In fact, I ran and completed a half on New Year’s Eve with some friends. It was a blast… and once I crossed the finish line and began my recovery process, I started looking for what I wanted to do next.
The thing is… I’ve had a specific running goal in mind for a long time that has equally thrilled and terrified me, and once I weighed the pros and cons (and talked with several trusted, more knowledgable friends who supported my train of thought) after the New Year’s Eve Half, I realized it was time.
Time for what, you ask?
Time to run a full marathon.
A marathon — any marathon — has been on my running bucket list for a few years now… and I’ve officially started training for my first one, which is in late April.
And since this marathon training stuff is new, exciting and scary to me, I wanted to share some portions of it here with y’all. And since this is a food blog, I’ll be posting about the food/fuel aspect of my training.
Now, I’m not a nutritionist or a dietitian. (Y’all know this, c’mon.) I’m not a health food connoisseur, either. (I just told y’all about the cheeseburger rule!) My tastebuds are not the same as everyone’s, and neither is my body, but I know what kinds of food make me feel good and strong when I’m training.
That’s the central thought behind the new Runner Food series: Sharing my favorite running-related recipes as I ramp up to run 26.2 in the hopes that some of y’all will enjoy these dishes, too, whether you’re training for a certain race/event or are looking for a delicious, relatively healthy meal. I’ll also be adding in anecdotes of the times where it didn’t work because, hey, I learn more from my mistakes than successes.
That being said, the first recipe in this series goes live next week, and I’m really excited to begin sharing my running-centric recipes with y’all!
Other running-related posts: That time I decided to train for and actually RUN a half marathon / Sunday Snippets: The Rouge-Orleans Edition / 33 Things Y’all Didn’t Know / Sunday Snippets: The Belated Beach Edition / Fitness Goals, Eating Well and a 10-Day Challenge Review / Sunday Snippets: The #glitter200/Ragnar SoCal Recap / Runner Food: An Introduction / Marathon Training Update: 3 Weeks Out / Marathon Training Update: 1 Week Out / Race Recap: OKC Memorial Marathon
Erin Parker is a Southern gal living in Texas with her husband and two daughters. She started The Speckled Palate to share what she was cooking as a newlywed… and over the years, it’s evolved to capture her love for hosting. Specifically, the EASIEST, lowest key entertaining because everyone deserves to see their people and connect over good food. Learn more about her…