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Running: The Mind Game

I have been running in some way or form for years. I played every sport in the book since gradeschool. This includes basketball, soccer, field hockey, track and field, cross country, softball, even tee-ball! I was on the Yankees tee-ball team with all boys in little league. In any event, although I stopped playing sports when I went to college, I continued to stay active (for the most part) and running stuck with me. It’s an unexplainable high that you cannot reproduce. When I had my two hip surgeries, it killed me to not be able to run. It was the bike and the ellyptical only. It’s not that I dont use these regularly, but when I am told that I can’t run it’s a little different.

The reason that this topic came to mind is because of what I did this morning.

This includes a 2 minute warm up and 2 minute cooldown

I have fallen off the “long run” streak that I had going for the last year. About 2 months ago my right hip started acting up and I went to see my surgeon. He said I did not need any procedures done, but there was some inflammation and I should goto physical therapy and take it easy on running. This is when I began intervals. I started doing a lot of incline walking mixed with quick sprints. I love intervals but I missed the feeling I got after a true long run. For me, 7 miles is a lot because of my hips, but I still someday hope to build up to do atleast a half marathon.

Today I woke up not really feeling the gym, but I snapped out of it and told myself to just get up and do what I can! After a quick ab routine I hopped on the treadmill thinking I was just going to do some intervals for 45 minutes and call it a day. After alternating 2 minutes of sprinting (8.0) with 3 minutes of jogging (6.5), I kept going and increased from 7.0 to 8.5, etc. I remembered how much of a mind game running is. You keep telling yourself that you are going to stop but when you hit that marked time that you set for yourself, something tells you to keep going. I equate it to lifting when you feel like you just can’t do anymore because it hurts but you just push yourself because you know how it feels afterwards. I got to 50 minutes and I was at about 6 miles and decided to just bust out the last mile and get back to where I was a few months ago. I sprinted at 8.0 and 8.5 before doing my cooldown. It felt so good to leave the gym completing 7.15 miles! It always happens like that – on days when I think I just can’t do it. On days that I try to plan it, I find that I never end up completing as much.

The next part of my day was exciting to me but probably not to you. I left the foot doctor feeling like a new person. Speaking of running, it has seriously killed my pretty feet. I had new orthotics made, had calluses removed, and got a topical treatment for my crazy running toenails. Yeah, all the gross stuff you don’t want to hear about. Yet, I continue to run. Only some will understand.

Foot molds!

It is disgustingly humid today, which is why I was a wet dog after running, and why my hair is in a wet bun for work. No point attempting any sort of hairstyle today in NYC.

Lunch

I have always seen Dr. Praeger’s veggie burgers and wanted to try them. After seeing pictures from Fit-Bloggin on everyone’s recap’s, I decided to pick up the california style veggie burgers for this week’s lunch. I put it on the usual whole wheat sandwich thin with muenster cheese and paired it with veggies and hummus. The burger was packed with veggies and super yummy. You can see the edamame chunks when you bite into it. Very pleased – this is my new goto veggie burger!

Excuse all 4 iPhone photos today. My excuse is that I obviously won’t bring my camera to the gym and then I just plain old left my point and shoot home.

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Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie

I was on a mission after work to find buttons for my trench coat. I have had the coat for years and I love it but all of the buttons are loose or have already fallen off. I decided to goto M&J Trimmings in midtown and pick out some new tortoise shell buttons to go with my trench. I dropped it off at the tailors on my way home and cannot wait to pick it back up on Friday! It is going to be a rainy week here so it stinks that I won’t have it.

Anyway, I was craving a smoothie for dinner tonight since I had a big lunch. I got the idea to make a strawberry shortcake smoothie.

Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie

I blended it up and topped it with a dollop of cool whip, a sliced strawberry, chia seeds, and flax meal. Of course I added a leftover chocolate covered strawberry from this weekend, just because!

The wheat germ and cinnamon gave it a dough-ey taste, but next time I think I’ll try it with oats. I needed some nut butter in my life so I also had some spoonfuls of this:

I stopped at Target after work on Friday and while I was browsing the food aisles I came across their Archer Farms brand almond butter for only $3.99! That’s so cheap for almond butter and it’s all natural. The only ingredient is roasted almonds.

Tomorrow

I have a foot doctor appointment before work to get my orthotics refurbished. I’m pretty sure they’re on their last limb.

I don’t even think I can count the amount of miles I ran on these things in the past year considering I run almost 20 a week. I have just been to lazy to take them– and it’s free too! I hope it doesn’t take too long so I don’t have to run without them that long. I have them because of the way my feet hit the ground near my toes (like the ball of my foot sort of). The tendons get inflamed and I had to have cortisone shots a few times before getting these orthotics. They are lifesavers!

I have a phone date with one of my best friend’s Claire now. She moved out to California (hense the late date –9:30pm) two years ago and I miss her so much! We graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology together (see below). She is coming to visit in two weeks so I’m sure you’ll be reading about it on here.

Fall 09 after Margarita's and Mexican, our fave!

Goodnight! 🙂