Productive Relaxation

Hey, hey, heyyy! How is Saturday treating you so far?!  Mine has been GREAT!  Relaxing and productive at the same time!

I know, I know.. How is that possible?! Relaxing and productive are kind of oxymorons – they DO NOT belong next to each other.  I can’t really explain how or why it is that I am feeling this way – but I am certainly NOT complaining!

So, let us begin with the productivity that this day has brought me thus far:

After a yummy bowl of oats, Justin and I hopped in his sparkling new car to do some work!

First stop – picking up my bib and t-shirt for my first race ever tomorrow.

Oh hey now... 253

I had to pick it up at a local gym – one that I am not a member at.  They taped blue tape on the floor for you to follow to the pick up area  – that took me through the entire gym.  A GREAT marketing ploy on the part of the gym.  I got a peek at all the cardio equipment, weight area – saw a pilates class and stepping class in action – saw the smoothie bar. It was a pretty nice gym.  If it were closer to the condo – I might consider it!

Next, we hit up my dad’s favorite store, Bed, Bath, and Beyond!  Okay – so his liking of it has rubbed off on me a little bit – and I am loving it too!

I needed to get a hand grater because Justin has requested a fresh batch of my carrot spice muffins for breakfast next week.  Since we have numerous 20% off coupons, I also picked up a supply of K-Cups so I can have coffee at work.  I am normally a french-vanilla type girl… but decided to be adventurous today and got Butter Toffee. I hope I like it! 🙂

Oh, and if you are wondering – yes my job has a Kuerig Coffee Machine – and NO they do not supply any K-Cups.

Since my race is tomorrow – Justin and I thought we would turn Supermarket Sunday to Supermarket Saturday.

A look into the goods:

Carrots much?!

Those dates.. yeah.. $1 a box. Are you fo real?!

Something new: Baked Lentil Chips. They are pretty tasty. I tired one immediately after taking this photo:

Proteins..

"The Man Goods"

While I love grocery shopping – it can sometimes cause anxiety when the aisles are packed with people.  Today – it was dead though – leading to a very relaxing shop.

The above mentioned productivity was ALL completed… pictured… and put away by 11:30 this morning.  How about them apples?!

After eating lunch and relaxing for a while at home, Justin and headed out to explore a local park.

I think we found a hidden gem that is oh so close to our place.  It will certainly be visited frequently.  It appears as if it is a HUGE estate that must have been sold to the city that we live in.  The main house now hosts weddings and other events.  There is an arts center where local groups perform.

With a playground for kids – open fields where we saw many groups of people playing volleyball and badmittion – tons of hiking trails that are dog friendly and picnic areas – this place could easily entertain a group of friends for an entire day!

Today, Justin and I followed a loop and walked for about an hour – then explored some of the other areas.

Boots in a tree?

All the roots from the trees.. pretty cool looking..

Hollowed tree that snapped at the base

Flooded area of the trail..

Odd...

We came across a frisbee golf course.  There were SO many people playing this game (that is foreign to me 🙂 ). Apparently, you have to throw a frisbee and make it land in a structure like this:

At the beginning of each hole, there is a sign that shows you the direction you have to aim in.  The guys that were playing were really getting some distance on their tosses.

To me, this sport looks incredibly hard!

Now, we are home – doing some more relaxing! 🙂  And that is what I am planning on doing for the rest of the night!

Loving Life!

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So, I am bubbling with excitment over my race tomorrow.  I may have beaten this topic with a dead horse, but I don’t really care.  I am going to continue to beat it until it is over and done with…

And once it is done with, I will probably still continue to talk about it!

Although I am only running a 10k (as opposed to a half or a full.. which I honestly never intend on doing…), I have been spending a fair amount of time looking into how people prepare for their race in the days prior to it.

I found two very interesting pieces of information – that contradicted all that I had believed before:

  • It is not necessary for carb over-haul the night before a race. Runnersworld.com suggests that eating massive quantities of pasta or carb-y food the night before your race may do more harm then it does help.  Instead – they suggest moderately consuming carbs in your breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the days leading up to the race.
  • Drinking massive amounts of water leading up to the race may not be the best thing to do. Again, runnersworld.com feels that excess water can dilute your body’s stock of electrolytes – which can lead to muscle weakness and cramping.  Instead, continue to hydrate as you normally would – drinking an extra bit of water 2-3 hours before the race and hydrating again right before you take off.

Some other tips of interest that I found (same source):

  • Don’t try out a new breakfast on the morning of a race.  This one puts me in a bit of a pickle. I eat OATS for breakfast every morning. BUT – I do not think I can run with a belly full of oats.  I do plan on eating 2 hours before the race is set to start – but I am going to opt to go lighter – with some toast and a naner.  (It is not like I’ve never eaten if before!)
  • Wear the clothes that you are used to running in.  I am glad I came across this tip – because I was seriously about to go get a hot new outfit for my race.  But this makes sense. You never know how a new set of clothes will react to your run.  The last thing I want is a tank that is riding up that I have to keep tugging on as I run. I am going to go with what I know (plus I saved a few bucks).
  • Set everything up the night before the race. I will surely be doing this. I even did a whole load of laundry so I have an entire wardrobe to choose from!  My Garmin is charging as we speak. I’ve got my bib and my pins.. and will be getting that baby set before bed tonight!
  • Arrive early.  For many reasons.  Parking, bathroom, warming up! I am an early bird at heart – so I will probably end up getting there even before I am planning on!  The 10K starts at 8:40.  I am planning on getting there at bout 7:40.  I think an hour is plenty of time.. wouldn’t you agree?!
  • Run Relaxed.  Hoping to do this. I am not really nervous – just excited.  But research has shown that when you are tense when running – you end up running slower and exerting more energy. I am clearly NOT trying to win this race.. just hope to get a decent time – and have fun!
  • Smile.  If you are racing, you should have a love for running – and if you love something – you should smile while you are doing this. I am going to TRY to smile.  But to be honest with you – I am probably not going to be thinking about my facial expression. I may actually be mouthing the words to whatever jam is on my ipod!

Questions

Have you ever heard of, played, viewed…Frisbee Golf?

What are your pre-race strategies.  I know I am running a pretty short race – in comparison to many of the runners in the blog world.. but I am having a ball getting caught up in all of this stuff! 🙂


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16 responses to “Productive Relaxation

  1. Sounds like you had a fun day! 😀

    Good luck at your race…you’re gonna rock it!

  2. You & I both had a very productive day today! I’ve heard of frisbee golf, but I’ve never played it. I’m a little wild with a frisbee on the best of days. Having to hit a target would be quite an interesting task!

    Good luck tomorrow. Can’t wait to hear how it went.

  3. What a cool park! Good luck on your race tomorrow and have fun!

  4. Good luck on your race tomorrow! It’s been awhile since I’ve done a race, but I think sticking to the routine your body is used to on race day is a good idea. Setting your gear out and getting to the course early are also great for settling any nerves. You’re going to have so much fun! Just relax, smile, take in the sights and sounds of the race, and be SUPER proud of yourself that you’re doing a 10k. I think it’s awesome. Honestly, 10k and less is my favorite distance…I have a weird idea in my mind that our bodies aren’t mean for running much farther, LOL!

    And that park looks fantastic — what a fun day! Good luck manana! 🙂

    • I totally agree with you – about the running distances. I mean.. I think it is awesome – the girls who run half and full marathons, but personally, I worry about the wear and tear it will do to my body – the pounding.. for 13 or 26 miles straight. This was perfect for me! 🙂 thanks for your well wishes!

  5. Hey girl!!

    Good Luck today on your first race! I know you will do awesome! You should be so proud!

    Love the groceries, and I love the man goods! lol! Mike and I eat opposite so he gets his man goods too, some junk! ha!

    Good Luck! Thinking of you!!!

    xoxo ❤

    • I think it is so funny how the guys need there man food – Justin eats a lot of what I eat too.. but he needs his cheetos… frozen french fries.. etc. Thanks for the well wishes on the race.. it was GREAT!

  6. Good luck today! 🙂

    I’ve never run a race so I don’t really have strategy! Sounds like you’ve got it pretty well planned out though 🙂

  7. I loved the butter toffee coffee. I hope you like it!

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  9. You should totally check out the frisbee golf next time. It is a lot of fun and it can get you walking quite a bit on a “rest day”.

    Great job on your 10K!

    • Maybe I will – do I just get a regular frisbee.. or is it special? I have horrible aim.. I will probably be walking.. A LOT! 🙂

      • There are special frisbees for it, they make disc golf drivers and putters, but in theory you could use any frisbee. (Wow I sound like a dork.) Disc golf discs seem to be sold in skate shops.

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