Friday, February 24, 2012

Guilty pleasures

I'm only mildly ashamed to admit that I love McDonald's. I know it's disgusting, and I know it's bad for me, but I don't care. When I finish a long run, there is nothing I want more than Chicken McNuggets and fries. Maybe a hot fudge sundae for good measure.

I'm not one of these people who runs and eats healthy. I get that if I did I'd probably lose weight and probably be faster. I don't have horrible eating habits all the time (although admittedly they aren't the best), but if I can't indulge in some ice cream every now and then what's the point in running?!?

One of the most interesting things I've found in traveling and running is how many calories I must burn on vacation.  (I'm not a calorie counter so I can really only speculate.)  We do a lot of walking and sightseeing in addition to my running, so I'm generally on the go the entire trip. That's why I get to enjoy things like key lime martinis, Dunkin' Donuts cappuccinos, a good Cabernet and butternut squash tortellini. My theory is that running these towns keeps me skinny (reason #673 to register for a race and book a trip!)

Enjoying some Dunkin' Donuts coffee in Boston
We are actually taking a little trip hiatus for a few months (it's so weird!) and I'm not registered for a race until March 18.  I'm solidly in the middle of marathon training, and the only real down side is that it gets difficult to do races because I have to do longer runs on the weekend.  So for a few weeks my runs are relegated to my neighborhood and the river trail in Lansing. Don't worry, though - my running races/traveling is only in hibernation for a few weeks. In the mean time I am not giving up my guilty pleasures - it's likely I will hit the McDonald's drive-through after my long run tomorrow.


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