How to Eat With the Guys // Without Eating Like the Guys

Temptation.  It’s all around us. 

In terms of eating, we try to be healthy, but it seems at every turn there is always something waiting to throw you off track.  A chocolatey//melty//cheesey covered something fried…a bottle of wine, etc {how many have already “broken” their New Years Resolutions?}.  When it comes to these “temptations”, there is one situation that I tend to experience quite often.

If you’ve been following along these past few months, you know that I spend a decent amount of my social time with either my brother, my frat bros, or both…aka dudes…aka we do a lot of dude things…aka it probably revolves around alcohol and sporting events.  This generally means copious amounts of beer, nachos, wings, fries…whatever’s on the menu. Ya feel me?

This is actually a picture of Jimmy and I last year at the Jets/Panthers game {he’s a huge, miserable Jets fan}…months before we had any idea we would be moving to Charlotte.  Funny how things work out.

When it comes to the sporting world, there’s always something.  The NFL playoffs have begun {Panthers/Seahawks tonight}, the CFB National Championship on Monday, and college basketball is in full swing {March Madness will be here before you know it}.  Then there’s hockey, baseball, futbol, an Olympic event every two years…it’s an awesomely vicious cycle.  While I enjoy both alcohol and sporting events {just being honest/realistic here}, it’s important to understand how to enjoy these things in moderation.  I’m not saying don’t go to the bar or the game to avoid the temptation, but know how to behave when you do.

While I’m not always a complete angel at these things in terms of what I eat/drink, I try to follow these rules:

**Stay Hydrated-

Sure, sounds simple {maybe pointless}, but staying hydrated is important for a variety of reasons, including understanding if you’re even hungry in the first place.  A lot of times, hunger can be mistaken for dehydration.  When you’re in one of the type of settings listed above, it can be dehydration city.  You’re surrounded by salty, fried, alcoholic things, all notorious for causing a little dehydration.  Not only is it important to drink water throughout the day, but also make sure you’re ordering a water {even if you get a beer}, to drink as well.  If you’re going to an event {tailgate, the actual game, etc}, make sure you’re drinking plenty of water beforehand.  That way, you’re better able to understand the signs you’re body is telling you. Sure, those wings look good…but are you actually hungry?

**Plate Size/Portion Control-

If you’re in a scenario where everyone is splitting appetizers or a few finger foods, make sure you’re paying attention to not only what you put on your plate, but the size of your plate.  Numerous studies have shown that the size of your plate has an outstanding impact on how much you eat.  Essentially, the larger the plate, the more food we put on the plate, the more we eat.  Plate size does a lot to skew our perception of true serving sizes, which can have a drastic effect on our waistlines.  To learn more about that, click here and here.

**Understand what You’re Drinking-

Of course, grab some agua, but if you’re ordering a beer, understand what you’re asking for.  Obviously craft, non-light beers can range anywhere from 200-600 calories.  It can depend on what they’re made of, alcohol content, etc.  Lighter beers range from around 90-120 calories.  Check out the chart below…

Source

Also, notice the info per beer.  Looks like Mich Ultra isn’t as “lowest carb/lowest calorie” as you would think.  If I have to choose a light beer, I prefer Miller Lite, which looks almost identical to Mich Ultra {and would probably be found on special more than Mich Ultra}.  Even though we’re not in college anymore, sometimes you still have to think like a college student in terms of $$$.

**It’s Okay to Indulge a Little-

This one is probably the most obvious.  Watch what you eat, but it’s okay to indulge slightly every now and then.  Don’t over stuff yourself, try to wait 15/20 minutes after eating your first serving to see if you’re still hungry.  Get a burger and remove the bun, get a salad topped with a protein {nix the ranch dressing!!}, choose something grilled over something fried…you get the point.  Sure, these tips are helpful, but when you’re in the thick of things and surrounded by bottomless fries, buckets of wings, and pitchers of beer, are you really going think back to this one Skinny Fingers post and avoid all of it, all of the time?  Probably not.

And you know what?  That’s okay {really}.  What I’ll do a lot of times is order a big salad, a light beer, and then end up stealing 4-10 of Jimmy’s french fries.  Being able to eat just a few fries will often times curb my craving, and after I have just a few, I’m able to practice much better self control and I won’t stuff my face with all of “the bad stuff”.

Case and point– this is a salad I ordered the last time Jimmy and I went out to watch football on a Sunday before the playoffs {a few fries were stolen…but I promise, just a few!}.  Bar food crisis, averted!

Bottom line, none of this is going to be the “healthiest” thing for you, but in terms of the situation at hand, these rules are some of your best friends.

Does anyone else have other healthy tips and tricks in situations like these?  I’d love to hear them!

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New Year, New Resolutions

It’s the last day of 2014.  Let’s let that sink in for a moment.

And now just one more moment…

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, and I’m about to say it right now…but I do not know where this year has gone!  It has flown by so fast.  As I reflect it really makes me think about how precious our time is and how we use it.  This is something I took into consideration while I was coming up with my 2015 Resolution.

When it comes to New Year’s Resolutions I’ve only started being serious about them in the past few years.  I’ve given up soda for an entire year, ran in multiple half marathons, along with a variety of other goals and plans.  I know that some say, “you shouldn’t wait until Jan. 1 to change your life”, and I party agree with them {heck, I’ve even said it before}.  However, I also don’t think that it’s a “poor” excuse of a time to start something in your life either.  We’ve all got our proverbial “clean slate” starting tomorrow, and to me that’s pretty exciting.  I know, I’m full of contradictions.

I went back to my first post ever written about New Year Res’s when I was still writing for the Marshall Rec Blog, I basically admitted to the same thing.  Now that I have had time to reflect, I still stand behind what I say.  When you’re focusing your resolutions on the improvement of yourself and those around you, I believe you have a better chance at succeeding.  Side note:  When I say “the improvement of yourself”, I don’t mean you look at the scale after Christmas dinner with cartoon-like eyes and say “OMG I need to lose 10 pounds”.  I am more referring to a personal goal.  Of course, I always support losing weight {if it’s needed} and living a healthy lifestyle, but if you’re losing weight because it’s January 1st, rather than because you yourself have a burning desire to lose it with a mapped out plan, there’s a greater chance to fall off of the wagon.  That’s why my half-marathon resolutions worked for me.  They were goals, were I had a strict plan to succeed, rather than, “I going to keep running until I can run 13.1 miles”.

This year, I only have one resolution, and it’s not fitness related at all.  This year’s resolution is….

I’ve decided this for two reasons.  Growing up, I was always volunteering- with teams, my family, my youth group, and I loved it.  As I got older, I got busier, went to college, and it somehow just fell to the wayside {horrible excuse I know, but it’s true…and probably true for others as well}.  I’ve been sucked into my day to day routine to the point where I feel like I’m not really contributing to much anymore, and I know there are plenty of things around my community that need volunteers.  I want to help in any way that I can.  I’ve also decided to do this because I love Charlotte, {and also, kind of stuck in my routine/places I go, etc}.  I’m one of those people that if I’m in a place, I want to know everything about it, I’m curious like that.  I feel like this will be a great opportunity to learn even more about my community.  I will also get to meet a wide variety of people {another thing I love}.

I registered with a local volunteering organization, Hands On Charlotte, and I have my orientation on the 10th.  After that, I can volunteer my heart out!  To make sure that I keep my resolution, I’ve decided to give myself one, unbreakable rule.  No matter what happens, I need to volunteer at least once a month.  I understand how quickly time can get away from us, and some months might be busier than others.  Regardless, volunteer once a month.  Of course I can participate multiple times in a month if I have the time, but I think that’s a good rule of thumb.

Also need to give my brother, Ryan, a shoutout…he’s the one that introduced me to this website.  He’s actually already a volunteer for them {such a good kid}.  Anyone is more than welcome to steal my idea in their own community, the more volunteer’s the merrier!

Now let’s go make the last day of 2014 a great one.  Very exciting things are on the horizon, and I can’t wait to continue this crazy journey called life!

Have a safe and happy NYE, everyone!  What are your resolutions?

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Welcome Back, Welcome Back, Welcome Back

Now I have the “Welcome Back, Kotter” theme song stuck in my head.  Never even watched the show, just know the song.  You’ll recognize it too if you have a listen {and hopefully it doesn’t get stuck in your head…if it does, sorry?…}. Anyway…

Welcome back!  I hope everyone had a happy, festive, and full holiday season!  I know I did.  While I had an extremely busy few days, it was full of adventure, laughter, and being with the ones I love {more to elaborate on later}…also taking time to remember the reason for the season.  Unfortunately, Jimmy was unable to make it all the way home to NY for the holidays with his family, so fortunately for the Lavery’s, he came home with me. 🙂  He was a great addition to our normal quad-some ways, and my entire family agreed this was one of the best Christmas’s to date.

Lavery Christmas tree this year

The holiday season always makes me feel so…full…I don’t know if that makes sense.  Everything is so bright, cheery, and warm {figuratively, not literally}.  Now I just feel kind of like there’s a hole in my soul as we’re starting to get back into the day to day.  Anyone else feeling this way?

After spending the morning opening stockings and gifts, {while listening to The Edge of Christmas soundtrack}, and enjoying the traditional Monkey Bread and my mom’s Christmas Breakfast Casserole, we decided to go on our {traditional} Christmas hike.  Are we noticing a theme here?

I guess I should also take this time to mention that I got a camera for Christmas!  A Canon Rebel EOS SL1, to be exact.  While I love all of my presents equally, I had a little heads up from Santa on this one {cough..Black Friday..cough}.  It got to the point where I didn’t even want to post blogs because I new of the image greatness that was to come, and my iPhone 4s was KILLING me {RIP you little white box, I also upgraded to a 5s the other day, so this blog’s picture quality is about to blow your mind}.  I decided to take my camera on the hike with us so I could get comfortable using the thing.

Located in North Durham

The Pump Station Trail got it’s name from the old Durham Pump Station ruins that lie by the river.  The structure transported water to all of North Durham from the late 1800’s to the earlier 1900’s.  I’ve been going to the trail since at least middle school, maybe earlier.  It’s not much these days, but it’s still pretty neat to stop by and explore.

And all I’m doing here is playing with the different focus’s {foci?}

Just a few shots around the trail…

My two favorite Charlotte dudes, who absolutely love taking pictures.  Brother on the left, boyfriend on the right {from your perspective}.

And then a quick little fam pic, Jimmy even got Alba to look at the camera!

When we got back, I couldn’t help but keep playing with my camera until it was time to eat.  There are so many different settings, I found every excuse to click, click, flash.

Vintage Marshall ornament {legit vintage, I’ve always remembered this on the tree}

My sweet, sweet dog Alba.  But don’t let this glamour shot fool you…

this is what she’s really like–

Some pre-Christmas dinner snacking…

And then my mom’s famous Christmas dinner- marinated flank steak, cheese potatoes, seasoned green beans {SO good}

We finished out the night playing a little {family} friendly game of Cards Against Humanity, one of my gifts to Ryan this year, followed by an outdoor movie.  We also used Ryan’s new projector {boy had a good Christmas}, while we stayed warm next to our fire pit.

Don’t forget the holiday lover’s photo by the tree.

Although it flew by, we all truly had a great Christmas, and I am so thankful that we were able to spend it together.  I know this is a little late, but I wanted to throw a last minute Christmas post in here before we got started on the new year.

How was everyone’s Christmas/Holiday Break??

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Workout Tunes & Christmas Grooves

Happy Thursday, all!  To get us all a little closer to Friday, I wanted to share some of my favorite music these days.  First, what I’m listening to while I run…

If you’re on Spotify, all you have to do is link up through Facebook and you’ll be able to follow this playlist and listen to it whenever you like from your own phone.  It’s simply listed as “Fall Run”, and it’s about an hour long.  I also listened to this during the Turkey Trot the other week.

Here are the songs:

1.  Shark Attack- Grouplove
2.  Home- Dotan
3.  Recover- CHVRCHES
4.  Latch- Disclosure
5.  Animals- Maroon 5
6.  Beggin For Thread- Banks
7.  A Place With No Name- Michael Jackson
8.  Chains- Nick Jonas
9.  Centuries- Fall Out Boy
10.  #icanteven- The Neighbourhood
11.  Feel Right- Mark Ronson
12.  See the Light- Matrimony
13.  Crazy Bird- Wild Child
14.  I Bet My Life- Imagine Dragon
15.  Blame- Calvin Harris
16.  Break Free- Ariana Grande

When it comes to working out, I could honestly listen to pretty much anything.  It does however, depend on what I’m doing.  If it’s a circuit work, I prefer upbeat, fast-paced music.  If I’m running distances, while I could listen to that, I also prefer to mix it up and listen to music with a slower tempo.  We all appreciate music for different reasons, in terms of running I prefer music when I can hear a story rather than just a fun beat.  Now, not all of these songs on the playlist fall into that category, but most do.  Being able to “hear” a story serves as a great distraction for me, allowing me to operate on cruise control {and crank out longer distances}.  Although they’re not on this playlist at all {ironically} one of my favorite’s to listen to while running is Mumford & Sons.

Now on to the even better stuff.  The older I get, the more and more I focus on Christmas once it comes around {the result of slowly reaching the quarter life crisis stage and respecting a deeper understanding of the idea that time is fleeting…real, uh…surface type stuff}.  I still show Turkey Day respect, and don’t break out anything Christmas until the Friday after Thanksgiving.  However, the best way to get in the Christmas spirit, besides decorating and watching both corny and classic holiday movies, is fill the room with Christmas music!  As I’ve mentioned in the past, I have Sirius XM in my car, so every morning I listen to the station, Holly {channel 17}.  It kind of lessens the one hour commute and 8AM blow of work, and puts me in a better mood for the day.  This, however, is hands down, my favorite Christmas album of all time.  The Edge of Christmas.

I’m not sure where my parents found this album, but every year we’ve listened to it while decorating the tree and opening presents on Christmas morning.  I know I love it because I’m full of bias and have a variety of emotional ties to it, but I’m sure you’ll love it too!

On Spotify, I’m currently digging the Folksy Christmas playlist {pictured below}.  Simply go the the “Holiday” section under “Browse” and you’ll find it there.

Now lunch is over, so time to finish out my work day!

What is some of your favorite music to listen to this time of year?  {Christmas and workout}

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Hey There

Seven days later…waddup y’all.

After posting about the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, I decided to take the rest of Thanksgiving break to unplug from electronics and spend time with family and friends {okay Insta saw some action but you know what I mean}.

Can we also take a second to recognize that Thanksgiving was SEVEN days ago.  Almost makes me sick to think about, time is moving so fast.  Next Christmas will be here before we know it.

Since getting back from the holiday, I have hit the ground running, semi-unprepared.  After work, I had to spend all Monday night grocery shopping and food prepping, and the past two nights getting other odds and ends done {plus working out}, so when it came to posting another blog I said, “Why not make it a lucky seven days sans el blog”.  I  swear, you always need a vacation from your vacation.  If I would have had an extra day to get things done I would have been fine.  Does anyone else go through this as well?  Where are those cute Visa Card commercial kids when you need them?  {“One more day!  One more day!}.

Before jumping back into the swing of things {#FiveThings, workouts, recipes, etc} let’s recap what’s been going on the past week {besides working my life away}.

Thanksgiving Break was perfect and reminded me of all of the things I’m thankful for, like my family, friends, Jimmy, my health, my dog, and life in general.  I truly am a lucky girl.

Check out the first of many plates of Thanksgiving food I devoured over break, all prepared by the wonderful E. Lavery.  {If you see her today, throw her a good old fashioned ‘HBD’, today is her birthday!….Happy Birthday {again}, Mom!}

Of course last Thursday was family day.  We spent time together watching football, playing games, and taking Alba for a walk around the neighborhood after our epic, second annual Turkey Trot action.

She’s the hardest dog to take a picture of because she is all black, but she’s so darn cute…all she wants is 100% of your attention, 100% of the time.  Is that too much to ask?

A serious Lavery game of Scattergories and a cozy fire makes for a great night…I freakin love Scattergories.

We spent Friday having our hearts stomped on watching the Marshall football game, but that’s all I’m going to say about that {no picture….still proud to be a daughter of Marshall, and SO ready for the conference championship this Saturday}!

Last Saturday consisted of some Christmas shopping with Ryan at one of my favorite Durham novelty stores, Morgan Imports.

Christmas overload is the only way to decorate for Christmas.  This is a dangerous place to walk into because you buy about 10 more things that you weren’t planning on buying.

Finally {this is something I will definitely be posting about solo next week}, my family and I went on a brewery tour for the Bombshell Brewery Co. in Holly Springs, NC.  It was extremely interesting, and quite enlightening.  My parents brew their own delicious home brew beer, so it was funny to hear them hold conversations with one of the Brew Masters about brewing techniques.  I think they even learned a thing or two.

Other than that, I’ve been lucky enough to squeeze in a couple of distance runs over the past week.  Since I live so close to UNCC night runs don’t actually feel like night runs because everything is so well lit.  It’s also been unseasonably warm the past few days {I ran in shorts last night}, which makes me nervous.  I feel like the weather could change any minute and another big “FU Polar Vortex” will pop up.  I’m just soaking in the temps while I can.

Alright, seven days in a nutshell…so what’s new with you guys?

How was everyone’s holiday?  Have any of you ever been on a brewery tour?  Any local suggestions?

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Marshall Trip Recap

Finally getting a chance to recap this past, last minute friend weekend in Huntington, WV.  Even though the trip came together extremely last minute, I was incredibly excited to be able to see my friends and be back at my Alma Mater.  Getting to see The Herd clinch another W and remain one of the only two college football teams still undefeated wasn’t so bad either {We Are…}.

One of my first stops when I got into town was to visit with some of my old Rec co-workers and boss at lunch!  It was so nice to see all of them and catch up.  However, I didn’t grab any food at the time because I promised another set of coworkers that I would check out their new deli.  I know I’ve referenced to them in the past, but I also used to work at family owned, La Famiglia, and these people are truly like a second family to me.  They have recently opened up a deli on 4th Ave {in the old Aqua Massage place, for all you Huntingtonians}.

Isn’t it adorable?  Having worked for them for around 2 years, I know how delectable their food is, so of course I wanted to taste everything on the menu {guess I’ll just have to come back}.  I decided on the Carne Sandwich, stacked high with a variety of Italian meats, arugula, tomato, cheese, pickled onions and peppers, and a homemade citrus aioli…it was unreal.  Not to mention that all sandwiches are made with their homemade focaccia bread…in true La Fam fashion, they did not disappoint.

I’m still having dreams about this sandwich.  If you’re in Huntington at lunch time all you need to know is- GO TO MULBERRY STREET MEATBALL COMPANY AND DELI.

I then spent the rest of the night hanging out with old friends, and eventually taking it easy, knowing there was a full day of tailgating ahead…but first, let me go to Quarters.

Quarters is a specific time every Friday in Huntington {it actually starts at 4pm real world time}, where everyone gathers at one of the most popular Huntington bars, The Union, to hang out for Happy Hour.  But this is no “drinks half off” HH…this is a, “here is beer in a cup and it only costs you a quarter” type of HH.  Lots of things have happened at Quarters- things you’ll always remember, things you can’t remember, and some things you wish you couldn’t remember {aka the definition of college}.  Here I am with my friends, Erika and Molly.

The next day, before the game, Molly and I walked over to campus to check out the bookstore and walk down memory lane.  As I mentioned last Friday, 11.14.2014 marked the anniversary of the horrific plane crash that killed 75 Marshall football players, coaches, staff, and fans.  The story is brought back to life via Matthew McConaughey and Matthew Fox in the blockbuster, We Are Marshall.  I might be biased, but it’s a must watch.  Every year a fountain ceremony is held where they remember those that lost their lives and shut the water off to the fountain for the season.  I didn’t get to town in time for the ceremony, but the empty fountain and flowers are what remains from the previous day’s gathering.

What better way to honor those individuals than to watch Marshall bring home another win? {“One day, we’re going to be like every other team, where winning is everything and nothing else matters”…movie reference, if you’ve seen it you’d get it}.

So proud to be a daughter of Marshall…but don’t let the picture fool you, it was FREEZING outside that day.

But tailgating makes things fun.

Later that night we, and what seemed like the rest of Huntington went out.

Of course, it was a great time…and remember how I said it was freezing?  I experienced my first snow of the season that night!  I added a filter to better show the shnow.

Winter is coming…and there’s nothing we can do about it.

Sunday came rearing it’s ugly head, and after a tasty brunch at Prime on 4th {it’s a newly opened spot, and I was pleasantly surprised at how nice everything was}.  Their “checkbooks” are copies of old books that you can write in and leave notes.  When I saw that my “checkbook” was The Great Gatsby”, I knew I loved the place.

“I was within and without. Simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.” 

or I was also thinking of using…

“Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can!” 

Idk, I love The Great Gatsby {book and movie}…picking one quote is too hard.  I eventually moseyed on out of Huntington with a tear in my eye.  Leaving Huntington, my friends, and Marshall is always so hard.  I couldn’t imagine living there again, but I have such an emotional tie and bond with the place, that being back there with my friends always feels just right.  Want to know how I really felt about my time at Marshall and the Rec?  Click here {it’s much more eloquent and heartfelt, my farewell post from the Marshall Campus Rec blog}.

So maybe when I got back to Charlotte, I watched We Are Marshall and cried my eyes out {self-inflicting wounds here}.  I love my school and take pride in the fact that I went there.  All in all it was another great weekend, and I can’t wait to revisit.

Where did you guys go to school?  Do you have the same nostalgic feeling that I do with MU?

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Learning to Run Again

I have a confession to make-  I recently realized that I have a slight problem, and it’s with running.

It’s about seven months in the making…and at first I didn’t even realize that it was my problem, I’ve been in denial for a very long time.  Over the past year, I’ve completed three Half Marathons.  First, the MU Half in November ’13, then the Emerald Isle Half in March ’14, and the Rock n’ Roll Raleigh in April  ’14 {the last two were about two weeks apart}.  I used to love running, and I actually enjoyed training, the “runner’s high”, the whole nine yards.

After the MU Half with some of my cheerleaders, Jimmy, Molly, and Jess

However, since I’ve run in the two Half’s {Halves?} back to back at the beginning of the year, I’ve found it almost impossible to make myself run more than 4-5 miles at a time…literally, impossible.  On top of that, I haven’t wanted to do it more than twice {maybe three} times a week if I’m lucky, which is incredibly uncharacteristic of me.  I didn’t get it, I couldn’t wrap my head around it.  I wasn’t “out of shape”, and running those distances is normally a breeze.  Knowing how mental distance running is, I knew that aspect of it was part of what was standing in my way, but I didn’t understand why.  Then it hit me.

I had fallen out of love with running.  Our relationship hadn’t been handled properly, it freaked me out, I was rebelling- I changed my mind, I didn’t want it anymore.

After a VERY rainy Emerald Isle Half

Now, let me back up a bit and set the stage, because running two half’s in three weeks is TOTALLY doable.  When I ran in the Marshall Half in November, I loved it and I wanted to do it again.  I had yet to complete a Rock n’ Roll series race and I had heard great things about them.  When I found out that Raleigh was hosting an inaugural RNR, I jumped at the chance to complete one in my home state.  A few weeks later, my best friend from high school, Ali, and her sister were going to run in the Emerald Isle Half two weeks before the Raleigh RNR {we spent our summer’s on Emerald Isle growing up, and we thought it would be the perfect race to run together}.  So, I said “sure, why not? I’ll already be training anyway…no big deal”, and I signed up for both.

Then, the Polar Vortex of 2014 happened…anyone remember that crazy ish??  I know I’m a baby when it comes to cold weather, never living below the Mason Dixon line, but those couple of weeks did not play.  It was bone chilling cold in WV, as some of you may remember.  It’s not an excuse, but it really threw me off in terms of my training, and then I let it get away from me…it’s my own fault, I take full responsibility.  The problem is that I still ran in the two half’s, and I didn’t love it the way I did the first time because I was unprepared…it burned me out.  I ran the whole time and crossed both finish lines, all while coming up with every explicative imaginable in my head.  I didn’t realize it at the time but I had fallen out of love with running.  Like when you have that relationship that is nothing but exhausting, and even if you don’t instantly leave it, you mentally check out.

With friend and former co-worker, Amanda, who also ran in the RNR Raleigh Half

I initially came up with the analogy that I had subconsciously “broken-up” with running.  While that is partly true, I also mistreated the process, I disrespected it, almost.  I took for granted the fact that I can run, and that being able to run in distance races like a half or a full marathon isn’t something I can just “have” whenever I want.  You have to train for it, you have to earn it…and within that process you will enjoy it.  I think I somehow forgot that along the way, and the fact that I knew I could push myself through the 13.1 miles no matter what, tricked me into thinking I could slack off when I didn’t have “perfect training conditions”.  {Is any of this making sense to anyone or am I just rambling at this point?}

Except, when it comes to running, I’m like a crazy ex-girlfriend.  After admitting that I took it for granted and hated it for awhile, blah, blah, blah… I’m ready to give it another try.

My finish line?  While not as long as my past races, the Durham Renaissance Center Turkey Trot 8K.

When I was at home in Durham this weekend, my family and I decided to sign up for another Turkey Trot on Turkey Day {we completed one in Raleigh last year, and we loved it so we decided to do it again, this time in D-Town}.  I know that an 8K isn’t the longest distance ever.  I could walk out of my front door right now and crank out an 8K if I needed to, but the thing is, I want to be good at it {aka fast}.  I’ve decided to just use this as a way of sticking my toes in the shallow end when it comes to training and running.  While I have a ballpark idea of how to workout/what to do to get ready, it’s nice to just have a goal to work towards again.

I’m hoping this will help get me reacquainted with my long lost lover, and from there, who knows what the future will hold for running and me. 🙂

Has anyone ever had a similar experience?  What did you do to overcome your running slump? {Or keep it from happening in the first place?}

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