. (I love my layers.)
First with a little PB Crave Cookie Nookie.
Yep. Good stuff.
So good that just for a couple minutes I forgot how nervous I was (and still am).
See you on the other side friends. I’ll be taking lots of pictures and posting updates, but because it’s a “racecation” and all and STUFT Daddy is nice enough to make the trip with me, I’m not going to be too close to the computer.
I’ll be busy running a marathon and then stuffing my face.
Here’s an inspiring article I read the other day about Olympic athletes and the skills they use for success.
Thought for the day:
It’s good to be nervous or a little scared to try something new. That’s how we grow and learn and turn to the Man above to help us through.
What’s the last thing that you were nervous or scared about?