how to run.

How to run:

Step 1: Put one foot in front of the other

Step 2: Repeat and go as fast or as slow as you please.

One of the things I really enjoy about running is how individual it is.  I get to choose how fast or slow I go on any given day.  How long or short my run is.  Whether I want to do it inside or outside.  If I want to listen to music or tv or nothing at all.  It’s my choice.

To learn how to run, you just have to decide that you want to.  You need no equipment.  It’s never easy when you start, but the more you work on it, the better you get and the better you feel.  Every person who runs will tell you about the struggle of starting, but there is a reason that they stick with it.  It can be therapeutic in a way that not many exercises can be.  You can get lost in yourself, and that, my friends, is an amazing feeling.

Today’s run was strangely awesome.  It was an incredibly dreary day outside so I decided to take my morning run over to the good ole treadmill.

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My short planned run turned in to a 6.5 mile excursion.  I decided to start out slow because my legs were really sore, but once I got in to the grove, I just didn’t want to stop.  That feeling of never having to stop is something incredible.  Your legs feel weightless and connected to the Earth in a way that is almost indescribable.  I felt particularly humbled today because it is the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings which always makes me feel appreciative.  One of my roommates in college/greatest people I’ve ever met/life-long inspiration was at the finish line watching her mom finish up the marathon minutes before the bomb went off.  Luckily, she was on the other side of the finish line, but every time this date rolls around, I can’t help but think off the people effected and it lights a fire under my bum.

After my run, I headed home to whip up my new protein filled breakfast:

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Peanut Butter Protein Oats!

  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of rolled oats (not the quick kind)
  • 2 egg whites
  • dollop of PB2

Boil water.  Add oats and reduce heat to medium and wait 3-4 minutes.  Take oats off the heat and add egg whites stirring.  Place back on the heat for a final minute.  Pour in to a bowl and add as much or as little peanut butter as you would like.  Cal: 220 Protein: 16g Fat: 4g.

It is sososo good.  Especially when you add a little cinnamon and maybe an extra dollop or so of peanut butter for extra fun.

The rest of the day consisted of work and me taking the Boo-ster to the vet.

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It would be careless to talk about running and not talk about my favorite running partner.  Hope you all are having the best day yet!

-sj

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