I managed to squeeze in 7 miles yesterday after all. That was a lovely little Friday afternoon gift.
7 miles, 50 minutes, zero garmin, lots of fun
Another Friday gift was a last minute sitter and a lovely dinner out with the hubs and some friends. I feel like a night out is so much more enjoyable when there are three kids at home being watched by someone else. I embrace every relaxing, martini drinking, tuna oscar eating moment.
I seriously underestimated the temperature this morning. big time running fail. As a rule, I should just never leave my house without my running gloves until about march. no matter how cold I don’t think it is. It was cold today. At a hand out the door to guesstimate the temp glance, a 20 degree morning can potentially feel more like a 30+ degree morning. which might cause an over zealous runner who doesn’t want a lot of “stuff” to forgo the gloves and opt for the “lighter” top layer. when, after about 2 minutes outside, reality hits and that 30+ degree feeling weather really is only about 20 degrees max. if that. no gloves. light shirt. I think my eyeballs were starting to freeze. I made it ten miles and called it. As far as running goes, after today’s experience, I think I would prefer running on the hottest of hot days than being underdressed on a cold day. I think another general rule is to dress for about 20 degrees warmer than it is if you are running for a decent amount of time. 20 + whatever the temp was this morning still would have warranted gloves – at least for the first few miles. lesson learned. this is what I went out in…
Lululemon from head to toe, besides the Brooks Pure Flow 2′s
those just make the whole running look happen
Love the headband – don’t leave home without it
The tights are some running leggings from last year – they are a bit thicker and are awesome. No sagging and pulling up mid run. that’s never fun.
10 miles @ 7:40 pace. garmin assisted my run today.
To make up for not getting at least 13 miles like I wanted, I tried to squeeze in some strength…
5 minutes on stairmaster, 5 minutes strength/core work
Repeat 4 times
Rotating the stairmaster in with the strength somehow helps me get a better strength workout in. don’t know why. doesn’t make much sense, but it gets the strength done.
I will run home and cry about a freezing cold run, and I will then drink my iced coffee in the same weather
Heaven on earth. I will always drink my iced coffee. I don’t like hot coffee.
Another thing I underestimated was my supply of Vega Protein
I’m out. and that’s no good
This is my new favorite
I think I’ve mentioned it a time or two before. it’s like dessert.
I have to cut it with my plantfusion, though, because it’s a bit pricey to be consumed on the daily, for my liking anyway. and I really like plantfusion. best of both worlds.
This necessitated a trip to whole foods
Get in the car kids, mama needs some protein!
Along with the rest of the town
If you want a practice in patience, take three children aged 2-6, to a New England whole foods, hours before a “snowstorm” hits. when everyone realizes they have no food and need to stock up. on everything.
deep breathing, counting to ten and lots of open food got us through
And trucks. god forbid we leave the truck in the car. I need one more thing to keep track of. and rain gear. Luke is always prepared for that rainy weather.
Alex and Luke are a handful in the store. alex wants everything she sees and Luke just turns into a ferocious beast most of the time. Not sure where anna was at that moment, but she’s 5 now, so is basically a self sufficient adult and can take better care of herself than the other two. my little independent easy going kindergirl. I kid. She was right next to me adding up the prices of the vegetables…“mom, 3 + 3 + 3 = 9!!”. so exciting, the life of a 5 year old. and I learn something new every day.
I didn’t do a Christmas “recap”. It was Christmas. It was splendid and delightful and a lot of fun with my three little ones and then the whole family later on at my grandparents. Instead of talking about it, here’s a quick view in pictures of the days around Christmas…
Christmas eve birthday cake for Jesus, with a side of hair
Alex ate that half of the cake
Making cookies for Santa
By myself. I couldn’t recruit any kids to help me. what have I done wrong. I even offered them leftover cookie dough.
Setting booby traps for Santa
Watch out for the balls on the floor, Santa!
Christmas morning “mimosas”
With a side of black eye
Alex and Ani charms….I keep the cards that come with them
Post Christmas living room s’mores….
That should cover Christmas.
The predicted snow is now falling. the kids have already been in and out three times. We’ll see how many more times we can suit up, come in, de-robe, warm up, repeat. it’s a fun game. naturally, snow goes with hot chocolate, so we have had an abundance of that as well. good snowy times.
Tomorrow I’ll post the bar recipe I mentioned in the last post. and we’ll see what else comes to mind between now an then. for now, I have to get back to my cooking – spinach pizza roll, salmon burgers and pumpkin bread. here’s to hoping all the ingredients end up in the right dish. My #1 is on the pumpkin bread detail…
I was really shooting for a 60 mile week this week. which is kind of a stretch at this point. It would mean 13 miles tomorrow. We shall see. I think I need to just make it happen.
Would you rather….
Be too hot or too cold?
Drink iced coffee or hot coffee for the rest of your life?
Play in the snow or play in the sand?