Kelly the Culinarian: Training Tuesday: Channeling Honey Badger

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Training Tuesday: Channeling Honey Badger

So I know this is old news, but I heart honey badger:

The honey badger is really pretty bad ass. I channeled the honey badger tonight on my run. It's already winter-y in the Midwest, so it was dark. But you know, the honey badger don't give a shit, and neither do I. While in the past, I would have spent the evening unwinding with a beer and television, this time, I strapped on my gym shoes, reflectors and lights, then set out for the streets. I was actually pretty fast (for me), finishing five miles in 45 minutes.

This is in addition to three runs while I was in Houston: a 5K and two 4.5-mile runs in
beautiful weather. It was really lovely there. Must be nice to live in Texas.

Once I came home, it was time for more eats! I had a sample of Green Giant Steamers veggies to use from the Foodbuzz Tastemakers program, so I decided to make stir fry. While the veggies steamed in the microwave, I cooked some whole-wheat spaghetti and defrosted a cup of shrimp, which I then tossed with soy sauce and wasabi. Once everything was ready, I added half of a chopped green pepper (for crunch) and enjoyed a pretty speedy veggie-packed dinner with left overs for tomorrow.

It's strange to be running without training for anything right now. The climate this time of year is so unpredictable that I don't really want to sign up for races in advanced. So what's next? After a half marathon comes ... a full marathon. I know I want to run a marathon next year, and Rachael and I have been talking about doing a fall marathon. There is no doubt in my mind I can do it: I'm physically able, injury free and love running. It's simply a matter of mental toughness and training. So I'm taking all suggestions as to what fall marathon we should run. Preferably, it should be in a climate that is relatively cool at the time of the race and we hope pretty flat. Big pluses for small races in easily-accessible towns, too.

1 comment:

Maggie W said...

Run Chicago!! I'll be there! My hope is after two years in a row of warmer temps on race day, we're bound for a high in the 30s. I pray that works out for me. Also, I know I'll need spectator support, and it will be much easier to convince my parents/friends to come out and cheer me on if they can just hop on the Metra. And ... it's CHICAGO! :)