Tomorrow I am running my first 10k. I am really nervous about it because I have never covered that much distance before. I am working towards a half marathon in September so I know I have to keep challenging myself, but 10k just seems so far!
(5k run a few months ago)
To add an extra challenge, I am running the race up North in Huntsville, ON. It only dawned on me recently that up North = hills. Great – my first 1ok and I am participating in the hardest one out there! I thought about switching to the 5k, but I’m going to stick with the 10 and get myself through the race. I may be dead after, but it will be well worth it! Oh, did I mention it is supposed to rain too?
(5k run two weeks ago)
As I mentally and physically prepare myself for the race tomorrow, I am thinking about what I am going to wear and what I am going to eat pre-race. I love my run crops from Lululemon for long runs but I like to switch up my tops each time (for finishing line photo purposes obviously). I was thinking my bright purple/blue tank because it is so bright and it will hopefully lift my spirits (wishful thinking, I know).
I usually have a piece of toast and a banana before my runs but I think I’ll munch a protein bar before my run this time. I’ve heard that it gives you way more energy and isn’t filling or heavy during the run. Pre-run I am usually feeling nervous, anxious, and excited to get started. My stomach is usually in knots so it is best that I don’t eat too much before.
What I DO know, is that I will be having this delicious Chocolate Chip Banana Coco-Oat Bread post-race. This banana bread is vegan (of course) and gluten free if you use GF oats. It isn’t as fluffy as the banana bread you are probably used to but don’t knock it until you try it. I’m not going to promise you that it is THE BEST banana bread out there, but it is pretty darn good.
- 2 1/2 cups GF or regular oats
- 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1/3 cup brown sugar, plus 1 tbsp
- 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3 tbsp dairy free chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup non-sweetened coconut flakes, plus 1 tbsp