Saturday, November 26, 2011

Odds and Ends, and a Winner!!

I hope everyone is enjoying their long weekend.

We have a few kids with colds... no one is feeling terrible, but there is a lot of coughing and sniffling. So we are keeping it all pretty low-key.

Yesterday we had a Christmas movie day and watched movies, ate leftovers, and relaxed. (I do not shop on Black Friday. I don't enjoy shopping very much. I do 99% of my Christmas shopping online). We did go out and get a Christmas tree and tonight we are going to our town Parade of Lights. I love the Parade of Lights!

I have been running lots. This morning I did a 9 miler with five miles at half marathon goal pace (about 7:06). I ran the last tempo mile at a 6:45 and it felt pretty good to run fast. I was stuck on the treadmill because of lots of ice, but I ran outside the rest of the week so I can't complain (this time of year any run outside is a major bonus!) Tomorrow I have a 17 miler to do, and next week will be over 70 miles with 10 miles on Saturday and 20 miles on Sunday. The Disney Goofy Challenge is just over a month away now. Crazy! I know the month is going to go by super fast with the holidays too.

As much as I would rather be doing my speedwork at the track instead of on the treadmill and as much as I complain about my water bottle freezing shut on my long runs, I love having winter races to train for. I love having "no excuses", I love the escape from the "busy-ness" of the holidays with my daily training, and I love the motivation to keep up my training when it would be super easy to slack.

I am happy to report that I ate great this week. I didn't overeat, overindulge, or gain any weight over Thanksgiving. I enjoyed the day. I had tasty food that we prepared in healthy ways, and I focused on my family, being thankful, and the "fun" of the day instead of the food. It feels GOOD. This was the first year of my life that I can remember that I enjoyed Thanksgiving without overeating. I don't feel like I missed out on anything, and in fact I think I enjoyed the day and the weekend a whole lot more without feeling stuffed.

Two more piece of business -

Yesterday I heard that I was chosen to be a FitFluential Ambassador.They have been expanding their program and looking for more Ambassadors (so there are lots of other people being added to the program), and Dorothy at Mileposts and Blonde Ponytail both recommended me. Thanks ladies! You can read more about FitFluential here.
and finally, the lucky winner of my Neocell Collagen Sport Giveaway is

LACEY SUE from N.Y.A.R.M. !!!!!!

Congrats Lacey! Send me an email and I will get you connected with Neocell so you can get your prize.

More soon!


Run with Jess said...

Good job on the eating... I feel so strong-willed since I didn't cave to the holiday gluttony.
Congrats on Fit Fluential!! I was just added too.

Lacey Sue said...

Congrats on the Fit Fluential! That is awesome!!!! ;) Hoping the kids all get better quickly!
Hurray for a win!! Very excited :)!

Elle said...

Congrats to you on the FitFluential pick. You are a natural, for sure.

Conrats to your giveaway winner, too.

Love the new pic of you on your blog. So cute with shorter hair!

Christy @ My Dirt Road Anthem: A Runner's Blog said...

Congrats on Fitfluential! I am so excited to see what it is going to be all about.

Great job with all the running. I love winter running, it is so nice with no bugs!

Lacey Sue said...

sent you an email! Can't wait to hear back from you! ;)

Chris @ Heavy Steps said...

Yeah FitFluential!!!

Good job on the not overeating. Wish I could of said that. I didn't do to great. There is always next year!

JC said...

congrats on fitfuluential!!! that's so awesome!

Glad you enjoyed your holiday :) I also hate black friday shopping, and shopping in general. I avoid all stores this time of year. Despite all the decorations, people's attitudes at crowded sale-crazed stores is the best way to get OUT of the holiday spirit!

Katie @ Will Race for Carbs said...

Congrats on fitfluential and all the great runs. I don't do black Friday either. I'd rather pay a few extra bucks and skip the crowds!

Caroline said...

Congrats on fitfluential!!!

No Black Friday for me. I hate to shop on any day of the year..cannot imagine going in a store on that crazy day!

Online shopping for me too...
I am done for the kids and that is the big one. Now I need ideas for my husband, that is the HARD one!

Terzah said...

Congrats on fitfluential! You're a natural for that. And also on nearing that 70 miles threshold.

I am no shopper either. I think the name "Black Friday" says it all.

lindsay said...

You're doing goofy?!! So is my husband! Maybe I can meet you after one of the races! Or even before one, because who doesn't want to meet strangers at 430am ;) I know it's a crazy weekend otherwise--I ran it in 09. Would be fun to say hi and congratulate you! :)

Teamarcia said...

Your holiday eating, workouts and fun all sound amazing! Congrats on the Fitfluential gig!

Mallory said...

Congrats on being chosen as an ambassador! That's awesome! I hope your kids feel better soon. You're doing great on the miles. Keep it up!

robinbb said...

Congrats on FitFluential. I just found out I got accepted as well and am so excited.

As for your runs, I say, wow. You are amazing! I can't wait until I can call that pace my tempo pace. I can't wait to see how you do at Goofy.