The Pros & Cons of Last Night’s Run

I’m just going to jump right into today’s post and list out the pros and cons of last nights run.


  • The moon was bright and beautiful
  • The beach wasn’t packed
  • There was a nice breeze

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  • My calves were so, so tight
  • 89% humidity, enough said
  • I didn’t finish my run until 8:45pm
    (bad traffic on the way home from work caused me to start really late)

By the time I got home my calves were angry, I was starving and pretty tired. I’m think my calves were tight because I grabbed an old, really worn-out pair of running shoes yesterday morning in my haste to get out the door for work.

Adam has been on my case about getting rid of a bunch of my old shoes, but you never know when they might come in handy! For instance, I could use an old pair to ________. Well, I’m sure there is a reason and I need to keep ALL MY SHOES for that reason!

Aside from running, yesterday was a pretty standard Tuesday. I took myself out for lunch and enjoyed a nice hour of silence in the middle of the day :).

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Right now I’m dreaming pretty heavily about the time change. It’s a little bit light out when I leave the office now (such a tease) but I’m ready for full on brightness. Leaving the office during the winter is so depressing. It feels like I have no life outside of work.

I love the sun! (Just not during long runs!)

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I know the time change brings super hot weather, but I’m mentally prepared for that. I’m going to embrace the heat this year!

Since January 1st I’ve been telling myself this is a year of positivity. It sounds silly but I am trying so hard to let go of little things and to be a more positive person at work and at home – and part of that includes not complaining about the weather this summer! haha

(Remind me of this when the real feel is 110* and I have a 15 miler on the schedule!!)

Are you looking forward to the time change?



  1. February 24, 2016 / 6:56 am

    I am not looking forward to the time change as much because it means less light on my morning runs. But it is nice to have more daylight after work!

  2. February 24, 2016 / 8:13 am

    It’s funny because I almost threw out a couple pairs of running shoes the other day. My shoes start as running shoes, then they get downgraded to lifting shoes, and then they get downgraded to mow the lawn/yard work shoes. So at any one time I should only have 3 pairs of sneakers, right? Wrong. So wrong. 🙂

    I had a really cruddy run yesterday and today wasn’t much better. I feel like a creaky old lady.

    I am conflicted about the time change. I like when it is lighter outside longer. It was so depressing when it would get dark at like 5:15pm. But on the other hand, right now the sun is out before my morning run is over and it is bright when I am driving to work. When we spring ahead, that won’t be the case.

    When I was driving to work today, I was dreaming of summer. 🙂

  3. February 24, 2016 / 9:29 am

    I’ll make sure to remind you 🙂

    I like the year of positivity. It really changes your life when you always find the good in situations.

    Old shoes really, just get rid of them geez lol

  4. February 24, 2016 / 10:00 am

    Very excited for the time change 🙂
    I use to have that calf tightness and of course ended up with a stress fracture, but you know they were fine after that. I started doing a lot of barefoot calf raises and ankle flexes and rotations… during every work out and I hold my calf raise for an entire minute (i use a timer because of the PT) and often after each run I would do that at least three rimes and it just wasn’t an issue when I started running again. I would also hold a forward lean and stretch the front of that shin. Maybe you just need a different combo of stretches. Keep googling 🙂
    Now, my hamstring is the new bane of my existence lol It is always something.
    I hold on to my shoes too, even when I won’t wear them lol

  5. February 24, 2016 / 10:14 am

    I’m very much looking forward to the time change! While we’ve had a relatively mild winter here in Boston, I’m still looking forward to more sun and spring in general. It’s my favorite time of year!

  6. February 24, 2016 / 11:31 am

    i have all my running shoes, too! even the ones from the very beginning, aka the ones that a neutral while i late found out i need stability. why keep them?! no idea, but i still do! i had every intention of donating them and just never got around to it.

  7. February 24, 2016 / 1:19 pm

    I can’t wait for the time change!!! The day I get to finish a run in the sun would be great!! Now i have to go as soon as I get home or it is dark the whole time. Very depressing! I love sunshine and all things spring/summer!!
    I also hoard old shoes…I have been thinking about purging for weeks. haha!

  8. February 24, 2016 / 2:33 pm

    I actually just printed a report from my training log about the miles on my shoes. Needing to purge a few pair myself. But hey, they do come in handy for camping, lawn mowing, yard work, dog walking, wearing when not running. See, the uses are practically endless!! Need to squeeze every penny out of them.

  9. February 24, 2016 / 4:35 pm

    I hate finishing runs super late. It throws off my entire schedule. I can feel it starting to warm up and get humid again…I guess winter is over!

    A couple years ago, I made the choice to be more positive, at least when it comes to running. I figured if it’s my hobby of choice, I ought to enjoy it as much as possible. Being purposefully positive – faking it till I made it – really did help and changed how I react to things and how I think about things. It was a good change. I hope your year of positivity is similar for you!

  10. Susan
    February 25, 2016 / 6:21 am

    I am always amazed at how late you run, but it’s not lost on me that people think that about my early runs! Since it’s dark year round when I get up I love when we spring back. l really enjoy the extra daylight at the end of the day. Plus, I just love summer and can’t wait to run in shorts and fewer layers. I would be totally happy with only 1 month of winter, 5 months of fall and 6 months of summer (I can do w/out spring because spring in Colorado is just winter but not quite as cold–still lots of snow). I wonder who I need to talk to in order to make that happen?!?

    How are your calves feeling? Better, I hope!

  11. February 25, 2016 / 11:04 am

    Hope your calves are feeling better. I was just thinking I need to give away some of my old “regular” shoes. Of course my running sneakers I keep them piled up in a corner 🙂