Running. I don’t hate it. I don’t love it. But sometimes it’s exactly what I need. For me, I can do intervals on the treadmill, take a spinning, BodyPump or boot camp class that totally kicks my butt, but nothing beats the feeling of a good run.
As you may have ascertained, this morning’s run was a good one.
I awoke ready to head to the gym but the simple thought of being inside plugging away on cardio equipment for nearly an hour made me feel instantly bored. I knew I wanted to take my workout outside and Sadie’s enthusiasm showed me that she would be more than happy to join me for a run.
I leashed her up, strapped on my Garmin and selected “shuffle” on my iPod and was off!
I instantly felt quick. When I’m not running in a race and simply running outside for pleasure, my pace typically falls between 9:30 and 9:45-minute miles. After completing 5-miles, I checked my Garmin and saw that I averaged 9:04 on this morning’s run. Apparently I was just feelin’ it this morning!
The weather was a perfect 70 degrees and there were a bunch of other runners and walkers out and about. While running, my iPod seemed to randomly select the perfect songs during my run which was a treat.
And yes, “Yakety Yak” by Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen was one of the songs.
My sister and I were obsessed with Mary-Kate and Ashley when we were younger. We loved all of their straight-to-VHS movies (no DVDs yet) and had cassette tapes of all of their songs.
We’d even make up performances that included dances and our own rendition of MK & A songs for my mom and dad (think “I am the Cute One”). My poor parents.
With “Yakety Yak” officially stuck in my head, I headed into the kitchen after washing my face and attempting to cool down a bit.
I figured another great way to cool myself down from this morning’s run would be to sip on a cold smoothie.
In the mix:
- 1 c. frozen strawberries
- 1 container Chobani strawberry banana Greek yogurt
- 1 1/2 c. milk
- 1 scoop strawberry banana protein powder (from the Gold Standard variety pack)
- 2 pinches xanthan gum
It was berry good.
I enjoyed it with a spoon out of one of my favorite mugs! Ryan and I received these Anthropologie mugs with our respective initials on them at my bridal shower. We keep them on display in our kitchen, so this was my first time actually using mine!
Now Ryan and I are off to run some errands before hopefully spending some time in the sun before out fancy schmancy black tie event tonight.
See ya for lunch!