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15 miles and More Snow

Happy Sunday! It’s a snowy one once again here in Springfield. We’ve been hibernating all day, and I’m loving it. Sometimes it’s nice to be forced to stay home and just relax!

Today has consisted of cleaning, cooking, and learning new Jazzercise routines! I learned almost 10 new routines so my mind was on overload. Therefore some baking needed to happen. You know… To let my mind relax and regroup. Haha

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I was craving chocolate! So Nick and I had an awesome dessert tonight. Brownies are always a good thing.

And I couldn’t feel that guilty about having some sweets. I did run 15 miles yesterday after all. 🙂

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This was my most physically and mentally challenging run so far. I expected that though. I made it through and even beat the winter blast that came Saturday night. So I’m happy with that!

I spent the rest of the day trying to recoup and rehydrate while lounging around in sweats and my compression sleeves.

This morning my Jazzercise class was cancelled (obviously!) but I was determined to move my stiff and sore body just a little. I thought I would attempt to run. It was the worst idea ever.

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I’ve run in snow several times and made it just fine. But today was hopeless. The roads hadn’t been plowed. And there was about 4.5 inches of snow on them. Needless to say, I made it less than 3 miles before heading home and making some coffee!

Tomorrow morning should be interesting as we try to make it to work. Slow and steady should hopefully get me there safe!

Be careful out there and have a good night. I’ll see you all later!

The Great Letdown

So today is January 2nd. And what does that mean?! It means today could be (and most likely is) one of the biggest letdowns you’ve felt in quite a few months. The holidays are over. We had to go back to work. We have no major holidays coming up to look forward to. We’re all of a sudden on crazy diets so we can’t even eat the leftover sweets to self-soothe (HA!).

BUT, I’m not trying throw you into a further depression. I’m trying to motivate you stay happy! It’s a new year, and we have a lot to look forward to! If one of your New Year’s Resolutions was to work out more, I want you to stay positive and not let this photo become a reality today/tonight:

photo(129)If you made a commitment to yourself to exercise, get your booty to the gym tonight and just do it. Your Endorphins will be an awesome reward after our first full day back to work in the new year anyways. 🙂 Push through today’s ‘post-holiday letdown’ and you’ll have a happier tomorrow!

Morning Run

This morning’s 4-miler was a snowy one! And because of the snow, it also made it a sloooowww one. My pace all week has been about :45 – 1:15 slower than normal (even without the snow). My 10-mile race on Saturday wore me out and I’ve had a touch of the flu, so I’m just going to blame it on all that. I absolutely hate feeling like I’m running fairly fast, only to look down at my gps and realize I’m crawling compared to normal.

I suppose after training for months, I’m going to have a slower week here or there. I’m at the end of Week 11 in my half-marathon training plan, and up to here I’ve stayed pretty healthy. I didn’t know what it would be like to run with a cough/congestion/fever, but now I know I can do it – just a touch slower than normal. 🙂

Once I was home from my run and warm again, I was hungry and luckily snagged the last Clif bar from the cabinet for my breakfast!

photo(130)Gingerbread Clif Bar! I had some Greek yogurt and a banana on the side. My stomach tolerated it well, which is fantastic. Dinner last night wasn’t tolerated so well.

photo(131)I made some chicken and sausage in the Crockpot for our dinner, but my stomach wasn’t wanting any part of that. SO I just ‘indulged’ in some black-eyed peas and unsweetened applesauce. Geez, my New Years was exciting!

The rest of today has been pretty normal minus the snowy start. Mac still loves the snow each time it shows up.

image(22)And I’m thankful for my polka dot rain boots to keep me and my dress pants dry during our midday outing!

image(21)I’m off to teach Jazzercise soon. I don’t feel too sick, but I can’t stop coughing. So send good vibes my way so I can make it through class without hacking up a lung! For my sake and my students’ sake. 🙂

Have a wonderful evening!

Catching up on Christmas

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope your weekend has been great so far. Mine has been pretty quiet and productive, and I love it!

I was busy at work yesterday and busy last night with Jazzercise and wrapping gifts, so I kinda put off posting for the evening. But I swear I got a large chunk of my gifts wrapped and even started on making out my Christmas cards! After teaching Jazzercise right after work, I spent the rest of the evening ‘catching up on Christmas’ since I’ve been pretty lazy with everything so far. And now that my tree is looking a little more full with gifts underneath, my stress level has gone way down. Win!

photo(140)Mac was super helpful with the whole process. He had his toys in the middle of my wrapping station most of the evening.

Our photo Christmas cards arrived in the mail already (super fast!), and I love how they turned out. I’m in the process of making out the envelopes to my family members and should hopefully get them in the mail by Monday morning!

photo(139) photo(138)Long, Snowy Run

Aside from gift wrapping and card writing, I managed to do my long run this morning!

image12 miles. Woot!! I woke up bright and early to check out the weather. We had a couple of inches of snow fall overnight, and I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to get out for my run this morning. The roads looked pretty covered when I peaked out my window, but I was determined to get my run in.

I set off from my driveway and couldn’t even run out of my subdivision because the snow was so deep and wet. I walked/jogged my way to the main road and set off at an extra slow and careful pace. If I wanted to complete 12 miles in 3 inches of slippery snow, I was going to have to be extra cautious!

I was slipping and sliding all over the road, but I didn’t ever completely lose my footing – thank goodness! I did come back to my house for a change of socks at mile 7. I stepped in a super deep water/snow pile on accident and was in desperate need for some warm socks! Other than that, I took a couple of my Jelly Belly Sports beans along the way to keep me energized and kept on a truckin’ through the slush!

Ugly Sweater Party

Tonight is my friend Carley‘s Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater party! I’m so excited! I made some goodies to take along this afternoon, and Nick and I shall be heading out shortly. I love dressing up in my mom’s old Christmas sweaters and drinking egg nog with my old friends. I’ll be sure we take lots of lovely Christmas photos!

Have a cozy evening, and I’ll see you all tomorrow!