Delicious Dilemma

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?

8 thoughts on “Delicious Dilemma

  1. If it were me (and I was at your fitness level), I would sign up for the 10K. The thing about long distances is that the run is partly mental. If you can get over your mind telling you that “it’s too hard, you can’t do it, you’ll just fail, etc.,” then you can definitely finish that 10K.

    It sounds like you could definitely train well for a 10K by November 28. Try looking at a plan like this one from Hal Higdon (I love his training plans) . If you were to start on his week 2 or 3, you’d be able to finish that 10K. Really, all longer runs are mental exercises. You body can do it. All you need it to believe in yourself!

  2. Go for the 10k! If you can comfortably run 5, you have plenty of time to train for a 10. And think of how much you’ll love knowing that you finished it!

  3. No one is really going to know or be able to tell you whether you can do it except for you. And you likely won’t know until just before, or just after the race itself.

    A good percentage of running longer distances is mental, but there’s also a physical aspect to it that you need to keep in mind, as a relatively new runner. You need to really pay attention to how your body (especially your knees) reacts to running over 5k and give it time to adapt to the new demands that will be placed on it you increase distance. You also need to really be careful not to over-train and push too hard too fast.

    I think that most people will tell you that 10k is totally doable and encourage you to go for it. While I do agree that it is absolutely doable, I think you need to make sure that you don’t let the encouragement and other people’s experiences set your expectations for you. There is no shame just going for the 5k if you don’t think you’re ready when time comes to make the final decision.

    1. All excellent points.

      I am thinking that I may pursue the 10K training plan (a combo of runner’s world smart coach and other rather similar programs that I see online), and then as I approach the final registration day (which isn’t until November), I will asess my progress and register accordingly.

      I know there’s no shame in only doing the 5K, but I am curious to see if I actually am capable of following a training plan if I actually have a goal out in front of me. I don’t have any lofty expectations for the 10K if I do it, either. I can walk as much or as little as I want and I just want to finish before they open the roads back up to traffic! =P

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