Happy Monday! I’m alive. Apologies for the lack of posting last week…I’m really trying to stick to a MWF schedule, but sometimes real life stuff (like drinking beer and going on dates and running and work) get in the way. Last week was a good week in terms of running – after venting about my lack of motivation, I felt a huge weight lift off of my shoulders. I’m still taking it day-by-day, but in general I feel like that spark is returning. I think a few thing have probably contributed to my mood’s turn-a-round:

  • *I started Desogen (hormonal contraceptive) again a few weeks ago. For the first week or so, I felt absolutely crazy with mood swings, but now things have kind of evened out and I’m feeling more like “myself”.
  • *The weather seems to have turned the corner. Eventhough it’s not exactly beach-like here in NYC, most days are above 50 degrees and I think the snow is gone for good (fingers crossed)!
  • *My body has gotten used to the time change – I don’t have any real evidence to back this up, but I notice a serious drop in mood every time we go through Daylight Savings Time (even if it means more light in the afternoon). It’s weird, I can’t explain it, but it happens every Fall and Spring.
  • *I’ve been making lots of running dates with friends – one of the main reasons why I run is because it allows me to be social + healthy + frugal all at the same time. Meeting a friend for an after-work run is a lot cheaper than two glasses of wine (not that I don’t enjoy that as well…). I definitely crave my alone time, but when it comes to running, 90% of the time I’d rather have company.
  • *I’ve been trying to make small positive changes (starting strength training, cutting back on unnecessary junk food, etc) and in turn it’s helped me feel better about my running. Positivity yields positivity, right?

Last week’s stats (mostly for my own record as I occasionally get lazy with the running log):

  • Monday, April 11 – easy 3 miler during lunch
  • Tuesday, April 12 – off! went to my fav bar for happy hour instead…
  • Wednesday, April 13 – 4 miles a.m., 1 mile warm-up and lifting p.m.
  • Thursday, April 14 – 7 miles a.m., 4 miles p.m.
  • Friday, April 15 – 7.5 miles a.m.
  • Saturday, April 16 – 60 minutes elliptical
  • Sunday, April 17 – 6 miles a.m.
  • Total: 32.5 miles + lifting/cross-training

On the cooking front-

The man friend was prepping for a big race this weekend and so eventhough I’m not usually a big pasta eater, I made a traditional pre-race dinner for the two of us.

On the menu –

  • Wine (mostly for me! the spectator…)
  • romaine lettuce and red bell pepper with the best dressing ever
  • Tom Cat Bakery multi-grain bread with olive oil
  • pasta with marinara sauce and turkey meatballs
  • grated parmigiano-reggiano on top of everything!

I can’t remember the last time I ate a “traditional” Italian pasta dinner, but I actually really enjoyed myself!

Also, BIG congrats to today’s Boston Marathoners, especially to my awesome interwebs friends and my new girl crush Desiree Davila. Davila was the 2nd female overall, coming in a mere 2 seconds after the winner. Her 2:22:38 finish was the fastest time EVER run by an American woman in Boston. Huge PR. Gutsy race. How can you not be inspired on a day like this??

It made me a little nostaligic for Boston 2009 – minus the dry heaving on Comm Ave and the part when I thought I had kidney failure. Lolz.

Do you eat a traditional pre-race meal (i.e. pasta) or something a little of the ordinary?

  • I am glad that you seem to be feeling the spark again. I think just admitting to yourself that your mojo was lacking was the first postive thing you did. Instead of trying to force it. The Man friend is lucky to have you! 🙂

  • I’ve been experiencing much of the same blahs as you and am just coming out of the haze to enjoy spring. Running meet-ups really do the trick for me too! Would love to join you and maybe Kelly some morning, I need the meet-up as motivation to crawl out from the warm covers 🙂

  • Anonymous

    @Maria – of course! If I don’t make running dates in the morning…I don’t get out of bed. Hehe, so it’s beneficial for all of us 😉 Email me at runnerskitchen@gmail.com and we can try to plan something.

  • Yay for the upswing! If you’re just casually dating running buddies, pencil me in, too.

    In response to your bolded question: I have no traditional pre-race food. There has been success with burritos, Thai food, lettuce wraps, and pizza. And pasta. Can’t get rid of those Italian genes.

  • Ali

    So glad you’re feeling better! I want to do a morning run with you sometime if you’re up for it.

    By “with you” I mean you can run fast and I’ll try desperately to keep up. Game on?

  • Anonymous

    @Ali – haha, i promise i run slow/normal pace in the mornings. especially
    pre-coffee!! this week is kind of busy, but maybe next week/weekend we can
    plan a run date?

  • man-friend

    Keep your head up, good times are ahead. Glad your zeal for running is returning

  • Anonymous

    @man-friend – wise words, thank you. but more importantly – when will you
    reveal your true identity?

  • Anonymous

    i take some bootleg form of desogen, kariva. funny because it has zero effect on my mood, i think? or maybe… hmmm?? who knows. anyway, this meal looks fab. love that the manfriend is commenting. and love the manfriend. all love, all around. glad you are gettin’ back on your feet, miss megan. i got you a free week pass at yogaworks (they were handing out cards!) so when you wanna join me, let me know! or i’ll join you at the equi. PS decided when i get a real person job i want an equi membership for realz. get excited.

  • hooray for getting out of the funk! Sometimes I hate being a girl because our hormones can royally screw us up. Hope the man friend had a good race! That pasta looks delicious – I usually opt for quinoa or brown rice before a race.

  • yay mood turnarounds! i always eat: chicken, beans and an english muffin with a big glass of milk.

  • Anonymous

    interesting pre-race meal. i like it!

  • Anonymous

    hehe, i also take bootleg Desogen. i think it’s technically called Apri? i am excited for our yogaworks/EQ dates. How about an exercise date(s) during the first week of May?

  • Anonymous

    I request Star Tavern pizza for my next pre-race meal. Mmm, best pizza ever!

  • Anonymous

    yesss. how about on cinco de mayo we do some yoga and then margaritas
    after?? haha. i’m bogged down by school stuff (classes and licensed social
    worker exam course) monday, tuesday and wednesday of that week.

  • Anonymous

    Glad you’re getting out of the funk! Sometimes I have off periods as well, usually for no apparent reason. That’s also weird that daylight savings time throws you out of wack… I could definitely see it taking a toll on people!

    I actually don’t eat the typical carb filled meal before races because I don’t like feeling weighed down on race morning. Instead, I make sure to up my carb intake the week prior to a race, and have a ‘lighter’ meal the night before. My go-to meal before the NYC Marathon and Half-Marathons has been the macadamia crusted chicken salad from Josie’s. Salad, orzo, avocado, mango, tomato, and macadamia chicken…yum!

  • Corey @ the runners cookie

    I’m glad to hear your mood turned around! Hormones, the weather, and time with friends definitely all affect my mood too. I think it’s great that you discuss your funks and what helps you get out of them so honestly – sometimes bloggers shy away from the negative stuff but I think sometimes it’s important to discuss.
    Pasta is my pre-race meal of choice too – usually with some protein too.
    Thanks so much for the shoutout – you are an amazing runner and I’m sure you could take another crack at Boston if you wanted to 🙂