A Snowy Saturday + Long Run Thoughts

Good morning from me and Nala!

Nala is crazy about snow. I mean, she hops around like a rabbit in the snow and loves to eat it, lick it, chase it, and she even tries to find the snow balls we throw at her. It’s a losing battle, but it is quite entertaining.

We still have quite a bit of snow here despite the rain on Saturday. When I woke up Saturday morning, Ryan was getting ready for his work day and I decided that Nala and I would get out there in the snow and go for a walk. We walked for about 40 minutes, and Nala loved it. We haven’t ventured to off leash yet, but I know that she would’ve been in her glory if I just unclipped that leash… Not brave enough yet! I’m talking about me here : ) So after our walk, Nala played in the back yard for a while – zipping around in the snow before she ran up to the sliding glass door, nose covered in snow – and I made some French toast for breakfast. Usually I am an oat kind of gal, but we were a) out of oats and b) it was my day off! I wanted to do something a little different.

As you can tell, someone wanted in on the fun. I used whole wheat bread and mixed eggs, cashew milk, nutmeg and cinnamon. On top I smeared on some almond butter (I am on a real almond butter kick these days), half a sliced banana, chia seeds, and local maple syrup. It was a nice way to warm up after our chilly walk, and made for nice pre-run fuel.

Since the roads weren’t plowed yet when I wanted to start running, I hit the treadmill. I know everyone hates the treadmill – and will often refer to it as the “dreadmill,” but I actually love it! It gives me a chance to listen to podcasts, watch YouTube videos, and try out different work outs since the treadmill has quite a few pre-programmed into it. I completed 13km while watching some nutrition-related videos on YouTube (which is an excellent way to pass the treadmill time, if you haven’t tried it already). While running, I began to think about how I am enjoying exercise now compared to last year. This time last year, I had in my mind that I was to be competing in my first ever bikini competition in June 2016, so my work outs were slim to none. Why? I knew I would be working out hard and dieting even harder, so I enjoyed the holidays. This year I have stayed consistent with running and my goals are more centered around running. I want to race more in 2017, and I want to make more time for strength training a few times per week. And stretching. And foam rolling. Yadda, yadda, yadda. You have heard me say that before, but stretching and foam rolling truly do help keep you injury free. On my run, I also thought about how running is my “me time.” If I am feeling stressed out, frustrated, or just downright crappy, I hop on the treadmill and feel better. What they say about endorphins certainly rings true for me! Most of the time, however, my reason for running is because it makes me feel happy. When I am happy, I run. When I am sad, I run. When I am stressed, I run. When I am excited, I run. Funny how running in your cold garage on a late Saturday morning makes you think of all of these things! That being said, running gives me a chance to reflect on things and think – almost without thinking at all. You just let the thoughts swirl about your head and then voila. You finish your run and feel better – just like that. Of course, not every run is a great run, but when I wake up ALIVE with both legs, I am pretty darn thankful for the ability to hit the pavement (or the belt) and get the miles in.

The rest of the day consisted of cleaning up around the house, catching up on laundry, baking Christmas cookies, listening to Christmas movies, and drinking lots of tea. Sometimes the days I like the most are the days when I don’t even leave the house. How anti-social sounding is that?! LOL. Seriously, though. I am a homebody at heart and today was just what I needed to kind of clear my head, regather, and take it easy.


I hope you all have a wonderful day & I will catch ya tomorrow! : )

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