So…today I did something ridiculous, and entered the ballot for the London Marathon. Although I know full well that there’s a slim chance of being selected, even typing about it gets me a little unnerved. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but never had the guts to commit to. I’ve heard numerous runners advise that the way to train for a race is to book one. Something about the pressure of knowing that in x amount of months, weeks, days you’ll be out there running it; that motivates the shit out of you.
I’m currently training for the 10km race for life, so I figured I’d just keep training, keep chipping away and see what happens. I mean, logically speaking, assuming I don’t break any limbs or get mowed down by a car whilst training, the worst that can happen is that I increase my stamina and invest more time into a hobby that makes me happy and is good for my health. It’s hardly cause for regret is it? So we’ll watch this space and see what happens. I’m excited though!
In other news, today I made tradition (I think) Jamaican rice and peas to have with my pork chop and broccoli for dinner, and it was with ease one of my top five favourite things I’ve cooked in 2015 so far. It was so simple too! For some reason, I had this perception that cooking traditional (I think) rice and peas was quite laborious, in a risotto stirring sort of way. Not at all! Just pop 200g of brown rice, 400ml coconut water, 300ml regular water, 2 cloves of chopped garlic, a few chopped spring onions (although I used half a red onion), a teaspoon of allspice and a sprinkle of dried thyme into a sauce pan, bring to the boil, whack a lid on it and cook until the liquid has been absorbed, stir in your kidney beans and bob’s your uncle! I added a bit of sweetcorn to mine for an extra veggie – although somebody told me a while ago that sweetcorn no longer counts as a vegetable because its starch content is too high. Although that makes me very sad, so I’d prefer to ignore such heinous comments. Love me some corn.
As a side note, I’m feeling much, much better mentally today. Even yesterday, when I thought I felt better, I still wasn’t 100% myself. Today though, I woke up filled with positivity and light, and I’ve been in a good mood all day. Accentuated Friday feeling perhaps? Whatever it is, I’m clinging on to it.