Above is a picture of the scenery that marked the halfway point in my run this morning. There’s a dock that leads out onto the water, so I utilized this serene atmosphere to stretch. While we become consumed in our exercise and diet, it’s important to remember to stretch. Someone once told me that working out without stretching is like eating a salad with fried chicken. While the analogy is a bit extreme, it draws a vivid picture that I visualize each time I feel too lazy to take the five extra minutes to get in some stretching.
There’s a Mud, Sweat, and Tears 5 mile obstacle course race coming up in May that I intend to compete in. Today’s run totaled 4.5 miles, which is a number I haven’t seen since summer 2006. As that’s only .5 miles from 5, I know I can do the race, and intend to train for some 10Ks to keep my mileage up and my gusto fueled. Each of us has a different source of motivation – mine is competition.
This morning’s run was fueled by a breakfast of oatmeal with one tablespoon of peanut butter. This always keeps me full for a minimum of 3.5 hours, no matter how much I exercise. The healthiest way to make this is with steal cut oatmeal and organic peanut butter; however, if you need a little more pizzaz in your morning fuel, and you like the portioned out packages of oatmeal, I opt for Quakers Weight Control or Quakers Low-Sugar versions. The Weight Control variety has extra fiber and protein to keep you feeling satiated for an extended period of time. The Low-Sugar version is still delicious and helps cut out a lot of those unnecessary sugars.
Finally, which song gets me fired up for a run? Without fail, this song always amps me up to hit my cardio goals for the day: