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…


..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..


…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.


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.


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


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


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.


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!

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…


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…


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 🙂


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.


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.


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 🙂