What Was I Thinking???

Waking up before the sun to go for a run!




The thoughts that actually got me out of bed at this crazy hour…

1. It is much more fun to run with people than alone.

2. At least I will be beat the heat.

3. There will be plenty of time for a nap (or two)

4. It’s a good thing I went to sleep at 9:30 PM last night!




Over the past few weeks, I have been meeting two friends to run on Saturday mornings.  This morning, one of them was headed out of town and requested an early start time.  I wasn’t 100% positive that I would make it when I agreed to a 6AM run, but somehow dragged myself out of bed, into running clothes and out the door.  There wasn’t a car on the road!




The nice thing about getting your workout in early is that you have an ENTIRE day ahead of you.  And since the semester is over and summer school hasn’t started, the BOY and I have a list of things to do today, mostly prepping to host our families for tomorrow’s post-Mother’s Day/End of the School Year BBQ.  To fuel up for our big day of shopping, I went with a smoothie.  It is a refreshing way to hydrate with the protein and carbs needed after an 11 mile run.




This morning’s PURPLE SMOOTHIE included:


1 cup almond milk

1/4 cup raw oats

1 Tbsp flax seed

1/2 banana

Frozen mango

Frozen berry mix (a new TJ’s find)




I was excited to try something new and throw the berries into the mix.


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The result…this ugly-ish purple color that tasted super sweet (maybe I didn’t also need the mango).  But, I loved it!  This smoothie exceeded my expectations. I don’t know how I have never thrown in berries before!  It reminded me of the mall smoothies that we used to get in high school that were loaded with sugar.  I never would have believed that there were handfuls of spinach and flax if I hadn’t made it myself.




The oatmeal gives the smoothie a thicker texture with an almost-nutty taste which is great. Purple smoothies may just be my new favorite summer drink!




It’s 9:30AM on Saturday morning, and I seriously can not believe that I have already ran 11 miles, showered, eaten 1 1/2 breakfasts and am now heading out to the store.  I definitely foresee a nap in my future!  And probably some caffeine!



Do you wake up early to exercise?  What is our alarm clock cut off?


I typically won’t wake up before 6AM unless it’s race day and hate to set my alarm clock ANY time before 6:00!  Hopefully, I won’t be making this into a habit : )

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