Thoughts from a half marathon… and a plan

My cousin and I just finished the Cap City Half Marathon together on Saturday. This was my second half to run in and was so much easier than my first which left me feeling like a sweaty chunk of smelly man fat. There were all these fantastic folks along the way cheering us on and offering support. I actually blew a kiss to this elderly woman who was hoping up and down dancing for all of us. I think what I enjoy most about these events is the chance to mentally reflect over whatever the thoughts are floating around in your head at the time while your feet hit the pavement in a rhythmic pattern as you breath to keep your body moving. One of those thoughts happened to concern how much I’m enjoying running and so I decided on our Saturday route to sign up for the Columbus full marathon in Fall. Of course a lot can happen in between now and then and I plan to work on being both mentally and emotionally flexible but, I have to admit, I’m excited by the idea of participating in a 26.2 mile event.

Today my thoughts turned toward meal planning in addition to researching running plans. This will probably turn into another post on how I plan meals as a more heart healthy vegetarian but for now, this is what I have to share.

Another thought I had along the route on Saturday was about finding the things that bring you joy and motivates you. I’m happy mine include family and running right now.

Dinners (From “The Complete Vegetarian Cookbook” by America’s Test Kitchen)

  • Curried Tempeh with Cauliflower and peas, p 236
  • Sesame noodles with cucumbers and radishes, p 145
  • Summer vegetable chopped salad, p 263
  • Baked burritos with pinto beans and Swiss Chard, p 366

Snack 2

  • Protein shake


  • Fresh cooked black beans with rice broccoli and sriracha

Snack 1

  • Banana with decaf coffee, herbal tea or turmeric lemon and ginger seltzer


  • Old fashioned oats, granola and Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Whole Grain Cereal Golden Flax blended with chia seeds and bananas and blueberries (“Rip’s big bowl” from “My Beef with Meat” by Rip Esselstyn)

Running snack

  • A couple pieces of 85% to 95% dark chocolate or a banana and water


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