Sunday, December 21, 2014

Snow and some race research

It tried to snow here this morning. It was really pretty, but it stuck to my car and that's pretty much it.

Like my dead tomato plant stick? I should probably pull that out or something...

Tom laughed at me because I wore my coat to the basement for my run this afternoon. It was cold down there!

It's possible I tweaked my problem ankle when I fell yesterday, because for the first time, I could feel it when I was running today. Not bad, but the fact that I could feel it at all isn't the best news. I did an easy 2 miles and called it good.

I completely forgot that I had Tiger Balm in the medicine cabinet. I put some on my ankle, maybe that will help a bit.

I've been doing a little race research, trying to find some races I want to do next year. Right now I'm looking at 3 half marathons (I don't like racing every weekend - I like having a race every few months), and...a marathon?!? It's a distinct possibility.

I'm planning on putting my name in for the NYC marathon in January when the lottery opens up (Jan 15th) because I think it would be a crazy/awesome first marathon (crowd support alone), so we'll see how that goes. I'm also looking at a couple in Pennsylvania and one up in central NY as options if I don't get NYC.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

It's kind of inevitable

Happy Saturday!

I hope you're having a great weekend so far and haven't had to venture out and deal with the last-minute shopping madness.

Friday was pretty uneventful around here. I ran, I did dishes, harassed the dog - the usual.

I got to try out my new tank top from Sweat Pink - it's really soft!

I was up too late on Friday night, hanging out and drinking eggnog, so 6:45 felt even earlier than usual this morning.

Pre-run breakfast was coffee and an English muffin with peanut butter. It's my go-to meal before a run or a race.

For some reason, it felt extra cold this morning. My face was numb for about half the run. We were pretty speedy today, we averaged an 8:48 minute pace for around 6.5 miles. It was a really good run! And I fell. It's kind of inevitable if you spend enough time on the trails. We've all done it.

We were about half a mile away from finishing when my toe caught on a tree root. I impressively managed to hit both knees, my right hip, forearm and shoulder. I'm not even sure how I was able to hit so many body parts on the ground. A couple of guys from my running group were right there and helped me up, and we were off again. I must have been a little numb from the cold, because things definitely started to hurt more once I got home.

Not my worst injury (you should have seen some of the ones from roller derby), but not fun either.

I was also very popular this morning because I brought some eggnog cookies for everyone.

I watched The Book Thief this afternoon. It's a total crying movie - and if you haven't read the book, you totally should.

Now I'm being festive drinking White Christmas tea and watching Die Hard (It's totally a Christmas movie).

What's your favorite Christmas movie?

Any good falling stories?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

I'm a Nuunbassador!

I was a time-wasting master today.

I'm not even sure where the day went. I spent a lot of time reading blogs and other random things online (down the rabbit hole).

I watched one of my favorite holiday Bones episodes while I ran this afternoon. Season 1, episode 9, in case you were wondering.

Adding yesterday's quick 2 miler to today's 4 miles, and I'm now under 20 miles until I hit the 1,000 mile mark!

I got a pretty exciting email yesterday - I'm going to be a Nuun Ambassador for 2015!

I'm not a big fan of sports drinks, but I love Nuun (just ask Tom, our kitchen cabinets have Nuun tablets all over the place)! Nuun is an electrolyte enhanced drink that's sugar free, carb free and really tasty.

Watermelon is my favorite, but I have about 4 other flavors to pick from as well - and there are even more available on their website.

Basically, I drink Nuun constantly anyway, but now I get discounted product and an excuse to tell even more people about it! :)

I think that's all the news for now, so I'll leave you with a picture of the dogpile that happened on our couch last night.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Eggnog Cookies!

The holidays are a time for sweets. There's no doubt about it. Holiday candy pops up in the grocery store, and you know all the limited edition holiday ice creams find their way into my basket. I can't help myself!

My family has always done a lot of baking/candy making around the holidays, and I'm keeping the tradition alive, within reason.

I am very aware that there are only two of us in the house, so I'm trying to not make too many things. We really don't need to have 8 different kinds of cookies in the house. I don't think. 

This afternoon I decided to try a recipe that I found on Cooking Classy for Eggnog Cookies, and they are really good.

Eggnog Cookies 
Recipe from Cooking Classy

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes


2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg, plus more for topping
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
2 large egg yolks
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp rum extract
1/2 cup eggnog


1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
3 - 5 Tbsp eggnog
1/2 tsp rum extract
3 cups powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon for 30 seconds, set aside. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar until pale and fluffy. Mix in egg yolks one at a time, blending just until combined after each addition. Mix in vanilla extract, rum extract and eggnog. With mixer set on low speed, slowly add in dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Scoop dough out by the heaping tablespoonfuls and drop onto Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheets, spacing cookies 2-inches apart. Bake in preheated oven 11 - 13 minutes. Allow to rest on baking sheet several minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool. Cool completely then frost with Eggnog Frosting and sprinkle tops lightly with nutmeg.

For the Eggnog Frosting:

In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, whip butter until very pale and fluffy. Add in rum extract and 3 Tbsp eggnog and mix in powdered sugar. Add additional eggnog to reach desired consistency.

Things I did differently: 
  • I used a handheld electric mixer, and a spoon. I'm old-school (and I don't have a stand mixer).
  • I didn't line my cookie sheets with anything, they were perfectly fine and didn't stick at all.
  • I didn't actually measure anything for the frosting and cut back on the amounts of everything. The comments on the recipe said it made a lot of frosting, so I made less. And I still have a bunch leftover.
  • All of my butter was salted, because I'm a rebel.
I am really glad I made them small, because they're pretty rich, but really delicious!

Do you make any special holiday treats? 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The time I accidentally ran 11 miles

I had a super busy/productive day today!

This morning I headed to the post office to get Christmas packages mailed off. I had all but one ready to go, but I wanted to get them shipped before I cut it too close.

After I got home, I went through the fridge and got rid of all the gross things. I didn't think you'd want a picture of that. Getting rid of gross things also meant taking out the trash and doing some dishes. I even took out all the recycling!

I hit the basement to run and watch Annie, because I keep seeing previews for the new Annie and getting irritated. I'm not a big fan of remakes. I mean, how are you supposed to improve on Albert Finney, Carol Burnett, Tim Curry and Bernadette Peters?

I planned on doing at least 6 miles, but I was enjoying the movie, and it turned into 7, then 8, then....11. I sort of accidentally ran 11 miles, and yes, I know that sounds crazy.

My hair gets all curly when I run.

Since I ran more than I intended, I decided to brave an ice bath.

It was really cold. In case you weren't sure.

This is my new favorite snack:

It's an English muffin with Laughing Cow cheese and salami on top. Really good.

I had one last thing I needed before I could send off my mom's Christmas box, and it was delivered while I was running. So, I wrapped it up and headed back to the post office. I have officially mailed all of my Christmas packages!

Now I'm watching a Bones marathon on tv and sitting with my feet up until it's time to start dinner.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Running with Buddy and a Holiday Card Swap

Let's discuss how much I need to be better about cross-training. I have been using an app the last few days that leads me through a series of squats, lunges and bridge moves (because, let's be honest, I won't do it without some outside motivation - lazy much?) and I am SO sore. Apparently running all the time doesn't use any of those muscles, because holy cow are they making themselves known.

Buddy and I went to Rockefeller Preserve for another run today. We managed 3 miles, with
significantly more stops than our last run. Apparently there were better smells to check out today.

This was my attempt at getting a post-run picture of the pooch. He doesn't hold still well.

This month I participated in a Holiday Card Swap organized by the lovely ladies over at Fairytales and Fitness. Each participant got the name and address of another blogger to send a holiday card to.

I finally mailed mine off on Saturday, and was excited to receive a card from Mary Beth of Tutus and Tennies in the mail today! Real mail is the best.

Isn't it cute? Plus she was super-sweet and sent me some iTunes cash - new music here I come!

I finished packaging up all but one Christmas box tonight. Tomorrow I'll be braving the lines at the post office - hopefully they won't be too crazy first thing in the morning!

Now we're watching Night at the Museum (because I've somehow never seen it) and eating ice cream (because it's delicious).

Oh, and I wanted to tell you - ProCompression is having a year end sale - promo code 2014 gets you 42% off anything on the site! It's good through Decmber 19th, so go get yourself some new socks! :)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sleep in Sunday

My recent Sunday tradition of sleeping in continued this morning. I keep staying up too late on Fridays and waking up early on Saturdays to run, so by Saturday night, I'm exhausted.

Buddy comes downstairs for breakfast with whoever wakes up first in the morning, but if anyone is still sleeping, he heads back upstairs to go back to bed. Goofy dog.

We watched Guardians of the Galaxy last night, it was a fun movie, lots of fighting and explosions.

We took Buddy on his first ride in the new truck today. He likes his window out the back.

The afternoon was spent watching football - hooray for the Giants actually winning! As for the 49ers, well, there's always next year.

I got 4 miles in on the treadmill this afternoon. I have less than 40 miles to go before I hit my 1,000 miles for the year!

I really need to start thinking about races for next year, especially if I want to do an early spring race. It seems far away, but training for something in March could start as early as January.

Have you started planning your races for 2015?
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