Getting Back into the Swing of Things…

Well those 5 days off for Thanksgiving were much-needed but it makes Monday that much harder.

Although our departure time from Ithaca was pretty early on Sunday morning, I wanted to get one last run in because the scenery is just so surreal.  I had no expectations on how far I was going to go, I just know I promised I would be back in an hour…

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..and just like that, I was back in an hour.  I am more impressed with my timeliness than I am with my run…

I even stopped to take some pictures..

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…darn, I miss this. 

Without leaving much time to spare after my run, I was forced to eat breakfast as we were heading out the door.

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Literally, heading out the door.  Classy.

With a heavy mileage 5 days, Monday was just a crossfit day…and I was not about the whole waking up early the Monday morning after a long vacation to run.

But today (Tuesday) was a different story.  With a primarily shoulder workout at crossfit later on, I figured I could handle a nice little morning run.

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Short and sweet to kick off the morning.  My breakfast was also pretty darn sweet.  I had an oatmeal craving so I made a nice little Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal bowl.

1/3 Cup Oatmeal
2 Egg whites
2 Tbsp. Pumpkin Puree
1 tsp Maca Powder
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Maple Extract
Pumpkin Seeds

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I am 100% incapable of making food look pretty, especially oatmeal.  I always think its going to turn out like…

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Close, right?! Ha Ha

Fast forward hours later and I got my shoulders annihilated at Crossfit.  It was painfully awesome and felt great to get some solid strength in after a week of just running.

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Well it has certainly been a little tough getting back into work mode after a great holiday but it’s almost Wednesday!  And soon it will be almost Christmas! 🙂 Positive thinking!

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

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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.