Apparently the weather men were wrong yesterday. I didn’t wake up to 7 degrees—I woke up to 0 degrees.
Run—in this temperature? Really? After battling it out with my mind for a few minutes, I finally decided to just stop fighting, eat some breakfast, and pretend as if I never saw the thermometer. 😉
A chilly morning called for a cozy & warm bowls of oats.
- 1/4 c. each of oatbran and oatmeal
- 1 c. milk + 1/2 c. water
- 1/2 c. pumpkin
- 1 sliced banana
- 1 T. raisins
- cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves
- 2 T. each of walnuts and granola for the top
It was fluffy and creamy all at the same time. Mmmm…
Okay, let the battles continue. To run, or not to run. Then I remembered Katie’s words of motivation and decided to just stop thinking and just start running. I munched on some pre-run fuel (aka, toast with a pat of almond butter) and headed out the door with the most ridiculuos but warm running gear. 😀
Mile 1: “OH MY GOSH! What am I doing? Can people get frostbite on their faces if they’re not careful? Am I insane?”
Mile 2: “Okay, this isn’t so bad…just keep trotting along. I’ll be fine.”
Mile 3: “Why did I decide to wear a hat? I am getting way too warm right now.”
Mile 4: “This is actually really nice. I feel perfect. I need to remember that it’s not so bad once I’m actually out here….getting out was the hardest part.”
After showering, I made a ginormous spinach salad because I wanted to finish off the spinach but was feeling too cold for a green monster:
- spinach (lots of)
- 1/2 c. garbanzo beans
- 1/4 avocado
- balsamic vinegar and orange juice drizzled on top
+ whole wheat annie’s bunnies
Immediately after eating, I felt this random surge of spontaneity, and drove myself to a hair salon—where I’ve never been before, I might add—and basically told the stylist to chop it off!!!! This happens—quite literally—every time my hair grows below my shoulders. I start to get annoyed with it, despite my attempts to grow it long. So now I have jaw length hair again, and I’m very happy and content with it. 😀 I do miss having the long layers to play with or flip around into different styles, but this cut is going to be so much simpler and fun to style with mousse and clippies. Sometimes spontaneity feels so good. 😀
Post-clipping, I headed to the grocery stores where I managed to escape alive. They’re becoming more and more busy as Christmas draws closer. Thank goodness I only had a few items that I needed to pick up.
By the time I arrived home, it had been a good 4-1/2 hrs. since lunch and I was having hunger pangs. Time for an “afternoon” snack!
I came pretty close to asking dad if he would mind just having eggs for dinner. I was feeling absolutely no motivation to cook, which is odd for me since that’s usually my way of relaxing and unwinding. I think I was just feeling rushed and tuckered out. But when dad exclaimed that he was going for a run, I decided that making dinner didn’t seem so bad after all. As long as both of us didn’t mind having a later dinner then normal, I didn’t mind taking the time to put a nice meal together. 😀
I pulled out my Cooks Illustrated Light Cookbook and made a Chicken Turkey Pot Pie. We have a ton of turkey left in the freezer from Thanksgiving, and I’ve been wanting to make this recipe for the past couple weeks. It’s a little time consuming (about an hour from start to finish,) and takes some speed work to get everything together at the same time, but it’s totally worth it. I wish I could post the recipe, but I think there may be a copyright law on it. 😦 On the side I steamed some asparagus which I drizzled with some lemon and salt & pepper.
There’s something about a plate of rustic pot pie on a cold winter night. Coziness. 😀 I went back for seconds due to an extra-hungry stomach tonight. 😉
- Run 7-miles!! This will be the second 20-mile week in a row before I shrink back the mileage a little next week. This method has been working wonders for avoiding injuires so far (knock on wood.)
- Shop with the sis (I haven’t even begun Christmas shopping!!!)
- Pick up letters of recommendation from employer.
- Take a drive at night to look at Christmas lights with the family—complete with hot cocoa and ‘mallows. 😀
Phew…busy but fun. I hope you are all enjoying your Friday night and looking forward to the weekend! 😀 I’m about to relax with a bowl of cereal, a cup of tea, and a good book. G’night!