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. Haha I loved your list and motivation index. Mine is something like this:
    Beautiful weather: 9
    Rockin’ playlist: 6
    New running route/workout: 6
    Upcoming race/training plan: 8
    Friend/running buddy: 10
    Seeing other runners enjoying a run: 9
    Staying healthy and fit: 6
    Time to think and relax: 2
    Post-run endorphins: 9
    Beer: 5
    Food: 10

  2. I totally had the run bug today too! Except mine wasn’t inspired by weather =/ I managed to get 8miles in in about an hour & 15 mins and a 2 mile dog walk right before the rain really started to come down! So glad I got that in tho!
    I love relistening to specific race playlists, it’s funny bc I can sometimes remember exactly the part of the race I was at when the song comes on!

  3. Beautiful weather: 10
    Rockin’ playlist: 6
    New running route/workout: 6
    Upcoming race/training plan: 8
    Friend/running buddy: 9
    Seeing other runners enjoying a run: 9
    Staying healthy and fit: 9
    Time alone/time to think: 9
    Post-run endorphins: 9
    Ice Cream/Coffee 7
    Stress relief (or after a long day): 8

  4. â– Beautiful weather: 9
    â– Rockin’ playlist: 0 (I rarely listen to music)
    â– New running route/workout: 7
    â– Upcoming race/training plan: 10
    â– Friend/running buddy: 6
    â– Seeing other runners enjoying a run: 5
    â– Staying healthy and fit: 8
    â– Time alone/time to think: 6
    â– Post-run endorphins: 8
    â– Beer (or ice cream??): 8

    Fun question! 🙂

  5. Here’s how mine would go:
    Beautiful weather: 9
    Rockin’ playlist: 10
    New running route/workout: 4
    Upcoming race/training plan: 7
    Friend/running buddy: 6
    Seeing other runners enjoying a run: 5
    Staying healthy and fit: 10
    Time alone/time to think: 8
    Post-run endorphins: 9
    Beer: 7
    I’d also add on here social activities (8) , like I’m much more motivated to run (or workout) if I know I’m doing some sort of social activity where drinks/food will be involved. PS those cookies look amazing.

  6. Beautiful weather: 9
    Rockin’ playlist: 5
    New running route/workout: 9
    Upcoming race/training plan: 6
    Friend/running buddy: 10
    Seeing other runners enjoying a run: 1
    Staying healthy and fit: 8
    Time alone/time to think: 6
    Post-run endorphins: 7
    Beer: 10 haha 🙂

    The biggest thing that motivates me to run is wanting to have a “beach body.” I want to look good when I put on my bikini. 😉

  7. I’m jealous of your gorgeous running weather! It’s getting a bit too humid here in the South. I’m having to get back into the routine of waking up at 5:30am to run before work/before the sun is up. 🙁

  8. The muscles I develop from running motivates me – I don’t see the definition in my obliques (I think that’s what I’m referring to) unless I’m running a lot and eating clean. Like the D’Angelo oblique muscles he has on his “How Does It Feel” video. LOL – Not quite like his, more feminine. Also new gadgets, workout clothes, and new running shoes help motivate me.

  9. I love all those motivators!! Especially the endorphins and running with a friend (or a dog!!!). Love simple cookie recipes. They keep the mess in my kitchen to a minimum! 🙂

  10. HaHa…I am not much of a beer drinker but I’ve got to say that something about training for a race puts me in beer mode. I have a pack of hefs in my fridge that I’ve been working on. Now I’m pretty sure that Runner’s World had an article about the benefits of beer for women…yay, electrolytes!
    Other than that, I am motivated just because I still have baby weight to lose and my daughter is 1 1/2 yrs old!!

  11. Similar to Megan, I’m in Texas today so no run this afternoon. Sun, beer, and getting fit are definitely my top motivators!

  12. I love when the weather is so beautiful! It really does motivate me to go enjoy the sunshine. I agree with the post-run endorphins being a huge motivating factor! I would say it’s a 10 on my list 🙂

  13. What kind of peanut butter do you use in your cookies? I was wondering how different all-natural peanut butter would make the cookies taste compared to regular peanut butter?

  14. Beautiful weather: 10
    Rockin’ playlist: 6
    New running route/workout: 8
    Upcoming race/training plan: 10
    Friend/running buddy: 10
    Seeing other runners enjoying a run: 9
    Staying healthy and fit: 9
    Time alone/time to think: 9
    Post-run endorphins: 9
    Beer: 7
    Food: 8
    My biggest motivators are an upcoming race and running with friends. I need someone to hold me accountable. But really I just love to run!

    I can’t buy butterscotch chips. They last maybe 2 days because we eat them straight up out of the bag. Seriously dangerous stuff!

  15. A NEW playlist + beautiful weather makes me crave a run outside. In fact, such happened on Sunday evening; it was a gorgeous, ridiculously clear Spring day in SF and I couldn’t resist. You get the best endorphins from those runs!

  16. Beautiful weather: 10
    Rockin’ playlist: 9
    New running route/workout: 7
    Upcoming race/training plan: 7
    Friend/running buddy: 5
    Seeing other runners enjoying a run: 10
    Staying healthy and fit: 9
    Time alone/time to think: 10
    Post-run endorphins (feeling badass): 9
    Beer: 3
    Wine: 10
    Food: 8

    Reading about your 10k gave me an extra dose of motivation. I love to read about awesome runs, especially since mine haven’t been too great lately.

    I’ve never had butterscotch chips before. Right now, I’m addicted to marshmallows. The big holiday kind.

  17. Here in Seattle it feels like we have 9 months of gloomy weather so when the sun comes out everyone’s mood changes. It definitely motivates me to go for a hike or take the doggie on a long walk. Today it barely reached 50 degrees and the sun was out for about 30 minutes so I am so jealous.

    Must try those cookies….gluten free and easy….they sound great!

  18. I made these cookies last night only I used the Special Dark chips. Delicious! Tell me these are healthy in some way, otherwise I’m in big trouble!

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