MY RUNNING GUILTY PLEASURES

The theme for this week’s edition of Tuesdays on the Run is Running Guilty Pleasures. I’m linking up with Marcia, Erika, and Patty.

I don’t know if I’ve mentioned this before but … I love running. It’s one of my favorite things to do. 🙂  Sure, there are definitely days that I don’t really want to get out of bed (especially lately – I’m not meant for sub-zero temps!!) but I’m definitely never sad after I’ve finished a run.

If you were to poll a group of runners about the things that they love most about running, I’m sure there would be a few “regulars” in the responses – endorphins, eating, bling, tall socks. lol  But each runner has his or her own “guilty pleasures” – the things they love the most about being out there and some would also be expected but some … well, some may surprise you.

1. BACON

Okay, let me ‘splain. I love bacon and I don’t just reserve eating it for post-workout or anything like that. If I want some, I make it. Truthfully, though, there really is nothing more amazing (to me) after a long run than coming in the house and smelling bacon and having a couple pieces saved for me. That’s love right there. <3

I like to run in the mornings. People are waking up. Coffee is being brewed. Breakfasts are being made. Moms and dads are getting ready for the day, kids are getting ready for school.  There’s something oddly satisfying to me about smelling bacon as I’m running through my neighborhood. It makes me happy for the people in those houses. Corny, right?

2. BREAKFAST AT A DINER

Okay, so we haven’t done this in a while but it’s been a long time since I’ve gone out for a really long run. #injuriessuck That will be changing soon because I’m building that mileage back up (whoop!) and I need to find the right place to go! When we lived in Florida, there was a little mom and pop joint that was only open for breakfast and lunch right in our town and we would go for breakfast after long runs. And not once did I ever feel guilty for putting away those pancakes that were literally the size of my head plus the bacon and the skillet potatoes and egg white omelet AND the side of watermelon. Yep. Those were the days.

This is all mine. Get your own! LOL

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3. NAPS

I never take naps. I mean, if I’m sick, I’ll nap all day but I just don’t sleep during daylight hours. In fact, sleeping until 6 or 6:30 in the morning used to be “sleeping in” to me. But, I’ll tell you what – after a good run, there’s nothing quite as relaxing as chilling on the couch in a pair of comfy sweats and catching a few Zs. I don’t nap for long but sometimes, I’m lucky enough to get an hour. Those days are the BEST! Especially because it means I’m that much closer to eating again and I didn’t have to spend time thinking about it! Haha!

Okay, so it’s possible that I’m the most boring runner you’ve ever met. LOL!!  I don’t do bubble baths so there’s no post-run soaking for me, I don’t listen to music when I run (I like to hear what’s going on around me), and I prefer the outside to the treadmill so I don’t “catch up on shows” or watch movies or any of that stuff.

I like being outside, hearing nature, feeling the vibe of my neighborhood, wearing tall socks  and maybe a cute running skirt, and either a fun headband or trucker hat (that’s my new favorite thing!) and just having that me time where I’m lost in thought and I’m solving all the problems or writing my next paper in my head. That’s my running pleasure – no guilt about it!

Tell me:

  • What are some of your running “guilty pleasures?”
  • What’s your favorite part about running?

17 COMMENTS

  1. Chocolaterunsjudy | 12th Jan 18

    Ah, that makes much more sense now. I’m sure if I ran 20 miles, I’d be eating all the food too — and *maybe* not feeling guilty about it! Although no doubt I’d go overboard with it.

  2. Chocolaterunsjudy | 11th Jan 18

    I wish I could eat like that! Sigh. Even after a long run. Not until the double digits and even then . . .

    I’d rather run outside than on the treadmill, but obviously where I live that can be hard during the winter. Especially if I’m not training for anything. I just get so chilled afterwards!

    Running clothes is mine, I guess. My husband might say running itself was my guilty pleasure (but then, there’s always shopping, and not just for running clothes, either).

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 11th Jan 18

      I would only eat like that after a 20! Or maybe 16-18 but never after anything less. And, not right away. I’m not hungry for at least an hour or more after a long run.

      This winter has been brutal so far! And I’m south of you. Can only imagine what temps you’re dealing with! I get chilled too. Takes me forever to warm back up, even after a shower. I’ll frequently wear gloves INSIDE because my hands are just so cold!!

  3. vicki | 10th Jan 18

    I’m with you on the naps!

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 10th Jan 18

      It’s definitely my favorite reason to take a nap!

  4. Clarinda | 9th Jan 18

    I love your reasons for Bacon! I wish I lived in your neighbor; it sounds like an amazing place for a morning run.

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 10th Jan 18

      It’s definitely different than your neighborhood! haha! It’s so peaceful. If you ever come this way, we’ll have to run and smell bacon together! <3

  5. Lacey@fairytalesandfitness | 9th Jan 18

    Nothing like a relaxing nap after a long run.

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 10th Jan 18

      I completely agree. Long run naps FTW!

  6. Lisa | 9th Jan 18

    I totally know what you mean about smelling bacon on your run! I love smelling any kind of breakfast or coffee while I am running…knowing I can have my own when Im finished!

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 10th Jan 18

      Right?! I get excited and start dreaming about food. I actually think it makes me run faster. lol

  7. Wendy | 9th Jan 18

    #1 all the way. Sometimes I’ll run by a house and I can smell pancakes! And bacon….

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 9th Jan 18

      Sometimes, I just stop. You know, check my shoe. Fix my hat. SMELL ALL THE SMELLS!!! 😂

  8. Lesley | 9th Jan 18

    When I lived in Dallas, my gym was near a Whataburger, and I could smell the bacon cooking on Sunday mornings.

    • Jennifer
      Jennifer | 9th Jan 18

      Oh. My. Gosh. A BBQ joint opened up literally across the street from my house a year ago. When I wake up some mornings, I can smell their smokers. I die!!!! 🤤🤤🤤

  9. Kimberly Hatting | 9th Jan 18

    I’m like you…I love being outside. The treadmill is NOT my gig. And bacon? Yes, please!!!

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