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Keeping Pace, Issue #010 -- Creating the Perfect Run
June 01, 2013
Make it a Great Run!
Throughout our running training journey, we’re bound to experience some ‘off days’ or low points in our motivation. We may be physically drained, mentally drained or perhaps a little of both.
Just last week, I was talking to a newer runner who described how running left her with such a mixed feeling of loathing and joy. She didn’t typically have a good time while she was running, but loved how it made her feel when she was done. It was that elation of being finished that kept bringing her back. No doubt we all totally connect with the feeling of elation she described with being done our workouts and it’s most certainly true that gratification does not come without some discomfort. However, it blew me away that someone could dislike an activity so much and yet come back for more day after day. I had a strong suspicion there was more to the story.
After probing with a few more questions about her running experiences, it finally became apparent that much of her discomfort was neither normal nor necessary. With her young baby and hectic schedule, she often dove right into her runs without ever taking the time to warm so she could be done before the baby woke up. She also lacked a pair of shoes that fit her properly.
This made me wonder how many of us unnecessarily put up with substandard gear or conditions and seemed like a great time to review some daily strategies we can use to set ourselves up for awesome running experiences.
Positive Running Strategies
Despite best efforts, we all experience the odd day where we feel like we’re running low on energy reserves, but don’t let it get you down. Perhaps you’re not being whiny, and your body would much rather do with a brisk walk! Try to enjoy your session for whatever it brings and be proud of yourself for getting off your butt. Hydrate, consume some quality calories, get a good night’s sleep and resume with a fresh start the next day.
Healthy AND Delicious Cheese Burgers!!
In celebration of National Burger Day(May 28th) we welcome with open arms...BBQ season! What better way to celebrate than with these TO-DIE-FOR cheese-stuffed burgers???
Seriously, these were a huge hit with the everyone including the kids and some of the fussier friends of the kids too! I was amazed at how well the cheese stayed in the burger until it was cut open. Imagine that festival of flavors you will experience when you bite into one of these - my mouth is watering as I type...
Directions: In food processor, finely mince onion and garlic. In a bowl, mix all burger ingredients, except cheese, until well blended. Use your hands. Cut desired amount of cheese into small cubes and warp meat mixture around them to form a burger. There should be enough meat to make 6 - 8 burgers, depending on size you like.
Grill 6 - 8 minutes per side, making sure meat is no longer pink. Try your best to seal the meat around the cheese to avoid oozing while cooking although the slightly crisp burnt cheese on a few of them was also delicious.
Serve on a bed of fresh spinach leaves or crisp Romaine lettuce (Paleo folks) with grilled peppers and onion mix or whatever topping you desire - the possibilities here are endless:)
MYRG Quote of the Month
"20 years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream!"
Here's to keeping pace with your running goals!
**NEXT MONTH** Look for a SCARY ALLIANCE!!!
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