We are the champions I am the champion!
(At least I sure felt like one :p)
I did my 11miler early today, the one I was so worried about 🙂 I won’t say I kicked some crazy butt at it, or that I rocked it like…a rocker…but I did it and I’m proud of myself 🙂
Plus 1mile walk cool down.
Total running time – 1hr 36 (and 16mins ish for the 12th walking mile). So it by far wasn’t the fastest run (I did my two half marathons – two miles more! – in 1hr43 and 1hr50), but for me, today, it was super. I was so proud of myself! I actually want to touch on this at the end of the post; ie how do you judge success at a performance? But as I say, it’ll go at the end so you don’t have to trawl through it if you don’t want to :p
Right, food time now!
Last night, I had kamut spaghetti with a homemade tomato sauce, edamame beans, aubergine, grey pumpkin and parsnip:
And then for dessert, I had a muffin and some yogurt:)
Today – Pre run, I had some Bear Granola Nibbles, with a banana bread Nakd bar and 2 tsps of wheatgerm:
Perfect fuel methinks 🙂 After 6miles of my run (my 1st loop)I broke into my Lucozade Sport. In an ideal world I’d like to just stick to water running, and avoid too much processed stuff. But I didn’t want to open my –one- carton of coconut water yet, so Lucozade it was. Though, in my stupid sweaty state, I tipped out ALL the water from my camelbak and replaced it with the Lucozade…doh! In the last 2miles, I had to keep reminding myself not to drink too much or I’d run out :p opps!!
Anyways, at mile 7, I stopped to eat some Nakd lemon raisins, and then continued on my way. Twas a pretty uneventful run really..in the last 5 or so miles, I gave myself a 30second walk in each mile, but other than that, all was well; no feeling like I was gonna die!!
So as I say, I was super proud of myself, and so decided I would treat myself to all my favourite foods today – starting with…..
THE RETURN OF EPIC GREEN MONSTERS! Look at all that spinach….*drool*….Vincent turned the above into the below:
Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter, yogurt, cereal, milk, banana, spinach…topped with granola dust, dates, homemade jam and raspberries 🙂 Good GOSH, it was amazing to have a real GREEN EGM again! I had missed them so 😥
After breakfast, I treated myself to an episode of Gossip Girl – certainly a treat, as I truly can’t remember the last time I watched TV in the day! Crazy. After GG, I took Poppy out for a while, randomly felt sick for a 1/2hour, watched another episode of GG, pampered Chika for a bit, and then it was time to force some lunch on myself. I really, reaaaaally wasn’t hungry, but we all know how important re-fuelling is!! Plus, when said fuel was gonna involve one of my favourite things in the world, I just couldn’t say no…..
Balsamic roasted pear/parsnip/celeriac/leek:
The chicken returns!
A random protein bar (which I forgot to photo :(), and OAIJ!!!!
That would be 1/2 c. oats, 1/2 c. milk, 1 banana, cinnamon/nutmeg and water:
Ohhhh it was soo good 😀 My most special of special treats to myself, as it were 😀
I don’t even remember what the rest of the afternoon was spent doing..washing, mucking out, general boring crap really 😦 But my snack was good!! I broke into another Whole Foods purchase:
Hulled buckwheat grains, beetroot, carrots, golden linseed, hulled sunflower seeds, psyllium seeds (I have no idea what they are either), sea salt – all raw!
Really, REALLY good! They were like better tasting and far healthier crisps. Delicious! If you ever see them, BUY THEM! They come in a banana/blueberry flavour too (which I have :p), so something for everyone 😀
I also had a tiny baby fig, which I was meant to have at lunch:
For dinner, I was on a roll with the whole ‘food I adore’ theme as my reward for the 11 miles, so I did an Ultimate Favourite Meal – tempeh, cocoa durum wheat, grey pumpkin, aubergine, parsnip and a cashew/maple/banana sauce:
Words cannot describe that meal. Wowzers!
I’ll be having one of my many, many, many muffins for dessert, with some yogurt 🙂
Ok, so I was thinking about my run today. For me, it wasn’t fast, and I walked for a few mins during it. 3 months ago, I would have been SO disappointed in myself. But I’m starting to realise – my performance should be judged based on how I am at that time, today, not previously. Like, my super fast runs were in winter, when it was cooler – heat has a MAJOR effect on me and has meant my speed has suffered.
The other thing I realised was that I shouldn’t compare myself to other people. I do this in every aspect of my life – school work, social life, riding ability – everything. But today I think it’s quite applicable to my running.
Not all that long ago, I read a blog post by a girl who’d run her 4th or 5th marathon. Her basic reaction to her (approx.) 4hr30 time was ‘LOL at me, how slow was I!? EMBARESSING!’. When I first read it, I felt so sad!!! My goal time for the Marine Corps marathon is 4hr 30 – yet to her, a time that slow was laughable! But today, I started to realise – who cares about her? To HER, that was slow. But to me, that’s good! I should NOT feel disappointed in myself if I run slower than someone else, or if I find 11miles tough, whilst fellow bloggers pump out 7 or 8miles every day, with the odd 20miler thrown in for fun. That’s them! I’m me! It’s all relative to who you are. So I suppose my point is, although some comparison is good sometimes, in general we shouldn’t compare ourselves to other people, when we just want to have fun. I think realising this was part of the reason why I felt so proud of myself for my own 11miles today. Last night, I was SO scared. But I did it – and that’s all that matters! It wasn’t fast like how I used to be, but who cares. I’m doing this for me and no-one else.
What do you think? Do you compare yourself to others? Do you think it helps or hinders you? I’d love to hear what you think 🙂 I believe that some comparison – like competition – can be good. But when it starts to make you feel bad about your own achievements, it’s time to take a step back!