My Love-Hate Relationship with Running

I mostly have a love-love relationship with running, but even the best relationships hit rocky points, right?

Towards the end of marathon training, I was feeling equal parts burnt out and in love with running.

Since the marathon, I’ve wanted to run and I’ve wanted to run fast, but my legs have had other ideas, like staying nice and slow and working out all the remaining lactic acid and…stuff.

This morning, I had plans to meet up with Gia and some of her friends to knock out 6-7 miles—which definitely would have been my longest post-marathon run. I ended up screwing around in my apartment for too long, and left too late to meet her, so I did my own thing, which ended up being running to Columbus Circle, up to 77th Street, then east and through the park back to Columbus Circle and back home for just about 5 miles.


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It was around 40 degrees when I started out, but after about 5 minutes, I warmed up and started feeling great. I think I’m almost fully recovered.

We’re back to love-love.


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This photo is mostly a note to self: a long-sleeved top and running tights are perfect for me for 40ish degrees.

I came home and got ready and came out to NJ—my baby cousin’s christening is tomorrow, and I had some errands to run out here, so I came out today.

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What do you think of this red lipstick? I’m still getting used to it. This is a big step for me—I usually just do some sort of gloss. (Also, you’re obviously supposed to have some sort of pensive look like this on if you’re wearing red lipstick.)


I can make these scallops just like my mom does, but I like when she makes them, so I usually wait until I come home for them. I also made some roasted balsamic Brussels, but I think I didn’t let them roast long enough, because they weren’t very crispy…or really very good.


But this salad was—walnuts, cranberries and goat cheese over spinach.

Good luck to everyone running Brooklyn and Philly tomorrow!!!

14 comments on “My Love-Hate Relationship with Running

  1. michelle

    I always feel burnt out after a big race and it takes me several weeks to make a ‘comeback.’ Right now I’m struggling with making marathon plans because things keep changing in my life and it’s tough to make an actual commitment.

  2. Kate

    You’re so pretty, the lipstick definitely suits you!
    I have problems re-motivating myself after any big event/achievement: school, work, exercise. I think the only thing to do is set another goal (big or small) and work towards it. Doesn’t matter how slow you start off, as long as you keep going you’ll get back to feeling motivated! 🙂

  3. katgoat

    The lipstick looks great, you can’t go wrong with red lipstick and blonde hair imho.
    Not heard of balsamic brussel sprouts before but as fan of both I might have to try this combo!

  4. Lizzy

    I’m glad you love running today.. I wish I did!!!
    Brussels are so amazing when roasted but yes being patient is frustrating! Hope you had fun at the baby shower- give me ideas for mine. xo

  5. Allison

    I’d have to describe my relationship with running the exact same way and fortunately I think we’re headed back towards love-love 🙂 But unfortunately, it’s quickly getting cold outside…

  6. Laura @joyful shimmy

    Love love the red lipstick. Looks gorgeous on you. Yes to the pensive look. My first Picts with red lipsticks I had the same look on me as if I was thinking wow I look grown up and hot. Lol. So fun!

  7. Irina G (Fit Flexitarian)

    I’m a huge fan of red lipstick, so I say keep rocking it!

    As for feeling burnt out, I feel that way kind of after any major exercise. I think your body just needs time to adjust, but you will. And you’ll be all the better for it, I’m sure! At least you’ve mastered the love part. I’m still in the “moderately enjoy once in a blue/kinda not enjoying and in fact hating it all” phase of my relationship with running. 😉

  8. Lesley

    Lipstick is AMAZING! I am so jealous of how it look son you – i dont think i can pull it off, but its fantastic on you.

  9. Fatlessness

    I hate running.

    Hate it.

    I’ll spend hours hacking wood to pieces with a maul. But I cannot stand running. Something about bearing down on solid oak stumps with all my might is far more appealing than running.

    Plus…my shoes suck. So there’s that, too.

  10. Rebecca

    Hi there! This post could not be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my previous room mate! He always kept chatting about this. I will forward this write-up to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!


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