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.
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.
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!