A Great Run

I hope I don’t give off the impression that I in any way live my life as the perfect healthy living candidate. I still struggle. A lot. And have bad days, and bad weeks, or in this case, bad weekends. This past weekend was SO MUCH FUN, but I didn’t do even one thing that was remotely good for my health.

In case you didn’t read between the lines there, let me translate for you. I overdid it with booze and food this weekend, big time. Late nights out led to eating pizza (twice), popcorn, and chinese food, and it also translated into lazy mornings that didn’t involve any sort of physical activity besides laying on the couch.

Now, don’t get me wrong – I had a BLAST hanging out with my girlfriends.


And I also found the PERFECT recipe for homemade Bloody Mary mix. (It’s this one, plus 2 teaspoons of fresh horseradish per recipe).

Blood Mary

Fancy garnishes encouraged.

BUT, when I woke up yesterday morning, I felt like crap. Bloated, exhausted, headache-y, and just not the way you hope to feel on a Monday morning to start off the week. I had to go to a conference for the first part of day for work, and woke up too late to get a workout in beforehand, and then came home after the conference and plugged away at work for several hours.

I was almost ready to melt into the couch for the evening when I realized I had no excuse to not go for a run before giving in. After overdoing it for so many days in a row, I had a feeling my body might not respond the best, but I knew I had to at least give it a try if I had any hopes of snapping out of it.

It was one of those runs where I set out not sure of how far I’d go, or even where I’d go, I just went. I ended up running from my place in Dupont Circle into Georgetown, and at the point where I would normally turn around to do a 3 mile run, I decided to just keep going and added another mile in for a total of 4 miles.

My runs for the last several weeks have been “fine” at best, and that’s honestly a stretch. I’ve felt out of breath before I started, had to fight for every step of them, and just had to play mind games with myself the entire time. I am SURE that has everything to do with being inconsistent with working out for the last couple weeks, which is why last night was so surprising.

I felt energized, powerful, and confident with every step of the run. I had a pep in my step and felt like a million bucks the whole time as I passed people left and right on the sidewalk (granted, they were WALKING home from work, but still). I probably could have kept going, but I didn’t want to push it. It was one of those runs where I needed it to be good, even if I didn’t expect it to be. Does that make sense?

Anyway, I got home, stretched, and basically bounced up the stairs to my apartment because I was feeling so great.

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Not even faking that smile!

And only then did I let myself melt into the couch for the night. And don’t worry, I even showered first.

9 Comments on A Great Run

  1. Dana
    January 15, 2013 at 8:46 am (8 years ago)

    Nice job! Passing people is passing people – their speed is irrelevant! 🙂

    • Beth
      January 15, 2013 at 9:33 am (8 years ago)

      My point exactly! hahaha

  2. Dani @ Live Lightly Everyday
    January 15, 2013 at 10:22 am (8 years ago)

    Good for you! I can relate as I am just trying to get back at it this week too. Getting started is always the hardest part, but I am always so happy after the workout is over so I always remind myself of that as I am going!

    • Beth
      January 15, 2013 at 10:48 am (8 years ago)

      Hi Dani! I have this magnet hanging on my fridge that says, “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” Love it. 🙂

  3. Caitlin
    January 15, 2013 at 2:12 pm (8 years ago)

    It’s great that you approach life with a balanced common-sense approach to eating. I think so many people get caught up in this notion that you have to be extreme and eat only veggies and fruits all the time, which is really tough for most people to do. The key is to find the middle-ground. Try and eat healthy, but allow yourself room to make mistakes.

    I also love that you had that feeling and extra boost of energy while running when you least expected it. I run every day, and I love love love the days when I unexpectedly (and suddenly) feel that extra motivation. I had one of those days this morning, in fact! Nice to know other runners experience those too.

  4. Cherelynn
    January 15, 2013 at 2:49 pm (8 years ago)

    Happy Tuesday to you! Oh that Bloody Mary recipe is a must for tonight!
    Just read through the post here on your blog and love the freshness of it. You have a fun and witty writing style too! Keep up the good work and when you get a chance, come visit my take on how to stay healthy during the media tombed ‘flu pandemic of 2013’. Cheers to your health and success!
    Ciao ciao for now~
    @Cherelynn on Twitter

  5. Phyllis
    January 15, 2013 at 6:34 pm (8 years ago)

    I love your blogs. You are so human, you delight in your human-ness. And then, you have a God-given talent to see the lessons and then turn it around. And to make it even more meaningful, you delight in the lesson. Wow. What a gift! And I am so grateful to you to share it. I am so lucky! Thanks.

  6. Tori
    January 15, 2013 at 10:25 pm (8 years ago)

    Yum!! That bloody mary recipe sounds deeeelish! May have to try that one out.

    Awesome job on the run! I love that you live such a balanced lifestyle– sometimes it is so hard to do, but we literally cannot be perfect Weight Watchers every day/week!

    Rock it out girl!



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