Date with the Ex

Hi guys! How is your day going?? I canโ€™t believe the amazing and generous bids for the macaroons โ€“ thank you! I hope to sprinkle gold on them (kidding) and only wish I could hop in the box, do a personal training session and perform a Broadway show medley ๐Ÿ˜‰ Itโ€™s truly for an amazing cause and Iโ€™ll be sure to make the goodie package as fabulous as possible. <3

So this morning, I had half a banana and some almond butter, and set out to do something I havenโ€™t done since May.

base trail

I had a date with my ex-boyfriend: running. Not just a random occurrence or simple โ€œhey, how ya doing?โ€ like last timeโ€ฆ

A full-up dateโ€ฆ with canoodling. To the tune of 6 miles. I donโ€™t even know who I am right now.

Did I like it? Ehhh, kinda? Did I need it? YES.

Running has never been my fave, but I got so hooked on it because of the mental benefits. Running is the *only* thing Iโ€™ve discovered where I can totally zone out and not think about choreography, poses, or be on a machine (like the stairmaster or elliptical). I can put in the iPod and GO. This morning, I really needed to clear my mind and a yoga podcast wasnโ€™t going to happenโ€ฆ so, running happened.

I did a 3 mile loop on the trail, then walked to the track, ran/walked for a while, then ran to the BX to wait for the Pilot (he was at the squadron).



Oat bran with almond milk, a scoop of Sun Warrior, mesquite and a macaroon topper ๐Ÿ˜€

I spent my day running errands, going to the DMV for the third time (every time I go to renew the tags for the new car, they tell me I need another documentโ€ฆ today was another fail to add to the list) and then grabbed some lonchi:


Amyโ€™s Black Bean Vegetable soup with a dollop of plain goatโ€™s milk yogurt and cayenne

Tonight, weโ€™re having friends over for appetizers, dessert and vino, but first Iโ€™m gonna go train a couple of clients.

Have a great night! <3


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  1. Allie (Live Laugh Eat) on September 14, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    6 miles outta nowhere? Well, not nowhere you are as fit as can be but that’s amazing, Gina! Your seksi pilot is gonna get jeeeealous!

  2. Kristina @ spabettie on September 14, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    HEE !! I saw you tweet that you “ran into your ex” yesterday and he “looked good”… I was *SO* hoping that meant a run! WOO !

    I have been struggling with getting back into running lately (after 2 HUGE injuries) and today I went to a track and ran a FANTASTIC run. I almost cried, it was so good. Felt awesome. I so miss running (I was a big runner).

    YAAAY for your “chance meeting” and I’m happy it went… well ! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Laury @ thefitnessdish on September 14, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    WOW!! 6 miles, nothing since May…you are a beast.

  4. Laura on September 14, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    I thought I was the only one who never made it through the DMV the first time. I have to confess that the last time I went and found out that I was going to have to come back I tried batting the eyelashes and smiling a little more at the DMV guy in hopes that he would fix things for me and I wouldn’t have to return. NO DICE. Oh well.

    I’m still craving a burrito after your last post!

  5. Holly @ couchpotatoathlete on September 14, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    Gina I love that you out of the blue ran 6 miles. That is awesome.

    But my favorite part of this post was the picture of the macaroon caught in the oat bran quicksand ๐Ÿ™‚ He has no chance!

  6. Little Bookworm on September 14, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Congrats on the 6 mile run. Love the look of your breakfast, especially the macaroon in it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat on September 14, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Great job on the run! Running is currently by fitness boyfriend, and we’ve only been together for 9 months. We’ll see if I ever stray ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Dana Marie on September 14, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    ๐Ÿ˜€ I love your blog, I’m so new to it I realize when you recall to your older posts — but it made me smile, thanks for sharing all your stuff

  9. Jaclyn on September 14, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Oh I totally get what you mean about zoning out and the stress relief thing.. How do you feel post-ruN?

    Aps and dessert w/ friends sounds fun!

  10. Caitlin (EatFeats) on September 14, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Sometimes you need the mental clarity! Your breakfast looks fantastic.

  11. Kate on September 14, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    You silly girl! When I read your text yesterday I thought you meant that you SAW YOUR EX and he WAS OUT FOR A RUN.

    hahaha so glad that you meant running and not an actual person!

    I have heard (so many!) other people so that running is so good for mental clarity. Maybe I should take it up…?

  12. Dana Marie on September 14, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    it’s so funny that you say that about choreography thoughts on the elliptical – I TOTALLY would envision dance productions while going– I know what you mean about running, I sort of feel that, but it’s hard –and I’m not light enough/inshhape enough to feel comfortable enough to zone out while running yet

  13. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on September 14, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    6 miles! I would love to just run 1! You go girl. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Kris | on September 14, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Hahaha! I needed to get here right away! LOL, I figured we were having some real good reality tv shizz going on up in the! I am cooling my jets….its just *running* phew!


    • Fitnessista on September 15, 2010 at 8:11 am


  15. Carrie on September 14, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Mmmm, macaroony topper.

    I wish I could do running. It’s always been rough for me, but it sounds so good.

  16. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on September 14, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Haha 6 miles?! That’s incredible! I’ve never ran that far in my life!

  17. Whitney on September 14, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    I’m jealous that you can run 6 miles without training. Meanwhile, I struggle to run 2.5 miles! Good job!

  18. Natalie on September 14, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Good for you…there’s nothing like a run to clear and calm your mind in an entirely different way than yoga!

  19. Karyn on September 14, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    glad the date went well ๐Ÿ™‚ and 6 miles after not running for months? wow girl. you are in amazing shape ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Sassy Molassy on September 14, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    A few random things.

    1. I totally get your reason for needing a run now and then. It really is the only exercise that you can just ZONE OUT during and reap benefits, while also having time to think.
    2. I find myself using your sayings in my head like “lonchi” and “beast” and “schweaty self”. ๐Ÿ™‚
    3. The DMV seriously makes me want to cry every time I go. They make you feel stupid for not having every single form you need when you thought you had them all, even after doing your research online prior to going. Hope the 4th time is a charm!

  21. Heather (Heather's Dish) on September 14, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    ugh, i hate the DMV! and the one in colorado is insane with the amount of paperwork you need to get it all done. that’s so great that you had a good run though…it’s been forever since i was able to run that mileage, and i’m so proud you were able to ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Lily @ Lily's Health Pad on September 14, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Running as an ex boyfriend is totally an analogy for me right now. Every month or so, I decide I miss him. But any more than that, he’s a nuisance.

  23. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on September 14, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    I totally agree about running being the best way to zone out and destress. That sounds like an awesome run after taking such a long break from it! ๐Ÿ˜€

  24. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' on September 14, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Ah, there’s nothing better than a good run to clear your head! And running with an iPod makes me so happy! Sweating to music makes everything better. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Glad you had a good one!

  25. Mama Pea on September 14, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Just be careful with that ex. He always breaks my heart.

  26. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on September 14, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Whenever I hear these mileages my two miles seems so short! Congrats on what sounds like a semi-successful reunion with that ex of yours ๐Ÿ˜€

  27. Christina @ Food.Fun.Fabulous on September 14, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    I wish I could run 6 miles. I dream of running but my body always seems to say no we’re not a match lol

  28. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on September 14, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    I haven’t run more than 3.5 miles at one time…props to you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  29. Lili on September 14, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    That was a nice brush with the ex! I ran 6 miles in practice today too! got a personal best of 41:52! yay!
    If your looking for running motivation come watch a XC race! There super intense and they ALWAYS make my parents want to lace up there sneaks and hit the dusty trail!

    I agree, running is my life, the only time i get to be myself, alone with only my thoughts!

  30. lindsey on September 14, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    i LOVE your check-in posts. makes me feel like i have a partner!

    glad you had such a great run!

  31. Nola @ The Zetetic Gamin on September 14, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    I keep coming back to running for all those reasons. Even though it’s hard and I’m slow and there are so many times I just get annoyed, I love that brainspace. Clear, real, oxygenated. Nothing beats it!

    Kudos to you not only for getting out there, but also for recognizing what you needed & not worrying about whether it was “your thing”. It can be so hard to hear what our bodies are saying and even harder to go back to something we thought we were done with.

  32. Kate on September 14, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    Awesome job on the run! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I have a kind of random question… I made those flourless pb cookies that you posted a little while back and they came out super crumbly! Were yours that way?

    • Fitnessista on September 15, 2010 at 8:11 am

      no, they weren’t crumbly! if the mixture is too watery, sprinkle in a little whole grain flour and add some baking soda (1/2 t or so)

  33. Tina on September 14, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    I feel the same way about it. I like just going and being in the workout without other things to occupy my mind. I also like how it pushes me. I definitely prefer other things though for regular activity.

  34. Krystina on September 14, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Congrats on the run chicka!

  35. Courtney on September 14, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    Gina- how do they keep needing to give you a new form? I have never had to do anything extra since we bought our cars in 05. I just go threw that little drive up give them the cash and they give me my new tags. lol

    • Fitnessista on September 15, 2010 at 8:10 am

      so we bought the car from a military guy, who is deployed now, and got a loan from our bank
      first time i go, they tell me the seller has to sign the title, even though the bank owned the title (we basically paid off the guys loan for the car)
      i get it signed, go back, then they tell me his WIFE has to sign it (um, why couldn’t they tell me that the first time??)
      i go again, they say i need i copy of my husband’s driver’s license and earnings statement. i was like “why can’t you guys be consistent? i’ve been here 3 times and have been told 3 different things”

  36. Paige @Running Around Normal on September 14, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Is this just a rebound? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Nice work, Gina!

    • Fitnessista on September 15, 2010 at 8:08 am

      hahah probably ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. Jessica@tastyandtrim on September 14, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    I always turn to running when I need to clear my head. 6 miles out of nowhere is impressive. I just ran a 5k this past Sunday and would struggle with running 6, you’re amazing!

  38. Joelle (The Pancake Girl) on September 14, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    You go get ’em girl! Running does always clear my mind.. but for some reason my heart’s been absent from my runs and I’m not sure why. I’m tempted to take a little separation from running (instead of full out break-up), a la you…

    Have a good night!

  39. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on September 15, 2010 at 12:46 am

    “only wish I could hop in the box, do a personal training session and perform a Broadway show medley”—LOL!!!!!!!! Can you sweep the floor too while you’re at it? kidding ๐Ÿ™‚

    Glad you’re reunited and that you’re liking it! Breaks = good things! As long as you’re digging it, keep it up! If you get sick of it, stop. So easy on paper, so hard to live up to in reality I find. I know what you mean about total zoning out though. YES. I am always writing something in my head from blog posts to emails to thinking about previous conversations with others and running really quiets that mental chatter immensely!

    Hope the evening w/ friends and vino is fabooosh!


  40. Naomi on September 15, 2010 at 8:41 am

    nice on the 6!!! sometimes you just get in that zone…maybe seeing the ex pushd you even further!!?? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  41. Katie on September 15, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Ugh. I wish you could come to MN and train me how to run. I might qualify for the worst runner in the state… and I’m pretty in shape. Just not so hot with the running! ๐Ÿ™

  42. Amy on September 15, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Hey Gina!
    I am new to oat bran, how it is cooked?

    • Fitnessista on September 15, 2010 at 3:52 pm

      same as oatmeal, but for less time

  43. melissa @ the delicate place on September 15, 2010 at 9:53 am

    glad you had a good run! i took a long long break from running. i was doing 30mpw in 2008 and got injured. i now run 5-8 miles weekly and am in love with yoga, biking or HIIT. so much more time efficient and the results pay off far more than chronic cardio for me

  44. Kailey (SnackFace) on September 15, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Gina, I AM AN IDIOT. I read this post yesterday and I was like, “Well, maybe she and the pilot have a very understanding, open relationship and he’s fine with her running with her ex boyf for 6 miles.” It wasn’t until now, a day later, that I realize RUNNING IS the ex! Good lord, I swear I graduated Magna Cum Laude…

    • Fitnessista on September 16, 2010 at 10:44 am

      i’m pretty sure the pilot would NOT be ok with me going for a long run with an ex-boyfriend ๐Ÿ˜‰

  45. Sana on September 15, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Oh the ex. I am currently having an affair with mine ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s bueno.

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