Yes. This is an outfit I actually wore on a run last week. Cue the title: Just because you can…doesn’t mean you should. With all the horrible weather, I have been getting a little tired of the treadmill. I really wanted to run outside…AND…I really did not want to miss my running club’s speed workout. This led to a poor decision. I probably would have been fine with just a regular ole’ easy run, but this was a speed workout. I like to think that I am in pretty good shape, and I do not have asthma, that I know of…
Well…let’s just say the speed workout was not happening for me. Some of the ladies knew to bag it from the start, but a lot of the women were able to really go at it still, despite the cold. I was not one of them. Halfway through the tempo run, the club leader came over and asked if I was ok. I was really falling behind the other ladies. I wasn’t in serious trouble or anything, I know enough not to run myself into the ground. I had, however, really slowed down my pace because I was having a lot of trouble breathing while running. We decided I should switch to an easy run for the rest of the workout. After that, I was fine. I just can’t handle speed work in those temperatures. Some people can, but I can’t. I think I am ok with that. It just really caught me off guard is all.
On a happier note, I discovered powdered peanut butter. I have been losing control with peanut butter lately. I googled some healthy alternatives. I found Tru-Nut. It is a powdered form of peanut butter and has 85% less fat than regular peanut butter. Basically, a lot of the fatty oils are removed. It does not have anything extra added. They just press the peanuts. You add water to make it into peanut butter. I liked adding a little salt, too. It is not identical, but I think it is pretty good. I am going to stick with it. (It is cheaper than PB2, by the way.) It was REALLY good in oatmeal with a banana. They say it is great in protein shakes. I just haven’t made one yet.
Do you have trouble running in the cold? Are you addicted to peanut butter?