Running on Emotions

Have you ever heard this:

Running is cheaper than therapy

It's so true. But my therapy runs tend to be ugly, terrible and hard. Over the past year or so, I've struggled emotionally, spiritually and physically at times. Suffice it to say "I've had a hard time."

I've looked to my training to help me cope, process and gain peace. But sometimes, it doesn't work. It's not a magic pill.  

There have been so many blessings and milestones. I am so grateful for those. 

But the hard times keep coming. 

Yesterday, I felt like I was going to blow my lid off. So I did. And when I let the lid off, I felt my insecurities and emotions spill out in the form of tears. With weaknesses exposed, I found myself critical of my mistakes and forgetting my strengths. 

Flash forward to this morning. I got up for my run and I was a ball of emotions. I did my best to do my fartlek workout. But I completely failed. 

Meh. Sometimes the plans don't work out.

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So here I was. Disappointed with my negative feelings creeping back. I finally felt inspired to watch a video of someone that has also faced hard times. He is one of my heroes and I love this perspective on hard times. 

Hang in there. Be patient! And don't quit!

This week on Charity Miles, I've done runs for Stand Up 2 Cancer . 

Recipe Roundup: SNACK Edition

With school in session, I always need ideas for healthy snacks. 
Feeding a body with healthy snacks keeps energy up and avoids situations with the
HANGRY MONSTER! 
My suggestion: Make several ahead of time for easy grabbing. That way, snacks are there when you need them.

 
Here are some of my favorite snack ideas:
WATERMELON PIZZA
Because watermelon gives you lots of hydration and it can be so easy to fix! Plus, who can resist anything that has the word 'pizza' in the title?
HOMEMADE ENERGY BARS
I love grab and go bars. But I don't love all of the extra sugar and fillers that come in most bars from the store.
HOMEMADE HUMMUS
Hummus is a great dipping option for vegetables like carrots, cucumbers and even chips. 
ALMOND BUTTER
Like to dip fruit? Here's directions on how to make almond butter without the extra oils and sugars. Yum!
I hope that you enjoy these extra ideas for your snacks.

What's your go-to snack idea?