I Ran Less Even Though I Knew I Would Be Eating More (workout recap)


Before getting to my workout details, let’s quickly chat about how I ran less this week even though I knew I would be eating more than usual.

For the first time in quite a while, I did not run on my birthday. I didn’t even run on Global Running Day!

I actually chose a Pure Barre workout this year on my birthday mainly because not sweating up my hair was more important to me than running.

I didn’t run the next day either for Global Running Day. I was tired from my birthday and really didn’t have the time or desire.

In the past I always ran on my birthday. And, I would usually choose to extend my typical distance because I felt special, thinking that more time running was what I deserved to do on my day.

I also used to keep in mind the added bonus (or so I thought!) that running longer on my birthday would balance out the birthday cake and goodies that I would be eating.

We all know the saying you can’t outrun your diet, right? Well, it’s true. And running longer actually doesn’t help me in a positive way when it comes to my appetite.

Running longer distances only ever made me hungrier! And the extra running I was doing on my birthday only ever made me feel as though I deserved even more cake than I would naturally reach for had I not run so far or so long.

Following along with my 2018 trend of running less, I exercised less the week of my birthday and still ate cake and desserts spread out over several days in a row (I was literally out every night for dinner for a week celebrating).

I absolutely noticed a difference in my appetite in comparison to the last few years. I didn’t have an insane desire for extra bites nor did I even feel like I needed another piece of cake just because.

birthday desserts

^ not even all of the desserts I had!

My appetite from running less is so incredibly regulated, and I am much more in tune with what I really feel like eating and doing.

Social media continues to make me completely insane with the amount of people posting the whole no excuses, get up to run every day mentality. It’s not necessary, it’s not the answer, and most of the time, it’s not healthy.

And it’s confusing. There are a lot of Instagram runners who make it look like it’s normal and appropriate to run the amount they do, the races they do, the back to back marathons without recovery — this is not role model material for a healthy and balanced workout routine and lifestyle.

I also think there’s a mentality out there which has people thinking they can and should run to eat. Of course as runners, we have strong appetites and will always on some level joke around about what we deserve to eat based upon the race distance we ran or the workout we did.

It’s actually a vicious cycle though if you take it too much to heart. If you are running more only to feel entitled to eat more, this leads to a stronger appetite, eating even more than you planned, and more than you even burned which then may leave you to wanting to run long again the next day due to guilt from the day before. And then the cycle begins again. Am I making sense?

Anyway. I just wanted to address this topic sort of briefly in relation to how I handled a full week of celebrating and eating more than usual in relation to my workouts. I’m sure we can chat even more about this topic because it’s a big one!

Monday – 5 Miles (treadmill)

It was pouring rain so I went to the gym thinking I would run 3 miles but ended up with 5.

Tuesday – Pure Barre Pure Results For Arms

Also known as my favorite Pure Barre workout when I have the time since it’s a full hour.

Wednesday – OFF

Thursday – 6 Miles

Back at it!

6 miles

Friday – 3 Miles/15 Min Pure Barre

It’s rare that I combine running with Pure Barre on the same day but I woke up in the mood for a quick run so I figured I would head outside for 3 miles and then come home for a few 5 minute Pure Barre workouts.

3 miles

I combined 5 minute workouts for arms, seat, and abs. Quick 15 minutes which really target their specific areas.

Saturday – 7 Miles

I was super tired when I woke up but I headed outside before the sun was too strong. It was still pretty hot though! Not half bad considering I was so tired.

7 miles

Sunday – Pure Barre

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How do you normally handle your workouts when you know you will be indulging more than usual?

How do you feel about some of the instagram accounts you see of runners who are clearly overdoing it?


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  1. says

    I like to celebrate my birthday with a run, but I don’t necessarily run more- except that time I ran a marathon on my birthday! I agree my appetite is much more balanced than it was when I was running 40-50 miles a week. Lately I haven’t enjoyed Instagram as much as I used to because I feel like it doesn’t show me the posts of people I actually want to see.
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  2. says

    I really am glad you dropped that shampoo bottle on your foot. You always had a unique and truly healthy approach to eating and exercise and this mishap magnifies it even more. The exercise to eat mentality is one that bothers me so much. It should be exercise to be healthy. That’s it. No more. No less.

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  4. says

    I agree with you on the fact that a lot of runners in the Instagram community aren’t the healthiest role models. Being a runner myself, I try to follow the accounts that show an accurate depiction of what running, training and recovery looks like. I admire you a lot and your blog/ Instagram for that reason… you’re raw and honest about it all! And happy belated birthday 🙂