I finally get it.  Running.  I get it.

When I run in the gym on the treadmill I feel like I get a killer workout, but I never really understand why people love running.

I think I get it now, and I think I get that it doesn’t happen on a treadmill…at least not for me. This morning, before I started working, I got up and went to the gym for a go on the treadmill and some strength training.  Tonight, after work I hit up Central Park for my running class.  This time, a few of the faster runners and I broke away from the group and just ran at a speed that felt natural, on the pavement, taking in the scenery, talking albeit sometimes in short, winded, sentences.  It was great.  I left my run feeling really happy.    The thing is, when I’m running outside I don’t even think about the fitness aspect of it, it just feels good, it feels like an escape.  I totally get it now.

Having said that I will still do the majority of my running on a treadmill.  I’m not really comfortable enough yet to hit the park alone, and truth be told, I kind of like the camaraderie of running with people even without the talking.

What I need is a running buddy.  I keep pestering friends to hit the parks with me, but so far all I’m getting is a lot of hemming and hawing.

Anyone out there in blog-reader land, who lives in NYC,  wanna go running with me? I’m totally serious.


Shredded wheat with banana and almond milk


Imagine a picture of a hard boiled egg.


Turkey chili.  I recognize that this is not a particularly appetizing photograph, but I swear it was really good, and now it’s done–that was the last of it.



Plain yogurt with raspberries and almond slivers


Roasted pepper and bok choy
Grilled shrimp