I have a resolution for the year of my 30th birthday (two years from now). I want to run a marathon.

One would assume that because I want to run a long distance running event in the not too distant future I would be dedicating some serious time to upping my mileage. Nothing could be further from the truth. I appear to have lost my running mojo. The last time I hit the park for a jog was at the beginning of the summer.

Every month when my Runner’s World magazine arrives in the mailbox I stare down at it, feel a little guilty, and toss it in the ‘to read’ pile. I keep meaning to get on the treadmill or hit up one of New York’s many park trails…but I don’t. Spinning, Zumba, the elliptical, and the stair mill all seem like better cardio options these days. So when a friend asked me to run a 5k with him a couple of weeks ago I felt a twinge of panic.  Last summer that would have seemed like nothing, but I haven’t run in months!  Never one to back down from a physical challenge; I said yes.

This weekend I’ll be running for the first time since May. I have no idea if I can do it, but I’m going to bank on the idea that I’m in pretty decent cardiovascular shape and hope I can pull through. If I can’t, I’ll walk some of it and hope that the experience inspires me to lace up my running shoes and get back on track.

All this to say, I’m a wee bit nervous about this weekend.

Breakfast


Egg white omelet with broccoli and lite cheese
Peach

Lunch


I decided to stop spending so much money at Hale and Hearty soups and actually bring lunch to magazineland. A giant pot of homemade vegetable soup cost less than a 12oz H-and-H.
Vegetable soup
Hard boiled egg

Snack


Trader Joe’s Omega Mix
Apple

Dinner


Salad with arugala, beets, sunflower seeds, red onion, goat cheese, and orange vinaigrette

Exercise: 15-min stairmill, 45-min spin