I actually completed my run before 2pm?

So, since the restaurant closes at midnight on Sunday’s, I actually got to bed at a decent hour! Which meant, I woke up around 9:30am feeling more like it was noon. When I noticed how early it was, I decided to go for a run! 

Since we’d laid out at the pool all day yesterday, I’m a bit of a lobster. I had to SLATHER on the sunscreen today, and I still feel the burn on my arms and back. Note to self: invest in a hat, and some aerosol sunscreen. I was pretty pumped to start out with- today was day one of week eight of my couch 2 5k app- I’ve been running 3x a week for two months? How did that happen?! I am very proud of myself for sticking with it this time, even if there have been some bumps along the way. I’ve gained a bit of weight back (relatives visiting and pms will do that to you) that I need to lose again, but nothing I can’t handle. BRING IT ON!

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Workout Recap

I don’t know if it was the sunburn or what, but even though the temperature was cooler today than it has been, I was DYING after three miles… so I walked the four miles back. I did spend about 20 minutes sitting on someone’s dock on the lake, just enjoying the shade and the sound of the water- which I think helped my stress level a LOT. See, look how pretty it was!

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LSU Lakes, from someone’s dock!
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Ran through LSU down Highland Rd. for a change of scenery. SO many freshmen!

So all in all, not a terrible way to spend my morning. I still need to figure out a way to get out there while it’s still dark, or find a CHEAP gym or treadmill, because it’s not even summer yet, and I am melting out there.

I’ve also found some virtual runs I’m planning on signing up for, that I thought people might be interested in- they all benefit great causes!

I’m also looking into the Jazz Half Marathon in NOLA, the Rock N Roll Half Marathon in NOLA next year, and the Baton Rouge Half Marathon next year. Who wants to be my running buddy?!

Feeling unmotivated? Go outside, lazy!

Well yesterday was my first day off of work in… eight days. That’s right- I worked 8 days (2 parties, one UFC fight, and a ladies night), all with no day off. In the restaurant world… that blows. At the end of Sunday’s shift, I quite literally wanted to cry. Even more so, when while closing the store at Midnight, the last guest asked me “why do you close up so fast? We’re all having fun here- no need to be a bitch”. Ugh. 

So needless to say, I spent ALL DAY Monday on the couch, reading a book. I didn’t do a damn thing. I ate some bagel bites, took a bubble bath, bought a facial, and took some time for me (for once).

…And then I felt guilty. I had not only eaten terribly, I had wasted an entire beautiful day inside, just because I felt burnt out. So this evening (once it cooled down- I’m not crazy), I went for a short run around downtown Baton Rouge. I’m still doing the whole C25K app on my Iphone thing, so today was 5 min warm up, run for 8 minutes, walk for 5, run for 8, and cool down for 5. By that point, I was about 2.6 miles from home, so I walked the rest of the way back, and just…breathed. And it was wonderful. I feel so much less stressed, calm, and ready for my 7am-5pm shift tomorrow. 

Moral of the story? Even when I’m feeling burnt out, and tired, and ready to quit… I HAVE to just get out there. Once I’m outside, I’ll never regret it. And no matter how slow I go- I’m still lapping everyone on the couch. 

Photo highlights from today’s run: 

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Mississippi River, looking south

 

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Sunset

 

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Looking North, at Exxon

 

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The Old Arsenal
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The Old State Capitol
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Downtown BR Square

4.09 For Boston Strong

2 thoughts: 
a) I need to become a morning person
b) Never run at Noon in Louisiana. 

Today I ran my 4.09 miles for Boston, starting from Andrew’s house, heading down to the LSU lakes, and then back. And man, was it hot. I’m going to HAVE to learn to love 6am for these runs. I tracked my time and splits using C25K Free on my Iphone, which is (hopefully) preparing me for the GYRIG 5k on the 27th. I also dedicated my run to Achilles, in honor of the Boston Marathon, donating 10 miles of hope (or $5). I did try out a new Iphone app today, called Map My Run. I really enjoyed this application, because it tracked my course (much more accurately than Charity Miles), called out my times, splits, and distance. Bonus? It gives you Walgreens Reward Points, just for using it! (I can’t believe I run with three apps, plus I ❤ Radio. High Maintenance much?)

Other than the heat, it was a beautiful day outside, and I definitely made good on the title of this blog! My mood is lifted, I’m a sweaty mess, and I received 5 high fives from other runners- I love how supportive everyone is right now. 

Highlights of the run: 

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Running outfit for the day- Nike pro shorts, Ft Myers tank, oddly appropriate blue/yellow nikes.
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Ignore the time (cause I stopped to watch the ducks), but look how far I went!
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Odd things you see running through downtown Baton Rouge (apparently)

I might try to do some Blogilates before work, but we’ll see if I can peel myself off the couch. 

xoxo,

Lauren