Thinking Out Loud posts are a lot like what our phone conversations would sound like if we were actually speaking instead of me writing and you reading.
Although, I rarely talk on the phone since I prefer to text and I never really talk about running with my friends because they don’t run but when I am on the phone with my dad (who I prefer to talk to rather than text with) we do talk running because he always asks if I ran that morning and how it was.
Turns out I was able to run outside yesterday in place of the treadmill. The rain stopped just long enough for seven miles although it was so crazy humid that it felt like it was raining just without the actual rain drops.
It did start to rain for a bit after my run which required rain attire in order for me to leave the house.
I never wear athletic apparel outside of a workout but decided to make use of the Lulu Lightened Up Pullover since I didn’t get to wear it during my run.
The back of the pullover is so cute, right?
Let’s talk quickly about rest days just to follow-up the topic a bit from yesterday.
Rest days are important. Do I take them as often as I should? Probably not. But I listen to my body to the best of my ability and never run if I don’t feel up to it, if I am sick or if something hurts.
I could have run some junk miles on Tuesday but I didn’t see the point.
There are plenty of runs that are slow-paced, plenty of runs that happen on tired legs but when you know you need a rest day, when you know your body and your next run will benefit from the break, when you know that going out there just to get your endorphin high which can only happen if you go slow because you are tired and burned out, you must force yourself to NOT put the workout clothes on and do something else.
Please note that I don’t actually rest. I don’t know how. Instead I organize and clean cabinets or bake to fill the spot in my routine where the run would normally take place.
Think about it like this:
I can run today on very tired legs and feel icky throughout the miles and rest tomorrow OR I can rest today and have a super-charged, fast paced happy run tomorrow.
Try that thought process next time you struggle with taking your rest day.
I think I found a new song to sing out loud while I am running.
I don’t know which version of “Really Don’t Care” I should buy for my playlist (they all sound the same!) but when it comes on the radio I am singing it at the top of my lungs as I drive with the roof opened and windows down.
Remember when you were a kid and you listened to your Walkman while in the car with your parents because they had the radio tuned to nerdy-old-people music?
I am cool and listen to cool music so why does my son put his ear buds in to listen to his playlist while in the car with me?
The best part is that I can hear what he is listening to and it is usually the song I just had on the radio.
I don’t get it.
What I do get is that my Club Mango card has been loaded with a five dollar reward!
You know how I love my Red Mango parfaits and a good savings.
While I count Red Mango frozen yogurt in a separate class high above the rest of the self-serve fro yo chains, we need to talk about those other frozen yogurt store chains for a minute.
Ever since Crumbs shut their doors almost two weeks ago, there has been lots of press suggesting that the demise of Crumbs is due to a trend towards calorie counting and a more health conscious society.
While that may be true, the same people who have decided to ditch their weekly Crumbs cupcake are the same people you see loading up giant cups of frozen yogurt covered in mounds of toppings.
Do you really believe that your container of frozen yogurt covered in chocolate chips, gummy bears, oreo’s, peanut butter cups and graham cracker crumbs topped with hot fudge, a drizzle of marshmallow and whipped cream and sprinkles is any lower in calories than a cupcake?
Just because the yogurt is fat-free, low-fat, dairy free, gluten-free or 25 calories per ounce, I am confident in saying that a cupload of yogurt and toppings will weigh in close to, if not more than the calories found in a cupcake.
Be sure to check out what everyone else is thinking about today!
Any new songs on your playlist?
Do you wear workout gear during the day or just for your workouts?
Do you struggle with what to do with yourself when you take a rest day?
Favorite ice cream/yogurt toppings combo?