Cranberry Mango Millet Salad

Have you ever fallen victim to a week that just wouldn’t end?

Generally I’m against wishing the week away, but this week is an exception. In 3 days I’ll be lining up with thousands of other runners to participate in my very first half marathon.

I just want the week to fly by so that I can get this show on the road!

There’s a part of me that knows I can rock my goal time and cry with joy at the finish line. But there’s also another part of me that’s scared that something bad will happen and I won’t be able to complete it.

Shaking off the shakes

My solution to the nervousness has been to remind myself that there is no use in sweating over things that haven’t happened yet, or worrying about things that are completely out of my control. If my knee hurts, I’ll walk. If I get sick, I’ll register for another race later.

If I know the anxiety is creeping up on me, I’ll sit quietly and visualize myself physically running the race. Two minutes later I’m back to normal and confident that I have this one in the bag, no matter what.

Remembering why I do it

I had originally started running because it made me feel free and happy. Instead of approaching this as a do or die event, I’ve been trying to remind myself that it’s just like any other running session at home, only I’ll be running with a bunch of people.

Really, as long as I love running and enjoy myself, what more do I need?

Be proud no matter what

I’ve overcome so many obstacles during my training. I’ve recovered from a patella injury, dealt with countless issues with my hips, doubting myself, and having to take months off at a time to recover. All in all this process has taken me 1 year, but I’ve stuck to it.

One of the things that’s kept me going is the blog and all of you guys. You’ve been so supportive and encouraged me every step of the way. It’s amazing.

So in the end, no matter what happens I’ll be proud of myself.

Race preparation

I tried to run 5km last night as my last big hurrah before the event, but my right knee was bothering me so I walked the last 4km. It is what it is!

I’m planning to do a bit of arm strengthening and hill walking this morning at the gym. Then the plan on Friday and Saturday is to do a couple of laps in the pool and rest up.

Since we’ll be staying in a hotel the night before the event, I’ve started preparing a couple of meals/snacks that we’ll be taking with us.

First on the list of travel goodies is this delicious, summer-filled salad that we’ll enjoy during our 4 hour drive to Edmonton on Saturday.

And for snack we’ll have some of these…

But you’ll have to wait until tomorrow for the [simple] recipe!

I promise this one’s just as good :)

We had this salad with fresh turkey sausage last night and it was delicious! I split the leftovers into a bunch of small containers and threw them in the freezer for the weekend. We’ll defrost the night before we go and we’ll be set!

Do you have a race or special event coming up? How are you preparing?

What helps you stay positive?

PS: [I almost forgot!] The lucky winner of 2 bags of bean pasta is Suzanne! I’ll be sending you an email in a short while. Thanks for participating everyone :)

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