Race Prep Procrastination + Blog Love

Posted: October 15, 2011 at 9:06 am

Last night, I made sure to take all the necessary steps to prepare myself for my race this morning. You know, because there’s nothing like procrastination.

I checked the weather for this morning…


I laid out my gear…


I finally decided to  write down some directions. Kind of important, no? Winking smile

And let me tell you that a race an hour away makes for a very early wake-up call. Yawn. I really wanted some coffee…but the fear of coffee instigated bathroom needs mid-race stopped me. TMI? Meh.

Back to last night’s prep work. I also made sure to do the most important thing of all and eat up some grub. We normally grab some Subway for dinner on Friday nights (hello any foot long for $5!!!), but I had a craving for something else.


We have boxes of those staring at me from my pantry all the time. We use them once or twice a month for an easy dinner for Makenzie, but I don’t think we have ever had Annie’s Mac and Cheese as our main dinner. I don’t really know why. Clearly we had no good reason, so I grabbed a box for our dinner.


Easy peasy dinner. Annie’s White Cheddar Shells plus some broccoli and onion I cooked up and added to the mix. Alongside some spinach salad with cranberries, golden raisins, walnuts, blue cheese, and raspberry vinaigrette dressing.


I had a happy belly last night. Let’s just hope that the whole eating something completely different before a race doesn’t backfire on me this morning. Fingers crossed

After dinner, I wound down the night by doing something I find all too fun – blog reading! I almost read more of my book, but just didn’t have the mental focus to go with one plot line. Does that happen to anyone else? I know it must!

But anyways…I couldn’t focus on one topic but wanted to zone out with some good entertainment. Blog reading was the perfect way to go. I really love that about blog reading. You can get such variety!


Hi, Monica!

I read so many blogs for so many different reasons. I read some for great recipe ideas. I read some for workout inspiration. I read some for pure entertainment. I read some because I can always count on them for a positive jolt. I read some because I connect in a very significant way to their story. I read some because they know motherhood. I read some to learn something new.

So…my point? I get a lot from blogs. They never get old to me. I like blogs. Great way to spend a Friday night when your husband has random stuff going on.

Added bonus? Motivation for my race today. I promise to be back later with a recap! Wish me luck! <--- luck meaning that I stick with my plan of not killing myself of course Winking smile

  • What is the #1 reason you enjoy reading blogs?
  • Are you a procrastinator?

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29 Comments to “Race Prep Procrastination + Blog Love”
  1. Good luck with the race! Can’t wait to hear all about it. 🙂

  2. Khushboo says:

    Good luck girl! I read blog for so many reasons: entertainment, procrastination, inspiration, motivation, ideas, a good laugh!

  3. I did a Friday night blog catch up myself last night! We have a packed Saturday so Friday is always easy going. Good luck on the race, you are going to do awesome!

  4. I’m pretty much a ‘just get it done’ person. Procrastination makes me nervous!

    Good luck!

  5. I love making a box of Annies and “jazzing it up” with other yummy ingredients! and I procrastinate all the time, and a lot of the time my procrastination includes reading BLOGS haha I LOVE blog reading, I’m actually addicted to it! i read so many different blogs! I love learning new recipes, and finding new health tips as well!

  6. I definitely read blogs mostly for their inspiration and encouragement! I also enjoy the various recipes and workouts, but the inspiration is definitely what always brings me back. (Your’s included! 🙂 ) Good luck in your race!

  7. You are going to ROCK the race girl…cant wait to hear all about it! Good Luck!
    xoxo from Trinidad

  8. Good Luck today TIna! 🙂 Can’t wait to hear about it!
    I’m loving YOUR blog! 🙂
    PS- Annies has a really good whole wheat shells and white cheddar that is really yummy too!
    GOOD LUCK! (I just had to say it again.)

  9. You’re gonna kick that race’s butt. 🙂 Show those miles who’s boss!

  10. Good luck today and have fun 😀

  11. I’m rooting for you!! Hope you do well and have fun!!

  12. Good luck today!

    I am a professional procrastinator! I always have been and I probably always will be! I just work better that way! 🙂

  13. You’re probably done by now hope but hope the race went well! I never used to be a procrastinator but have become one recently. I didn’t think that was the way it was supposed to work! Oh, and Annies Mac N Cheese is pretty much a weekly staple w/ broccoli in our house. Love that stuff!

  14. I love reading blogs because I can learn from them, relate to them, be shown a new perspective or side of things I had never considered, get a good laugh, and get new inspiration for my meals. As a student, I often fall into ruts with my meals and all, so if it’s an easy-to-prepare-but-healthy meal, I’m all for it.

    Good luck with the race! And I see that Larabar.. YUM!

  15. Kiah says:

    Go, Tina, Go! Make sure to let us know how the race goes 🙂
    I love blogging for the connections…whether it’s friendship IRL, workout tips, or new recipes. I love putting a face to an area (like working out) rather than taking a random tip off the internet.

  16. katie says:

    LOVE Monica! She is so awesome! Love reading her blog too, she is funny and her and ben together are too cute!



  17. Lauren says:

    I do these same things to makes sure I am motivated to run in the morning too! If I know it’s all waiting for me, it’s so much easier to get out the door.
    Good luck sweetie!

  18. A massive good luck for the race!
    Those pasta shells look really tasty 🙂
    I read blogs for all kinds of reasons, some for fun, some for the inspiring content, some for their beautiful photos, some for recipes and some because I just feel a connection with the writer!

  19. Meg says:

    I’ve found that mac n cheese is the best night before a race fuel! I hope it is for you too!

  20. Jolene says:

    I already know you rocked the 15k by now…nice job 🙂 I love the blog love idea! I love reading for motivation, new ideas and to catch up on these friends lives! It’s such a great thing!

  21. I read blogs to get recipes, laugh and creep amazing eats 🙂

  22. lindsay says:

    just saw your post on fb! CONGRATS LADY! What a rockin time!! SO SO happy!

    I read blogs for inspiration, friendships, to relax, and to share passions!

  23. TINA! I’ve missed you and your blog so much! I have a lot of blog catching up to do, but I definitely wanted to come check out yours first 🙂 I’ve missed all of your uplifting and positive posts! Goodluck on your race, you’re going to do AMAZING! xoxoxoxo

  24. Lee says:

    I had so much fun today!

  25. GOOD LUCK at the race Tina, I’m sure it will be great! Or maybe it’s over now, in which case…I’m sure you did great! 😀 I read blogs for inspiration, for education, for recipes, for fun!

  26. Brittany says:

    GOOD LUCK at your race!!! You will do awesome 😀
    I need to get myself some annies pasta! I’ve never tried it before.
    I definitely can read blogs for hours and never get tired of it.

  27. […] As you already know, I woke up bright and early to hit the road for the over hour drive to the race venue. I grabbed my bib number and met up with Lee about an hour before the race started. […]

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