Remember a little while ago when we talked about getting started?!? I was starting my training for a relay race. (You can read that article here.) I hope you started something that you’ve wanted to get going…a conversation, a fitness routine, a new budget, a weekly menu plan…whatever. In my 37 years of experience (Ha!), I have found that the only way to finish something is to get started. Right?!?
Here’s how this relay race will work. Teams of 12 (or 6) will come from all over the country. We will start at 6:30 am with Team Grit Van 1 and Team Grind Van 1. Each of these vans holds six runners. We will work through, with a partner, they first leg of the relay and then Team Grit Van 2 and Team Grind Van 2 will take over. While the second vans are running we will be on break. We will go back and forth between the two vans covering a little over 200 miles. We will start in Chattanooga and end up in Nashville. We will basically play a giant game of leap frog. We will drop a runner off and drive ahead the distance of their run. We will wait on them to jump in and then the next runners will exit to van for their leg until everyone has run. My run times will be approximately 10:30 am on Friday, 7:30 pm on Friday, and 5:30 am on Saturday. There will be a window of about 5 hours where we will “get to” sleep on a gym floor. Awesome. Someone remind me again why I voluntarily signed up for this?!?
My training for this race did not quite go as I planned. While I’ve never had an injury running, I’ve experienced some physical set backs this time like never before. I’m heading in to a race that I do not feel prepared for at all. I will walk some. I will run some. There may even be tears. (I don’t do well with a lack of sleep.) But one thing I know for sure…I’m going to start it and that will help me finish it. I have a great partner and we’ll get through it together.
Which leads me to my menu plan…it’s lacking. For several days while we are running this relay race we will eat Clif bars, granola bars, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I didn’t really think anyone would want me to post that on my menu plan, although there are some great recipes out there for homemade Clif bars and Lara bars. If that kind of thing lights your fire, you can follow the links below for my favorite Lara bar recipes.
Ham, egg and cheese on an English muffin
Apple Pancake and sausage
Chicken and Dumplins, green beans and corn (Chicken and dumplins keeps getting moved around.)
Leftover OEC (a great little Hibachi restaurant in my town)
Vegetable Soup, Grilled Cheese (I will post a recipe on my vegetable soup soon! Easy and delicious!)
What I would cook if I were here:
Creamy Chicken and Rice Casserole, by Heavenly Homemakers
Peanut Butter Sheet Cake, by The Girl Who Ate Everything (What?!? You could totally eat this for dinner! Peanut butter is protein, right?!?)
No Bake Fudgy Snow Balls, by Skinny Taste (These are actually a good “sweet” treat, if you just eat a couple. I do not know of anyone that would eat 10 in a siting…nope, I do not.)
Chocolate PB Cookie Larabars, by Chocolate Covered Katie
Spicy Black-Eyed Pea Soup, by Palatable Pastime
Just in case you didn’t know, the Memphis Tigers beat the Ole Miss Rebels. In this part of the country, that’s a pretty big deal. Go Tigers Go! (I still love all my Ole Miss fan friends, though!)