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We haven’t really watched Idol at all this season but we just got sucked into the end of the season finale. I have a few thoughts on that.

  • Carrie Underwood looked amazing.
  • The lyrics to Beyonce’s new song, One Plus One, are hilarious. “I don’t know much about algebra but I know one plus one equals two.” Hmm….
  • How did they get Bono on Idol!?
  • Poor Steven Tyler.

I tweeted this tonight but who cares about Idol. I am so ridiculously excited about the season premier of So You Think You Can Dance!!!

Okay, so this post wasn’t meant to be a discussion on reality TV but rather something we’ve been missing here on Peanut Butter Runner…RUNNING! I am so ready to race again. I want to have races on my calendar and training plans to follow. I’m finally doing something about it. I’ve picked two races that I’m going to be training for over the next four months.

#1 River Bound Race Series 15k

The River Bound Race Series is a series of trail races that take place at the US National Whitewater Center right outside of Charlotte. This July 16 15k (10 miler) will be my first race distance since I set a half marathon PR in December AND it will be m first trail race!

#2 Asheville Citizen-Times Half Marathon

I love Asheville. The Asheville Citizen-Times Half Marathon is September 17. You might have guessed from the above elevation chart that I’m going to be running this one for fun and not to beat my current PR. There are so many great half marathons in our area in the fall so I’m hoping that this one kicks off race season and then I can work towards improving my half marathon time in subsequent races. I have two goals…first, sub 1:50 and then sub 1:45. Eek!!!

I’m so excited to get back out on the road. Call me crazy but I don’t mind training through the summer heat. I much prefer it to the cold dark of winter. I’ll be posting my training plans soon! 🙂

Do you have any summer or early fall races planned?

And quickly…a recap of today’s eats. Breakfast was banana and blueberry oatmeal and I came home for lunch.

An open faced sandwich on Great Harvest Honey Whole Wheat. The sandwich was mashed avocado, tomato, sprouts, spinach and muenster cheese. Cucumbers and carrots and bean salad on the side.

Dinner after teaching yoga tonight was a random fridge creation but very tasty.

I heated the bean salad mixture with a scrambled egg and spinach and made a quesadilla.

It was so good! If you’ve never tried adding scrambled eggs to quesadillas you are missing out.

And finally…for the workouts. Today ended up being an unplanned rest day and I am just fine with that.

Off to bed. Can’t believe tomorrow is Thursday. This very busy week is flying by!


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  • 1
    Holly @ Pink Runner May 25, 2011, 11:00 pm

    Glad to see you are signing up for some races! I have a 1/2 in mind for October, but I would like to find a full marathon to sign up for next year. Carry Underwood’s legs were unbelievable!

  • 2
    Alaina May 26, 2011, 12:01 am

    Yeah for races!! I have a 10k in June and I’m still on the fence about the Cape Cod half marathon in October. I love running races in the fall though.

    And I have the R2R half marathon this weekend!! 🙂 Hoping to PR.

  • 3
    Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) May 26, 2011, 3:12 am

    YAY so exciting!! Haha nice race elevation there! 😛 I think you can definitely achieve those goals!

    I have a 10k (just a fun run) and two half marathons- I can’t WAIT!! 😀

  • 4
    Win May 26, 2011, 6:21 am

    You’re going to get bitten by the trail bug with the 15k–I sure did with my last trail race! Trails are SO much better than roads–better scenery, better mentally (have to focus on every step), better on your body, and no car exhaust or hot pavement! Your pace will be slower, but you’ll be working harder! I’m planning to do the Asheville Half too–same weekend as Brewgrass! Hope to see you and Brandon soon!

    • 5
      kat May 26, 2011, 9:50 am

      Couldn’t help but comment on this post re: Brewgrass…did you get tickets?? It sold out in a day (went on sale yesterday, gone by 7:30 PM last night). I didn’t get them but I’ve gone the last two years so I guess it’s someone else’s turn. 🙁 Maybe I’ll just run the Half instead….;)

      • 6
        Win May 26, 2011, 1:55 pm

        I didn’t get tickets yet (tried all day yesterday but the website was down most of the day). I have a friend buying me one on Monday when they go on sale at Barley’s in AVL. I’m sure you can still do both (but you may have to pay a little more for Brewgrass this year)!

    • 7
      Jen May 26, 2011, 5:00 pm

      Win – I’m really excited about the trail race! Also, Brandon enjoys running trails so I know he’ll join me on some of my training runs! 🙂

      I’m happy to hear you’ll be running Asheville too! Since Brewgrass is so hard to get tickets to, I anticipate that we’ll be having our own Brewgrass celebration after I survive that tough course!

  • 8
    Sarah May 26, 2011, 7:33 am

    I know! The week is flying by. I can’t wait for the long weekend 🙂

    Yes I have a marathon in 3 weeks!! So excited!

    • 9
      Jen May 26, 2011, 8:46 am

      3 weeks away!? so exciting! hope your taper goes well. 🙂

  • 10
    Mary Beth May 26, 2011, 7:43 am

    So You Think You Can Dance is one of the highlights of summer!!!
    I’m planning an 8k in November. My goal is to start and finish it on the same day and live to tell about it! 🙂

    • 11
      Jen May 26, 2011, 8:45 am

      awesome, mary beth! you’ll rock it!

  • 12
    Matt @ The Athlete's Plate May 26, 2011, 8:23 am

    You always make the best looking sandwiches!

  • 13
    Whitney May 26, 2011, 8:24 am

    Have you ever rain the trails at the WWC? I was there last week and I consider myself an athlete and in great shape, but those trails were definitely a workout. My calves were sore for days, but they ARE lot of fun to run–way different from the road and it’s amazing how much slower your pace will be and you feel like you are flying..just my 2 cents!

    I hope to run my first marathon in Savannah in November! 🙂

    • 14
      Jen May 26, 2011, 8:44 am

      i’ve actually only run the trails out there once and it was definitely a challenge! i’m planning on doing some of my long runs out there. also, i’m fully expecting my pace to be a lot slower. i just want to have fun with it! 🙂

  • 15
    Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) May 26, 2011, 9:01 am

    Wow, I’ll look forward to reading about the Asheville race- it sounds very ambitious. I’ll bet it’s a gorgeous run though 🙂

  • 16
    Jen May 26, 2011, 9:06 am

    Yay for getting back into racing Jen! I’m very, very slowly making my return to running and am doing a 5k this weekend. It’s so nerve-wracking but exciting 🙂

    • 17
      Jen May 26, 2011, 4:57 pm

      jen – how crazy is it that we were both running marathons and halfs last fall and setting PRs and now we’re kind of starting over?

      i’m SO HAPPY to hear that you are back on the road.

  • 18
    Rhona @ Redwinerunner.co.uk May 26, 2011, 9:15 am

    Hurray for racing! And good luck for your first trail race as well – I love them, they are a lot of fun 🙂
    I have many many races coming up – next up is a 5 mile road race and then a 12k obstacle/tough guy style run before I hit four half marathons and a 15k in the summer, and then a full marathon in Octber. I.am.addicted.to.racing 🙂

    • 19
      Jen May 26, 2011, 4:58 pm

      i think those obstacle/rugged races sound so fun! can’t wait to hear how that goes for you.

      FOUR HALFS THIS SUMMER!? Girl, you are hardcore!

  • 20
    kat May 26, 2011, 9:54 am

    All this running talk is inspiring me! I am trying desperately to make myself run at all lately. Good to see others motivated. I have also considered the Asheville Half but I think I might be crazy to try it as my first one. All I have planned at the moment is the Medwest Triathlon July 9. Possibly a slightly longer one in August. We’ll see about adding much more..unlike you, I *HATE* running in the heat… 🙁

    • 21
      Jen May 26, 2011, 4:56 pm

      kat – i’m sorry to hear that you’re having to force yourself out on the road right now but i can totally relate. my relationship with running has been a bit up and down over the last year. after a looonnnggg break for teacher training, i finally feel ready to ramp up my training again and i’m excited about it so i know it’s the right decision!

      i’m so impressed that you’re doing a triathlon! i think that’s a great goal to be working towards!

      and as far as the asheville half for your first, it would be hard but these are the roads you train on all the time. plus, you can do it for fun and not for time and take walking breaks! 😉

  • 22
    Kamaile May 26, 2011, 10:47 am

    I’m training for the Nike Women’s Half marathon. That elevation chart is crazy. Looks like you and I will be doing some hill training!

    • 23
      Jen May 26, 2011, 4:52 pm

      the nike women’s half is such a cool race! that’s awesome that you’re running it this year.

      yay for hill training! 🙂

  • 24
    Laura May 26, 2011, 11:33 am

    I’m glad you are running the ACT 1/2 in september! I will see you on the course, probably as you are flying past me. 🙂 My sister and her boyfriend are running it as well. They both ran it last year and are still telling horror stories! I’ve been trying to get in shape just to start training and am looking forward to see your training schedule and also how you nourish yourself during training.

    It will be great to see you and Brandon that weekend.

    • 25
      Jen May 26, 2011, 4:52 pm

      haha laura – with those hills i’m not sure i’ll be flying past anyone. we might have to drag each other up them! we should definitely hang out after the race!!!

  • 26
    lindsay cotter May 26, 2011, 1:34 pm

    what a fun series, wish I lived in charlotte!

  • 27
    Meghan @ StruggleMuffins May 26, 2011, 2:21 pm

    Yes! This post just inspired me to sign up for summer road races – in recent years I’ve been injured and unable to participate in any kind of strenuous running but I’m up for the challenge this year. Also, eggs in a quesidilla? Brilliant, must try.

    • 28
      Jen May 26, 2011, 4:51 pm

      Meghan – I’m excited to hear that you’re injury free and able to train. That’s awesome!

  • 29
    Kayli (Running on Sunshine) May 26, 2011, 2:25 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try trail running! You’ll have to keep us posted on the variances in training for trail runs compared to regular road races.
    I am very excited to start training for the inaugural St. Louis Rock n’ Roll half-marathon this fall. It’s nice to see that other runners also go through the ebb and flow of the “running itch”. Sometimes I don’t even want to look at my running shoes and sometimes they are all I can think about 🙂

    Hope you are having a great day!

    • 30
      Jen May 26, 2011, 4:50 pm

      Kayli – you know I will share stories of my experiences with trail running. I’m definitely going to get some training runs done on trails. Luckily, my husband will run trails with me so it will be a fun activity for both of us!

  • 31
    Tara May 26, 2011, 3:45 pm

    Glad you got some races on your calendar! Let me know if you ever want to meet for a long run. I have MCM Oct 30th. I am going to make it to your 5:45 body pump class one day.

    • 32
      Jen May 26, 2011, 4:46 pm

      Tara – I would love to meet up for some runs. I’ll email you!

  • 33
    Kristy@RunTheLongRoad May 26, 2011, 4:49 pm

    Yeah for upcoming races! I love to run in the summer too! No layers, just a tank and shorts and getting up early to beat the heat. It’s the best!

  • 34
    Sarah May 26, 2011, 9:08 pm

    I have a strong love of all things cheese, and that melted muenster?? Well.. it made me salivate.

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