Saturday, January 14, 2012

Running Motivation

by Meghann on January 14, 2012

What motivates me to run so early on the weekends?

The heat!

I get up and get my butt out the door before the sun rises because I know once the sun does rise, that run is going to blow. The heat and humidity in Florida can be pretty bad year around and anything you can do to avoid being caught in it, the better.

However, every once in a while, we are blessed with cool mornings around these parts. Cool mornings that have you pressing the snooze button multiple times with the reasoning that there isn’t any rush – it’s going to be a cool day, all day, so your run can wait.

That’s the trap I fell into this morning.

I had 10 miles on deck. My alarm went off at 6:00am. Brrr…. What’s the rush? Snooze. This continued for 40 more minutes. Then I got up and took my time taking Maddie out, getting dressed, and playing on the computer. I had lost all of the motivation to get out and get running.

To be honest, it was kind of nice not having to rush out the door. It was actually refreshing. I could get used to this casual approach to getting out the door. :)

I had a rice cake with peanut butter and pumpkin butter and started my run around 7:30 with clear skies, cool temps, and (still) quiet streets.

The cool temps hovered around 40 degrees the whole run and felt great. There was a slight headwind that I felt like I was constantly fighting, but I’ll just claim that as an added training bonus to my run.

I gave myself 90 minutes and ended up finishing just a minute shy of that with a sub-9:00 pace. My legs have finally recovered from Wednesday’s lunge set. Whoop. Whoop.

Oh, and on another note, I had my ring resized a couple of days ago and this was my first run with it on. Fun fact: my fingers swell when I run. Did not know that before, but I definitely know now. That sucker isn’t coming off anytime soon. ;)

Run – Shower – Breakfast

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Our fridge is empty. We did a very small grocery run when we returned from the Key on Tuesday because we knew we would be going out of town again at the end of the week (our friends are getting married in Orlando tonight!) and didn’t want to leave a fridge full of food.

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I dug in the cupboard and came up with a classic bowl of oats (with only water since we’re out of milk) and a mish mosh of yummy toppings.

In the mix

  • 1/2 cup Rolled Oats
  • 1 cup Water
  • Pinch of salt
  • Chia seeds
  • Flax
  • Cinnamon
  • Raisins

On top:

  • 1/2 Apple
  • Graham cracker
  • Cacao nibs
  • Honey peanut butter
  • Cinnamon

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Derek had toast with peanut butter and jam. Who says you need a full stocked fridge to have a great breakfast? ;)

Maddie is on pins and needles with excitement!

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She get’s to spend the weekend with her Uncle Scooby at my parents’ house. I’m sure she can’t wait.

Time to head out! Jessica and Ryan are getting married today! Yay!!!!!  

  

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