Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Frenzy & 10-miler Accomplished!

Oomph!  That's the noise I make every night when I finally get to sit down and relax!  The holiday season always puts me in a frenzy, but this year, I think I'll get to actually relax and enjoy the season!  I pretty much finished my shopping this weekend, I have just a couple things to pick up, so it's looking good!  Friday I slept in till 7:30 and allowed myself to enjoy some much needed "me time" for a bit before I ventured out on my long run.  About an hour before my run I ate a small slice of my healthified banana nut bread with some coffee because I knew I would need some sort of fuel for the venture.  I taped the dickens out of both of my feet (because I STILL hadn't bought new running shoes) and warmed them up on a heating pad.  Finally, I set off!  The first 6 miles were great, I enjoyed the run and my feet felt great the entire time.  I started feeling a little tired around 7.5.  By the time I hit 8 miles I was definitely feeling it.  I even walked for about 2 minutes.  *Bows head in shame*.  But then I realized that I was killing my run and that if I didn't just push through it I wouldn't accomplish my goal.  There are several points in my run that I could reroute and head home to cut the run short.  One place is at mile 5, one at 7.5 and one at 9.  And believe me that close to the end is a really tempting place to have an out.  But I was determined to achieve 10 miles.  Somehow I miscalculated how far I would have to run to hit 10 miles.  I have an app on my phone that tells me every time I hit one mile so I kept waiting to hear 10 miles as I got closer and closer to my house.  It was tragic, I had to run past my house, looking longingly over my shoulder as I passed it and ran around the block again before I heard 10 miles!  My exact distance actually ended up at 10.15 miles :D  I was pleased.  I was also beat and my feet were swollen from the tape.

Usually after a long run I am not hungry for at least an hour or so (30 minutes for a normal run or normal workout), so after showering and getting ready, I grabbed an apple for on the go once I got hungry.  I figured that if the real hunger set in before I got home, I could stop at Subway or something.  I set out for the mall to do a bit of Christmas shopping.  I felt a bit fatigued and my legs felt a bit like Jello, but honestly I felt fine besides that....  Until I got to the mall and started walking around.  That's when the pain started; horrible cramps clutching the pit of my stomach and causing me to rush to the restroom several times at the mall.  I had this vision of vomiting all over some unsuspecting shopper and then having to apologize profusely as I attempt to clean it off of him/her.  The pain continued on for quite some time before I finally said forget it and decided to get the hell out of there.  I did, however, make sure to stop at the GNC store to grab some GU packets.  I definitely felt like I could have used one around mile 7 of my run and I think it would have made a difference in my performance.  By the time I left the mall, I felt tremendously better, but still nauseous.  So I continued on my merry way, stopping at Gordman's and doing some grocery shopping for dinner.  I ate my apple in the middle of my running around, but never really got hungry till around dinner time.  My dad and brother and sister came over and I made homemade pizza with roasted broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini and squash, and garlic bread.  It was delicious!  But I still wasn't too terribly hungry for having run 10 miles earlier.  This is what I ate (plus another 1/2 piece of pizza).

Yes, it's as good as it looks!  That's all I ate all day, I ended up with a 2129 calorie deficit!
I did some more decorating and cleaning after dinner.... but after a couple hours this is how I ended up.

My brother and sister spent Friday night with us and Saturday I took them and my stepson to do their Christmas shopping.  We spent all day shopping.  We had a really good time though, picking out gifts together, getting Starbucks and lunch.   I was just exhausted from being on my my feet all day and then to come home and clean and finish my decorating was just the cherry on top.  We left the house at 10:30 and didn't get home until close to 9:00.  Sunday I slept in till 9:30, then I headed out yet again!  This time it was to head to the only Build-a-Bear location in OKC, at Penn Square Mall, to get a gift certificate for a needy child.  I wandered around the mall a bit, trying to think of anything I'd forgotten.  I wanted to find an outfit to wear to the Christmas parties I'll be attending this year and happened to see the perfect dress in the window of The Limited.  Keep in mind I've never entered that store because it always looked like skinny girls' clothes in the windows.  After checking a couple of price tags I quickly made my way out of the store.  Then I headed to do the weekly grocery shopping.  Once I got home, I did laundry, cooked, cleaned, wrapped presents, etc.  I spent the majority of the weekend on my feet, therefore I forfeited my rights to run.  But I ate really well all weekend and ended up with a ~700 calorie deficit Sunday and ~500 calorie deficit on Saturday.  I'm happy with those numbers since I kicked ass on Friday!
Today was uneventful.  I ran 1.5 miles on the treadmill, (so short of a distance because I suddenly realized that instead of running on a sore foot and potentially cause a serious injury that I could go buy new running shoes and miss a run) and stopped to buy some new running shoes, they were out of the ones I wanted so they are having them transferred Wednesday!

Aren't they pretty!!!??

w00t w00t!   I also picked up some Body Glide because my new running shirt does this:
It's worse than it looks.

Then I stopped and got my last (or maybe second to last :-P) present for Mark.  When I got home, my sister was there and she helped me get dinner (toasted subs loaded with veggies!) and the broccoli salad for my work Christmas party together, then we chatted for a bit and she went to leave and I walked her out to her car.  I ended up sitting in her car talking for an hour before she left.  I got some seriously needed sister time!  I'm about to go make the kiddo's lunch, get the coffee timer set, get my gym bag ready, and do a load of laundry.  I'm also about to do my butt exercises one of my esteemed Body Pump instructors gave me to do!  I found an old Christmas vest with the cutest snowmen on them that I think I may be able to cinch and wear to the Christmas party tomorrow, but it's an XL, so we'll see.  I'm going to wash it and try it out.  Needless to say.... I won't have time to do any wrapping tonight!  We'll see how tomorrow goes.  Off to finish things and hopefully get some relaxation in!

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