Running with “down” Braids

I think I’ve found a new favorite hair ‘do for running! You guys may know that I have issues with my hair while running. If I don’t braid it or put it in a bun it gets very knotty :(

Up until today I would put it in a pony tail (or two) and then braid it. But since I slept with braids last night I decided to keep them for my run.  The two “down” braids stayed in place and didn’t bounce all over while I was running. It was actually great to not have my sweaty braids hitting me on the back of the head for an hour!IMG_9327

Just remember to put sun block on your part if you’re going to do this! I don’t care if it looks like I have white roots, running isn’t a fashion show.IMG_9331

After I got back I made an omelet stuffed with spinach, mushrooms, onions, bell peppers and a Laughing Cow cheese wedge. I cooked up the filling first and then set it aside until my omelet was ready.IMG_9334

Happy Breakfast!IMG_9332

I also had an iced coffee and vitaminwater with breakfast. I drink a lot.IMG_9337 

Then, I ate what remained of the watermelon I cut yesterday. Yes, I ate an entire watermelon in two days, I’m not proud of it. But, I’m not really ashamed either…IMG_9339

FINALLY! I am picking up Ben from the airport in an hour. He has been gone since last Saturday. This is the longest time we’ve been apart. I’m not super needy, but I basically just spent a week packing by myself…in silence (which may be technically better than talking to myself like a crazy person, but I digress).

This week was very tough and there was a lot of unnecessary eating that happened. I didn’t really want to discuss it on the blog because I realized there was not much I could do to get out of it. Let’s just say I shouldn’t have bought the two following items if I was going to be locked up in my apartment solo for seven days… IMG_9322


I tried my best, but didn’t really succeed. I’m not a fan of beating myself up over it anymore, so I ran about 10 very slow miles this morning and am moving on :)

I definitely feel that my runs are slower and harder (TWSS) because I’ve been eating very bad and not getting enough sleep. Totally not worth it, so I’m stopping that crap.


Running Stuff: I love this article from Women’s Health –

101 Greatest Running Tips

I LOVE #17 – Create your own running creed:

"My whole teaching in one sentence is: "Run slowly, run daily, drink moderately, and don’t eat like a pig."                                             –Dr. Ernst van Aaken, renowned German coach

I need to take his advice on eating, but that’s pretty much how I approach running at least!

My running creed changes based on where I am in my world, but right now it’s…

“I’m coming for you…”

Question: What’s your running creed or favorite motivational quote???


  1. Julie says

    Good thing you were by yourself eating that fiber plus cereal! Hey-OH!

    My favorite motivational quote isn’t really “motivational” per-se, but it’s this “you as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection”. I guess it just motivates me to love myself :)

  2. says

    Nuthin’ wrong with the white part, but I do have to recommend my favorite Neutrogena 100 SPF sunscreen spray…. I use it all the time and I swear it works as good as the gooey regular stuff but it’s much less messy :)

  3. says

    ugh my hair got SO knotted today! i’m going to have to try the braids but i love the ponytail because it keeps the hair off my neck. oh decisions!

  4. says

    i used to do that with my hair when it started to get long. i was a bun girl for the longest time but i’ve noticed that ponytails/buns start to give me a headache after a while…no fun.

    running creed: if you can do, do. :)

  5. says

    Sorry you were lonely this week! I live alone and sometimes feel lonely so I schedule “playdates” with friends and that usually helps a bit. :)

    Gonna go read the article…my running creed is something along the lines of “you can go as slow as you want, but you WILL finish.” Ironically, that did not happen today…

  6. says

    Beating myself up takes so much energy and effort, I got too lazy to do it anymore! 😉

    No, but seriously, I think you’re doing the right thing and moving on with your life. I can’t think of any quotes to share right now, but yours sounds like a good one!

  7. says

    I’m glad you found the perfect running hair do. I wear two pig tails, but my hair is way shorter than yours, so I don’t feel any flopping. I don’t really have a runner’s creed, but perhaps I should get one. Although, the other day I was trying to convince myself to shorten my run, but I kept telling myself that I’d be disappointed in myself if I did, which is true. So, I kept going.

  8. says

    I used to take a Treading class at a gym (kind of like spinning but on treadmills) and the instructor (who was this big burly black guy who I LOVED) used to say, “GIT UP ON DAT HORSE!” when it was time to work hard. I still tell myself that when I’m approaching a hill or a tough section! :)

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  11. says

    My daughter was full of joy when reading one paragraph on your post “… roots, running isn…t a fashion show. After I got back I made an omelet stuffed with spinach, mushrooms, …” it also reminded me about the day I ran across my wife.

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