Day 23: Feelin’ Peachy

Today was the day. The day they let us know if we were selected in the Peachtree Road Race Lottery, and I made it!

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I’m so excited. I’ve been wanting to run this race for years, but I’ve never been able to and I’m so excited that this year I finally can! Not only do people collect the prized tshirts from this race, but if you’re from Georgia it is a race that should be on everyone’s bucket list. This race will be after my half marathon, so I’ll be well trained, but it’s long enough after that I’ll be adequately rested. In the past month I have jumped into more races than I’ve done in my entire life! My very first race was the Abba House Run for Recovery 10K, and I placed 2nd in my age group, which for my first race I was super proud of. While I’ve kept up with running at least 3 miles 4-5 times per week, I never trained to go any longer distances or get a faster pace. When I saw the Asheville Half Marathon I knew it was exactly the push I needed to get out there and train and accomplish a race that would challenge me. Asheville is so beautiful, and since I have family there I can stay for free. It was a no brainer. To help me in my training, I will be running the newly added Abba House Run for Recovery 10 Miler, which is conveniently at the time in my training when I need to be hitting that kind of mileage. What better motivation is there than a race for a good cause? I’m looking for a few more supplemental races before my half, but right now being signed up for these 3 is keeping me motivated to push harder than ever before. The Peachtree will keep me running after my half because I’m pretty sure if I wasn’t running it I would take a few months off. Now if I could only get this hip pain in check…

Despite spring supposedly “officially” kicking off, it was freaking freezing today. I wore my pullover during my entire run, and my nose was running so much it was distracting. On the bright side, I took it as an advantage in the kitchen to say one final goodbye to some of my cold weather favorites before this warm weather (hopefully) kicks in. Breakfast was Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal. Simple and delicious. I used 1/4 cup organic oats, cooked in unsweetened vanilla almond milk and water, then added 1/2 cup pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, a splash of vanilla extract and maple syrup and topped with pecans. NOM. It did it’s duty too, fueling a 5 mile run at one of my fastest paces per mile ever! I’ve been trying to pack more veggies in, so lunch was a vitamin packed paleo creation that’s easy, filling, and (hopefully, for tomorrow) easily portable. I put some organic roasted red pepper hummus on some sliced turkey, added sliced bell pepper, and rolled into tasty wraps. With a large side of carrots, my MyFitnessPal calorie counter app said I was at 707% of my recommended Vitamin A for the day and 239% of Vitamin C. I don’t know if this is totally accurate, but I’d like to think I was doing pretty good for myself.

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While I was at it I went ahead and fixed dinner and threw it in the crockpot for later. The menu? Beef Stew with Paleo “Cornbread” Muffins. The name is quite deceiving. The beef stew had more vegetables than beef, and the muffins didn’t contain a trace of corn. For the beef stew I used green beans, carrots, purple potatoes (read more about the health benefits of purple vs white here), and tomatoes. Season with paprika, oregano, basil, salt, pepper, cumin, and a few sprigs of fresh thyme, and you’ve got a veggie packed cold weather jackpot, err crockpot. Old habits die hard though, and I can’t have beef stew without cornbread. So instead of breaking out the Jiffy, I found an awesome recipe from Cassidy’s Craveable Creations.
YOU WILL NOT MISS THE REAL THING. These turned out great.

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