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.

Breakfast

Shredded wheat with banana and almond milk

Snack

Imagine a picture of a hard boiled egg.

Lunch

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.

Orange

Snack

Plain yogurt with raspberries and almond slivers

Dinner

Roasted pepper and bok choy
Grilled shrimp