My Run Routine + My Thoughts on Pro-Ana Websites

Small victory today – 5 miles of cool(ish) morning, pain-free street running!


I wasn’t sure if this run would happen at all – I ended up modifying yesterday’s workout. My stomach felt off the entire day – I think that Moe’s burrito I got the other night had one too many jalapenos inside. So I just did a few push up/row/plank type of circuits. This morning, I said I’d see how I felt, and I felt great Open-mouthed smile When I came back inside, I met Shane, about to leave for work:

Do you even realize you have an exact routine you follow every time you go for a run?

Why? What do you mean?

Shane made this comment to me today after I burst in the front door from a morning run, took off my earphones and tugged off my shoes.

As he proceeded to tell me a couple of routine things I do for each run, I nodded in agreement. I do kinda follow a running routine.

It starts about 20 minutes before I leave. I down a glass of water, followed by a cup of coffee and a banana (or dried fruit.) Then, as I’m getting dressed for the run (always Nike tempo shorts on bottom, always an old tank on top, always Lululemon tata tamer sports bra,) I meander around, gathering my things – earphones, phone, hair tie, etc.

For the actual run, I’ve been listening to this Pandora station:


as I run my usual 3, 4, or 5 mile loop. I change it up by going one direction for one run, and the other for the next. I live on the edge, my friends 😉

Then I return, tug at my shoes until they pull off, drop my phone and earphones at the entry way, chug water, and make an amino drink:


This is followed by either a Niko walk, foam rolling, or a shower (depending on how motivated I am,) and then a full breakfast:

Another honey-dew melon bowl of overnight oats – made with the usual mix.


Just a little running routine!

I suppose you could say I’m a routine-type of person. It’s comforting to know what comes next, right? To have a plan. Except I can get ahead of myself with planning. The problem comes when planning ahead makes you not live in the moment. Even I can’t stand when I’m doing something fun – something enjoyable – with a group – and all someone can talk about is what’s next? Transitioning to a deeper topic, I used to be that girl. Over 10 years ago, when I was in high school and had an eating disorder, I don’t think I was physically capable of living in the moment. Always planning out what was next or what I had to do. I don’t really walk about my past eating disorder much on the blog a) because it was more than 10 years ago, and b) only lasted about 6 months in the thick of it. To some who have had a life-long battle with the illness, I feel like it’s nothing.

Another part of this today’s routine is sharing my thoughts with you on this heavier topic.

I read and article today on about pro-anorexia websites, and whether they’re actually beneficial to those who read them or not. I filmed a little video for my take on it, but the short answer is: NO.


All right, time to carry on with Thursday business! Got lots to do today – quite a few online programs to design, followed by a few afternoon clients. Have a good Thursday, all Smile

Do you have a routine when you workout?

What are your thoughts on the article if pro-ana sites are beneficial or not?

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  1. I’m so torn on the issue. As someone with their Masters in Psych who lectures on eating disorders I think I know enough about them to know most people who visit those sights for *inspiration* are NOT being benefited. However, if research finds that those suffering from an ED can find solace in this online community than I would support it.
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    • Ohh, I would love to hear more what you have to say on this topic, Erica! My thoughts were that *regulated* online support groups would be more beneficial.

  2. I pretty much have a morning routine for running and going to the gym in the am! Changing up your route helps prevent injury specifically IT band, I learned the hard way! I can’t watch your video at work but I am going to say I agree with you, I am against pro ana websites and I think they encourage girls to have eating disorders!
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  3. Yep, definitely a routine kinda gal too. And if I get thrown off in the slightest….better watch out 😉 I guess I always thought of those sites as promoting anorexia, ways for girls to sort of learn how to get thinner, stay thin, tips/tricks that sort of thing. I’ve never had an eating disorder so I don’t really know for sure, but I can’t imagine they’d be beneficial.

  4. Great post Paige! I’ll definitely have to check out that article! It’s such an interesting and yet controversial topic! Personally have gone through an eating disorder I do not think these sites are helpful! They are promoting the behavior and nowhere are the sites are they being advised to get help! I know when I was sick I would find any reason to rationalize my disorder and this would have given me so much support to keep going with my disordered behaviors…not a good thing!
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  5. I would say NOT. And I think it’s funny that Pinterest says they ban those sorts of images. I think some of the “thinspiration” on there is just as bad and could be considered pro-am images.
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  6. Oh man, as someone who spent an awful lot of time on those websites way back when, I can say they were not beneficial to me at all. I would spend hours on the computer getting ideas, looking at pictures, distracting myself from how hungry I was. They made what I was doing seem ok because other people were doing it too.
    However, it was through one of those sites that I found a support forum that actually did help me. So I guess in a very roundabout way they did wind up helping me.
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  7. haha routines make the world go ’round no? when i get home from the gym i’m all GO GO GO haha like chug my shake rip off my shoes wash my hands shower (if i have work) do the dishes (if i don’t) make coffee and then i feel like sitting down for real breakfast is like the ultimate goal

  8. Great job on the pain-free run! That’s always a plus. 😀
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  9. i don’t see how these sites are beneficial. Just like drug addiction site. I could be wrong. I’d want more science behind it too.
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  10. I’ve definitely got my routine down – I wake up, put in my contacts, get dressed, chug some water, eat my pre-workout snack (half an energy bar, dates/almond butter or trail mix) while I check my email real quick, throw on my shoes then head outside or drive over to the gym.

    Pro-ana sites will never be a good idea. For anyone, regardless or whether they have an eating disorder or not.
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  11. That article made me cringe when I read it. So sad. Not beneficial! As someone who has suffered from an eating disorder, I can first hand say these are not helpful in the slightest. And my mom has her Masters in psychology and after talking with her about this issue I know that they are not helpful, it kind of sickens me to be honest, because the thing with eating disorders is that they are tricky and are very, very competitive. Even looking at some bloggers I feel a little triggered, so I’ve simply stopped reading certain blogs. I mean seriously a PRO anorexia site, in what way does that sounds helpful at all?! Sorry, got a little passionate about that ha ha. I agree with you, its the wrong type of support to be getting. Okay, I could go on forever, so I’ll stop here.
    I still am a little bit of a planner, always planning ahead. Getting very anxious if I don’t know what the plans will entail later on in the day or night. Don’t I sound like a peach to hang out with;) I’m very happy to hear you have transitioned past those thoughts and issues you faced in the past!
    Umm, sorry for the long comment ha ha. I won’t
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  12. Great video! I completely agree with you. It’s scary to me that there’s people out there who support things like that, those girls need serious medical help, not to form their own support group and encourage one another to continue what they’re doing.
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  13. What a great idea with the honeydew melon bowl!

    I think I’m the only one who hasn’t used or heard of Pandora. I thought all along it was the bracelet I have around my wrist! lol
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  14. Oh I feel ya, Paige! I used to be the SAME way– I became such a planner that life was losing so many of the “fun” qualities!

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m still VERY much a planner, but now I try to recognize that sometimes it’s great to just go with the flow 😀
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  15. I am very much a planner… sometimes to a fault. I’m trying to be more flexible, because just like you said… it can take the fun out of things. I have never struggled with an eating disorder, but I don’t see how these sites could be beneficial. I’m all about other people helping each other out with their struggles, but that is when group therapy is beneficial. These kids don’t have degrees and are not qualified to help or deal with these situations. ED’s can be a life or death matter!
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  16. I am so glad someone has spoken about Pro-Ana sites..I used to be OBSESSED with these websites and they gave me ideas and not good ideas..BAD ideas…I think these websites should be banned! Like you said these young women are not specialists and have NO idea what they are talking about. I feel like these sites just display other ways to be ana or bulimic to those who are unfamiliar with the “ways”

    I have routines too :) Nothing wrong with that.. Love and Shine CourtStar
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