Christmas at the Lake

It’s been awhile and I thought that Christmas would be a good place to recap.  This year was a pretty good Christmas.

Me and J spent the weekend having our own Christmas just the two of us before getting together with the family.  We celebrated on Sunday morning by opening our stockings in bed with coffee then the rest of our gifts after breakfast.

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I’m not going to lie I really got the best present in the entire world.  Like literally.  The best.

Mostly all J got from me was clothes.  I know, so romantic. He tried to fool me by getting me a ton of little presents so I would think I wasn’t getting much, but it didn’t work because I loved everything! One of my favorites was a giraffe usb flash drive.  So cute.  But the best one of all was…..can you guess?…

IMG_20121224_162949How did you know?  I have seriously been wanting a Garmin 305 for ages and J got me the upgrade, a 410!  I know I haven’t been good enough to deserve it but for some reason J still loves me!  I couldn’t wait to take it for it’s first spin but since we were up at the Lake that night I didn’t get a chance for a run right away.  It had to be a walk.  I was a little bratty disappointed about it but so excited to use it! I even used my nike+ app to try and compare the two.  They were actually pretty off.  I’m not sure if it is because of the satellites and the gps in the mountains/trees.  But I took it for a 6.75 mile run on Christmas in the snow and it was wonderful!  They both lined up a little more that time.  I still have a lot to learn about it and syncing and all that but definitely the best present ever!

I spent a lot of the Sunday day baking and getting ready to have family Christmas up at the lake.  I haven’t really ever baked for Christmas before (without my mom) so it was stressful fun to do it this year.  I mostly made a lot of candy because that is the least time consuming and what I like best (obviously).  My favorite is the peanut brittle!collage

There was so much that I wanted to make and didn’t get a chance to!  Maybe next year.  We drove Sunday night so that we were there for Christmas Eve.  We had a “relaxing” day and then went to mass that night.  On Christmas I went for my run and then the rest of the family arrived that afternoon. We opened our gifts with some wine and cheese before we ate dinner.collagetree

I definitely got all of the best gifts this year.  So much running/gym gear it makes a girl wanna work out more.  Or just hang out on the couch eating chocolate in all my comfy workout clothes.

Honestly though, the best part of Christmas was just hanging out with everyone, telling that’s what she said jokes, being funny, drinking wine, playing Uno and hanging out by the best fire ever woodstove.  Big shout out to my mom and dad for letting us hang out with them at their awesome lake house, and to my mom for making such amazing food for us to eat!

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Hope you all had a Merry Christmas!

Byeee.

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
I am stuffed full of turkey. And stuffing.
I went home for turkey day and saw some friends, family, some wine and golden blossoms and a lot of food.  My mom even made butternut squash even though she doesn’t like it! Score!
I didn’t feel too bad about all of the food I ate because I went on a turkey trot of my own. My mom said that she doesn’t think that I really run, that I just talk about it, so I took some proof photos. A ten miler for all of that extra junk we ate.
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Mile 6 was a tough one, pretty much uphill the whole way.  Not the best route choice. But around mile 8 I was fine. Maybe because I was thinking about Eminem, or M&Ms I don’t know.
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Now we are on our way up north to check out the lake house. Auto correct just write brew house, that would be pretty awesome too I think. We will be seeing more family and doing some outlet shopping but the most important part I’d the fire pit.  As long as there is a fire pit all is ok in the world.
Check ya later.

Caught in the Rain.

Lately me and J have been running at night time which has really been keeping me awake so yesterday we went to the gym in the morning and did weights and then when he went to work I went for my run.
As I was nearing the end (thankfully) it started to rain. No not just rain. Pour, One of those rains when the sky is blue one second and then it just opens up on you the next. I wish I had a picture of myself running through the rain but I was too busy sprinting home! I guess I should have reveled in the beauty of it all, but I was to busy getting soaked. So I made it 5.3 miles before I had to stop.
I came home, had dinner, listened to some music and choreographed/danced around in my living room by myself for awhile while I baked some muffins!

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My mom told me that I couldn’t even think about getting a really cool decorative muffin pan {like this} until I had used my regular muffin pan at least three times! And you know what I said? Challenge accepted. I have made cupcakes, Nutella brownies and now these apple cinnamon muffins. Technically that is three; however, I will count the cupcakes and the brownies as one because I made them on the same night. It’s okay because I already have something planned for my third use! You will just have to wait and see…

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Also, I think I should tell everyone about the amazing smoothie I made the other day. If you know me at all then you know when I say the other day I usually mean yesterday. I am not very good at keeping track of days. Or time. So this smoothie… I make them all the time and just kind of go with the flow and and they usually taste pretty good (except for the time I put celery in. Definitely never again). This smoothie however was AHmazing. So let me tell you what was in it.

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I made the Best Tasting Smoothie ever!

Ingredients:
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 Kiwi (no skin)
1/2-3/4 scoop GNC Chocolate Caramel Protein powder(it’s my fave and Im pretty sure this makes it! But any protein powder will do.)
3-4 icecubes
1/2 cup water(I guessed this, because I’m not really sure.)
2 handfuls of Spinach (as much as you want)
1/2 tbs flax seeds

Now see I have one of these GNC blenders that make the smoothie right in the cup so this is the order I put it in and then it gets turned upside down. But if in a regular blender I would throw it in in the opposite order so that the flax and the spinach get smooshed into the blades and get shredded and crushed. I am pretty sure that this tasted peanut buttery even though there was no peanut butter. It was yum.
OK Byeee.

Peanut Butter Overload? Impossible.

I basically had the most amazing weekend.  Thursday, was hanging time with the rents while they checked out our new place, ate some of my zucchini coconut bread and then we drove them to the airport for their 40th Anniversary trip!  Yay for 40 years.  I am extremely jealous, but figure they deserve it.  Plus, J promised to take me somewhere really awesome when we have ours! {Hint: Greece would be nice.  End Hint.}

This also arrived..

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We finally have a little place to eat dinner!  {It opens out on both sides to make a round table!}  It’s perfect for our apartment and I am so lucky that I have a handy man to put things together and fix things for me.

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I have been taking a rest from running lately and have been doing more strength training or just long walks.  Friday was a rest day and me and J went for a walk running errands and around the park.

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He went home to get ready for work and I continued on to do about 5.3 miles. But a nice pace. Some views..

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Then I cam home made some Zucchini Chips and dinner.  They were burnt, but better that way.  Some of my eats..

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Saturday we ran some errands for some special baking that I wanted to do, went for a walk and J went to do more work while I drove up to my parents for the weekend.  We had plans to get some more things from storage, put some back in, and hang out with some friends of ours to celebrate their recent engagement.

I got to my parents and took advantage of the neighborhood {not city} environment to go for a run.  I don’t usually try to go for speed in my runs, it is more about just running and how I feel but this time I figured since I had the opportunity of flatter ground to see if I could make it faster.  I did 6.3 miles at an average pace of 8.12.  Not too bad since I have been running slower lately. 

IMG_20120812_003846I got back and started my baking!  It was nice to be able to bake in a bigger kitchen.  And not so hot.  I made some Nutella Brownies from Hungry Meets Healthy.  I only made four of these because I was more excited about the other goodies and did not want to go too overboard.

These weren’t so bad. But not my favorite.  Nutella is difficult to work with!

Then I moved onto some Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes with peanut butter frosting!!  They were as good as they sound don’t you worry.  I wanted to bake cupcakes for my friends who just got engaged so these sounded perfect.  I got the recipe from Sweet Tooth Sweet Life.  Amazing!!

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So.. you mix it up and then pop the Reese’s peanut butter cups in the center so they get all melty! Is melty not a word? Yes.. its ridiculously, amazingly, wonderfully good!

Next you make the frosting!  I wasn’t sure how this was going to go since I’m not really a baker,  but I figured I would try it.  And thank God I did! 

 

 

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It is literally the best frosting I’ve ever tasted.  I halved the recipe so I actually ended up having to make a little more for the last few cupcakes.  I made fifteen total! We had some left over frosting which was pretty great because you can dip anything into it! Anything.

 

 

 

To complete the cupcakes you add some extra Reese’s on top! I really thought I would be peanut buttered out.  But I guess that isn’t possible.

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{They look like little bowties!}

We didn’t end up seeing my friends so unfortunately we were stuck with all of these fantastic cupcakes to ourselves.  Sadface.  Notreally. Oh, and some champagne.  So instead we celebrated ourselves {because we are pretty awesome} with champagne, frozen pizza and PB cup chocolate cupcakes!  It was actually pretty wonderful!

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So all in all the weekend was great!  Me and the Hubbso had some really great quality time together, we ate lots of cupcakes and sugar, watched the ending ceremonies of the olympics and some of the meteor shower! Lucky we were upstate! QT time well spent.

Oh and last night we went for a jog together.  It was weird but wonderful.  See, I can share.

Byee.

 

Double Digits, Updated website!

Did you notice my page looks different?!  I am posting from wordpress now.  Thought I would try it out.

So this weekend was pretty great.  On Friday me and J packed ourselves a picnic and went to the park to eat.  We are so lucky we are so close.  Have I told you yet that I make a mean sandwich?  Well, I do.  Now you know.

{Turkey, spinach, tomato, onion on whole wheat! I won’t give away my secret ingredient!}

Here comes the big news….

After J left for work I went for my run. I ran 10.3 miles!! Crazy I know!  Furthest ever!  I wasn’t planning on doing a long run it just happened.  I was doing my usual laps around Fort Tryon and went on forever!

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I was dead afterwards.

But so excited I ran so far!  It’s just good to know that I can do it if I want to.

Moving on. Saturday was a pretty good day.  I woke up exhausted and swollen because I didn’t much sleep.  We had plans to meet with one of my really good friends from home for a drink in the afternoon.  She chose a really cool pub-type place called the Blind Tiger Ale House.

 They have a pretty extensive list of beer and I didn’t feel like looking at it so I just asked for an IPA.  I’m not really sure which one I drank, but the guy pretty much guaranteed that I would like it.  If I didn’t he was going to drink it himself and get me something different.  Sounded like an okay deal to me.   I really hope it was the Flying Dog Wildman because that’s the one with the coolest name on the menu.  It was pretty good.

Anyway, it was great seeing Mary, and she also invited our friend Molly who I haven’t seen for ages!  It was tons of fun catching up with everyone!

{This is a picture of the 3 of us when we were little.  

Yes, I am the pale one that clearly wasn’t allowed in the sun. Ever.}

After lunch I tried to go for an easy shorter run today after running so far yesterday, but my tummy wasn’t having any of it.  I ended up walking the whole time but still did 5.25 miles.  I’ve also been trying to get my push ups in every day! I did however, see/find someone else that runs with their tongue out, so that made me happy.  Or at least seem more normal.

Sunday I am hoping to have a relaxing day with the hubberino.  Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Byeee.

New workout!

Last night I tried something new! Pure Barre! It was a lot of fun and for a 55 minute class it went by so quickly! I completely recommend. It works you out by focusing on your smaller muscles making you long and lean. I definitely felt the burn, my legs were shaking the while time. Can’t wait to go back and try some more!

On a different note, today I did my run at the gym after four days off. It’s a lot different trying to run my same amount of miles on the treadmill. How do you keep going? I ran my longest time on the TM ever, 53 minutes straight running
and a total of 68 minutes 7.3 miles. It felt great to be back running again but I really missed the outdoors.

New Record!

Today I ran a new record!  8.14 miles!  I needed a long run today and to change it up a bit.  It was warmer than it has been and wasn’t raining so I went for it!  I ran the usual trip that I usually do and then I ran to Gunnersbury Park.  I was just going to run there and back home but then decided to check it out once I got there.  It is beautiful!  I will have to run a little further in on another day if I get the chance.  I was also a little afraid that I may get lost inside!  It’s a pretty big park!

Here was my view inside the park.

(a mom and her daughter were feeding the ducks!)


Anyway, I felt great after the run and felt like I could’ve run longer.  Then we went into town and caught up with some friends.  It was a great day!