Well I did it! I finally put my credit card where my mouth has been lately and signed up for a half Iron man. I’ve been debating between Patriot and Pumpkinman, but ultimately went for Pumpkinman because I didn’t think I would get my swimming together enough over the winter to not drown!.
It’s cold and I don’t really like to leave my house in the winter so although the Patriot 70.3 seemed like a more beginner friendly race (no crazy hills like Pumpkinman), I just don’t think I could swim 1.2 miles by June. If they were cheaper, I would be crazy enough to try both of them, but at over $250 a race, I had to pick one.
So now I have until Sept. 7th to figure out how to more than double my swimming distance and speed myself up. My current swimming speed would leave me over the time limit of 70 minutes (on their website). There’s a lot of work ahead of me and I’m excited to dive head first into something new.
Additionally, I’m going to attempt a 50 miler again. Yes, the wounds of the TARC 50 miler disaster are slowing healing where I barely remember the pain and I’m ready to try again. Pinelands Running Festival on May 26th.
So here it is folks. My 2014 racing schedule to date. I’ll probably sign up for smaller races in between if the cost is reasonable; however, I’ll attempt to exercise better control for the sake of my budget and my sanity.
Feb 2nd 2014 – RnR New Orleands Marathon
March 24th 2014 – Atlanta Marathon
April 21st 2014 – Boston Marathon
May 26th – Pinelands 50 Miler
Sept 7th, 2014 – Half Ironman Triathlon (70.3)
2013 was great, but I’m excited for the things to come!
Now for other news, remember how the awesome folks at Kind Snacks sent me a package of Kind Bars to help train for the NYC marathon?
Well, I do and now I have a chance to offer one Run To Munch reader a box of 24 bars of their own!
KIND’s philosophy is that food can be both healthy AND tasty. And it’s true, I’ve been in love with them since I tried one at the Quincy Half Marathon earlier this year. Although it’s fairly new to me, the company has been around since 2004 and now has over 22 flavors of bars!
Some of the flavors:
√ Maple Walnut Clusters with Quinoa & Chia (MY FAVORITE!)
√ Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew Antioxidant Bars
√ Dark Chocolate Nutes & Sea Salt Bars
√ Madagascar Vanilla Almond Bars
√ Blueberry Vanilla & Cashew Bars (MY SECOND FAVORITE)
√ Peanut Butter & Dark Chocolate Protein Bars
√ Dark Chocolate & Cranberry Clusters
KIND is a strong believer in if you can’t pronounce an ingredient, it shouldn’t go into your body. Actually, it shouldn’t even go into your pantry. That’s why all KIND Healthy Snacks are made from all-natural whole nuts, fruits and whole grains. No secret ingredients and absolutely nothing artificial here. Just a delicious way of getting your body essential nutrients like fiber, protein and antioxidants (to name a few).
Just by looking at a bar, you can see most of the ingredients there.
I’ve been keeping a bar or two in my Camelpak when I run trails. And recently I restocked up again to take some with me on my trip to Burma. I wanted to make sure I had a reliable snack to keep me sightseeing from dawn to dusk and dusk to dawn (yea, I’m that type of tourist).
How to enter:
To enter, leave a comment tell me What flavor do you most want to try?. Afterwards, additional chances will open up. Contest will stay open until Sunday November 17th.