After my 45-minute run on the treadmill this morning, I craved something cold and salty for lunch. The only thing that came to mind was the ocean, which did not sound appetizing at all.
Ok, obviously, that statement makes no sense at all. Why would eating drinking the ocean even cross my mind? I really just wanted to include this adorable photo of Murphy sitting by the ocean in my post.
For lunch, I had a bowl of saltyKettle Backyard Barbeque chips.
And a cold, creamy smoothie. In the mix:
- 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup cooked quinoa
- 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
- 1 cup Almond Breeze
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tbsp coconut butter
- 1/2 tsp cocoa powder
It wasn’t my best smoothie creation, but it hit the spot and provided lots of nutrients and protein. It actually sort of tasted like a Tootsie Roll.
Before heading to the gym, I snacked on a mixture of brown rice, melted coconut butter, and chopped walnuts. It was an amazing combo of tastes and textures!
The other day, I received this question from a reader:
I used to really love running, but now I have to talk myself into going for a run almost every time. What can I do to get motivated again?
Sounds like a classic case of runners’ burnout to me! During my marathon training, there were plenty of times that I just did not want to run, but a few things helped me stay committed to my goals:
- Find a new place to run. Thankfully, our TNT coach gave us a different running route each week, so I never got bored. I’ve also driven to different parts of the city to run on a path or by the water just for a change of scenery.
- Spend some money on iTunes. New music on my iPod always motivates me to run. Even spending $5 on new tunes makes me want to throw on my sneakers just so I can listen to them.
- Take a week off. When my motivation really starts to wane, I take some time off from running and participate in other forms of exercise. Typically, after seven straight days of not running, I feel excited about it again.
What other suggestions would you give this reader for combating runners’ burnout?