Friday, March 27, 2015

I broke the law...and Thursday won

I just spent the last 10 minutes trying to come up with at title for this post. It was supposed to be "Thursday's Things" but clearly it's not Thursday. 

Thursday-1; Heather- 0

You see I had a post almost completely put together yesterday (when it was actually Thursday) and somehow (through some mistake of mine, I am sure) the whole post disappeared.

I assume it will show back once I complete this post...isn't that always the way it works? 

The good news is I got up early for a run this morning...and I only had to go 3 miles, so that left me with lots of extra time to compose a post as equally thrilling as the one I slaved over yesterday.

I wore this shirt to the gym this morning as a message to will be better than Thursday ;) Today's training called for 3 easy-miles...and I considered skipping because my darn hip/glute has been acting up a bit the last few days. I am usually really good about listening to my body and not pushing too before bed last night I iced my bum...

 with frozen peas of course...and told myself that if I was still feeling sore this morning I wouldn't run. Well...luckily I woke up with very little pain and was able to get in 3 pain free miles on the treadmill. I absolutely HATE running on the treadmill...but at 5AM it feels much safer :) To switch things I up I played with the incline settings. I increased my incline by 1% every half-mile until I got to 3% (which is ROUGH btw) and then went down by 1% until I got back to 0%...It made the time and the miles fly by! 

Another thing that has helped me hate the treadmill a little less lately is that I have been reading on my iPad. One of my goals this year is to read at least 2 books per month...and some nights (let's be real...all nights) I struggle to stay awake to read much more than a it's been a challenge to say the least. This strategy helps me kill 2 birds with one stone (I hate that saying...and technically it's 3 in this situation) 1-I get my training run out of the way first thing in the morning 2-I don't die of boredom on the treadmill and 3-I get in some extra reading, win situation if I do say so myself :)

So you know how I told you I got pulled over while running the other day? After my run-in with the law I spent the last few miles of my run stewing about it and convincing myself that it wasn't the law and that the police officer was just being a meanie. Turns out...

He wasn't...he was actually just doing his job. Running in the street when a sidewalk is available is prohibited. Who knew? I'm clearly a menace to society. It's safe to say that I won't be partaking in that activity anymore...$90?!?

Does anyone else subscribe to Stride Box? I have been a subscriber for the last year and I have built up an impressive (or hoarder status) collection of running fuel, hydration, etc. I've decided that I HAVE to start trying the awesome samples they have sent me. I am definitely a creature of habit and my ENERGYbits and Cocogo do me just fine...but it's starting to get out of hand and I am running out of room. If I don't start using these samples they will completely take over!

I'm definitely glad I gave Run Gum a chance...this stuff is AMAZING!! I had one piece before my run the other morning and there was a noticeable difference in my energy and it didn't make me feel jittery like other products that contain caffeine have in the past. It said to chew another piece after your I tried that... and whoa! It was a bit much for me. I felt like the Tazmanian Devil while I was getting ready for work...but I rarely have any caffeine so it would most likely be okay for other people. I will probably just go ahead and stick with one piece per day though :)

Another morning this week I tried out these Bolt energy chews. I couldn't really figure out from the package if they were a pre-workout or they were meant to be fuel during a longer run? I just ate a few before my 6 miler yesterday and a few more at mile 3. While they were VERY tasty, I didn't notice much of a difference energy-wise...I still have a half pack left and I might try them out on a long run sometime.

I haven't been this happy to see a Friday in awhile (or since the Friday before spring break?) It's been a tough week back after having a whole week off...hopefully, I will get back in to the groove soon and next week will be better! 

Do you break laws too? How often do you run on the street when a sidewalk is present?

Any big plans for the weekend?


  1. I got a package of the Cliff Blocks - for energy during my runs or intense workouts - and I swear - I didn't feel a thing either. SIGHS...

    That officer didn't HAVE to give you a ticket - he could have informed you. I mean WHO KNOWS THESE THINGS?