Today is special!
Not to be confused with one of my favorite childhood shows…Today’s Special. Anyone else remember the cute little mouse named Muffy?
Anyway, back to why today is special.
Not only is it the first day of March, which in my world is the unofficial first day of Spring, it is also National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day.
It is also my lucky day because I woke up with two almost-empty peanut butter jars so I had my choice of which flavor would become my oatmeal bowl of the morning.
I always prep my post-run meal before I run so that it is ready for when I get back.
Yes friends, the return of fresh strawberries and blueberries truly signifies that warm weather is on the horizon.
It might have been only 20 degrees when I woke up today but the sun was shining (it is rising earlier and earlier!) and the wind was calm so I decided to layer on up and take my run outdoors. Five layers to be specific.
To be honest, I didn’t even feel the cold. I started out at a quick and happy pace, feeling all full of peanut butter and springtime love but I lost some momentum somewhere around mile seven.
I do realize that a long run should be all about endurance and not focus on speed but I just couldn’t sit back and accept the fact that my legs were choosing to run all comfortable as if this was some stroll in the park. Or mall.
This is the part of a run where you need to get a bit mental with yourself.
I had a quick pep talk with my legs and the chat went something like this:
“Quit window shopping and buy something!”
I am well aware that my mind works in an interesting fashion and utilizes some interesting metaphors but hey, whatever works for you, yes?
The little chat actually helped me to pick up the pace for the last half of the run and I must admit, I was quite proud of myself.
I am really working on finishing fast and strong rather than running out of steam and la-de-da-ing my way to my post-run breakfast. I have a half marathon in a matter of weeks people!
Since I went with the Mighty Maple jar, I added a few spoons of Crunch Time to the mix.
Can we talk m&m ‘s for a minute?
I don’t obsess over the candy that melts in your mouth and not in your hands like I used to but have I fallen so out of touch that I missed the creation of Mega m&m’s?
I was in the store looking for the cake batter m&m’s but came across these giant ones. Anyone try them yet? I don’t know how I feel about this. I think I like the bite-sized nature of the original.
As much as I feel like lounging around at the moment, I must get ready to start my day.
Enjoy the weekend and please make sure you eat some peanut butter in honor of today’s holiday!
Favorite type of m&m’s? I can’t decide – I love the plain, always liked the crispy and love the peanut butter.
Do you have pep talks with yourself while running?
Next race on your calendar?