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Christmas Cookie Fueled

Are cookies the ideal way to fuel for a run? No. But this weekend I feel like they were my special magic cookies! Saturday morning I attempted my long run and after 5 miles called it quits due to lead legs. It certainly had NOTHING to do with the RWStreak and biking a ton the day before…cough. 

We then headed out for a fun Holiday Party on South Beach at one of our friends…apparently a couple of cookies…or A LOT of cookies are the perfect fuel because on Sunday I bolted out of bed with less sleep than normal and ran about a minute per mile faster with 0 effort!

Checkout the Miami skyline in the background!! I had so much fun hanging out on the balcony with these ladies taking in the view and thinking…hmm in KC I’d be doing an Ugly Sweater Party…here I had to figure out how to go festive without sweating!
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Mistletoe, one of the many lobby trees now abounding in Miami and of course lots of Chanukah too! LOVE the celebration equally of so many great traditions.  I also spent part of Sunday doing a little Giftmas shopping for the Salvation Army!

WORKOUTS
DEC 3
AM: 1.1 mile shake out run, 25 in walk, 20 min stretch, 70 min bike trainer
PM: 30 min walk with David

DEC 4
AM: 8miles easy, 20 min walk
PM: 30 min walk

DEC 5
AM: 2 miles easy, 20 min walk, 70 min bike trainer
PM: 40 min walk, 20 min stretch

DEC 6
AM: Speed session - 1 mile w/u, 2 miles @ 8:00, 1 mile c/d, 30 min walk, weights
PM: 30 min walk

DEC 7
AM: 3 miles easy, 70 min bike, 10 min stretch, 15 min walk

DEC 8
AM: 5 miles - was supposed to be 10 but legs just said no
PM: 15 min weights, 10 min stretch

DEC 9
AM: 10.4 miles - avg 9:14 pace, 15 min walk, 60 min bike trainer, 30 min yoga

Finally we topped of the weekend by seeing a show that has been on my “Must See List” for years; Stomp. It did not disappoint! Once again I proved to David that he does in fact like the theater…then we watched a CHEEEEESY Family Channel Christmas movie.
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Overall: Energy is high and I’m excited to be working through a new plan with Dr Gonzalez to hopefully hit a great PR at ING Miami.

Favorite workout: Sunday was OUTSTANDING. I really wanted to just run all day long it was a fast pace and so effortless.

Lessons: It’s great to have more energy from feeling better, but I need to reign it in and focus on the most important parts to hit my goal.

Next week: I will honor my hunger and eat only then…even though I will be tempted by some delicious treats on our visit to Kansas City and Iowa.

Are cookies good running fuel?? What is your favorite night before a long run meal?
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Gratitude Journal
Dec 9
I am grateful for candy canes and snowmen and elves and holly and berries and the whole bright decor of the holidays.

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