Running Anthem

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on July 8, 2010

Wake up in the morning feeling like P Diddy,

Put my glasses on, Im out the door – I’m gonna run this city,

Before I leave, brush my teeth, fill my Camelbak,

Cause when I leave for this run, I’ll be sprinting back.

I put some moleskin on my toes, toes,

I laid out all my workout clothes,

Got my pepper spray and my cell phone,

My shuffle playing my favorite cds

Trying not to get too stiiiiiiicky.

Don’t stop.

That my friends, is how I woke myself up for the first half mile of the run early this morning!  :biggrin: Sometimes I make weird rhymes to music to entertain myself.

All day yesterday I was missing my early morning run. I took a rest day yesterday and I was really missing those morning endorphins. It’s funny how quickly the body starts to crave endorphins at a certain time! I definitely felt more sluggish yesterday morning than when I got in a good workout before work. It’s a Catch-22 really; the body craves endorphins but you know you should rest your body. Sometimes taking a rest day is as difficult as convincing myself to workout on other days. It just depends on the day!

This morning I leaped out of bed and threw on my workout clothes. I put my workout clothes next to my bed so I could get ready quickly before ‘thinking too much’.

“I have to exercise in the morning before my brain figures out what I’m doing.” ~Marsha Doble

One of my favourite workout quotes!

For years, I used to workout first thing in the morning, literally within 15 minutes of getting up. I would be half asleep during the first 20 minutes of the workout, but then the endorphins would wake me up and it was all downhill from there.

I filled up my Camelbak and popped a couple medjool dates in my mouth for some energy.


We overslept until 6:45am so by the time I got out there it was 7am and HOT!!! It was already 25C when I left.

The run:

  • Distance: 5.01 miles
  • Time: 42:29 mins
  • Avg pace: 8:28


Mile Splits:

  • Mile 1: 8:50
  • Mile 2: 8:25
  • Mile 3: 8:35
  • Mile 4: 8:21
  • Mile 5: 8:11


It was a great run and I had sweat pouring out of me upon my return. I came home and had an icy shower and then sprinted to make breakfast. A Green Monster was on the menu today.


Post-Run Green Monster


  • 2 cups of purple kale
  • 1.25 cups almond milk
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 scoop Amazing Grass Chocolate Amazing Meal Powder
  • 1 large frozen banana




On the side I had a trial of a new GF + Raw Glo Bar with some peanut butter on top.


Perfect post-run breakfast!


I will have to water these guys later…!


Today’s question: Do you do anything to entertain yourself during workouts? Anything odd/strange/funny or tricks of distraction?

Shipping out my orders now and then market prep begins today. I am officially half way through the work week…just gotta make it til Saturday night. Stay cool!

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Kelly July 9, 2010 at 4:54 am

I often think about what I’m going to wear when I’m running, especially if I have an event that is going to require that I dress up. It makes things easier when I actually have to pack or get ready for the event and somehow really distracts me when I’m running up hills. Running with friends is always fun too because the conversation distracts me, and before I know, we’re done!


Morgan @ Life After Bagels July 9, 2010 at 9:33 am

YES . . . totally love your transformed anthem!


Molly July 9, 2010 at 10:06 am

This might show how much of a nerd I am, but when I run, I often listen to musicals and its like watching a movie in my head. Turn on rent from the beginning and I’m so absorbed in the story the time flys by! Also, Les Mis is awesome during some of the inspirational songs!

Found this blog and love it!


Marathon Bound Girl aka Grace July 9, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Love your anthem, too funny, way to rap girlfriend! I had always been a loner when it came to running and trained myself in all the races I ever ran, from 5k, 10k, 15k, half marathon to marathon, so listening to music was always my anthem and made me feel at ease so I could zone out. Once I dealved into the triathlonworld, most races don’t allow music, so I had to train without so I didn’t get spoiled with it. Well, now that I am back to training for marathon, I train once a week with a group and it’s kind of cool not to have music because the run goes by so quickly, especially those long ones coming up 10-24 milers….eeek! I run alone during the week and since I run at 5am in the dark, I’ve veered away from music for safety reasons and I also run with pepper spray. I miss it though and am thinking I may get back to it, just keep it low enough that I hear around me.

Endorphins rule!!!!


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