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Loved all of you suggestions for ice cream toppings. Especially loved how many of you suggested peanut butter-based toppings. You know me too well!

Today was one of those days that required a run. A long, fast, sweaty one.

Y’all know I have been off the running train lately but running is still the thing I turn to when I need to feel that “release.” While the 62 day yoga challenge has been amazing, I needed to be on the road today and not on my mat.

I set out with a motivating playlist and no set distance goal in mind. I just wanted to run until I felt better. 6.6 miles later, that was accomplished. I think I averaged an 8:20ish pace and it felt effortless. I needed to be running. 

It’s fun to share playlists so here are the songs that pushed me through my run tonight. I mean, how can you run slowly with this mix?

Is running therapeutic for you? 

And a quick look at today’s eats.

Breakfast before teaching the 9:15 hot vinyasa at Y2 was apple cinnamon oatmeal topped with apple butter and almond butter.

Brandon and I grabbed lunch at Crisp and I had a build your own salad with spinach, mixed greens, blue cheese, walnuts, dried cranberries, hardboiled eggs, pears and chickpeas. Honey dijon vinaigrette on the side.

After lunch we walked over to Sunflour Bakery and ordered a magic bar to split. It was huge! We cut this into fourths and brought the leftovers home for dessert tonight. So good.

And finally, post-run dinner was leftover butternut + bean chili (do you want me to post the recipe – it’s super good?) topped with greek  yogurt, shredded cheddar and avocado and a slice of beer bread.

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  • 1
    Michelle December 14, 2011, 10:05 pm

    Loving your running playlist!

  • 2
    Bess @ Bess Be Fit December 14, 2011, 10:12 pm

    I know what you mean! Sometimes you just get to that point when you need to be running so badly that it feels easy. Those are the best. I wish every run could feel so effortless! Hope you are feeling better now. Def post the chili recipe!

    • 3
      Jen December 15, 2011, 5:00 pm

      i wish all runs could be so easy and inspired too but then we wouldn’t get mentally stronger! 😉 i felt SO much better after. it was incredible.

      will post the chili!

  • 4
    Matt @ The Athlete's Plate December 14, 2011, 10:19 pm

    Running does a body good 🙂

  • 5
    Kate December 14, 2011, 10:25 pm

    With running, I get more of a sense of accomplishment, clarity, and release than with any other form of exercise. It is my cheap form of therapy. 🙂

    Please post the chili recipe!

    • 6
      Jen December 15, 2011, 5:01 pm

      me too! i don’t know what it is but it’s good stuff and great cheap therapy!

  • 7
    Ariffa December 14, 2011, 11:16 pm

    I love your taste in music. Glad that you had a good run! =)

    • 8
      Jen December 15, 2011, 5:01 pm

      thanks…definitely my motivational “pump me up workout” music!

  • 9
    Sam December 14, 2011, 11:22 pm

    After learning my college mentor had passed away, I had to get out of the house and out of my head and took off on a long run/walk. I just needed to sweat and burn up some of the extra anxiety I was experiencing. It was quiet therapeutic, though difficult to cry and run at the same time.

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    • 10
      Jen December 15, 2011, 5:02 pm

      i have so been there before with the run/cry. sometimes you just have to get it all out…physically and mentally.

  • 11
    Bonnie December 14, 2011, 11:46 pm

    Oh man…running is definitely my stress reliever. So glad to see you got such a great run in! Those first few steps out the door even make a difference in my mood, mentality, and perspective. So wonderful. And your breakfast, although it’s a usual-ish meal and I’ve seen it before, looks incredible – the light is great and makes me want a bowl right now before bed! 😉

    • 12
      Jen December 15, 2011, 5:05 pm

      running is an awesome stress reliever and great way to get out pent-up energy/anxiety.

      i put a filter on all of my photos for this post. glad it made them look extra appetizing! haha! 🙂

  • 13
    Ashlee December 15, 2011, 12:00 am

    Running is so therapeutic for me. It’s like a good run just helps turn everything around. I’m super excited about the new playlist! I’m downloading now as we speak. Thanks for sharing!

    • 14
      Jen December 15, 2011, 5:05 pm

      awesome! glad you liked!

  • 15
    Danielle December 15, 2011, 12:19 am

    Recipe please:)

  • 16
    irunthere4iam December 15, 2011, 4:10 am

    Great run! And definitely would like that recipe!

  • 17
    Amy December 15, 2011, 6:44 am

    I love it when you post your playlists! Thank you! I already downloaded a couple songs off this one.
    I remember in a recent post of yours, you mentioned a new band you liked (M83, maybe?). What songs of theirs are your favs? I’m always looking for new songs!

    Yes, recipe please!

    • 18
      Jen December 15, 2011, 5:06 pm

      their songs are a little more ambient/chill but my favorites are #1,2,3 and 9,10 from the newest album.

      • 19
        Amy December 15, 2011, 6:57 pm

        Thank you..going to check them out now!

  • 20
    Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) December 15, 2011, 7:10 am

    Yes please do post the recipe. I have a standard mix I use for chili but I am always looking for another yummy option. Thanks!

    I am not a runner so to speak, but power walking (might not sound like anything to some people) really gives me needed energy and a release after a long day. I took a “walking for fitness” class in college and ever since then I have been hooked. I am a believer that power walking really is a good form of exercise. I can walk for well over an hour and once I am done I feel like a new person!

    • 21
      Jen December 15, 2011, 5:07 pm

      i will definitely post the recipe. i can totally see where a good walk would be so meditative, energizing and stress relieving!

  • 22
    Larissa S December 15, 2011, 7:32 am

    Love the playlist, thanks for posting! The chili looks truly fantastic if you could post the recipe that would be great.

  • 23
    Katie Lacks December 15, 2011, 8:27 am

    Please post the vegetarian chili…looks and sounds super delicious!

  • 24
    Amy G. December 15, 2011, 8:27 am

    I completely agree…sometimes you just need to run! There really isn’t anything that compares to it. I’m glad you were able to get a good run in and just release anything you’re holding on to! Oh and I would LOVE if you posted that recipe. I need a good, new chili recipe 🙂

  • 25
    Becca B December 15, 2011, 8:32 am

    running is totally theraputic! also, please post the recipe, i would love to try it!

  • 26
    Melissa December 15, 2011, 9:43 am

    There is no better release than to get outside and have a good run. Especially when it ends up being an effortless run. I am so impressed by the miles you can crank out when you haven’t been running as frequently and you also run at a good pace! But then again, you are very fit and when you need that run you can get through those mental barriers easier.

    I’m looking forward to checking out some songs on your playlist. I’ve noticed that our taste in music is very similar from the playlists you post to the concerts you attend.

    And yes, it would be nice to see the chilli recipe.

    • 27
      Jen December 15, 2011, 5:09 pm

      running outside is just an amazing release. regarding the miles and the pace…probably not the smartest decision given my injury history and how sore i am today but it was totally necessary and felt so good while i was doing it. will take a couple of days off running now and try to undo it with some yoga! 🙂

      let me know if you have any favorite bands you think that i would like. my music taste is pretty random…very different for workout v. car/hang out listening.

  • 28
    Carolie December 15, 2011, 10:35 am

    Yes please post the recipe! looks delish 🙂

  • 29
    Tamara December 15, 2011, 12:16 pm

    Yes yes pretty PLEASE post that recipe for butternut and bean chili! Looks scrumptious!

    Oh, the need for a good run — I can completely relate. I used to define myself as a runner for as long as I can remember (couldn’t imagine a day without it), and recently have been spending less time running and turning more and more to yoga – its where I find myself spending most of my time. But sometimes, you just NEED / CRAVE / WANT a run. There is nothing that feels as good. I am right with ya on that one! 😉 On days I need a release – just me, my sneakers and my music – I need to be out on the road running – there is nothing like it. So glad you had an amazing one!

    • 30
      Jen December 15, 2011, 5:10 pm

      tamara – you are totally writing my story. i am SO happy to be focusing on yoga right now but there is no substitution for a good run when you are craving it.

  • 31
    HRCK December 15, 2011, 12:40 pm

    Please do post the chili recipe! I’m looking for a good vegetarian one.

    And that magic bar looks enormous! (and delicious).

    • 32
      Jen December 15, 2011, 5:12 pm

      it was so enormous! we split it into fourths and had half for lunch dessert and half for dinner dessert. perfect!!! 🙂

  • 33
    Amy December 15, 2011, 4:45 pm

    I’m a vegetarian and would absolutely love to try this recipe!

  • 34
    She Rocks Fitness December 15, 2011, 6:34 pm

    My favorite runs are when I crave it! I am able just go out there with no set time or mileage and just run! I sometimes choose not to have music, which sometimes can be so relaxing. Running is “my” time and I embrace it, love it, and just breathe. I’m planning on doing a run tomorrow morning. 🙂

  • 35
    Alaina December 15, 2011, 8:37 pm

    I would love that chili recipe!

    I love when runs just seem right. During training, I just don’t get enough of those. It seems like the runs/races where I don’t bring a watch are much better, i.e. the bridge run and the Turkey Trot. No watch and effortless sub 9 minute mile pace! 🙂

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