I may or may not have mentioned how horrible it is to eat with my parents while I am home… NOT. My dad is a stellar cook and my parents have no qualms filling the fridge with anything I beg for, so I eat WELL when I am visiting them. On top of my dad cooking dinner every night there are also snacks everywhere… I never keep snacks at home so having snacks at every turn was a bit overwhelming. I definitely ate my fair share of chocolate covered coffee beans and homemade chex mix, woof. All of this food porn is in reverse order so bare with me!Breakfast scramble: ham, bacon, spinach, mushrooms, onion, green pepper, and a smidge of cheese (I was feeling adventurous).Post 16 mile run sustenance: romaine, yellow bell pepper, broccoli, olives, red onion, lots of left over turkey, and balsamic.Pork roast w/ gravy, green beans w/ almonds, left over sweet potato mash, and squash from Thanksgiving.Morning after Thanksgiving breakfast… Stuffing, sweet potato, turkey, and gravy. I thought about throwing an egg on it to make it more “breakfasty” but ended up decided not to mess with a good thing.Thanksgiving Dinner: Turkey, stuffing, sweet potato mash, and my first ever taste of green bean casserole (my cousin made the casserole and it got rave reviews!! I tried a bite or two but moved on to turkey pretty quick) – after this picture was taken just about everything was smothered in gravy. My dad is a gravy master. This was also my first or 2nd year of eating stuffing… WHY hadn’t any one mentioned it was a vessel to eat sausage before? I would have joined in years ago.PIE. I ate more pie this past week than any other week of my life. I perfected the paleo pumpkin pie (will share recipe) but it took a few tries. Pies were made at our house 2x prior to Thanksgiving, on Thanksgiving, and the day after Thanksgiving… My mom is a traditional pie crust master so I have no complaints.One of the few meals I “made” myself. Just some Italian sausage and roasted veggies. I introduced the family to coconut oil this past week! My mom liked the roasted veggies a lot!Soy and sesame roasted mahi mahi and asparagus, yum.Left over lamb with peppers, spinach, and mashed turnips and potatoes. Covered in gray.Pork with orange sauce, smashed sweet tots, and a pretty neat bacon / kale side my mom found the recipe for.Ahhh my first meal home. When I was younger my dad would always make lamb when my mom was out with her golf league. She doesn’t like lamb so he would always make it when she wasn’t around. We also put mint jelly on it and holy smokes is it amazing! My dad was testing out his Thanksgiving potatoes also and they are a combo of turnips and potatoes, pretty yum! Oh and you know a homemade oriental salad with candied almonds (yes he does that on his own) and a kick but dressing from scratch.
Amidst all this eating I thankfully kept up with running and lifting.
Monday: Phase 1 Workout 3 (upper body) & 15 minute core crunch (NTC)
Tuesday: 4mi @ 9:11, Phase 1 Workout 4 (lower bod / back)
Wednesday: 30min work out with my bro – mostly core / upper body
Thursday: Phase 1 Workout 1 (upper body), 6mi @ 9:00
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: 16mi @ 9:21
Sunday: 3mi @ 9:57
Running this week was a little rough on me. DC spoils me with miles upon miles of paths and temperatures that rarely dip below 40. While home I was running on the road and between 4 runs this week and 2 runs last week my shins were in shambles. The roads are sloped on the sides for water run off and the angle eventually just really eats up your legs. On Tuesday I decided to try and give my legs a break and I went to my college track. My legs again were not pleased about the constant circles. The last lap I turned around and went the opposite direction and FINALLY my right shin loosened up and all was right in the world. So note to self, switch up the direction when you run on a track.Temperatures were also pretty rough, I was cheering when we would break into the 20s and 25 was a “warm” day.
After my craptastic run on Tuesday I welcomed Wednesday as a non running day. Then Thursday showed up. This was supposed to be a tempo run with the middle miles at 8:11 or something along those lines. Between the cold, the incline, the snow on the road, and the road slant I didn’t hit a single mile at 8:11. My watch also was having some issues and I had to reset it twice. I came home quite pissy and did my lift and tried to push the run out of my head. Because of my poor runs I skipped Friday all together and went and saw Hunger Games and had a few beers. We all cope differently right??
And now that brings us to Saturday! I was planning on running with Mike but he wasn’t going to be back in town and able to run until closer to 2pm. I was all jazzed up under the fictitious assumption we were running at 9am (we never talked about time… so I psyched myself up / out on my own accord). I ended up going at 11am because I had the energy and the sun was out. We will make up our running date over Christmas time. I am glad I did this alone because it is ANOTHER PDR and I did it all by myself. I stopped twice to stretch out a little bit but nothing major, all the miles were ran. I felt really good up until the last mile or so, my hips started to ache a bit and I felt like I was barefoot running – that was easily the weirdest feeling ever – I knew I had shoes on but everything just HURT and I was convinced I was barefoot… I lounged on the couch for the remainder of the day and by morning everything felt much better. Sunday morning I drove back to DC and my best friend and her boyfriend met me at my apartment and we did a nice 3 mile jog and catch up chat. Perfect way to end the week!