Running

Sunday Morning Run

Before I went to sleep last night I set two alarms. One for 7 o’clock and one for 7:05 AM. At 6:47 AM I was lying in bed, in that state of mind that I can usually only accomplish on a Sunday morning. I’m sort of awake, I feel like I am still sleeping. I am happy to be in a cold bedroom, under my sheet and my quilt. I could easily stay in bed for the next several hours.

At 6:48 my phone beeped – a text message from my friend who is one of the few people who can actually encourage me to get out of bed and run. The text said, “Up yet?” and I wrote back, “sort of”. A couple of text messages back and forth and eventually a phone call. I got out of bed at 7:05 and started my day. Thankfully I had laid out all of my running clothes the night before. I quickly got dressed, went downstairs to see what I could eat for a simple pre-run breakfast.

I opted for a piece of homemade whole wheat bread. I toasted it and put a bit of peanut butter and jam on top. I am pretty sure one of the reasons Saturday’s run sucked was because I went to bed hungry and did not have breakfast before I left. So, I decided to eat something light before heading out today.

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I also had a five hour energy. I have never had one before, but I decided to try one of the free ones I picked up at one of my recent 10ks. It didn’t taste great – but it might have helped me to get through my five miles today. I’ll take it 🙂

When I got to my usual running area, I suddenly realized that I had forgotten my iPhone. I was a little bit freaked out. I wondered what I should do. I quickly dismissed heading back home to get it. I really wanted to take advantage of starting the run before 8 o’clock. Without the iPhone I did not have music, I did not have communication, and I didn’t have a way to track my mileage. So I just sort of decided to run, and figure out the route after using Map My Run.

When I started my run today it was a full 5 degrees cooler than it was on Saturday morning. I started 20 minutes earlier, which helped me get more shade for a while. I ran five miles with a quick pit stop at Starbucks to use their bathroom (thanks guys!). I made my twenty ounces of water last for the five miles and once I got back to the car I stretched and drank an cold coconut water to get back some electrolytes. (Glad I planned ahead!)

When I got home I stretched, showered, made a smoothie and then iced my knees for a bit. The smoothie was a winner:

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For two smoothies:

1 banana

1 handful blueberries

3/4 cup plain, fat free yogurt

1 scoop protein powder

1/2 scoop Amazing Meal

1 TB PB2

1 teaspoon Chia seeds

ice

water

It was a great Sunday morning. Now I have a few things to do before the rest of the day gets away from me. See you in a bit!

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