Happy Saturday! This morning I got up, grabbed a half a banana and a granola bar and headed out the door for a long run.
I drove to the Scottsdale Green belt where I used to do my long runs when I was training for the half marathon that never was. I have to admit I was nervous, I hadn’t ran past 6 miles in a long time. The first 3 miles I was super cold and my hands were freezing from holding my water bottle, it may be time to update my wardrobe to deal with that.
Somewhere along the third mile I was stopped by a guy in a golf cart who informed me that I was actually running on a private golf course, and I needed to be careful not to get hit by a golf ball. Whoops! So I headed up near an apartment complex and was kind of half running/walking on uneven grass and dirt. Fail.
Once I was through there I picked back up to make up for lost time.
4mi- 9:04 –> Turn around spot, 1/2 way done!
After the 6 mile I decided to really scale back and enjoy the rest of the run instead of huffing and puffing my way through it. I felt pretty sore in the legs but I was in a nice comfortable running rhythm so I stuck with it, taking 30-60 second breaks between miles.
I have to admit it was a hard run, the kind where you want to turn back and you tell yourself “I hate this, why am I doing this?” Afterward though, I remembered how hard it was but I was SO proud of myself for doing it. It felt really good to knock the long run out of the way and feel prepared for the 12K’s of Christmas run I’m doing next week! I had a small protein shake when I got home, then got ready for the day and then I made this amazing egg and cheese sandwich on a whole wheat ciabatta bun (whole foods .99 cents).
It was an amazing reward for a long run done. I think egg and cheese sandwiches will always remind me of my grad school roommate Jenny. We each made a whole bunch of them, froze them, and ate them all quarter long… they were the best parts of our mornings. Anyways now that the long run is done its wedding present sorting time, but first I wanted to update you on our first 7 days our Advent Jar.
December 1st– Pray Together
December 2nd– Take a Family Photo
December 3rd– Listen to each others favorite Christmas Song
Margaret Whiting and Johnny Mercer – Baby Its Cold Outside
December 4th– Share your favorite Christmas Memory
We both agreed that going to Winterhaven (a neighborhood in Tucson that almost every house has phenomenal lights) when we first started dating was one of our favorite memories.
December 5th & 6th– (We doubled up and did both days yesterday) Drink hot chocolate and buy a scratcher/lotto ticket.
I actually tried to make myself a “healthy” hot chocolate with regular cocoa powder, almond milk, and stevia… which came out horrible… so then I said screw it and went for a regular sugar filled packet. Apparently I am a messy hot chocolate maker? Our scratcher didn’t go very well….Paul was pretty broken up about it.
He is such a goof, I couldn’t believe he bought a 20 dollar one… he said it was special since it was Christmas and I guess he had a point… we are go big or go home type people I guess!
Bonus we also bought the smallest tree ever yesterday…. will snap a picture of it soon!
That’s it for now, have a wonderful weekend everyone!
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