Monday, December 9, 2013
From now until Christmas, I'll be coming at you with tons and tons of COOKIES. To kick things off, I wanted to talk about the latest issue of Twila, an online magazine. You might remember how I held my first cookie exchange party last year (read about it here). Within Twila's winter issue, you can read my article about how to plan your own! This issue was released a few weeks ago, so I'm a little behind the times BUT it's once again filled with tons of fun and useful stuff for holiday life. There are articles about holiday fashion, gift giving, decorating, and even how to manage your mental health this time of year!
Along with my tips of cookie swap success, I included included two recipes for some great cookie exchange options. However, my favorite part of the article was the section on how to package your cookies! There are so many options, aside from a plastic sandwich bag. Why not wrap them up in something beautiful and inspired? You'll have to click and read to learn more :)
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
It's been a little over two weeks since the marathon; and up until this week, things were going great! I'd been working out moderately, managed to catch a cold, and last Sunday I went on my first long run since the marathon. It was an awesome 11 miles. I felt so fresh and happy!
This Sunday I walked out my door, excited for another long run. Something happened in my foot halfway through that forced me to completely stop. Since then, I've seen a doctor and allowed myself one day of mourning. He wasn't able to give me a definite answer, just a few likely causes of the pain and direction for proceeding: no running for the next 7-10 days...and then, we'll see. For someone that's never experienced a true sports-related injury, this news was heartbreaking.
So let's talk about something that always makes me happier: FOOD! I thought it would be fun to share what I ate as I prepared for and ran the marathon, as well as what I had after (EVERYTHING). As the last week approaches and the weekly mileage dwindles, obsessing over the "perfect" pre-race meal and right proportions of carbs, salt, liquids takes over...also, what terrible things am I going to eat afterwards? I was not excluded from this typical worry of proper pre-marathon fueling. Race day went more than smoothly, so I think I did alright with my selections in the end!
Friday, November 22, 2013
Sweet potato biscuits have been on my list for a little while now. Well, they've been on my list since I decided I'm no longer offended that they are called "potato", while being both orange (what?!) and sweet (WHAT?!).
Yup, it used to be that I didn't like sweet potatoes, and white chocolate for that matter, because I misunderstood them. Then a couple years ago, I gave them a try in a more normal context than sweet potato casserole. It probably was sweet potato fries, or something savory. And now I love them! Salty and sweet is a captivating flavor combination, which is exactly what sweet potato can bring to the table.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
I woke up to the sound of my alarm at 5:30AM and quickly got to work on the checklist I'd composed on Thursday: make and have coffee, eat granola bars, and drink one water bottle by 6:00AM, Garmin on, get dressed while making sure to BodyGlide everywhere noted on said list, deodorant, double-knot and tuck-in shoe laces, pop Ibuprofen...then there was a knock on the door.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Three days from today, I will officially be on the road in pursuit of the title "MARATHONER". I can't help but giggle at the thought, especially in looking back at my middle school self: the girl that chose to be a field hockey goalie in an effort avoid any and all running. At the same time, the thought causes my stomach to twist knots; a lot stands in my way of a finished marathon. Namely: TWENTY SIX POINT TWO MILES.
To stop a full-out panic during these split seconds of horror, I've been trying to remind myself a couple of things:
- I followed our training program to a "T". (As our instructors have been saying: it's "in the bank")
- I felt great during the 20-miler
- Time doesn't really matter (mild lie)...all I have to do is keep on moving.
- So many people double my age have completed multiple marathons, so I surely can!