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.
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.