Upcoming Events and Kinda Cooking

What a wonderful morning!

I was up at 7:00am and already did a number of things (and it’s only 11:00-something now!).

Looking at my calendar for September, I’ve actually got quite a number of things going on.

First, there will be a 5K this weekend! It was on sale one day during the summer and I took up the chance to pay exactly 17 bucks to race my first 5K everrrr. 

(This Toys for Tots 5K doesn’t count because we just did it for fun):

I don’t expect it to go very well because I am slowskies when it comes to running short distances. It’s not going to be pretty… but hey. We all gotta start somewhere, yeah?

Then the following weekend, the young adult group from our church is going to Lake Tahoe!! We are renting a nice cabin, and we’re going to be playing at the lake, playing games, and eating!

Our games get pretty crazy after a while:

 

^When normal Jenga is not enough… this is how we do.

Then during the fourth weekend of September, I have a short trail race (Trail Hog 10K). This is the one I ran the half marathon for last year and got third female overall.

 

^I was also able to convince Tammy to run one of the distances. She ran the 10K and absolutely killed it! Actually, I think our pastor ran it and got 1st or 2nd in his age group.

I sure as heck didn’t enjoy the half marathon (running hills= TOUGH BUSINESS)… but there’s nothing like that last stretch when you see the finish line and there is some new-found energy that helps kick you into overdrive through the finish!

Telling you this now… as your friend… if you’ve never run a race before, DO IT. The sense of accomplishment you feel when you cross the line is exhilarating and amazing! (to enjoy it even more, you should properly train for it. Otherwise, you will spend the entire duration of the race being mad at me for suggesting you pay monies to run around with strangers).

Also, if you’re competitive, you will want to sign up for another one, beat your previous time, and continually set new personal records. You will be so amazed at what you’re body can do!

So anyways, that’s what this month looks like for me 🙂

 

(Disclaimer: I am not a certified trainer. Always consult your primary care physician before starting a new activity). 

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Random-ingredient SIMPLE lunch (which took less than 10 minutes to prepare):

 

Soba/buckwheat noodles, asparagus fried with garlic, fried egg, thai peanut dressing, and Sriracha sauce.

This meal is cheap inexpensive and yummy. It does not require much cooking skill or experience. You can also go through your fridge and put random stuff together to make yourself a lunch. Don’t make excuses for not preparing your own food! I know I get lazy and like to go out and get something, but restaurant/fast food is going to have a lot more fat, preservatives, and other additives that are unnecessary. Try to make the majority of your food at home and only a small portion dining out.

I’m pretty sure that back in the day, going out to eat was for a special occasion (not for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday). Why am I going on about this? because I went out to eat too much over the weekend :P. Actually, it’s bound to happen if you’re hanging out with friends and stuff, but I sure hope you don’t do the same when you’re by yourself.

And when I say “make your own food”, I don’t mean instant ramen. Make sure you got a protein, some COLOR (veggies/fruit), and a healthy grain/carb.

So you don’t have to be a cook. You just have to kinda know how to cook. You’ll figure out the whole  balance of flavors, textures, and other crap as you go along (as I am doing now, hehe). Or just Google a simple recipe.

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Question: If I asked you to prepare your own food for one week, would that be crazy impossible? Or would it be doable, but just a big fat hassle?

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