I Just Felt Like Running

When I took Murphy out for his walk this morning, I could tell today was going to be a beautiful day with sunshine, blue skies, and a slight breeze. It was perfect running weather. 

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Even though CrossFit is on the agenda for me tonight, the weather instantly motivated me to throw on my sneakers and get outside for a run. I couldn’t help myself. I just felt like running.

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My run started out slow and steady, but it still felt great to get outside. As I ran, I loved feeling the warmth of the sunshine on my back and the cool breeze on my face. I also loved listening to my playlist from my first marathon. It brought back so many nice memories from that day. I picked up my pace toward the end of my run, so my first mile was 9:30, my last mile was 8:20, and the second mile was somewhere in between. I covered 3.15 miles in 28:07 (8:55 pace).

The weather was definitely the key motivator for my run this morning, but, of course, other factors motivate me to get out there and run, too. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being super motivating), here’s how much each of these things typically motivate me to run:

  • Beautiful weather: 9
  • Rockin’ playlist: 7
  • New running route/workout: 6
  • Upcoming race/training plan: 7
  • Friend/running buddy: 10
  • Seeing other runners enjoying a run: 8
  • Staying healthy and fit: 8
  • Time alone/time to think: 8
  • Post-run endorphins: 9
  • Beer: 9

On a scale of 1-10 (10 being super motivating), how much do each of these things motivate you to run? Besides what’s listed, what motivates you?

Lunch

Today’s lunch was a big salad with leftovers from the fridge. In the mix: greens, tomatoes, green bell pepper, carrots, Israeli couscous, shrimp, steak, truffle oil, and balsamic vinegar.

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After lunch, I did a little baking and whipped up some Peanut Butter Butterscotch Cookies, which were absolutely delicious. I might need to eat another six one of them.

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Peanut Butter Butterscotch Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350*F.
  2. Mix all ingredients together until smooth.
  3. Use a tablespoon to portion batter onto a greased baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes until edges start to lightly brown.
  5. Allow to cool before serving.

Makes approximately 18 cookies

Off to walk the pug and then to CrossFit. We’re doing Prowler Pushes tonight. I have a seriously love-hate relationship with them.

72 Comments

          1. @Tina:

            If for some reason your box decides not to do it, i’d love to invite you guys up to your to have some FGB fun! 🙂 We are a fairly new box and are using this awsome event to get our name out a bit. Your and mal and any one else from your box are more than welcome 🙂

            If you are, we are crossfit603 in Hudson, Nh 🙂

  1. I get that… The trouble is that I usually run first thing in the morning, before I go into work. So then when it is beautiful later and I want to run AGAIN it is usually a bad idea. Boo.

  2. i think i like the clear head running provides. it is the only time when i really feel like ym stress can subside and i can just focus on the morning, starting my day and some awesome music.
    i also like a little competition and unless you are actually running in a race (and even then) i look for it as a time to improve myself.

  3. Tina – Do you run in the same shoes you crossfit in? I was (Merrell Gloves) but just came down with a stress fracture in my foot :(. So no more running for a while and crossfit with a cool new boot on! I’m trying to decide what shoes to use when I’m better. Love the minimalist shoe but worry that I’ll get hurt with them again. Never a problem in my ‘regular’ running shoe. Thoughts?

    1. @Beth: So sorry to hear about your foot! I hope you heal quickly and are back up and running soon!

      I wear two different kinds of sneakers for my workouts: New Balance 880s for running and New Balance Minimus 20s for CrossFit. I run in the Minimus at CrossFit, but we typically don’t run more than a mile or two in a workout. If the WOD does have more miles in it, I’ll bring my running sneakers along to wear during it. For long distance running (pretty much anything over 3 miles), I wear my 880s since they’re more cushiony and supportive than the Minimus.

      I know a lot of people run long distances in the Mimimus, but I haven’t worked my way up to longer distances yet. I’ve struggled with running-related injuries in the past, so I actually don’t have plans to increase my distance in them. I plan to stick to regular running sneakers for my long distance runs.

  4. Man, I totally agree with the Beer ranking a 9! I never got that until I finished my first half marathon and had the best beer of my life afterwards. It was amazing!

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