Rainbow Bean Salad & Racing With Garmin?

Posted: June 2, 2011 at 8:55 am

Holla for Thursday!!! And all the new faces I keep seeing popping up around here in the comments. Hi, friends! :)

This week keeps going at the speed of light! It also keeps getting better and better. Things keep turning out better than expected. Like my speed work run on Tuesday. Or getting lots of things accomplished which I expected to cause a ton of stress. Or receiving exciting news I did not expect to get. Or when a random dinner pulls together tastier than I could have hoped.

rainbow bean salad 1

I shall call this little masterpiece “Rainbow White Bean Salad” for its colorful variety. So simple – aka open, chop, mix, and toss a bunch of random whatever. So flavorful – aka lots of fresh goodness going on in that bowl. So Tina – aka filling and good for a budget.

rainbow bean salad 2

Rainbow White Bean Salad (for 2)

  • 1 can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 6 oz artichoke hearts, chopped
  • 1/2 pint grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 small red onion, diced
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and sliced small
  • 1/2 large cucumber, chopped
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 2 T olive oil
  • juice of 1 lemon

Simply combine all the ingredients. Stir to combine. Allow to chill until ready to eat. I love summer food. Why can’t winter food come together this easily? Oh, yea. You have to actually cook. Blech.

Now that I have enticed you all with beans at breakfast time, I shall move on to other things rattling around in my brain. Like my race on Saturday and the question I currently bat back and forth in the tennis courts of my mind. To Garmin or NOT to Garmin?

I love my little run toy. It does wonders for me during training runs. It allows me to just go without having to plan out every bit of my route. It helps me learn more about my pacing. It guides me during things like tempo runs where I have a goal pace. Yet, as this is my first 10K and I mainly have the goal to finish strong (which hopefully involves a sub 1:00 time), I’m considering running the race without my little pal.

I want to see how simply trusting my body and just going works out for me in a race setting. I wonder if trying to focus on my pace by keeping up with Mr. G could actually hinder me during a race. Right now I lean toward going without it to see how it plays out and if it would be something I enjoy for future races. I want to trust my training and trust my body. I guess in my mind all I can do on race day is get out there and run. Hopefully I have learned enough to race smartly and finish strong.

  • If you run races, how closely do you track your pace?
  • What is your favorite thing about summer food?

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63 Comments to “Rainbow Bean Salad & Racing With Garmin?”
  1. Lee says:

    I almost never race with my Garmin. If I do, I find that I’m constantly looking at it and it kind of takes away from the whole race experience for me.

  2. Karen says:

    My favorite thing about summer food is the light, refreshing meals. I love that summer food is typically not heavy and doesn’t make me feel as full and bloated as some of the typical “winter” foods.

    Good luck with your race on Saturday!!!

  3. Coco says:

    I rely on my Garmin for races. I’m not good at pacing myself and may think I’m going slow when I’m going fast. It helps me not get ducked in to a too fast start with the other runners. Also, if there’s a crowded start, the clocks at the mile splits might not be helpful. Finally, I never remember my times so it’s nice to have the data!

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