Sunday, December 6, 2009

A Perfect Morning

This morning was a perfect morning.  It started off with a hop out of bed at 6:10 a.m., because I was headed out on my first long-ish run since August!!  Some running buddies were meeting at my house for 6 miles.

I threw on my cold-weather gear, downed a mint chocolate Gu and some water, and was in the garage meeting my crazy friends by 6:22!

It was about 30 degrees with just a dusting of snow on the ground and a few flurries in the air...finally!! (I live in snow country, and we haven't had any snow yet!!  I've been hearing from my Southern friends about the snow, and I was starting to get jealous!)  I was a little nervous, since I haven't run more than 3.5 miles since I started back running.

Once everyone arrived (I bet my neighbors were wondering who was having a party at 6:30 a.m.), the six of us took off in the still dark morning. 

Let me just say, that I do not know how I have been surviving without these early morning outdoor runs. I have so missed them.  I loved the company today, but I love them by myself too.  I have definitely been in a bit of a funk lately, and this is the therapy I need.

I took it nice and easy, and my legs felt great.  I didn't run in my Vibrams because it was definitely too cold, and I don't think I'm ready for miles like this yet, but I kept up my good form throughout the run.  During the last mile, my calves were pretty tight, but I do think they are getting used to me being more on my toes.  I ended up with about 5.8 miles in a little over 58 minutes.  Not super fast, but just right for my first "real" run in a while.

I came in and rolled around on the foam roller, got a nice hot shower, and then had the best breakfast...ever!  I've been reading a lot of food and fitness blogs lately and getting some really great ideas. Today I had 1/3 cup of oats cooked in 1/3 cup of water and 1/3 cup skim milk.  I threw in a spoonful of pumpkin butter and a spoonful of this amazing nut butter called Adirondack Jack from the Saratoga Peanut Butter Company. It is half almonds, half peanuts, with cranberries, sunflower seeds, honey, flax seeds and cinnamon....I KNOW!!!!  I picked it up in Lake Placid and this was my last spoonful.  I wanted to savor every bit that I could, so I put the cooked oatmeal into the jar and ate it right out of the jar.  AMAZING!!

Now off to church with the fam!!  Have a great Sunday!

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