I used to be fast.
I also used to run a lot.
It’s funny how must faster you get when you get when you run a race. I’ve been running a little bit. Slowly. On a whim I decided to run a 5K Saturday morning. It turns out I hadn’t been pushing myself as hard as I thought I had been on my jogs.
I lined up for the 5K not expecting much out of myself. It was already pretty hot and incredibly humid at 8am when the race started, but once I took off I felt like running a little faster. Half way through I realized I was pacing pretty well… so I went for it. 25:52 went it, to be exact. I finished 3rd in my age group (which is now 30+ – when did that happen?!) and 14th out of the women! Kind of a nice surprise… and now I feel like running more 5Ks.
Due to the humidity, I didn’t stop sweating until I got in my air conditioned car to go to the gym for glute and shoulder day. It was a long workout day, and I was really glad I took the time for a stroll through the green market in the park to sampled all the foods. I bought some fresh eggs. Talked myself out of buying more peanut butter, but I may go back next week for the pecan-peanut butter (pictured above). They were making grilled PB&Js for sale. Tempting… those were my favorite as a kid! I would have gotten one, but that might have made me hurl while lifting. Next week!
I’m going to credit my Friday night fuel to my sudden speed. I was offered a chance to have a preview meal at True Food Kitchen! I’m really excited we have one in ATL now. People rave about this place and I now understand why! They have a huge menu of healthy items catering to an anti-inflammatory diet; I’ve never seen shirataki noodles on a restaurant menu before!. Lots of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options, and they’ll prepare it any way you like – for me that meant no olive oil and no salt. Check out my mini-review on Instagram.
The refuel after my workout day was epic. I met friends for a Mexican dinner and a night of card-playing. This involved a margarita as big as my head and a birthday fake out.
It wasn’t John’s birthday… but we felt he needed a sombrero. Merry Un-Birthday, to you!
We played until after midnight, fueled by junk food and beverages. Sometimes you just gotta take an epic cheat day. Bwhahaha!
Between the running and the margaritas, I’ll admit to moving a little slow on Sunday morning… pretty sure I worked it all out sweating on the softball field though!
Have you ever faked a birthday at a restaurant?
When was the last time you surprised yourself with a run time or other workout feat?