I’m Baaaack!!

Well, I’m back from a wonderfully long weekend of running and little sleep!  I had such a great time running the Epic Relay race!  I’ll give you a quick recap of my weekend…

Friday:

  • Woke up at 4:30 AM to get ready for the race
  • 7:15 AM–Ran my first leg (7.39 miles) and I felt so so so good!  I averaged an 8:45/mile pace including a couple quick hydrating and Gu stops.
  • Took a short (but very refreshing) 1 1/2 hour nap on a church lawn in a sleeping bag.
  • 6:30 PMish–Ran my second leg (4.67 miles).  It was my shortest, but ended up being my hardest leg.  It was pretty hot outside and was mostly uphill.  Blah.  Oh, I think I also averaged an 8:45/mile pace.

Saturday:

  • 2:00 AMish–slept on a dirt parking lot in a sleeping bag for about 3 or so hours.  It was freeeezing (about 38 degrees) and I wasn’t prepared for that!  All of our sleeping bags and pillows were wet when we woke up.  Needless to say, this was not the highlight of the weekend!
  • 5:30 AMish–woke up, quickly got the truck packed and got ready to run our last legs.
  • 6:00 AMish–Ran my last leg (5.44 miles) and it was great!  I loved running at sunrise…very very rejuvenating!  My IT Band was buggin’ and I had a few sore toenails, but other than that I felt great.  I was ready to be done though!  I think I averaged in the low 9s/mile pace on this one.  I held back a little because I wasn’t sure how my body would hold up!
  • Our entire 12 person team finished the race around 4:30 PM!  It was great!

We had such a fun time!  We ran 205+ miles in 33 hours!  I got a total of about 9 hours of sleep the whole weekend long!  It was awesome!

The team members who rode in the first “van” (which was actually a truck)….we had such a fun team!

Van 1 team Epic Relay

Kev and I just before I started my first leg (I was the first runner too!) Our team name was “Stayin’ Alive”….hence the lovely costumes.

Kev and I at the Epic Relay

Our entire 12 (13 with our alternate) person team at the finish line! Woo Hoo!

finish whole team Epic Relay

I really had such a fun time, but I’ve had a little bit of a hard time recovering and getting back into normal life!  I think the sleep deprivation took a greater toll on my body than the running!  I am barely sore today, but I am still draggin’ from lack of sleep!! 

I must be getting old!

BUT……………I am back on the wagon today with a vengeance!  It feels so good to be “in control” again.  I can’t say it’s easy, but it’s awesome.

I thought I would share what I ate today….

Breakfast was a typical Veggie Egg Scramble.  I love this breakfast because it’s fast, easy, healthy and only ~150 calories!

veggie egg scramble

4 egg whites + bell peppers, onions, green beans, salsa and fresh tomatoes from our garden! Yum!

Lunch was this…

fruit, veggies and crackers

Red grapes, Multigrain Wheat Thins and carrots, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes from the garden

and this…

Cheese Crisps

Cheese Crisps! Looks weird, I know! But, they are awesome!

The cheese crisps are so simple….you just cut up a string cheese (I used 2 string cheeses because I shared with my kids!)

Cheese Crisps precooked

Then you just put them in the microwave for about a minute, or until they get a little brown.  Let them cool for a minute and enjoy!  Very yummy!  Oh, and that entire lunch was only about 280 calories!

My afternoon snack was my Microwavable Chocolate Cake that I love so much!!!  I didn’t take a picture, but I made it without chocolate chips and I topped it with a little whipped cream in a can!  It was about 145 calories and just what I needed!  Yum!

I also had another small snack later on…

CarbRite Diet bar

I had 1/2 of one of these (100 calories). These are yummy. This kind is my fav (Toasted Coconut). I’ve also tried Peanut Butter, but I don’t like it as well.

Dinner was Grilled Chicken, Salad and fruit.  I had a busy night and Grilled Chicken is always my go-to meal when I want something healthy, but I don’t have a lot of time.  I also used the easiest marinade on the planet…

Sun Dried Tomato Salad Dressing

Ta Da!! Salad Dressing. I really like to use light Italian dressing, but this is what I had on hand. It was yummy too!

I just threw the chicken in a giant Ziploc, poured some vinaigrette in the bag and let it marinate for a few hours.

Chicken and marinade in ziploc

Then I put it in a baking dish and put it in the fridge….

Chicken and marinade in a pan

When Kev got home from work, he grilled it up and I made a quick salad to go with it (Romaine, Iceberg, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Cheddar and almonds!)  We also had some strawberries and watermelon on the side.  Light, healthy and yummy!

chicken, salad and strawberries

Well…that is all.  I felt really good about my diet today.  I did feel a little hungry at times, but never too bad.  It actually wasn’t too hard.  I may eat a lot of these same things tomorrow!  I really don’t think eating healthy is hard if you plan ahead and choose yummy things to eat!



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