Foodie Pen Pal Reveal: January

It's that time of the month, Foodie Pen Pal reveal day! I was extra excited for January because there was no exchange in December, so I had gone 2 months without a package of goodies.

FPP post Foodie Penpals

In case you've been living under a rock, Foodie Pen Pals is awesome idea thought up by Lindsay at the Lean Green Bean. Every month she sends out a list of matches. You send a package of goodies to one person and get a package of goodies to another. This month I sent to Becca at Working Title.

My goodies came from Cassandra at My l'esprit de l'escalier. Cassandra totally nailed my preferences.

I am most excited about this cherry pecan butter. Fruit butters and nut butters are my favorite things, and here they are combined into one product. Awesome possum.

 This is the item that intrigues me the most. I love chocolate and I love edamame. But I never thought of combining them. I haven't opened them yet, but I will let you know the verdict.
 And since it's ski season, this trail mix is perfect to toss in my coat pocket for a pick-me-up on the lift. And the coffee will make getting up at 5 am to drive to the mountain less painful.

 Another awesome foodie pen pal month. Come join us if you haven't already!

January Resolution Check In

Holy Mackinoly, I can't believe it is already the end of the month! I figure this a good time to check in with my new year's resolutions.

1. Take a least 1 day off from working out a month- On Track! (well kinda)

On my training log I have 2 blank days. But that doesn't tell the whole story. Technically I was downhill skiing those days. But since I was just chilling and teaching the BF to ski, I am counting them as off. I did no strength and ate whatever I wanted. Close enough to off.

2. Be more positive about work-
On Track!
I am not all "I love my job," every minute of the day, but I have been focusing on the benefits. I can work in my pj's and when the BF is working crazy shifts he can at least stop by and say hi for a few minutes whenever he happens to be free. Or when I find out it is the dog's birthday at the last minute, I can take 10 minutes to bake a doggie cake. 

I will not lie. I tasted the batter and the cake.
3. Be more mindful of my finances- On Track!

I have dutifully tracking everything I spend with I haven't been so good at controlling what I spend, but being cognizant of it is the first step right??

4. Lose 10 lbs- Back on Track! 

I started super strong losing 3 lbs in the first 2 weeks. Then, we went away for the weekend and I fell apart and had a terrible week where I ate everything in sight. So I signed up for a diet bet challenge which started last week. I lost 2 lbs last week and am feeling good!

How are your resolutions going? 

18th Annual BOSTON PREP 16 MILER Race Recap

Isn't it amazing how one little thing can completely turn something awful into something great?

As I said earlier this week, I was not even a little excited for the 18th Annual BOSTON PREP 16 MILER. It has been bitterly cold and windy, I have been feeling super low energy, I've been eating very poorly, and this race looked hard.

But, I was already signed up and I hate to waste good money (plus I had already arranged to stay over night with an old friend who I hadn't seen in ages who loves right by the race) so I headed to New Hampshire Saturday night.

I have been running for more than 10 years, but I still get intimidated at races. Everyone else just looks like such a serious runner. I figured since this was billed as Boston prep race most of these people were Boston qualifiers. AKA they were all going to leave me totally in the dust and I'd be running alone.

they all looked so hard core
There was no line for bib pick-up, so I grabbed my packet right away and headed straight for the bathroom line since I had already downed 2 coffees and a water. In line, I checked out the loot. We got a nice technical long sleeve shirt, a pedometer, and some really cute gloves.

I huddled inside the warm gym until the very last minute. It was COLD. I woke up to an email from the race director saying that with the wind it would feel about 1 degree. Anyone in shorts or a singlet would be pulled off the course.

Just the 5 minute walk to the start was enough to turn my toes into ice cubes. I couldn't feel my feet the first 20 minutes. We started uphill which I actually didn't mind because it warmed me up fast.

My  surprise came at mile 2 when I ran into a former Reach the Beach teammate, Michele. There was just something about seeing a smiling, familiar, friendly face that totally turned my day around. We didn't run together the whole race, but we were always within a minute of each other so we could keep exchanging encouragement.

Michele and I post race

The race actually went by fairly quickly, which was a pleasant surprise. It was hilly, but the hills didn't bother me as much as I expected. The most brutal hills were from miles 10-12, which is a hard point in any race. But I stuck to my 4 minute run, 1 minute walk plan for most of them. I only had to take one extra walk break on the steepest, longest hill.

Even though it was really windy, it was also sunny and the course was pretty. We went through a lot of rolling farmland and forested area. And the views from the tops of the hills was pretty spectacular.

oh you know, just a FEW hills

The only bummer was that I wasted nearly 5 minutes with a bathroom break. I skipped the port-a-pottie at mile 4 because there was a long, and by the time I hit the second one at mile 10, there was no way I could keep going. There were 5 women in front of me and I hopped around trying to stay warm. But oh well. I really was just running this as a long training run and my time didn't really matter.

Michele and I ran the last 3 miles together. And, I wasn't alone as I had feared. There was still a good group of people around us and we exchanged encouragement on the last few hills.

I crossed the line in 2:41:11, which if you subtract the bathroom break means I ran a sub 10 minute/mile pace. That's all I could ask for, especially considering the hills.

As soon as I crossed the line, I headed straight inside. I changed into warm, dry clothes and then headed straight for the food. I wasn't hungry yet, but the warm soup and coffee was calling my name. I grabbed some snacks for later and then downed 2 cups of soup. It warmed me right up.

oh chicken noodle, how wonderful you were

 The last thing I did before heading out was go print out my results on this cool little station they had set-up. You just typed in your number or last name and it immediately printed out a little paper with your race results. Such a great idea!!

every race should have this
 Overall I feel like the race was really well organized was hugely helpful in getting in a challenging long run that will really help me in my marathon(s??) this spring.


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