How in the WORLD is it already December?? This is madness! 2014 has almost come to an end. I still can’t believe it.
If you celebrate, I hope you had an amazing Thanksgiving holiday. We really had a lovely time and while I stressed myself out with the kitchen duties, everything went really well. I posted a little while ago about how to fight the temptations during the holidays, and I think I did a pretty good job!
Bret and I had the pleasure of cat sitting my sister’s cat, Weasley, for the holidays. We’ve kept him with us for a couple of times, but this was his longest visit. I drove down last weekend to pick him up, and as always he was delightfully well-behaved in the car. As usual it took him some time to feel fully at home, but I think he really settled in this time! By the time my sister came to get him, it almost seemed like he didn’t want to leave! This is as close as it gets for us, until we finally get our own kitty!
Bret and I were supposed to do a Turkey Trot on Forbidden Drive on Thanksgiving morning, but we ended up not registering in advance, plus it was a bit difficult to get up so early! So instead we ended up having a lovely 4 mile run on Kelly Drive in the afternoon. It was like we had the trail all to ourselves! Unfortunately my feet were feeling pretty lousy. I’m concerned my Superfeet insoles are wearing out…even though I’ve only had them since April…
I had all intents and purposes of starting to prepare Thanksgiving dinner the day before, but that didn’t happen. We actually didn’t get the majority of our supplies for the big feast until Wednesday morning! Thank the lord for Trader Joe’s!
So the menu consisted of turkey, cornbread, Brussels sprouts, mashed sweet potatoes, quinoa stuffing, cranberry sauce, and corn casserole. We also made a punch with sparkling apple cider, cranberry juice, pineapple juice, and ginger ale for a little bubbly.
Bret also picked up a couple of pies from work, one was pecan and the other was sweet potato pie. Of course once it was time to eat dessert, I was stuffed! But they were both very good.
Everything came out really nicely, which was great because I was SO stressed about the turkey. I used a video to show me how to do it, and it involved making a very fancy butter full of spices that I spread under the turkey skin. I made the gravy too, which was a lot less scary than I thought it would be! Last year I was supposed to do all of this myself but my Mom took over…this year I really had to figure things out on my own, and I’m glad.
I am super excited to participate in my first Runner’s World streak challenge! From Thanksgiving to New Year’s, all I have to do is run one mile each day. So far I haven’t been able to just stop at 1 mile, but once the weather gets really bad again, I’m sure I’ll just drop in one mile here and there. I have big plans for 2015 when it comes to races, so this will definitely help me keep a good base mileage. If you’re a runner, you should join in the fun! Everyone’s using the hashtag #RWRunStreak.
Monday 11/24: The weather was in the 70’s! And I still couldn’t get out the door for a run….bad Janelle!
Tuesday 11/25: Boot Camp Class! This time I was ambitious and used the 8 pound weights. We did lots of squats, bicycles, leg raises (tough!!), and worked our triceps. It’s challenging but so fun. And YES I could hold that 40 second plank!
Wednesday 11/26: 30 minute Yoga for Runners from yogadownload.com.
Thursday 11/27: 4 mile run at about an 11 minute average pace.
Friday 11/28: At work I had Core and More Class with some great cardio. In the evening I ran 2.13 miles at 9:29 average pace out in my neighborhood. I did a LONG foam rolling and stretching session, my feet and hamstrings needed it!
Saturday 11/29: We ran on the beautiful Forbidden Drive, 4.11 miles at 10:58 average pace. Somehow I really found energy in the last mile and pushed myself!
Sunday 11/30: I went for a solo 2 mile run in the early evening, around a 9:30 pace. The weather was an insane 50 degrees, and I was feeling great and my form was great! Afterwards I rolled my calves using what I normally only use as a foot roller. The pain was unbearable!! But it was sorely needed so I will keep it up!