Last night was the second official workout following our 10-mile training program, and I have words of wisdom to share with you all with regard to what I learned during it.

Don't eat a cheese platter with beer and expect to have a great workout.

I mean, I'd imagine most of you are probably rolling your eyes at me because this seems like common sense. I have to admit, I too thought it was a bad idea as I was getting ready for the run . . . and then shortly into my run . . . and definitely after my run.

My evening began a bit different than usual, I met Brindy and Tino, who you may know from the weekly weigh-ins, at a relatively new restaurant down in the Cobblestone District of Buffalo. This is situated adjacent to the First Niagara Center, home of the Buffalo Sabres. This part of Buffalo is often overlooked for every day use, only really ever popular during sporting events and concerts at the arena. Strikingly uncharacteristic for the three of us, we ventured to the new Lagerhaus 95, a German beer-and-pub-fare kind of place. Overall, the food was pretty good, the price was reasonable, and it was something new.

After dinner I headed home, expecting to work out relatively soon, before it got too late, but that plan didn't really pan out. Instead it quickly became 10:00 p.m. and we still hadn't gone for our run. By 10:30 we finally managed to get all ready to go and got outside. The run was tough. And to top it off, finishing a run after 11:00 p.m. is even worse. Not only were we both tired, a little cranky, and now sore, it was clear that neither of us had had a fun time.

It was an interesting departure from our first run's success on the program, which if you remember I talked about how great it was to have a set schedule. Today, I am not so happy to report on the other side of the double-edged sword. Having a set schedule can really suck, too. We felt like we HAD to go out, no matter what, despite our gastrointestinal displeasure and late start time. Don't get me wrong, we aren't going to abandon the plan. I just wanted to comment on how quickly we experienced both sides to a training program.

The silver lining, I suppose, is that our set schedule did get us our workouts, no matter how unpleasant it was. Looking back on it today I am glad we did end up sticking to the plan. I just know from now on, on a Tuesday, Thursday, or Sunday, I wont be eating a cheese platter with beer again.

Have you ever stuck it out and worked out despite numerous reasons NOT do it? Would you do it again?