Did someone say sandwich?

I went to the gym during lunch and had full intentions to suffer through my run without headphones…. Until I saw the person directly behind the open treadmill, who just happened to me my boss. Can you blame me for not wanting to run in spandex directly in front of my boss?

Instead, I hit the bike. I LOVE biking, but I’m pretty terrible at it. I’m a big fan of trail biking. At least indoor cycling bikes are easier than biking outdoors. Biked 12 miles and feeling pretty okay.

Ready for the best part of this post? After lunch I headed to the cafe to get a salad to go with my Annie’s organic mac n cheese (which is my FAVORITE food), and instead wound up in the sandwich line. I created the best sandwich I’ve ever had in my entire life. Did you guys know that baked breaded chicken only has 18 more calories then grilled? Totally worth every calorie, in my opinion. Here’s my sandwich recipe today:

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Breaded chicken

1 piece Swiss cheese

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Jalapenos (anyone else a spicy food lover? Forever wishing my job had spicier peppers. Jalapenos don’t cut it for me!)

And of course, pickles on the side.

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HOW GOOD DOES THIS LOOK. Did anyone else have a lunch that was good enough to post about??

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Forgetting headphones..

Walked into work carrying my gym bag, excited for my daily lunch run (which due to the weather would be a 4 mile treadmill run). And as if treadmills aren’t bad enough, I realized I forgot my headphones. This was my reaction:

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Not entirely sure I could do a 4 mile run without headphones in a gym that doesn’t play music… In dire need of motivation, because this is the only thought going through my head right now:

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Happy running to all those who didn’t forget their headphones today!

Monday Run Day

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I could’ve have said it much better, Saucony (by the way, everyone should invest in the Saucony DryLete headband for winter runs. I’ve been through quite a lot of running headbands and this is the only one I haven’t ripped off mid-run due to sweat! Find it here.)

Although Friday I mentioned my weekend would consist of a 3 mile pace run and an 8 miler, I decided to change things up a bit because I feel I’m beginning to plateau. Instead, Saturday I ditched the 3 mile pace run and decided to do a 2 mile uphill run. I try to avoid these at all costs because the hill I run up makes me want to quit running, but I for the first time EVER in my 7+ years of running I was able to run up the entire hill (all 2 miles) without stopping once, and I even negative split as I continued up the hill. I averaged a pace of 8:34.

Sunday I skipped my run… And yes, I am hiding my face from embarrassment as I type this. It was a beautiful day out and I decided to take my newly adopted 6 month old puppy to the dog park instead. Seeing how happy he was there totally lessened my guilt from skipping my run. Maybe seeing these pictures will help you to understand how I was feeling:

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My pup Ollie is the small tan one. This Great Dane is his best bud at the dog park. You’d be surprised to know that Ollie is actually ~35 pounds. Calvin makes him look like a tiny puppy!

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After about 3 hours of running around Ollie came running over to me and laid down and it was obvious that it was time to hit the road. But as soon as I get him in the car I turn around and he’s giving me these eyes which are basically saying “but mommmmmm I don’t want to leave the dog park yettttt!”

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And finally, this is us around 9 pm. Clearly the dog park takes all energy out of both of us.

Anyway, to make up for missing my 8 miler yesterday I decided to split up my run into 2 parts today (normally Mondays are my cross train/strength training days). During my lunch break I did a 4.5 miler and paced a 7:33. Haven’t paced that for a casual run in a while, but it definitely helped that half a mile was entirely downhill and I was able to FINALLY run outside during my lunch! Normally I’m confined to my job’s gym treadmill.

What am I thankful for today? Rest days.

Friday is my rest day, and normally I will switch my Friday and Sundays so I have off Sunday but this week I am falling asleep at my desk at work. It’s lunch time, and normally I’ d be utilizing the free gym but today I am finding it difficult to even get out of my desk to go buy some soup.

Anyway, since today is rest day, I’m touching up my running playlists. Tomorrow is a 3 mile race-pace run and Sunday is an LSD 8 miler so I need to make sure I have the right playlists for each!

Interested in a playlist that’ll make you PRĀ  without even noticing? Here’s the playlist that works for me for my sub-7:30 mile days:

Riot- 3 Days Grace

Down with the Sickness- Disturbed

The Road- Asking Alexandria

Rise Up- Testament

4 Words (To Choke Upon)- Bullet for my Valentine

Supernova- The Devil Wears Prada

Becoming- Pantera

Duality- Slipknot

Papercut- Linkin Park

Undead- Hollywood Undead

Boneless- Steve Aoki

Kyoto- Skrillex

Psychosocial- Slipknot

Sparks (Cutmore Mix)- Hilary Duff

Clarity- Zedd

Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Remix)- Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Get Up!- Korn

Bangarang- Skrillex

Danza Kuduro- Don Omar

Untouched- The Veronicas

Stay- Kygo

And I have to admit, I run to Maroon 5’s Sugar for my warm-up and cool-down.

Forecast is saying it’ll be in the 50’s this weekend here in NJ. Finally, no more awkward sweating in below-freezing weather!

Happy running!

Why do I run?

This is the excerpt for your very first post.

I admit it. I don’t always want to run. Half the time I’d rather stay in bed, or go get a snack. Especially if it’s cold, and it’s cold very often in NJ. I will say however:

Never, ever, ever have I finished a run and regretted it.

So how do you motivate yourself to put on your sneakers? You don’t think. If you think about it too much you’ll talk yourself out of it. Make a playlist you won’t want to change mid-run and go out there.

I’m supposed to go for a run in 33 minutes and I’m dreading it. I have to use a treadmill which is a runner’s worst nightmare. I don’t get to use my GPS watch nor do I get to create a fun route using MapMyRun.com. And am I the only one that struggles to keep a decent pace on a treadmill? Wish me luck.

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