My morning run routine has officially moved in, unpacked, and settled itself into my agenda. We’re getting along very well!
Yesterday morning I met Anne P for a planned -8-miles. By 8:00 a.m. it was already a hot and humid summer day in DC! Check out her post for some fun pictures before/after, and the gorgeous trail we ran up and down. Luckily we had some shaded areas, but the heat takes its toll pretty quickly. Anne was having some issues with a tight/sore/angry calf muscle, and I was happy to oblige with a few walk breaks. We ended up doing ~6.5 miles in ~75 minutes, which is still a good morning workout if you ask me! 🙂
Today, I joined the Tuesday morning group at 6:30 a.m. (late, by my new standards). This group meets at the same spot I’ve been joining my a.m-buddy, but things look very different an hour later! The sun is out, people are moving around, and the temperature is climbing UP. Our route passed the Kennedy Center, went across Roosevelt Bridge, hopped on the Mt Vernon trail, up and over the Key Bridge, and took us back through Georgetown. After climbing Connecticut Ave to get back home, I did a total of 6.5 miles in 57 minutes.
One thing I love about a morning-workout is having that amped up Metabolism, and endorphin flow, throughout the day! Your body is asking for those nutrients back, to keep you going and alert. This is the lunchbox that I take to work everyday:
I love this philosophy. In college, when I started training and running more for endurance (i.e. my first half-marathon), it completely changed how I ate for the better. I ate to fuel my runs and help my body recover – what I chose for each meal mattered! Has any change in your exercise routine affected the way you eat?
For my morning runs, I always refuel with oatmeal. Today, that was oats, peanut butter, banana slices, and almond milk. My lunch was full of veggies to pack some natural nutrients into the afternoon:
My salad contained:
Avocado chunks, Grape tomatoes, 1/2 cup yellow corn, 1/2 cup kidney beans, spinach leaves, purple onion slices and Salsa.
Protein: beans, veggies
Carbs: Corn, apple
I added an apple on the side for a sweet and healthy crunch! But, I also enjoyed a little piece of dark chocolate, as per usual. 🙂