Damn it feels good to be a gangsta.

Oh, wait, I’m definitely not a gangsta, but it feels pretty good to be me regardless.  Three-day weekends have a way of making the whole world seem more promising.  I really couldn’t have asked for more from this weekend: fun, food, family, friends, flirting, (I can’t think of any more ‘f’ words) there was even some college basketball and talks of my two bestest friends (who have been engaged for over four years now) finally setting a wedding date. Bring on the big, ugly bridesmaid dresses (I’m sure they’ll be tasteful, but seriously if they wanted to dress me up like  popsicle and call me Petunia, I wouldn’t be any less excited)!

This weekend also brought a new determination in regard to something other than which color dress my friend should let me wear.  I’ve had the goal of running a marathon for my 30th birthday (probably not on the date of, but in or around) on my mind for a long time now.  I think it’s a pretty awesometastic way to ring in a new decade. I just turned 28, which gives me two-years to prep, and by prep I mean get used to running long distances, and perhaps get a few races under my belt.  I’ve decided to start signing up for races, and I’m going to drag other people along with me. . .

I wrote to my editor at Social Workout today, and asked if my next assignment could be to lead a half-marathon training challenge.  He loved it, and I’m heading into the office tomorrow to discuss challenge specifics.    I’m a big fan of peer pressure.  For those of you that are interested in upping your mileage this year and/or signing up for a specific race, I’ll keep you posted on the challenge and the training schedule 😉 .

I’m pretty nervous, this definitely tests the boundaries of my running identity.  I think the farthest I’ve run is 5-miles, and I’m pretty damn proud of each and every one of those five, but I’m all about testing my limitations.

Who’s in?

Breakfast

Kashi Go Lean Crunch with strawberries and almond milk

Lunch

Vegetable barley soup (more like a stew), apple

Snack

Kind bar

Dinner

I decided to change things up by playing with tempeh instead of tofu.  I’m not sure how I feel about tempeh yet, it’s a weird consistency.

Broccoli, tempeh, brown rice in peanut sauce