I ran a half marathon on Saturday.
Actually, I kicked ass at a half marathon on Saturday. The MapMyRun screenshot below shows my splits, but I forgot to stop the timer at the end so my actual clock time was 2:05:55, which meant an average pace of 9:36 min/mile – a full 24 seconds faster than my goal pace, which was awesome.
It was a bigger race, so unfortunately I did not place this time (I could have won a trophy!), and that was disappointing because based on last year’s times I would have been second in my age group. However, lack of trophy aside, I was only 12 minutes away from age group placing which is honestly pretty cool. And I’m positive that I can drop that from my time before next year, so maybe then. 🙂
The strangest thing about this race was that I have spent literally months preparing for it – I started training in the third week of July, and then began following a pretty strict nutrition plan when I moved into my apartment in Charleston in mid-August, and so a huge part of my life (especially once food got involved!) has revolved around this race for 2-3 months. And then all of a sudden it was just… over. Granted, it was over in the most awesome of ways (i.e. way faster than I expected), but it was still over.
Normally that might put a person in a “what now?” type of state, but fortunately for me I knew exactly what now, and that was food. A lot of it. All of the things I could not have while I was on the training nutrition plan. In huge quantities.
The very first thing I did once I got home (after showering, of course) was drive myself to McDonalds for a Happy Meal and an apple pie. Although the Chicken McNuggets were a bit disappointing, the fries were every bit as delicious and I remembered them being and the apple pie, which I had never had before, was downright incredible. I almost walked back in and bought a second, but I had other plans for the rest of my calories for that day so I refrained.
Speaking of plans for the rest of my calories, let’s take a look at everything I have made since crossing the finish line.
Granola Bars (which, in my defense, I made for a coworker who recently had a baby and did not eat myself)
Whole Wheat Challah (one loaf with raisins, one without)
which I then used to make Challah PB&J French Toast
A Balsamic Strawvocado Sandwich (see original for a prettier picture of a fully assembled sandwich)
And Apple Pie Bars (which I shared with my coworkers)
I was going to bake something tonight, too, but I already have so many sweets and things in my pantry, fridge, and freezer that I ultimately decided I need to focus on eating a few things before I make more. However, I will probably give up on that by tomorrow evening and end up making something else. We’ll see.
In any case, it’s been a really incredible (and delicious) few days. Finishing that half marathon, especially with a time I was so pleased with, made me feel incredible. And all the baking I’ve done since then certainly hasn’t hurt. 🙂