This is Dedication!

Getting up at 6:45 on a Sunday morning to go run 6 miles in 40 degree weather = dedication.

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I tried out a new route today. I’ve been getting bored with running in the same neighborhood all of the time, so I thought I’d try something new. I parked my car at my mother in laws house and ran in her neighborhood. I drove the route in my car first to see it if would be safe and I saw that it was a little hilly, but nothing I couldn’t handle. There was one stretch that was on a moderately busy road, but it was only about 1/4 of a mile or so.

I don’t think I’ll do this route again, atleast not anytime soon. The hills were hillier than I previously thought and really wrecked my knees, I got chased by 2 packs of dogs, and there was more traffic than I was comfortable with. I guess its back to the drawing board!

I like to think of my runs as being in one of three categories:

  1. I could have run much longer.
  2. I couldn’t have taken one more step.
  3. I could have gone farther, but I’m glad I didn’t have to.

Today was definitely a 3. I could have gone farther, but I was really happy to stop also. I’ve never had knee pain before while I was running, but I think those days are over. For the past week or so my knees have been very achey, not excrutiating but just uncomfortable. I thought maybe its time for me to start icing my knees after my runs.

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I wanted something really filling to eat for breakfast this morning and I’ve been really craving oatmeal (specifically oatmeal with pumpkin puree, but I haven’t bought the pumpkin yet). I made 2 packets of Maple and Brown Sugar oatmeal and added 1/2 a banana, Agave nectar and 1 Tbsp of chunky peanut butter. I think it was the best thing I’ve ever put in my mouth! (It was 9.5 points though).

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I’m going back to work tonight for 3 more nights, and then we are off on Thursday morning for our fall vacation to Gatlinburg. I’m so excited!!!

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3 Comments

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3 responses to “This is Dedication!

  1. ~kelly~

    Way to go Amanda! I so wish you lived closer so you can kick my butt into gear!!!!! I'm so proud of you and hope to do what you do soon!

  2. Deanna - The Unnatural Mother

    So you definitly endured alot but you also looked darn cute doing it!!!

  3. Tricia

    Yours is the second blog I've read today involving pumpkin oatmeal. It sounds great, pumpkin will be on my grocery list as well.

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