Wednesday, 11 February 2015

February - The Month of Love, Spinach and Beetroot

February is celebrated by many as the month of love, with shop shelves brimming with awfully clichéd ceramic hearts, stuffed bears and every shade of red discernible to the human eye.  I'm afraid that things are a lot less romantic in the Running the Race household, though, because to us February is simply known as the month of spinach and beetroot.



Because, you see, Will is once again in the peak training phase for his yearly goal cycle race, the Cape Town Cycle Tour, which takes place on 8 March this year.  And somewhere, through the years, spinach and beetroot has become an integral part of this training phase - it's the food of champions, so I'm told.  (If you've been following our adventures for a while, you'll know by now that Will is chasing a sub-3 hour finish, and that he has narrowly missed this goal on four previous occasions.  Four.  And when I say "narrowly missed it", I literally mean that he missed it by a few seconds.)   

Will in his happy place.  [Photo by Vrystaat Fietsry.]

So here we are again: The entire household eating beetroot until everything is stained purple (ahem, Miss K and Baby J) and eating enough spinach to make even Popeye cringe - all in the name of a sub-3 hour finish.  And I can tell you this much: We'll continue with our annual spinach and beetroot fest for the next decade if that's what it takes to get Will to his goal.  

You can do it, Honey!  We're right behind you!


8 comments:

  1. Love spinach, also boiled beetroot but can't stand the pickled stuff.
    Wishing Will all the best in his Cape Town Cycle Tour.
    Cheers!

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    1. Thanks so much, Gordon - he'll definitely appreciate the well wishes!

      I must admit that I prefer boiled or baked beets too, but the store bought pickled ones are so convenient...

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  2. Good luck on the tour Will! I know that feeling of missing a goal by a few seconds. Ugggh! Interesting about the spinach and beetroot. I don't think I've ever eaten any beetroot! :)
    Speaking of sub 3 - my husband's marathon goal last fall was a sub 3. He finished at 2:59:59!! Talk about cutting it close! whew :)

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    1. Wow, I love that! I'm sure Will will be very pleased with a 2:59:59 - anything under 3, heehee!

      Beetroot was one of my pregnancy cravings with our little girl, so I'm afraid I've had more than my fair share of beetroot by now... ;)

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  3. Haha I love the different quirks of athletes ;). I get totally get it though. Beets have some of the same benefits as tart cherries... which I've been more than having my share of. Anything that we think will help, right? :) Good luck to your Will! I'm sure you will keep us all posted and I can't wait to hear how he does!

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    1. Thanks so much for the good wishes, Hailey - I'll be sure to tell Will!

      You're so right - we all have our quirks :). With some of them I suspect that the advantage is more psychological than physical, but whatever helps, right?? :)

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  4. Ooph, I am definitely not a champion! I prefer chocolate. ;)

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    1. Hehe, don't you worry, Lisa - there's plenty of chocolate in there too ;) !

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