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There’s Always An Excuse

Yesterday, I stopped into Nike to grab a new pair of pumped up kicks for running. The ones that I have been using are the same pair that I was training in for my last half marathon….which started just about a year ago now. After some discussion and a bit of indecisiveness, I ended up landing on a pair of pegasus. The bright yellow sorts.

 

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I chose the color because I’m kind of a fan of everything that is just a little different, and it’s starting to get darker earlier, which means I’m running at dusk. I figured these bad boys would get noticed by anyone driving by. And I wasn’t disappointed. I was actually stopped by a woman who said she was blinded by my sneakers.

The sneakers along with my neon pink top…I felt like a running highlighter. True Life. Loved it.

While I was thinking about something that had crossed my mind a few weeks ago as I was sitting on the couch really debating going out for a run. There’s always an excuse NOT to go running. Always.

Excuse

I’ll run as soon as I get home.

I’ll run as soon as I relax for another 15 minutes.

I’ll run as soon as I eat something.

Now I’m full and need to wait until I digest it because I’ll get a cramp.

I’ll run as son as my show is over.

Okay, after this show.

Just one more.

Dang. Now it’s too late. I have to leave.

I can’t run today, it’s too humid.

Not today, it’s raining.

It’s too hot today, and I’m already dehydrated.

It’s cold now.

Snowing even.

It’s dark. Cars won’t be able to see me.

I’ve got some work to catch up on. Tomorrow.

I’m sore.

I need to rest my muscles.

 I have a blister. It should heal.

Rest days are just as important as running days.

I”m tired.

I’ll run tomorrow morning.

I don’t feel like it.

I don’t have time to shower afterwards.

My running partner bailed on me.

No one else is running today.

When I realized that there is ALWAYS an excuse not to run, it really served as my motivation to run. I never want to be the person that is full of excuses, and each one is just that. There is no validity to any of those excuses. Each time that I am running, I go back and think about each one of the excuses that I have used in the past to justify not running and it really fuels me to run harder.

So bottom line, there is ALWAYS an excuse and you never need to look far to find one that sounds good and sound legitimate. But do you really want to be the person that is full of excuses??

To take it one step farther, are there other things that you put off constantly with smoke screens of excuses??

WHY NOT JUST DO IT??

What are some of your go to excuses??

 

Celebrating the Milestones!

This morning I woke up and finished something that I don’t think I would have ever thought possible. After my little freak out earlier this week when I was looking at a 10 mile run, I conquered my fear and completed an 11 mile run! Whoot Whoot! This was the 1st time that I have run this distance (intentionally) and I couldn’t be more pumped.

I started the run with the mind set of, Let’s just finish it. My pace was slower than what I normally start out at for sure but I actually found myself thinking about how many miles I had left. After only a mile, I was thinking only 10 more to go! I can’t tell you how depressing that sounds mid jog.

My mindset for the remainder of the run was really casual. The run wasn’t over strenuous and it was fairly relaxing. Weird I know. When I hit around the 7 mile mark, I could feel myself getting a bit more tired. BUT, I had noticed a little old man hobbling down the sidewalk towards me. A car driving by honked hello at him and he jumped and waved excitedly. When I reached him, he looked up, stepped off the sidewalk and gave me the biggest double thumbs up, while shouting keep going!

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Haha! I couldn’t make this up. He put a little extra pep in my step for sure.

I did start to struggle when I was about a mile and a half out. My entire mid-section was started to cramp up and I could tell my body was just really feeling it. I walked for about 25 yards and just decided to power through. I mean, what’s 1 mile in the midst of 11?!

When I got back, I sat on the couch and drank more water than any person should ever consume at one time. Eventually I recovered enough to head to the kitchen and make something for breakfast. Laziness kicking in again, I made my microwave eggs. Side Note: 1 minute and a half works perfectly. I had some comments that their eggs were blowing up a bit with 2 minutes 🙂 I think I just have a really old microwave!

I chopped it up, and put it on top of a cranberry english muffin. I’m really starting to LOVE these english muffins. The cranberries are so refreshing.

YUMM. That obviously wasn’t enough so I killed about half a container of raw almonds to go along with it.

For the rest of the day, I’ve got some work to catch up on, the dogs to get to puppy boarding and some major cleaning. Busy, Busy, Busy.

Have you ever come across something unexpectedly that motivates you or gives you an extra boost of energy??

Laziness to the Next Level

This morning I woke up and went for a 9 MILE RUN! WHOOOOOOOOOO. I’m actually really pumped about it because it was the second time that I have ever reached the 9 mile mark. On top of that, I ran my fastest 10K. Speed Demon! Not really, I am hoping to break the 2 hour mark at the half marathon and today I came in with a perfect 10 minute mile pace. Taking traffic stops and just gradual slowing down, I think I’m on the right track to beat that goal 🙂

I was actually starting to cramp up a bit around mile 3, which made me a bit nervous…because there are 6 more miles to go. And when I start cramping, it’s usually my abs, back or calves. None are fun. Around mile 7 my knee started to voice it’s opinion on continuing, but it’s thoughts were squished. After about a mile of complaining my knee gave in and just stopped hurting. Strange.

As soon as I got back, I stretched for a good 15 minutes. I have noticed that it takes a decent amount of time for my legs to recover after my long runs and I have a feeling that it’s because I’m just skipping out on the stretching all together. Everyone has always told me about the importance of stretching but I usually faked it. I’m really not a fan for some reason.

For breakfast, I was staring at the mountain of bread that I bought last night and was debating between these two guys:

 

Originally, I wanted to get some cinnamon bread, but instead these two caught my eye. PUMPKIN BREAD AND CARAMEL APPLE SAY WHAT?! The cinnamon bread was a no go and these guys found their way into my cart. I popped two slices of the pumpkin spice bread into the toaster and then ultimate laziness hit.

You run 9 miles in the morning, and funny, making some scrambled eggs just seems like too much work. I really needed some protein in this meal and eggs is usually the easiest thing to go with. WHELP. My lazy brain came up with an INGENIOUS idea! Microwavable Eggs! Seriously.

I filled a mug up with water, dropped an egg in it and threw it in the microwave for 2 minutes and BOOM! An over Hard Egg with very little clean up!! I just used a spoon to pick the egg up and plop him on my plate.

Look at the little guy:

 

It was so good too! The texture is different from a dropped egg because it doesn’t have those thin areas that you find when you boil the water first. It’s much more solid and hearty tasting. I’m already thinking about all of the fin things that I can do with this new discovery.

Eggs…in 2 minutes! Amazing.

Has your laziness ever turned into a new or better way to accomplish something??

Yup. Microwavable Eggs!

 

 

Blueberry Mango Smoothie and Surprise Date Night Dinner!

So I’m a little behind on my posts, but I have a VERY good reason why, which you will find out at the end of the post 🙂

Yesterday, I ran out of the house in a hurry to get to the office out in Melbourne. My extremely long drive that I am really happy has an end at some point. Another quick breakfast to make, and that is also very easy on the go, is obviously a smoothie. I had bought some frozen mangos a little while ago and felt like this would be a great time to use them. It was really simple as far as smoothie go, but really filled me up for the day.

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Frozen Mango 1/2 Cup Frozen Blueberry
1/2 Cup Almond Milk 1 Tablespoon Agave Nectar

When it came time for lunch, in the office that never eats lunch…I was ill prepared once again and just munched on a few snacks that were lying around. Seriously, I was dying and that will be the last time that this EVER happens. It’s not only really terrible for you, but by the end of the day I could turn into this little monster that could really eat a chair if I was given the opportunity.

In Florida, we are coming to the end of our rainy season, Thank Heavens! But, yesterday was no exception, we got a lovely rain storm for my drive home. I ended up stopping at a gas station to fill up and wandered inside for a quick bite to eat…I was starving. The one thing that really bothers me about gas stations is that there really aren’t many okay options to pick (not that you go to gas stations for a healthy bite to eat). Beef Jerky was always one of my go tos because it is lean. low calorie and high in protein. You really can’t ask for a better snack. Not eating meat, I settled on some baked lays.

When I got home, I was greeted with this:

And just to set the scene, from the back room Brent had “That’s Amore” blasting. I’m not much of a sappy, lovey dovey kind of girl and he said that was the best he could think of without it making me uncomfortable haha. It was perfect!

Brent made a salad with tomatoes and a sun dried tomato dressing. Yumm. And for dinner, it was the classic pasta with red sauce.

On the side, he made some garlic bread as well.

The basil on the bread was actually a very nice touch. It was really a get surprise and a yummy dinner.

We probably skimmed the top of the pasta bowl when we were both full. I laughed at how much pasta was left over and Brent said “Oh no…there’s more in the kitchen.” The man made the whole box of pasta. A POUND of pasta. I absolutely died.

This isn’t the first time that I have heard of a guy cooking a pound of pasta when it’s dinner for two and I am sure everyone out there has a FANTASTIC story of their own on this subject.

Overall, the dinner was amazing. I absolutely loved it and he completely surprised me, which is obviously the best part. For the rest of the night, we sat on the couch and watched some movies while drinking wine. Needless to say, the run I had planned didn’t get accomplished, nor did the post that I was planning on doing. But this was MUCH better!

I squeezed in my 3.6 mile run this morning and it was brutal. I was exhausted. It was probably the slowest I have ever run in my life. It really made me think about how different training on a treadmill and on street runs really is, even considering the flat Florida roads. Absolutely noted. I have a 4 mile run scheduled for saturday, which I have done in the past, but this just puts things back into perspective for me.

Any great date night stories out there?!