It’s official…I’m addicted to quinoa.
It all started when I got a free quinoa bowl from Happy and Hale a few months back.
The place is a really cool concept – a very “Stuff White People Like” deal, with a full bar of fresh ingredients waiting to be combined into your delicious salad. Prior to my intro to the ‘noa, I’d kind of just avoided a ton of rice and grain, simply because the serving size on it is so small and I’d really like to eat more of something else without me getting bloated. But I discovered the incredibleness that is quinoa, and now I just can’t get it out of my mind.
Similar to rice, you can cook it in the steamer, get a ton of fiber out of it, stay full for hours, and it’s SO plain, you can mix it with just about anything that you want. Why I waited so long to be introduced to quinoa, I don’t know. But I love it, and I’m not turning back.
Since I’ve been focusing more on the budget the past few months, even thought I’ve really wanted to sign up for races right and left, I’ve kind of held back, and as a result, I’m only signed up for Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh, and I’m so itching to sign up for something in order for me to keep my motivation and my fitness up throughout 2015.
So here are the options I’m looking at.
Rock ‘n’ Roll DC
I did this race, and since I stayed at the Westin, I ran into some cool-ass people like Carrie Keagan, who used to host Big Morning Buzz on VH1. Still one of my favorite races, except for the killer hill at mile 6.
North Face Endurance Challenge
Since reading Dean Karnazes’ books, I’ve been really intrigued by the idea of ultra marathons (any marathon over 26.2 miles). The idea makes my husband really really nervous, but I’m thinking about doing it just to see what I can do. I love the sense of accomplishment that comes with finishing one of these things.
Marine Corps isn’t open, but the lottery opens in March. Which means that if I got in, I would have to train throughout the summer. In North Carolina. Kinda blah, but I hear the race is absolutely awesome. I also did training with a friend end of last summer, and I forgot that I don’t completely hate running long. I just hate the heat kinda.
So this one is just sort of annoying. The past two years, I’ve done the Nike Women’s Half marathon, and love it. Nike canceled their DC event, and have yet to announce a spring event, leading me to believe there is no spring event. It sucks, because these races are definitely one of my top races, but it’s also a total first world problem, and I have clean water and a warm bed to lay my head down at night, so no complaints. Well, not that many.
So those races are on my radar for the year. Any races/events you’re looking forward to signing up for to keep you motivated?