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On my 5.0 mile run tonight, I got to thinking about why I run.  I realized I can’t define it in just one sentence or even two.


  • I run because one day I might not be able to.
  • I run because it’s more Earth-friendly than driving to the gym and plugging into the treadmill.
  • I run to maintain my weight loss.
  • I run because it gives me time to myself and lets me sort through my thoughts on life, love, and my greater purpose.
  • I run because it gets me out of my office, off my couch, and into the great outdoors.
  • I run because I want to live to 100!
  • I run to discover my limits and break them.
  • I run so I can eat yummy foods without being obsessed about my calorie intake.
  • I run so when people ask me if I have a hobby, I actually have something to say!
  • I run to keep my body strong and fit, so I can one day have healthy children and start a family with Future Husband.


As you can tell, my 5.0 miler was quite glorious! I focused on happy thoughts and began to pump myself up for my long, long run tomorrow! Here are my statistics:


  • Duration: 47 minutes (5.0  miles)
  • Average Heart Rate: 169
  • Maximum Heart Rate: 199
  • Calories Burned: 424


Before my run, I stopped at the gym and did upper-body weights.  I did 3 reps of 12 bicep curls (30 lbs), 3 reps of 12 tricep push-downs (40 lbs), 3 reps of 10 assisted chin chips (assisted with 70 lbs), and 3 reps of 12 double pulley rows (30 lbs).


Post-Run Snack


Dinner took a while to cook, so I had a 1 scoop of Muscle Milk with 1 cup of skim milk.


Pre-Long Run Day Dinner – Pad Thai



I used the Taste of Thai mix, but this time I only used 1/2 portion of the noodles.  I added 1.5 tablespoon of raw unsalted peanuts, 1/3 block of baked tofu (rubbed in chili powder and pepper), a large bunch of steamed broc, and some baby corn.  MMMMM delicious!  A perfect pre-long run day dinner!


I haven’t had dessert… yet… but there’s a fresh watermelon in the fridge, calling my name!


Mid-Day Snacks


I normally have two mid-day snacks, but I was super hungry this afternoon and had three!  Hey, if I’m hungry… I’m HUNGRY! :)  My pre-run snack consisted of a banana and PB.


A little earlier, I had a bowl of 1/4 cup Grape Nuts + 1/4 cup Granola + 1/2 cup yogurt…. my favorite. 🙂


I also had three fresh prunes in a fun little heart dish



Your Reasons


I’d love to hear YOUR REASONS for running or your favorite form of physical activity! 



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