Good Morning! I hope everyone is having a decent Monday so far. I always think that Monday’s after a long weekend are hard to get through. There is nothing better than spending time with family and friends. That is what exactly what Michael and I did all weekend. It was so nice to disconnect for a couple days, relax, socialize and recharge. So let’s do a bit of a recap…
Thanksgiving Day Road Race.
Thanksgiving was filled with family and food as one can imagine. Michael and I started the day off with the Marathon Sports Gobble Gobble Gobble Road Race. Believe it or not this was my first Thanksgiving Day road race I have ever done! Shocking right? It was a 4 mile race through the streets of Sommerville, MA. It did have some good uphills throughout and then a big downhill right before the finish. It was a bit colder than we thought it would be, high’s were in the low 30′s for the 9am start time. I did not really know what to expect for this race. I just wanted to have some fun, get in a good race and feel guilt free about eating for the day. I felt no pressure to run a fast time or PR or anything like that. We woke up, got dressed, I ate my usual banana and oatmeal and we headed out.
Most everyone running was in good spirits and ready to have some fun exercising before their big meal. There were lots of turkey hats, pilgrim headbands, and people dressed up as turkeys, or pilgrims and indians. Some people wore a holiday apron. We had headbands for the occasion.
Once we got running our bodies warmed up and we hardly noticed the cold. We ran an 8:10 min/pace and finished in about 32:40. It felt pretty effortless once we warmed up. I guess we are still in pretty good shape from the marathon!
Michael and I agree that we need to step up the costumes for next year! Some people had fantastic costumes. My favorite was this one:
It’s so cute, right? After the race we headed home, to shower and relax before heading to Mike’s family’s. We definitely watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It’s been a tradition to watch it since I was a little girl. Yes, I love the Rockettes!
I took the day to share with you a few things I am grateful for….Happy Thanksgiving!
Family. Food. And a Book Review.
Friday we took off to my parent’s house in upstate NY and spent a couple days hanging out and relaxing with them. It was really nice to see them. We hung out, chatted, went shopping, out to lunch and to an auto museum. And made a delicious steak house dinner at home.
With some down time I finally finished Bethenny Frankel’s book A Place of Yes. I would recommend it. I think she made some really great points about life, achieving your goals and also getting through the hard times. My favorite piece of advice from her was to make everything your business. Basically she says to treat everything as if it were your business. Give everything your best effort, and strive to be successful at everything you do. If your boss tells you to dice tomatoes, do your very best. It may not be perfect but if you put the effort in then someone may notice. It doesn’t matter what your doing, everything is an opportunity to get noticed, make a connection or make a change. She also offers advice on “owning it”. You may have curly hair and not love it but it looks the best on you. Own it, who cares if pin straight hair is in? It’s not you or your look. Or you may not love your job but it’s a place holder for now until you are ready to move on, whatever it may be own it. Don’t try to hide a situation you are not a fan of or pretend to be something your not. Take responsibility for who you are and where you are going. People will respect you for it. If you’re looking for a little motivation in your life or for ways to feel more confident about where you are or where you are going then definitely pick this book up. I found the book motivating and encouraging. Plus, I love Bethenny and felt like I learned more about her, her life and her mentality!
Friday I shared some healthy living tips to get back on track after the holiday…Post Thanksgiving Healthy Living!
We rounded out Sunday afternoon with another family dinner at Michael’s Aunts’s and got in some Mad Men episodes!
Back to the Grind.
Since it’s Monday and we are back to work and our normal routine I thought I’d share my priorities for the week.
I definitely ate too much over the weekend. I’ll be heading to the grocery store to stock up on fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein. I really want to lose about 5 to 10 pounds before I start training for the Boston Marathon. To do this I need to avoid sugars and stick to healthy foods. I know this will be a challenge with the holidays but I really want to do this and am looking forward to challenging myself to eat healthy during such a tempting time of year.
Getting back to the gym, yoga and running is also important this week. I took off quite a few days over the weekend so it’s time to focus on leaning out my muscles again and building strength. I also want to get in about 3 days of running this week.
I also need to study quite a bit this week, I’m rather behind on studying for my personal training certification. And by rather I mean about 4 chapters…
I’m also looking forward to a quiet week socially. With so much traveling and family time I feel like I haven’t been home in ages and feel a bit out of sorts. I need to get organized and caught up at home and back into my normal routine!
I’ll leave you with some Monday Motivation…
How was everyone’s Thanksgiving? Did you spend time with friends and family eating too much? Did you relax and unwind? What are you looking forward to doing this week? Is it getting back to your routine like me? Is fitness and healthy eating a priority this week for you?