Have you eaten enough junk yet? I have probably consumed enough sugar in the last week to supply an ant farm for 3 years.
Despite this admission, I found a recipe from +Neila Rey that has my interest
(mostly because of the protein content, maybe also the coconut ;) ). It looks like it could be a good portable fuel for trail runs. I can't wait to try it out, but I have a few ingredients I need to pick up first.
Christmas was spectacular here!
A few highlights:
- This Christmas we took our gifts 50 yards up the hill to my in-laws and opened them with grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. It was the first time for this kind of controlled chaos! It was fun! Later, my parents came to visit for a Christmas dinner.
- Best gift for the kids: Intelliglobe - a globe that has an electronic pen. When you touch the pen to the globe, it plays sound bites about different places, and has several geography games. Even the 4 year old likes to find the continents with help!
- Gift most likely to cause problems: a tool box for the 4 year old with real tools, including assorted screwdrivers, pliers, cutters, a small saw. O_o Uncle Adam, you are cordially invited to come supervise these pre-school activities :)
- Also, I was excited to receive this package in the mail from Italy. I have never met Stefano, but he was very kind to send a book about Cyprus to me after I left a comment that I really didn't know much about the island on his blog. Thank you, Stefano!!! The boys and I are busy reading and are now planning a dream vacation :)
- We went for a family trip after Christmas to a favorite public pool that allows kids in the hot tub (there are 2 hot tubs). It was a perfect family adventure, and only cost us 8$ (family rate) plus gas. And I got to sneak into the sauna which is also a bonus after a cold run at Pre's trail. :) I'm nordic at heart...
Training is going well!
After my race, I hit some hilly/rolling trails twice more that week- Tuesday and Friday. It might have been a bit more miles or hills than my legs were ready for in a short time frame, and I woke up Saturday morning with a sore left knee.
Giving my knee a 2-hour workout on a trail run at Cooper Creek, sporting a new #pureproject jacket.
I made the cautious choice to take 4 days off of running and only rode the trainer bike after the 3rd day. I've had strains/ jumper's knee a few times now from poor training choices, and have had to take 10 days to 3 weeks off for it. Resting was a good choice for me this time. My knee soreness went away and everything feels back to normal. I am most thankful!
A few runs later and another knee test was in order.
Last night I headed out for a long run on the road (long run being very subjective here). My long runs have been usually 10-12 miles since recovering from plantar fasciitis. My longest was 15 a few weeks ago, but I must confess that I used the snow as an opportunity to make frequent stops and take photos (This is part of my plan... I love taking pictures and it helps me keep from doing too much intensity too often).
There is a big difference in running 15 miles, easy (with stops), and the 15 I did last night on the road with strides and a tempo in the second half. I was reminded of this with sore calves (but not a sore knee!). My watch displayed that my road pace for workouts is at "base" level. Overall, I averaged about 8:40 miles with the 7 mile warm up, short tempo (2x1 mile with a jog between), strides and very easy/jog cool down.
Frequent readers know that I do some slow, slow training for recovery pace. I have a plan to do some road races (as well as trail races) in 2014, so this is just a starting point. I can't express how good it felt to complete this, and I slept like a rock last night!
I haven't written much on Faith lately in my blog. The reasons are complex, and I won't be making excuses. For over a year we were out of church. When there were some disagreements over theology and teaching in the leadership there, things there fell apart. I know God uses situations like this to bring about good.
Now, we have found ourselves back in a place to worship where the teaching is solid and from the Bible. The pastor and his wife have children the same age as ours. But it is hard for us (hubby and I) to want to connect or be apart of a new "family" after the hurts of our last situation and damaged relationships.
I am praying that my children will be drawn to Jesus and that they will have a desire for grace and a longing for His love, despite the faults they have witnessed and the hangups we have.
John 16:33"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."Follow my blog with Bloglovin