Healthy and Sane

Boston social running group

October 22nd, 2009 · 13 Comments · breakfast, dessert, running, soups, yogurt

Today was GORGEOUS out. I forgot my camera at home (haha, how many people in this world are going crazy when they realize their camera is missing) so I decided to sneak out mid-morning to go home and get it. What I discovered was that it was nearly 70* outside. What? Wasn’t it snowing outside just a few days ago? Seriously, I don’t get this weather but I was so happy to see it. I quickly changed my plans of taking a bootcamp class during lunch inside to a run outside in the glorious sun (haven’t seen much of it lately with my 11+ hour work days). This is how I know that running is right for me. I was excited about the bootcamp class before but the second I realized the beautiful weather outside, there was no doubt in my mind that a run would make me even happier! :mrgreen: It was a sunny run but I’m not going to lie, it was also hard.  After about a mile and a half, I was ready to fold. Of course I kept going, and finished 4.05 miles in 38 minutes (ave 8:39/minute mile… not bad).

During my half marathon training, I realized how fun running can be when I run with friends. Running every Sunday, reaching new personal distance goals, while having fun, was an experience that I truly believe changed my life. Although I decided to cut back on running and concentrate on other types of exercise during the colder fall/winter months, I would like to continue to run socially. To me that means meeting up with some girlfriends, who I enjoy spending time with, and chatting while running. Time flies by when you’re having fun and you burn a few calories while you’re at it. Hey, not bad!

I completed a 9 mile run with Kirsten during a downpour the week before the half marathon and got to know her a little better, and this past weekend Molly and I did a quick 5 1/4 mile run during another super cold and rainy morning. What I realized both times is that having a date got me out the door, and after a few minutes I was drenched but getting warmer… and I was with a friend! I’ve received comments on my blog and a few emails recently, asking if I wanted another running buddy. Of course I do! We all can support each other!! If you are interested in joining me on a weekend run, please leave a comment on the blog or send me an email at Molly and I usually meet mid-Sunday morning and run a random distance at around 10 minute/mile pace. Join us! 😀 We can maybe even train for a race together in the future… we’ll see how this goes :)

RUNNING FUEL (and a little extra 😉 )


Nonfat yogurt with an apple, grapes, pb puffins, Zoe’s granola and cacao nibs + coffee




V8 Vegetable Bland soup, bulked up with brown rice and green beans, and garnished with pumpkin seeds + 1/2 FFL english muffin with laughing cow


The soup was delicious and you may be able to taste some for free (check back in the afternoon for a giveaway!!)



Cabbage salad and roasted root veggie “tacos”



1/2 banana with Barney Butter


TJ’s 100 calorie dark chocolate bar and sea salt somersaults



Yogi  peach detox tea with Kashi pumpkin pie granola bar



Yogi tea people are so wise 😀


It’s been a long day (actually long week)… I’m ready for the weekend. If you live in Boston, let me know if you’d like to meet up! 😀

Question for all of you: have you ever belonged to a sports team or any other social team?

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13 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Kirsten

    I will so go for a long run again once things calm down a bit with everything! My aunt is in town this week and I have to go to a wedding this wknd but definitely soon :)

  • #2 - Shannon

    I have never been one to run with other people…I think it’s a confidence thing. I’m afraid I won’t be able to keep up. Sad, I know. But it sounds like so much fun. I’d love to join you. I bet it is especially helpful with longer runs where you need that mental stimulation even more to keep the mind of of how much time is left! I’ll send you an email too…

  • #3 - Madeline @ GreensandJeans

    I wish I lived in Boston! I’ve been trying to find a running group in Phoenix, but there isn’t one close to me. So sad!

  • #4 - Shannon

    count me in :)

  • #5 - Nicole (dishin')

    Having a workout partner is great motivation! I need to start running a little faster to get up-to-speed with my friends :)

  • #6 - Diana (Soap & Chocolate)

    Haha, I thought maybe the “Vegetable Bland” soup was an intentional typo! But good to know you like it – sounds good!

  • #7 - sister inna

    i especially like your snacks today. they’re good but also kind of on the naughty/indulgent side. everything looks deelish.

  • #8 - Allison (Balance in Bites)

    As mentioned before…. I’m totally down for a low key run. Keep me in the loop!

  • #9 - 24carrot

    3 things:

    1. observation – you love grapes
    2. sea salt somersaults – worth trying?
    3. Kashi pumpkin pie granola bar – how is it? would i like it taking into consideration I dont like the cookies?

    Thanks huh!

  • #10 - Elina

    Kirsten – I’ll add you to the distribution list for future runs (or you can text me of course 😉 )

    Shannon – like I said – the run is all about fun. Don’t worry about being unable to keep up! Expect to see an email from me soon about this weekend :)

    Madeline – you should start a little group of our own! I bet some of your readers will want to join you 😀

    Shannon – yay :)

    Nicole – have you asked your friends if they would mind if you joined them. Unless their running competitively, I’m sure they won’t mind slowing down a bit to spend time with you 😀

    Diana – haha, total typo. I really enjoyed the soup. I’ll leave it in, otherwise your comment won’t make sense 😆

    Innz – I definitely had some good snacks there. Lots of veggies during my meals allowed for a little extra sugar with snacks. Why not, right? 😉

    Allison – got it! Good luck this weekend!!! :)

    24carrot – 1) Hehe, have I been eating an extreme amount of grapes lately? I don’t think I favor them over other fruit. 2) Somersaults are SO worth it! I’m obsessed (shelled out my hard earned money on shipping, that’s how worth it they are). 3) The kashi granola is totally different from the cookies. The granola part is VERY dry but the top layer is extra indulgent tasting. If you like pumpkin, you should like this. Very strong pumpkin flavor (very sugary too – good or bad depending on what you’re looking for). I think these are like dessert. The chocolate coconut is my favorite, although I still wish the granola part was a little more moist (it’s a little cardbord-y 😆 )

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  • #12 - MelissaNibbles

    I can’t do every weekend, but would love to join in on the fun!

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