A conversation with my friend Lindsey:
Me: Can you please explain to me how I can be in the best shape of my life in terms of what I can accomplish physically, yet look in the worst shape of my life?
Lindsey: Well, you’ve probably bulked up a bit from running.
Me: If by bulked up you mean on fat, not muscle…
Me: Last night I did two hours on the elliptical – 12 miles. I feel totally refreshed, like I didn’t even work out. And this comes after running a 4:30 marathon on Sunday morning. Which, I might add, I was sick/tired for and had to walk long stretches… and I still managed a 4:30! I realize I haven’t been eating perfectly lately, but come on… shouldn’t those kind of workouts make up for it?
Lindsey: I don’t know. I kind of feel like if you’re that fit, you don’t need to worry about it?
Me: I have quite a tummy, and while you would think that my legs would look ridiculous from running, my butt is actually all cellulite-y.
Lindsey: Maybe see a nutritionist?
Me: I think I’m going to ask my parents for co-pay for a nutritionist for Christmas. Is that sad?
Lindsey: No. I would love to ask for a personal trainer. I would kill to have someone who would kick my ass. So you’re not sad.
Me: Oh, I meant: sad that I want to ask my parents not for gift certificates or something for a nutritionist, but for money for co-pay. Because I’m too cheap/broke to pay it.
Lindsey: Oh! Hahahaha.
But you know what? I actually think that would be a great Christmas gift. For more of my ideas on holiday gifts for runners, check out my post at Runners’ Lounge here. Don’t forget to scroll up and down to read what others have to say – we came up with a pretty comprehensive list when we all put our heads together!