Opposite Ends of the Spectrum

Kind of crazy to think that not even a week ago I was running in this..

And this morning I ran in this..

Bright, beautiful, sunshiny beach weather!

Granted I am in the complete opposite end of the country than I was a few days ago but still! The bright sunshine and 80 degree weather makes me miss Texas winters..

These last few days have been super busy catching up with my Texas family in San Antonio and then Corpus Christi. We’re only here for a few short days and then it’s back to the midwest for my family!

Yesterday, I was able to get in a much needed 5 mile run + a 3 mile walk later in the afternoon. After sitting on a plane and in a car for hours on end my legs needed some movement! My legs felt like lead for the first few miles but they loosened up eventually and I ended up having a pretty good run.

This morning I set out with my mom for a 3 miler and it went pretty much the same way. I don’t know what it is! Maybe I need to stretch more? It took my legs the first 1.5 miles to get loose and then I was fine but boy that first half mile my legs were stiff! I’m blaming being all cramped up in a car and plane over the last few days days… Hopefully my run tomorrow will be better!

After our run we stopped by the cutest coffee shop downtown called The Daily Grind to pick up some coffees to go.

Cute right? I loved it and they had the best pecan flavored coffee. It was awesome. I’m such a sucker for flavored coffee. I just can’t turn it down!

As far as my running has gone this week it’s been kind of crazy. I haven’t been running with much of a plan which I am not a fan of. Normally, I like to make sure I get in a certain amount of milage and am not running too much two days in a row but lately I’ve just been kind of winging it.. Maybe that’s why my legs are feeling so crumby? Hmm

I’m thinking a good stretching session will be in my near future along with some green tea. I need some caffeine! I feel like I hit a wall this afternoon!

On the bright side there is carrot cake waiting for me after dinner! Yumm

Do you ever have lead legs during runs? If you don’t what is your secret?!

What do you do for an afternoon pick me up?

I need some suggestions! I always feel like I drag starting at 2pm 

What is your favorite dessert? 

Tough question I know.. but my aunt made the best carrot cake with cream cheese frosting that I can not get out of my head! 



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14 responses to “Opposite Ends of the Spectrum

  1. I always feel like my legs are made of lead in the beginning of my run. It usually takes a couple of miles before I can get into a groove. I think that’s probably normal! (Or at least, I hope it is!) I find that apples always give me energy in the afternoon. They’re so juicy and crisp and sweet, I think they wake my brain up. Coffee always works too! 🙂 I don’t drink a whole lot of coffee, but some days it’s necessary! As far as dessert goes, I am a huge fan of fruit pie. A warm slice of blueberry pie with vanilla ice cream is probably the closest thing to heaven in my book!

    • Smore

      Oh my yum! I have never had blueberry pie before but it sounds amazing 🙂 It took me a bit to get my legs warmed up again today on my run but luckily not as long as the last few days! Definitely made sure to stretch afterward!

  2. Ugh lead legs are the WORST! I’m proud of you for powering through it though, girl. 🙂 And umm…pecan coffee?! GIMME! As for dessert, I’m not really huge on dessert (shameful, I know) but I’d probably have to do with the apple cider cupcake from Wildflour. Can’t turn it down!!

  3. Lead legs suck! I usually find it happens on days where I do back-to-back runs- like, if I run at night and then in the morning. Perhaps a rest day will help? That’s usually what works for me.

    • Smore

      Rest days usually help me too or some yoga or pilates. Running at night and then again in the morning would definitely give me lead legs!

  4. I would love some Pecan Coffee! I had a great beach run today myself…70 degrees is the perfect running weather 🙂

  5. mmm, carrot cake is my favorite! Probably my favorite dessert, by far. I definitely have heavy legs sometimes – I think either rest, XT or running nice and slow for a few runs helps fix it.

  6. Happy belated holiday! It’s awesome that you got to run with your mum. I am about 3x as stiff in the am, but feel a bit better when I start with a few downward dog reps or jumping jacks, combined with a few touch-the-toes. Even though it only takes about 3 minutes, I often forgo it because it feels like it takes me forever to get out the door anyway.
    When I drag, a big cup of water tends to help 🙂

    • Smore

      Agreed! some stretching, jumping jacks and water always seem to help. I need to make sure I do them before I set out for my runs because they always make such a difference!

  7. The first 2 miles of any run for me is always a struggle, mentally and physically. It takes a good 16-18 minutes to break out of that funk but once I’m over the 2 mile mark, I am usually good.

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