Well, the Academy Awards were fairly predictable but still fun. As a women, I am not ashamed to admit that 90% my loyalties lie in watching the Oscars for the dresses. personal favorites include Gwyneth Paltrow (sans cape), Octavia Spencer, Maria Menounos, Rose Byrne, and Milla Jovovich:
Also, Knoxville Restaurant Week is off to a great start! Our meal last night at Chez Liberty was phenomenal and I’m pretty excited for tonight’s offering at Bistro at the Bijou. As promised, there will be a full report coming – until then, I’ll be unbuckling my belt a few notches each day…
Between dinner last night (FIVE courses with wine pairings) and the extravagant Oscar viewing party I attended, my week is off to a gluttonous start that will be continuing through Saturday. As a result, I am attempting to counteract all these lavish meals by eating sparingly beforehand and quite literally working my ass off so as not to develop a bigger one as the extra treats roll in.
Therefore, in an effort to negate the excessive culinary delights, this blog will be delving deeper into my experiences as a runner. I’ve mentioned why I started running and why I continue to run, what I haven’t mentioned are some of the things I’ve learned along the way…
10 things I’ve learned as a runner
- Good shoes are important and can make all the difference. Take the time to go to a specialty store and get fitted. Also be aware that they will cost you about the same as a sweet pair of super sexy pumps you’ve been eyeing…you’ll get more use out of the sneakers but it still hurts.
- Having a four-legged running buddy can be the best encouragement. The excitement in Bella’s eyes when I lace up my shoes and grab her leash is contagious. Also, telling her how good she’s doing mid-run is only half for her – the other half is for me.
- The coldest/rainiest/snowiest days can turn into some of the best runs. Let’s not forget my snowy 10-k a few weeks back.
- It’s OK to stop and walk for a hot second.
- Cramps blow. Bananas help.
- Switch up your routes. A change in scenery can make the time fly by.
- Sometimes a girl’s just gotta spit and/or blow a snot rocket. Just don’t do it into the wind…
- Motivation can come in the form of an adorable lululemon running skirt. If you look good you feel good amiright?
- Always dress for 20 degrees hotter than the current temperature. I don’t care if its 40 out and your shivering, dress like its 60 and you won’t overheat a mile into your run.
- There are few better feelings in the world than a hot shower after a cold run, an ice bath after a long hot run (ice is your friend), and crossing the finish line at a race – no matter how short or long.
Happy Monday everyone! (oxymoron?)