Pre-Race Day and Product Review

Tomorrow is race day.  Typically I go into this type of race with a laissez-faire attitude of just run it.  Never put a lot into it and just ran.  Whatever the outcome was the outcome was.  Well that all changed when I signed up for Athlinks.  Right there for the whole world to see were my results.  Some of those races were done to pace others, some just for fun but all of a sudden the competitor in me kicked in and I’m staring results in the face.  So after I ran my training run last week of 9.3 miles (Coach said 9 miles in the 7:40-7:50/mile pace range) at a pace of 7:38/mile Coach and I discussed what I could do for this race.

We discussed holding that same 7:40-7:50/mile pace and then she asked me if I could go faster.  I told her I just did 7:38 so I can definitely go faster….I love pushing myself.  We settled on 7:20-7:30/mile and trying to break 1:10.  So that is my goal for this race.  Being the competitor that I am I had to check out last year’s results.  Well the M35-39 winner ran a pace of 7:15.  #2 and #3 ran at 7:21.  #4 was 7:27 and #5 7:32.  I will be testing the boundaries of my now limits on Saturday.

Also, there will be other bloggers running the race.  Jon from Emergence, Shannon  from Iron Texas Mommy and Allison from Just Tri and Finish will all be there as well.  Stop by their blogs and wish them good luck.

As you are aware I take a lot of pride in what I put into my body.  When I started this multi-sport journey I was of the mind-set to take in all things protein and I put on weight even though I was training hard.  Through trial and error I have come to learn so much about food as fuel for my body.  I am more aware of how my body reacts to certain foods and how it helps get me through my training and racing.
A few weeks ago it was freezing in Texas.  Yes it was cold (tell them Jeff) and so I decided to buy an old stand-by from New York.  I bought some oatmeal but I went through looking for an oatmeal that wasn’t just fully loaded with sugar and also quick cooking.  I settled on Oat Fit and this morning I finally broke it out.  Today is a rest day and I have been eating on rest days as if it were a 3x training day.  I decided today was the day to break out this new product.
Let me say….oh yeah this is going into the rotation.  Even in the summer.  This was just unbelievably good and filling.  It is so simple to make and one of the best parts is you don’t need a measuring cup for the water.  I loved that idea.
Here are the nutrition facts:
I took it a step further and added fresh blueberries, blackberries and banana.  I also added raisins and 1/4 cup dried fruit.  Lastly I added 2 tbs of wheat germ.
I ate this around 6:30am and I did not feel the need for another meal until I had my everyday PB&J at 12:30 with an apple.  The best part I was not starving at all where I would normally be eating at 6:30a, 10:00am, 1:00p.  I felt full and satisfied.
If you are looking to add something new to your diet that is filling, delicious, healthy and low in calories look for this oatmeal.
And oh yes….the part about not needing a measuring cup you were about to ask.  Well the pouch that the oatmeal comes in is the measuring cup for the water.  Pour out the oatmeal then pour in the water into the pouch and into the bowl.  Into the microwave in 90 seconds and you have perfect oatmeal.
Two Thumbs up and be on the lookout for this on the next installment of the Athlete’s Plate.
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  1. Allison says:

    I love oatmeal…. love it. Plus this would be easy at work with the double duty pouch/measuring cup.

    See you tomorrow -it may be a tough one for me b/c of this calf issue I'm having.

  2. Allison says:

    OH – and thank you for the linky love

  3. Jon says:

    thanks for the review and have a good race!

  4. DRog says:

    Have a great race !!!

  5. C2Iowa says:

    Thanks for the info on the oats. I will be trying it soon. have a great race.

  6. Lesley @ says:

    Good luck on the race… I plan to be PR'ing at White Rock Lake at the same time as you…

    And when you decide to become my personal chef at no charge, you, Karen, and the little guy can all move in.

  7. Karen R says:

    Good luck to you tomorrow!

    PS – I'm a horrible blogging buddy and sent your gift (for Jill's exchange) late. But it should have been there by now. Anyway, I hope you love it! You mentioned a while back about a football player wearing a sweater…I also hope that the correct item was sent (I've had problems with recent orders)! Let me know.

  8. Shannon (IronTexasMommy) says:

    Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow! You're going to kick some 15k booty! :) save a bagel for me at the finish line! Better wear those En Fuego's! :). Thanks for the link!

  9. Julie @ Hotlegs Runner says:

    woohoo! test it test it! break those boundaries, BBF! Good luck and have fun =)

  10. Jeff - DangleTheCarrot says:

    Good luck Jason! I cannot speak to the cold right now! I wore flip-flops with my shorts and T-shirt to pool this afternoon! It was 68 degrees and beautiful out.

  11. Colleen says:

    Hope the race went well!

  12. Jason says:

    It was a great race and I will be putting up a race report tomorrow.

  13. Katie says:

    Looking forward to your race report and i'm gonna look out for this oatmeal!!
    I know it is full of sugar but I eat the high fiber Quaker oatmeal because it has 8/9 grams of fiber and I think that evens out the sugaa :D lol Plus I add apples and bananas :) andd walnuts!

  14. She said I need a goal says:

    I wonder if I can get this oatmeal in Canada. I will have to check it out.

  15. Black Knight says:

    I hope you have run a good race with the pace you have planned.

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