The Yuengling Shamrock Half Marathon: two days away!
It seems like I have some certain traditions when it comes to race preparation.
My race prep consists of:
1. Copious amounts of pasta the night before
2. Juuust a little bit of wine. I mean, it never hurt anybody, right? Just a little bit. It just goes so well with pasta… (this is an accidental pre-race tradition)
3. Playlist Assembly. I’m picky about my race music, and I make a new pump-up playlist before every race. And I start every race with the same song. Because it worked for my first half marathon, and it really gets my adrenaline pumping.
MVPs of Sunday’s playlist?
Runaway Baby – Bruno Mars
Blow – Ke$ha
Love Like Woe – The Ready Set
What the Hell – Avril Lavigne
Tell Me What To Do – Metro Station
Sleazy – Ke$ha
Uncharted – Sara Bareilles
To The Beat of Our Noisy Hearts – Matt Nathanson
Till The World Ends – Britney
…and that’s just off the top of my head. This is gonna be a good one. 😉
4. Early to bed! duh.. up that early in the morning calls for some serious shuteye for this girl.
5. A pre-race banana and bagel thin/english muffin. Like I said before, it’s worked in the past, it’ll work now.
6. Lots of love from my running twin and all the the usual suspects.
Robby’s not running the actual half with us, but he’s gonna join in for the last three miles.
And then, when we’re done, we’re going to do a lot of this:
Because, let’s be honest, why else would we pay to run 13.1 miles?
Creamy Spinach Pasta
And to go along with the race prep theme, I’ll share my most recent creamy pasta recipe. I won’t be indulging in this pre-race (I tend to stick with traditional pasta sauce when I’m getting serious), but I’m a big fan of creamy pasta.
And it’s even better when it’s lowfat, right? 😉
Sautee the following together on low heat:
– a big dollop of fat free cream cheese
– 1/2 cup (ish? I don’t measure) lowfat milk (I used Vanilla Light Silk)
– onion, diced
– green pepper, diced
– a big handful spinach
– garlic salt
*optional: roasted red pepper flakes
*optional: sliver of goat cheese
I also added some Garlic Italian salt-free seasoning and roasted red pepper flakes. I like a little spice in everything. 😉
Add to your drained pasta.
This is where I decided I didn’t make enough sauce. SO… what did I add?
Then I threw it all in the microwave for a minute, mixed it together, added some pepper, and it was perfect.
Are you a traditional pasta girl? Or do you like your creamy pastas and alfredos?
Hit me with your pre-race prep routine. I wanna hear it!