Run, Glorious RUN!

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When I run, I visualize all the stress inside me pouring out.   Then, I imagine positive energy filling up that empty void.  For more than three years, running was the way I managed stress or unhappiness.  I think that’s why I’ve been struggling so much the last few months — it’s difficult to find a replacement for the act of running.  It is my therapy. 🙂


I came home from my night shift at 10 PM, and by 10:05, I was out the door.  I didn’t care how late it was; I didn’t mind that it was pitch black.  I just wanted to run a little.  Per my own personal running hiatus rule, I only ran 2.0 miles, but this run was unique in that I actually ran for the entire time.  Since April 20, I’ve only ran a grand total of 7.0 miles, and all but this run were walk/run combos.


I kept my pace very slow (slower is better for your knees), but it still felt like I was flying! 🙂


  • Duration:  22 minutes
  • Distance: 2.0 miles


We are SO low on food so my snacks/eats for the afternoon and evening felt kind of mish-mash.


Afternoon snackies include Chobani, banana, and blueberries. Oh, and a random handful of almonds.


PB on an English Muffin…


And dinner was whole wheat pasta with pasta sauce + sprinkle of cheddar cheese.


Plus, broc on the side.


Post-run,I slammed a deliciously cold and refreshing cup of skim milk:


I am off to bed, my lovelies!


Sleep tight 🙂



  • Amanda June 2, 2009, 8:18 pm

    Good for you for getting out there a relieving some stress! It always feels the best to run when you feel like you really, mentally NEED it.

  • emily June 2, 2009, 8:22 pm

    Yay for good runs – I had one today too!

  • jenngirl June 2, 2009, 8:23 pm

    I'm so glad that you feel better. And I think it's so insightful that you recognize what running has done for you, and what kind of impact taking a "hiatus" is having on you.

    You say you're low on food, but I think your snacks and dinner look yummy!! 🙂

  • eatingjourney June 2, 2009, 8:30 pm

    I am glad that you were able to get out on a run. I LOVE running at night. LOVE IT.

    The pasta looks awesome..I am having some tonight after soccer practice. I am giving away animal shapped pasta from Australia..they'd make a nice addition. Check it out.

    Hope you got some of the stress gone!

  • runsarah June 2, 2009, 8:56 pm

    I love how stress relieving running is! Best feeling.

  • teacherwoman June 2, 2009, 9:06 pm

    Glad to hear your late night run felt good. Nothing like a good run to cleanse the soul!

  • erineats June 2, 2009, 11:41 pm

    Oh I need some of your bravery. It gets to 5.30pm at the moment and I avoid running outside, just because I know it will be dark by the time I get home (and I never run the entire way — I run my x distance, and then walk back).

    Damn winter.

  • Stacey June 3, 2009, 2:54 am

    Yay for a good run! I am glad you brought up the 'time' thing…I was wondering, do you get scared running in the dark by yourself?

    Does your husband worry about you when you do this? I want to start running in the early morning around my neighborhood but can't get over how dark it is!

  • Susan June 3, 2009, 3:05 am

    I'm glad you were able to get in some stress relief! Sometimes all we need is a little dose!

  • Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point June 3, 2009, 3:07 am

    stacy – instead of running on back roads like i normally do, i ran on a busy major roadway so i felt safe. 🙂

    naw the husband doesnt worry. he's from london. orlando seems tame to him. LOL

  • recipesforcreativity June 3, 2009, 3:21 am

    Good for you!

  • Sam June 3, 2009, 3:53 am

    "naw the husband doesnt worry. he's from london. orlando seems tame to him."

    Haha, that made me laugh. I wouldn't go running the streets of London in the dark either!

  • NoMeatAthlete June 3, 2009, 4:00 am

    When does your hiatus end? It sounds miserable! Though I'm sure it's for the best 🙂

  • seesaraheat June 3, 2009, 5:18 am

    Yay! I hope that relieved some stress for you 🙂

  • Rose June 3, 2009, 6:43 am

    Glad you had a nice run – and a night one at that! Glad you're feeling better 🙂

  • Katherine June 3, 2009, 6:46 am

    So great that you had a good run – it's good for the soul 🙂

  • Tanya June 3, 2009, 7:15 am

    Congrats on your personal running best. I can so relate!

  • Rebeca @All Vegged Out June 3, 2009, 10:40 am

    I'm glad the run helped!

    I have to say you're really inspiring me with your crazy schedule… I'm so quick to blow off exercise or making my own healthy meal (and opt for eating out) because I'm so "busy" with FT work and FT school! If you can fit in a healthy lifestyle (plus a husband!), then I can strive to do better.

    So… Thank you, Caitlin!

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