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

jamming out on the treadmill & other weird things I do when I run.

I’m not going to lie, I’m a pretty dainty runner.  Perhaps it’s my years spent dancing prior to picking up a fitness addiction, but I tend to get told I look like a gazelle when I run, which isn’t the worst thing.  For all the gracefulness I seem to possess naturally, I realized today that I love to just shatter it when I’m really into a run.

Today, Boo and I set out on our normal morning run.  She was looking adorable, as per usual (please reference picture, and if you disagree you’re wrong).  I dropped her off at home and amassed another two before calling it a morning and making a quick breakfast and dialing in to a meeting.

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Right before lunch, I laced up my shoes for another go around of hitting the gym and finishing out my daily workout (3 miles isn’t enough for me to consider it a workout, to be completely honest).  When I arrived at the gym, the florescent lights and the pulsating red and yellow eminating from the machines got me pumped for no reason what so ever.  I hopped on the treadmill to do a slow warm-up mile and then call it a day, but as soon as I entered my starting pace, I knew I was doomed.

I started out regularly enough, gentily easing into my gazelle stride and then my headphones went rogue and, like a bumbling idiot, I tripped all over myself to put them back in.  Of course, once I managed to get everything in its proper place, “Lose Yourself” by Eminem came on.  In my infinite running wisdom, I decided that Eminem was clearly singing about me losing myself in the music and I started rapping along right with him bobbing my head and singing along as I casually strode along.  I am aware that I definitely probably looked like a crazy person.

Once I realized what I was doing, one would think I would have stopped.  Oh.  Oh no, “Sugar We’re Going Down” by Fallout Boy was next up.  I bumped up the speed and started literally coming up with my own dance moves at this point.  “A loaded God Complex, cock it and pull it” involved a lot of complicated gun motions and fit pumps.  This continued for at least 2 more songs.

I’m not proud of my antics on the treadmill, but I will tell you now that I a) had the time of my life and b) had an awesome run that felt like time was just flying by.  So overall, no, I do not regret my choices and as evidenced by the picture below, I actually recommend it if you’re looking to leave the gym like a swamp monster dripping in sweat.

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After rocking out to everything and anything I could get my hands on at the gym, I came home and refueled with some PB2 on toast with a dash of sprinkles.

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I’m actually a huge fan of PB2.  If you don’t know what it is, it is peanut butter powder that you either use to put in shakes/smoothies/oatmeal etc. or mix with water to create peanut butter spread.  The only ingredients are peanuts and salt so it’s still all natural.  The reason I like it so much is because I am a PEANUT BUTTER FIEND and have been known to eat a half a jar in one sitting without blinking.  PB2 helps stop that because I have to make it every time I want some and I think it’s easier to spread on toast, honestly.  If you haven’t tried it yet, definitely give it a go.  It comes in chocolate peanut butter or regular and both are down right delicious.

-sj