When I took Murphy out for his walk this morning, I could tell today was going to be a beautiful day with sunshine, blue skies, and a slight breeze. It was perfect running weather.
Even though CrossFit is on the agenda for me tonight, the weather instantly motivated me to throw on my sneakers and get outside for a run. I couldn’t help myself. I just felt like running.
My run started out slow and steady, but it still felt great to get outside. As I ran, I loved feeling the warmth of the sunshine on my back and the cool breeze on my face. I also loved listening to my playlist from my first marathon. It brought back so many nice memories from that day. I picked up my pace toward the end of my run, so my first mile was 9:30, my last mile was 8:20, and the second mile was somewhere in between. I covered 3.15 miles in 28:07 (8:55 pace).
The weather was definitely the key motivator for my run this morning, but, of course, other factors motivate me to get out there and run, too. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being super motivating), here’s how much each of these things typically motivate me to run:
- Beautiful weather: 9
- Rockin’ playlist: 7
- New running route/workout: 6
- Upcoming race/training plan: 7
- Friend/running buddy: 10
- Seeing other runners enjoying a run: 8
- Staying healthy and fit: 8
- Time alone/time to think: 8
- Post-run endorphins: 9
- Beer: 9
On a scale of 1-10 (10 being super motivating), how much do each of these things motivate you to run? Besides what’s listed, what motivates you?
Today’s lunch was a big salad with leftovers from the fridge. In the mix: greens, tomatoes, green bell pepper, carrots, Israeli couscous, shrimp, steak, truffle oil, and balsamic vinegar.
After lunch, I did a little baking and whipped up some Peanut Butter Butterscotch Cookies, which were absolutely delicious. I might need to eat another six one of them.
Peanut Butter Butterscotch Cookies
- 1 cup peanut butter
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 cup butterscotch chips
- Preheat oven to 350*F.
- Mix all ingredients together until smooth.
- Use a tablespoon to portion batter onto a greased baking sheet.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes until edges start to lightly brown.
- Allow to cool before serving.
Makes approximately 18 cookies
Off to walk the pug and then to CrossFit. We’re doing Prowler Pushes tonight. I have a seriously love-hate relationship with them.