Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Post-Race Reflections and a Yummy Tuna Salad Recipe

Hi!  I just wanted to share my thoughts and feeling about Sunday's race.

It was tough. Even though I love running, and all the training that goes with it, I'm really relieved that the big race is over. I'm very happy that I don't have another long race until September.  I have a couple 5k's and 10k's coming up within the next few months, so I'll still be training.  I just want to focus more on strength training and yoga for a more well rounded approach to my fitness.
Almost to the finish line!

The Black Cat Race was both physically and mentally demanding. I have to say that even though I wish I could have finished a little faster, I am really proud of myself for completing it.  After the race I was kind of beating myself up about not finishing faster but I realized that I was being crazy.  I ran 10 miles!  That's a big accomplishment!  I've only been running consistently since September, so I am still learning all the in's and outs of racing. It was a really good challenge for me, and an awesome learning experience.

The race was hard for my body.  I didn't stretch after the race because I was focused on getting some water and food.  My knees were sore right after it, so I iced them when I got home.  The next day my knees still ached, but my quads were really killing me!  Take it from me, stretch after your run!

Today I went to the gym for a quick little workout.  I ran 1 mile, and then took a pilates class.  It was a nice way to ease back into my routine.  After the pilates class I had a long and intimate session with the foam roller.  That thing is a miracle worker.  I rolled all the tension out of my calves, quads, and especially my shins!  I feel 100 times better now.

In food news, here's a healthy tuna salad recipe I invented this weekend!
You can spread this on a sandwich, or use it to top a salad, like I did here.

1 Can White Tuna
1 tbsp Olive oil
1.5 tbsp Honey Mustard
1 tsp Parmesan cheese
Garlic Salt to taste
Cayenne Pepper to taste

Yum yum! Enjoy!

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