First, the delicious:
I ate way too much food yesterday. No apologies from me, however. After my wonderful Fleet Week fare at work I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have one more treat. I was on my 4 mile walk home when I passed by my favorite, Loving Cup, and got this:
Chocolate fro-yo with Nutella blended in, topped with Oreos. Sinfully amazing.
I almost thought that my dessert was going to hold me over all night and I wasn’t going to need any dinner, but at about 7:30 or 8pm, my stomach started growling and I realized I was going to have to cook something after all. Originally, I had been planning to make some type of pasta, but that just sounded too heavy after everything I ate yesterday. In the end, I decided to try making something I had never made before.
Balsamic Strawberry Omelet
I halved several strawberries and mixed them with about a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and 1 teaspoon of sugar.
After a few minutes of cooking them in a greased (just with cooking spray) frying pan, they started to thicken up a bit. The smell was out of this world.
Then I took two of my fresh CSA eggs (the first two in the first row, actually) and made up an omelet in a clean frying pan. At this point, I would like to show you an amazing picture of omelet making, but since I typically screw up omelets and wind up with scrambled eggs, I was concentrating and had no time for photography.
I can, however, show you the finished product:
I topped it with a few uncooked strawberries.
I must say, this is one of the best things I’ve ever cooked. I can’t believe how simple it is either. If you’ve never tried fruit in your omelet before, I suggest you try it out, stat. I also implore you to get some fresh eggs. These eggs tasted unbelievable. Really, the eggs they sell at the store can’t compare.
Secondly, the dilemma:
Soon after running my first 5K, I knew I wanted to run several more races this year. One of the races that I thought would fit my schedule was the “Run Wild for a Child” 5K. The course is located very close to my house and the Panhandle, my normal running area, is part of the route. I figured doing it would be a no brainer.
I was looking around at the site the other day and I checked out the course map. I realized that the course that the 10K (the race has both a 5K and a 10K event) runners will be taking is almost identical to the route I wound up on when I got lost in Golden Gate Park last Tuesday. It’s actually the route that I would sort of like to eventually be part of my running routine.
I started thinking: I know I can already walk the 10K distance comfortably. The course is close to my home and I could actually train running the actual race route. If I didn’t feel confident enough by race day, I could always ask and see if I could drop down to the 5K. Why not try to run the 10K instead?
The thing is, I’m barely at the point where 5K feels comfortable. It still feels slightly difficult. Doable? Sure. No doubts. It still leaves me wiped out though. I really don’t want to push myself to run a longer distance race before I’m ready. I really don’t want to do too much too soon.
On the other hand, since I have no races longer than 5K out in front of me, there’s not a lot of incentive to push myself farther and become capable of longer distances. Maybe a goal like this is exactly what I need to try to inspire myself to do better.
I’m not sure.
I don’t have to register for quite some time, so I can think on it. Just not sure of the right decision for me.
How do you decide what race distance is realistic for you? What factors do you consider?