Fever

by Jen on April 18, 2011

Who else has major marathon fever after today’s Boston Marathon? I absolutely loved that my Twitter feed was full of Boston updates and that the blog world was abuzz with support for all of the runners.

Qualifying for Boston is definitely something that doesn’t seem to be in the realm of possibility for me right now and I can’t even imagine how awesome it would be to run it! That said, I have a really serious race bug right now that needs to be satisfied. I spent all morning researching half and full marathons. I was hoping to find a half in June but no luck here in the South (due to the heat). It seems like the earliest I’ll be able to run one is September. I’ve got my eye on the Asheville Citizen Times Half Marathon and am debating a fall marathon in October/November.

I just need some of this in my life…

BAD. Ready to run! :D

I taught BodyPump before work this morning. The past two Monday mornings have been fun – class has been more crowded than usual. There is nothing like 20+ smiling faces to motivate me to work hard!

Breakfast at my desk was banana blueberry oatmeal. Oats, bananas, blueberries, chia seeds, dried cranberries, cinnamon, pinch salt, almond milk and water. Topped with almond butter and rhubarb jam.

Lunch was the return of the tofu sandwich. My favorite!

Trader Joe’s Hot Sweet Mustard, avocado, tofu, spinach and pepper jack on a whole wheat bagel thin. Trader Joe’s Ginger Cats, honey pretzel sticks and carrots on the side. So happy to have this sandwich back in the lunch rotation this week.

I was planning on attending a hot class tonight because I haven’t practiced since Friday. Near the end of the day I received a call from the teacher asking if I could teach the class I was planning on attending. I happily agreed because I will take any and every opportunity I can get right now to get experience teaching.

Class was wonderful and I was so excited that Brandon was able to make it. I loved having him there. :P

Dinner was a delicious old favorite – Fish Tacos with Baja Cream. I love this dinner and told Brandon that it needs to be on regular rotation this summer. Fish tacos are just so delicious and a perfect warm weather dinner. We had black beans with onion and jalapeno on the side.

Off to bed so that I can be up and ‘em for an early ashtanga practice tomorrow. I have a big day tomorrow and a fun meeting planned. Details to come!

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1 Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) April 19, 2011 at 5:44 am

SAME!! After yesterday’s Boston excitement, I spent ages researching races!! We’ve definitely got Race Fever! :P

So glad your teaching is going well and you’re loving it, and can’t wait to hear about your big day! Have a great one! :D

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2 Jen April 19, 2011 at 6:43 am

A friend of mine ran Boston yesterday, I was so proud of her! I signed up for my first 5K, a warm up for most runners, but I’m excited!

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3 Jen April 19, 2011 at 8:33 pm

Jen – oh my gosh! Your first 5k is HUGE! I think every single runner remembers their first one. I am SO excited for you!

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4 Becca B April 19, 2011 at 8:20 am

Same here! So fun! Definitely an inspiration to see guys who can finish a full in the same time it takes me to finish a half!! You should check out the St. Jude Marathon/Half-Marathon in Memphis…it is the first weekend in Decemeber (kinda far away to satiate race fever). It is an amazing race and it is for such a great cause. I have done the half the past two years and am seriously considering the full, although the route goes past my house and I may be tempted to run home…haha!

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5 Jen April 19, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Becca – I’ve heard great things about St. Jude and I agree that the cause is wonderful. Thanks for reminding me of it!!!

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6 Becky April 19, 2011 at 8:37 am

I have not been able to stop since the running bug bit. I keep registering for races! My friends and I do many of the same races, which makes training much more exciting. Being a part of the Boston Marathon is truly amazing. I plan to run Boston for charity in 2012.

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7 Jen April 19, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Becky – please run Boston for charity next year. I would LOVE to read about your training and experience. I will support you! :P

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8 Jen April 19, 2011 at 8:36 pm

oh and having friends to race with makes everything more fun!

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9 Catherine April 19, 2011 at 8:45 am

I saw the title of this post and immediately thought of fever in the baby variety ;) I guess I need less of that and more running fever!

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10 Jen April 19, 2011 at 8:36 pm

I laughed out loud when I read this comment. No baby fever here, Catherine! :D

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11 lauren April 19, 2011 at 9:27 am

I have the fever too! :) Debating between Thunder Road and OBX!

You should run Charity Chase Half Marathon – I’m currently training for it – it’s in Hickory, NC on June 4th. It starts early (6:30am) to try and beat the heat!

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12 Jen April 19, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Lauren – thanks for the heads up about Charity Chase! I’ll look into that! 6:30 is a pretty early start time though – man!

I’ve heard good things about OBX!

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13 Stephanie April 19, 2011 at 9:30 am

Yesterday certainly has me motiviated to work that much more harder the next 6 weeks! My goal is to BQ on May 28th and I am more determined than ever!!

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14 Jen April 19, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Stephanie – please, please, please keep me posted on your BQ attempt! GOOD LUCK!!!

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15 Stephanie April 20, 2011 at 9:32 am

I most definitely will! :-)

ps. I love that you reply to everyone that comments on your blog. So sweet of you!

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16 Kira April 19, 2011 at 10:07 am

Yes! I have some major race fever after yesterday. I’m going to hold off for another year or so to decide on a marathon (maybe Flying Pig or Country Music 2012?) and get some more time running under my shoes, and I can’t plan my fall race schedule yet because my job/career prospects are so up in the air. It’s driving me crazy!

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17 Jen April 19, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Kira – I hear you on not knowing what the future holds and trying to plan. It is so hard sometimes!

I have loved following your running journey from that half marathon you didn’t train for until now. So awesome girl!

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18 Laura April 19, 2011 at 10:56 am

How do you cook the tofu you put on your sandwich?? I have been testing out various ways of cooking tofu recently and haven’t been able to get it quite right yet… Thanks!

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19 Jen April 19, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Laura –

When I’m making plain tofu I just slice it and put it in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. I just flip it a few times until it’s browned and the moisture has cooked out. It is important to drain and press the tofu before cooking though!

Let me know if you have any other questions! :)

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20 Brittney April 19, 2011 at 11:02 am

Lauren beat me to it, but I was going to tell you the same thing- the Charity Chase half is June 4th. That was my first half that I did last year. http://site.charitychase.com/Home_Page.html

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21 Jen April 19, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Brittney – what did you think about it? Good race?

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22 lauren April 20, 2011 at 9:03 am

I’ll reply as well – this will be my 3rd year running it. It’s a TOUGH course, lots of hills. But it’s a small race (~700 runners) and fun. They have re-routed it just a bit & bumped the start time to a half-hour earlier to hopefully beat the heat!

Let us know if you sign-up for it, it’s a challenging one for sure!

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23 Nicole April 19, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Boo! I wish I’d known you were teaching last night. I used to attend regularly on Monday nights and then the teachers changed, the class styles changed, and it was just too unpredictable. I’m excited for Wednesday!

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24 Jen April 19, 2011 at 9:42 pm

I didn’t know that I was teaching until right before class. I thought I would be practicing!!!

I’m excited for Wednesday too. Thank you SO much for being there! :D

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25 Kristy@RunTheLongRoad April 19, 2011 at 12:52 pm

I think I still have Boston fever :)

You should run the Philly marathon! It’s at the end of Nov, right before the Thanksgiving holiday so you can pig out guilt-free on Thanksgiving. I’m hopefully running it!

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26 Jen April 19, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Kristy – when I decided to pass on MCM this year, Philly was the first alternate that came to mind. Would your recommend it?

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27 Whitney April 19, 2011 at 3:57 pm

You should run the Inaugural Rock and Roll Music marathon-Savannah in November! That will be my first marathon. Maybe we could do some training runs together..I live right outside of Charlotte! :)

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28 Jen April 19, 2011 at 10:37 pm

I seriously might run the half! And YES let’s get together for some runs!!!

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29 Michelle (The Runner's Plate) April 19, 2011 at 5:44 pm

I’ve been bitten by the racing bug as well!

You should come up here (to Alaska) to run a marathon in June! The summer months are the only time it is warm enough to race! (How sad is that!)

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30 Jen April 19, 2011 at 9:49 pm

I would love to visit Alaska! ;)

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31 Alaina April 19, 2011 at 7:12 pm

I am so eager to run too! Seeing all of the athletes really made me emotional. I want to sign up for so many races now! And I’m looking for a half in the fall too. Sometime late October. I’m sure there are tons in the New England area. :-)

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32 Mary Beth April 20, 2011 at 8:11 am

The Governor’s Cup here in Columbia, SC is always a great race. Come see us! Maybe I’ll try for their 8k… have only done 5k’s thus far.

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33 Lauren April 28, 2011 at 7:58 pm

hi there! was reading and wanted to let you know about the downhill at dawn half in june in black mountain, nc (right outside asheville). the first three miles are uphill, and then the next nine are a slow decline. lots of PRs on that race!

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34 Jen April 29, 2011 at 5:00 pm

that sounds awesome!!! thank you so much for the comment. i love black mountain so i will definitely check this out!

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