Can’t Leave Ithaca Without an Ithaca Bakery Panini and One Last Snowy Run

Hmm…How do I summarize these final 3 days in Ithaca after Thanksgiving..

With Pictures of Course…

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I don’t usually run the day after a long-run but when you don’t have access to a gym and the sun is shinning bright, you just have to do things a little different.  The weather was perfect.  I didn’t stop to take a picture because I was too busy embracing reality and all its beauty      .

My ‘posterior tibial tendon’ has been acting up a bit and it wasn’t feeling great on this run so despite everything else being perfect, I cut my run short at 6 miles.  However, I wasn’t ready to cut my workout short so I found a small area and did a short Home Wod.  I did 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 Squat, Burpee, Pushup.  Darn.  That was rough in the snow after a total of 16 miles in two days…

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With snow covered spandex and wet gloves, I was ready to be done… and was anxously awaiting my eggs with Nuttzo and a side of cinnamon roasted butternut squash 🙂

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I was not a fan of this whole tendon acting up so I went down to the lake after a nice little nap and stuck my feet in the ice-cold water.

 I have a feeling that is not what they mean by the term, ‘ice’…I also don’t think that it was great way to wake up from a cozy nap.

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Ended the day with some (and by some I mean..A LOT) of sushi, pad thai, and of course…Froyo.

I decided to take today (Saturday) off because I my legs are pretty sore and I am not about to risk an injury for a run.  Instead, we spent the day shopping around Downtown Ithaca.  It wouldn’t be a complete Ithaca trip without picking up our favorite Finger Lake wines and a stop at the Ithaca Bakery.

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Because when in Ithaca…

This week was about enjoying a Thanksgiving break in a beautiful place with beautiful people.  I was lucky enough to go on glorious runs and I had plenty of wholesome meals but I also was lucky enough to be lazy, take long/relaxing naps and eat many delicious meals and desserts.

I like to limit myself to one or two cheat meals a week but every once in a while you need to just LIVE.

I hope to get out for one last beautiful, Ithaca run tomorrow morning before we head out.  But we’ll see if my legs have something else in mind…

Enjoy your Saturday and don’t forget to just LIVE 🙂

A Turkey and Ten Mile Filled Thanksgiving

My first Thanksgiving in Ithaca was simply perfect.

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Nothing like starting the day with a snowy 10-miler with this as the view. It was my first snowy run of the season and I hope this is a sign that it will be a great winter season for running. It was absolutely breath-taking. The snow flurries just added the perfect touch…I would say it felt like heaven but there is nothing heaven-like about those hills.

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The mid-20 degree weather was surprisingly not too cold. I actually ended up shedding that top layer as always…

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I think the sole purpose of that shirt is to add color to my pre-run pictures because it always ends up being ditched on the side of the road within 5 minutes.  I wonder how long it will be until someone else owns it…

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What did stay on for the entire run were those incredibly warm and stylish socks.  Bought them at Dick’s the night before and they pretty much made my run doable.  I put them right over my ProCompression socks and they kept my toes completely dry.  It was amazing.

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I was tempted to do 11 miles but the final 3 miles were up a massive hill (after a few previous hills) and that pretty much sealed the deal.  My legs were ready to be done.  So I called it at 10…exactly.

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Came back to the house to a warm burning fire and quickly fired up some eggs smeared in Nuttzo and an apple.  Solid pre-game to the phenomenal Thanksgiving meal.

All in all, Thanksgiving was wonderful and there are so many things I am thankful for day in and day out.  I don’t need Thanksgiving to make me realize that.  I just need an open road.  

When people ask me, “Why do you run?”..I always respond with “It’s my time to think. It is the only time in my crazy day where I can sift through my thoughts with a conscious mind.  It is my time to reflect on life. Reflect on my future.  Reflect on my past.  Reflect on a conflict  Reflect on the things I can do to make myself a better person

Why do you run?

What is the best gear for snowy runs?

Did you get a Thanksgiving run in?

First Snow Fall, Travel and REST

It wouldn’t be a festive Thanksgiving without a little snow, right?!

The snow is great… but not when you plan to travel 5 hours to Ithaca for Thanksgiving.  In an attempt to beat the snow storm, the alarm was set for a glorious 4am and off to Ithaca it was.  I can confidently say it was the fastest ride to and I was the worst co-pilot.

Lets just say that 5am cup of coffee DID NOT work its magic.

We JUST beat the snow and enjoyed a cozy afternoon inside.  Except for a short trip to Dick’s to get a new pair of snow boots…and maybe another pair of Asic running shoes.

After yesterday’s morning run and afternoon Crossfit workout, the rest day was much-needed.  Sometimes you just need to be epically lazy.  And with laziness comes anticipation for a great workout.  It is safe to say that I am ready and excited to get out and go for my first snowy long run in Ithaca tomorrow morning :)…and if I survive the snow, I have a feeling I am going to be spending the afternoon doing the whole hunting thing before a glorious Thanksgiving dinner.

I also have a feeling I am going to be dragging someone to the BEST froyo place in Ithaca. After some casual researching, I found out that since the froyo place is in a mall, it opens at the same time as the mall…which is 6pm…just about time for dessert, am I right?!  

I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoys everything the day has to offer.  If you are running a Thanksgiving race.. GOOD LUCK and be thankful that you have the opportunity to be healthy and strong enough to run….It sure is something to be thankful for. Take a moment throughout the fun-filled and busy day to take it all in and reflect on just how lucky you are to be you.