Anger Works Wonders

Happy Hump Day! Thanks for all your feedback on my new glasses – I’m digging them! It’s definitely a little weird to adjust to when you’re used to wearing contacts because of the peripheral vision and I’ve definitely had to stop a few times while going up and down the escalator into the metro, but I’m getting used to them. In fact, last night I put my contacts in to go for a run and the contacts made me all dizzy, so I’m pretty sure I’m just screwing with my eyes bigtime.

Recently I have been having the perfect after work / pre-workout snack that has been so satisfying and perfect fuel before a workout.

Almond Butter and Honey Toast

One slice of Ezekial Sprouted Grain Bread (3.99 at Trader Joe’s which is WAYYY cheaper than in other grocery stores!) with crunchy almond butter and a drizzle of honey. Original? No. Delicious? Yes. I’d never tried the sprouted grain bread before and it is seriously delicious. The bread itself is pretty dense and soo satisfying. It gets perfectly crunchy when you toast it and stands up well to lots of toppings.

After my almond butter honey toast, I went out for a run. Something annoying happened at work right before I left, so I was feeling a little angry before my run. Anger seriously works wonders. I went out and had the fastest run I think I’ve ever had. I definitely felt like I was going really fast and towards the end really had to push myself to keep up the pace, but check out the stats:

  • Distance: 4.01 miles
  • Duration: 36:40
  • Pace: 9:09 (!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
  • Speed: 6.6mph
  • Calories: 460

I usually finish around 10 minute average, so to cut almost a whole minute off of 4 miles made me ecstatic. I did a pretty good job keeping up the pace too – the fastest mile was 9:02 (the first mile) and the slowest mile was 9:17 (the third mile), so only 15 seconds difference. I came in and felt a whole lot less angry! I did have a little bit of a chafing problem…


It was actually bothering me a bit towards the end of my run (where my bra strap hits) but I almost never have any problems with chafing, so I was kind of surprised that it bothered me on just a 4 mile run. Luckily I have some Body Glide at home from a race expo so that I will be OK for one more run (tomorrow) before Sunday’s race.

When I opened my fridge for dinner, the can of pumpkin was crying out to be used, so I found out a sort of weird way to incorporate it into my meal, but I’ll be back at lunch to show you that because I’m having leftovers! I also used the pumpkin when preparing today’s breakfast… pumpkin overnight oats!

Though slightly sad when I used the last of the Crunchy Almond Butter for last night’s preworkout snack, it left me with one thing on my mind – Oats in a Jar! Into the mix went:

I basically used the pumpkin as a substitute for the yogurt since the consistency is similar, and it worked perfectly. It also happens to be vegan! (Also only 4 points on WW plus whatever was left in the jar worth of almond butter)


There was actually enough going on in the jar that I didn’t even need to top it off with anything… SO good! It had been far too long since I had OIAJ… yum.

Do you ever get chafing or any recurring issues from running/working out? What’s your favorite snack lately?

0 comment on Anger Works Wonders

  1. Katie Photiadis
    October 6, 2010 at 10:22 am (10 years ago)

    How do you (and others like Kath) always have jars of almond butter/ peanut butter with just a little in it? That so rarely happens for me 😉

    Congrats on the awesome run! You must feel so proud of yourself.

    • Beth
      October 6, 2010 at 11:59 am (10 years ago)

      Thinking about OIAJ is the only thing that keeps me from licking the jar clean… 🙂

  2. Liz @ lizrunsdc
    October 6, 2010 at 10:39 am (10 years ago)

    anger is one of the best exercise motivators! At my old job I truly hated my boss, and once a week I would go to kickboxing after work and picture punching her face lol.
    Way to go on your run!!

    • Beth
      October 6, 2010 at 11:59 am (10 years ago)

      hahaha I should definitely try that!!

  3. Carolyn @ lovinlosing
    October 6, 2010 at 10:41 am (10 years ago)

    Congrats on cutting so much time off your run! That’s awesome!

  4. Theresa @ActiveEggplant
    October 6, 2010 at 10:49 am (10 years ago)

    I agree – anger is such a good catalyst for a good run!
    As for chafing – I had serious problems with it! No matter how long the run was (2 miles or 10) I would chafe around my rib cage & under/between the ladies. I tried so many different anti-chafing creams/ointments & even athletic tape, but no luck. I ended up having to switch sports bras! I use Enell bras now…ultra expensive to 100% worth it for me. (Sorry that sounds sort of like a commercial…they’re THAT good though.)

    For other areas that crop up randomly – waistband/underarms/legs, I’ve found that A&D ointment works the best for me! Plus, it’s cheap and you can get it anywhere! (But it smells funny.)

    Congrats on the 9:00 pace! That’s awesome girl!

  5. Amy @ Second City Randomness
    October 6, 2010 at 10:59 am (10 years ago)

    You’re right about your bad day theory. I kick a little more ass on those days in the gym… 😉

  6. Marie
    October 6, 2010 at 11:01 am (10 years ago)

    A 9:00 mile and a chaffing problem? Yep, you’re definitely a runner!

  7. Stephanie @ The Cookie Battle
    October 6, 2010 at 11:05 am (10 years ago)

    I get the same chafing issue there, right under my bra strap, and also along the bottom of the bra under the girls (which is a particularly painful place because obvi you have to wear a bra all day). I’ve found a mix of body glide first, then some vaseline on top of that works wonders for me. I never get that issue anymore.

  8. TheHealthyApron
    October 6, 2010 at 11:24 am (10 years ago)

    Funny, I just had a client quiz me on Ezekial bread and it’s health benefits. I have literally never tried it! I don’t live anywhere close to a place that would sell but I am inclined to make a trip to Trader Joes this weekend now!

    • Beth
      October 6, 2010 at 12:00 pm (10 years ago)

      It is GOOD. It’s definitely worth the trip to TJ’s for! It’s usually in the freezer section of most grocery stores so check there at your local grocer, but it can be really pricey!

  9. Ivie
    October 6, 2010 at 12:20 pm (10 years ago)

    I missed the update about your new glasses, so I had to go back and look – they are SO CUTE!

    • Beth
      October 6, 2010 at 12:39 pm (10 years ago)

      Aww thanks!

  10. Bekki
    October 6, 2010 at 12:28 pm (10 years ago)

    I loev the anger motivator- gets me through my work outs too…
    How many points in your OIJ- total
    I have been on a almond/peanut butter kick- with ANYTHING!!! I need to stop

    • Beth
      October 6, 2010 at 12:39 pm (10 years ago)

      Probably 6 total because I’d guess there was around a tbsp left in the jar. 2 for the oats, 1 for the protein powder, .5 for the chia seeds, .5 for the milk, 0 for the pumpkin, 2 for the AB = 6

      • Bekki
        October 6, 2010 at 1:01 pm (10 years ago)

        Thanks!! 🙂

  11. Lisa
    October 6, 2010 at 6:46 pm (10 years ago)

    I usually only get chafing under my heart rate monitor underneath my breasts. It’s from the heat/sweat and friction. If I use lanacane or body glide that helps a lot.


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