I adore cooler weather. Maybe it is because the baggier wardrobe I get to wear. Maybe it is because I get to eat more cookies to fill up those baggy clothes. You know how it is...don't deny it.
The cooler weather also inspires me to run more outside...why do you ask. Well. probably because I get to wear the baggy sweatshirts and sweatpants and somehow it makes me look less lame when I attempt to run. Just ask my niece. I often go on walks with her...she rides her bike and I run/walk...she has a tendency to laugh hysterically at me and my weird running skills. At first I was hurt, but then I realized how weird I really do look when I run and I had to join in with the laughing.
Do you look weird when you run? Honestly, who doesn't? Unless you are a stick person with no jiggle to be found anywhere on your body...and you look good in spandex (FYI nobody looks good in spandex)...then trust me, you look funny when you run. Don't let this discourage you from running...by all means run, run like the wind, run like Forest, run.
Another thing that has me running a little more is the addition of another dog to our house. My sister and her husband are currently in transition from NYC to Santa Monica and during the process we are housing their toy Australian, Diesel, for a month. Flopsy loves having a friend around and they chase each other around all day long.
Now usually Flopsy can only walk about a mile or so with me and then she gives up and sits down. Then I have to carry her the rest of the way. She isn't lazy, just small and her little legs can't go that far. With the addition of Diesel to our walks the two small dogs challenge each other and now we can go 2 miles! Don't worry, we stop take breaks and get water often. If the dogs look tired and can't go on Emma bean wears a backpack while riding her bike and then we just rotate the tired dogs from riding in the backpack. It is actually really funny looking, but I think they love it. : ) Then when we get home they go right to sleep. Poor little pups. : )
Not only do the dogs make me go faster they also make me work on my coordination and strength as I try to not trip on their leashes as they run in circles around my legs. So really I am playing jump rope while running...quite the challenge, and very amusing to watch I'm sure. Just waiting for that face plant to happen, I know it is coming so I need to practice my falling techniques and make sure I don't break any wrists or ankles in the process....please Lord, no!
Now in order to have energy to run like a pro you should start your day with this high protein breakfast stir fry. This recipe is open to interpertation, add what veggies you like, and whatever meat you like.