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A different Christmas dinner, Just another run and some yummies

Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas dinner yesterday was pot roast with onions and carrots, spinach with sour cream sauce, oven-baked winter squash and wild rice. We managed to stay a little on the low-carb side and I really don't miss the turkey at all. The price for organic turkey would have been over $50.00 and the pot roast from grass-fed beef was about $7.00.
Dessert was organic vanilla ice cream with wild blueberries.

It WAS just another run, 4 miles in 53. 40 min., average pulse 133, average speed about 4.5 mph. But it did show that 2 days ago was not an accident.
I think I'm doing much better over the holidays this year than a year ago, definitely more consistent in my exercise.
I decided to try some eggnog and dark chocolate for my post-run recovery snack. Heavenly!

This afternoon we are going Christmas shopping as a family, now that everything's at reduced price. emoticon

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JANETELIZABETH1 12/27/2011 12:36PM

    We gave the turkey a miss too...well done you!!

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DEC2DEC 12/27/2011 11:44AM

    Sounds like a yummy dinner to me! I think the switch from turkey to the pot roast was a no-brainer at those ridiculous prices. Smart girl!

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HEIDI-25 12/27/2011 8:23AM

    Have a marvelous day! You had a fabulous Christmas it sounds like to me. Have a terrific 2012!!

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HJFOGARTY 12/26/2011 9:17PM

    sounds like you had the perfect day for you! that is awesome! thanks for sharing and great run!

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EJOY-EVELYN 12/26/2011 8:38PM

    Yummy indeed . . . what a great holiday meal!

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MARTHASPARKS 12/26/2011 7:55PM

    What a gret day! The food sounds wonderful!

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A Great Christmas Eve Long Run

Saturday, December 24, 2011

This is my 3rd long run. I went 5.5 miles in 1:12:40 for an average speed of 4.5 mph, finally a significant improvement. Average pulse was 133 bpm, temperatures were in the low 40's, no wind. I felt like I could have kept going for a long time.
This time my dog Kenya came along and while I expected this to make my run harder because of the occasional pulling on her Flexi-Leash it turned out to work really well.
Now I'm really going to enjoy my Christmas Eve dinner, a healthy version of beef sausage, lots of herbs and spices, no salt or sugar, some dark leafy greens and some winter squash. emoticon
Merry Christmas, may your exercise outweigh your eating and your joy be greater than the number of gifts under your tree. emoticon

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OUTDOORSY_DAD 12/28/2011 4:34PM

    Way to go. on your run. Sounds absolutely awesome.

Still trying to decide if i am going to start taking my inquisitive dog on my runs with me.

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Outdoorsy Dad

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HICKOK-HALEY 12/25/2011 5:46PM

    Good for you. I'm glad Kenya worked out. I bet she enjoyed the run as much as you did. We had our big dinner last night with my Hubby's family, but I didn't over eat, and I didn't have any pie. It was home made Apple Pie, looked good, but I knew I could do without.

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RUNNER12COM 12/24/2011 8:54PM

    Congrats on the long run!

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KKINNEA 12/24/2011 8:02PM

    Nice run and meal - happy holidays!

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RUNNERRACHEL 12/24/2011 7:29PM

    Wow, that's a great way of looking at it!

Congrats on your long run!

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MARTHASPARKS 12/24/2011 7:26PM

    Joy to you, too, Birgit! Enjoy the peace of the season during your runs and always!

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Winter Sostice - finally a trail ride- memories

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The weather was perfect, bright and sunny. So I finally made the time and took Blue Eagle out for about 1 1/2 hours. She did not want to leave the barn at first because she has another horse as a buddy now. But once we had gone a little ways she was happy to be out there in the fields, snatching a couple of bites of grass now and then. The light over the fields was stunning, warm and welcoming. My husband went along for a while, taking a run on the same trail.
Today would have been my paternal grandmother's birthday. She passed away quite a few years ago but I still remember her on this day. She loved exercise, was a great fencer, and also loved animals and fed the birds outside every day, both things she has passed on to my daughter. When I was riding through the fields I was thinking that she would have liked it there.

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PAMAPPLE 12/29/2011 1:19PM

    What a refreshing way to commemorate you grandmother's birthday and celebrate the winter solstice! emoticon

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HEATHHILL 12/22/2011 9:17AM

    What a beautiful way to remember your grandmother. The ride sounds wonderful. Happy Winter.

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DEC2DEC 12/21/2011 10:36PM

    Glad you got a ride in. Sounds like a good one -- suitable for the solstice.

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IMNENA23 12/21/2011 10:27PM

    What a nice way to spend the day on your grandmothers birthday!

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Time for a quick run and some dog walking

Monday, December 19, 2011

I ran on the treadmill for 3 miles, average heart rate was 135, total time was 44:10 min.

Mile 1: 4.1
Mile 2: 4.1
Mile 3: 4.0

I realized that I have been walking less than I usually do because there are so few daylight hours now. Time to get up earlier in the morning.

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MARTHASPARKS 12/20/2011 5:33PM

    You are a very determined lady for whom I have a lot of respect.

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KRISZTA11 12/20/2011 11:07AM

    Whatever we do, winter days are short : (
But I find morning darkness far less depressing than evening darkness.
Now I ran a few times at dawn, and the black sky turning into dark blue is beautiful.
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ELAINEROSE5 12/20/2011 7:29AM

    I hear you on the daylight hours. I like to run on a path near our house that is paved, but not lighted. I hurried home last night, changed and headed out. By the time I was about a mile from finishing (and being home) it was dark. I can't wait for the sun to last a little bit longer!!
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Slowly increasing length of runs

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Today I ran for 65 minutes and went 4.7 miles in light wind.
The weather was nice and mild so I ran in my Vibram Five Fingers. This is my second week of using the Hal Higdon Novice program.
I think the most important reason for me to enter a race is to have a plan with a goal for a couple of months. It is now 11 weeks until my half-marathon.
In the afternoon I went for a nice walk with my daugther riding our horse, sunny and warm, in the 50's. A perfect late fall day.

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SLENDERELLA61 12/17/2011 10:12PM

    Very impressive! You are doing it right! Keep up the great work!! -Marsha

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EMMANYC 12/17/2011 8:56PM

    Slowly increasing your distance is definitely the right way to go. It can be so tempting to bump up your time or mileage quickly because one part of you (e.g., cardio capacity) is ready, but the rest of you (e.g., bones, muscles, ligaments) might not be ready for the stress. Keep up the good work!

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SWAN47 12/17/2011 7:23PM

    Good luck with your half marathon. I did my last weekend and it was emoticon ! Sounds like your right on track. My last long run was 9.1. I had concerns about that but did great. I will another one next year and hope to improve my time. Keep us posted... emoticon

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TTWOFOR 12/17/2011 7:22PM

    I hope to be able to run one day right now i walk 4m.p.h. for 60 minutes

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