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Okay…today was a good day.  The red cup is back at Starbucks and so are Gingerbread Lattes.  I am on generally one of those people who counts down to Christmas.  Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  But I like the fact that it is now November and the holidays are upon us.  It doesn’t get better than this time of year!  I made a point to leave my apartment a few minutes early so I could swing by Starbucks.  For some reason when I drink coffee my appetite is altered for the rest of the day.  It KILLS my appetite!  Maybe it is the caffeine?  I hardly drink any caffeine.  Who knows.

IMG_6915Today was Day 2 of my half marathon training and on the plate for today was a three mile run.  I got out at lunch and ran the trails behind my office.  They are pretty hilly and since I threw out my back last week, this was my first day running in about 10 days.  It was also a lot hotter out than I had expected.  Wow…these are a lot of excuses, huh?  As you can see from the blurry picture above, I averaged a 9:55 min/mi pace.  I prefer to average about a 9 min/mi pace, so I was a tad disappointed.  I realized I need to take the first mile a bit slower so I don’t burn out so quickly.  This will be crucial for my half marathon.

Speaking of training, I signed up for the San Diego Rock and Roll Marathon in June last night.  I am really excited to try another marathon.  I ran my first on in 2005.

Time to eat some dinner…  🙂

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Today marks day one of my half marathon training.  I am really looking forward to this training plan and am hopeful that it will really make a difference in my finishing time the end of January.  This will be my fourth half marathon, however it will be the first one I adequately trained for.  I have always felt comfortable finishing these before, so I am looking forward to the difference that training will make.

When looking for a training plan, I wanted something that was simple.  I wanted something that would incorporate speed work, cross training, and strength training.  I found this one after searching numerous plans online.  I loaded all of the work-outs into my Google calendar to keep me honest.  Today is a Stretch/Strengthen day.  A little weight training and a 20 minute yoga podcast was the perfect workout to start out the day.
Sunset in Carlsbad
Oh…I captured this picture last night.  It isn’t the greatest, but it just makes me so happy to live in such a beautiful place.

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Blog Identity Crisis

I love to blog.  I find it to be such a great creative outlet and I really enjoy the interaction with other bloggers.  My original blog, Sweets By Sarah, has served me well for almost two years.  But it really ties me in to just talking about my endeavors in the kitchen.  Specifically my baking adventures.  The more butter the better!  The funny thing is…that really isn’t me any more.  Don’t get me wrong.  I still love to bake and will randomly add to Sweets By Sarah in the future.  But I wanted a place where I could talk about the rest of my life.  The part that loves to run and work out.  The part that loves to try new and healthy foods.  The part that loves getting out and exploring the world around her.  This blog started out as See Sarah Run.  But I think Life…on my terms is a better way to explain how I want this to go.  So I have erased the few previous posts on this blog and I am starting fresh.

I moved to Southern California almost two months ago and am loving it.  Two of the aspects of this place I really love are (1) the emphasis on healthy and locally grown foods and (2) the environment of physical fitness.  First, the food.  There is so much good stuff available and I find myself eating less fast food and bad food and more fruits, veggies and whole grains.  It has made me very cognizant of how I fuel my body.  Sure, there are a lot of foods out there that taste great.  But they really don’t fill me up.  I love finding foods that are not only delicious, but also keep me full for hours.  It is sort of like a science experiment for your health!  Second, the work outs.  Everywhere you go, you see people out and about.  People running, walking, and biking.  You can’t help but want to be out there with them.  And the weather doesn’t hurt either!  One of my favorite things to do it drive down to the beach, which is about two miles from my apartment.  I park the car and then run.  Seeing so many others doing the same thing and having the gorgeous scenery of the Pacific Ocean is so motivating.  I find myself running more and more every week.

I am scheduled to run a half marathon on 24 January.  My training plan starts on 2 November.  I know I will be blogging about it and will be posting my training schedule soon.  I have fun three half marathons before and for each, I didn’t train.  I averaged about an 11 min/mi pace and was always pleased with how I did.  This time is different.  I would love to have a sub 2 hour finish, but I will be pleased if I can keep under a 10 min/mi pace.  I know I will be working out hard to get there, but it will be worth it.

Okay, that is enough to start this new endeavor off.  I am off to watch the rest of the Steelers/Vikings game.  Go Steelers!  🙂

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