Thursday, November 28, 2013

First snowy run of the season

I was a little surprised when I looked out the window this morning and saw snow on the street! I had no idea it was going to snow. Judging by Facebook, I'm the only one who didn't do a Turkey Trot race today. There is a big Turkey Trot in Detroit, but last year was a ginormous mess, and people were really angry about it, so I had no desire to give it a try. And with the snow this morning, I'm glad I was at home.

I had four miles at easy run pace (9:14/mi) on the schedule this morning. Yesterday, I bought a couple of new warm tops at Wal-Mart to run in, so I was looking forward to wearing one today. The snow was still coming down when I woke up, so I figured I'd better head out for my run as soon as it was light outside, before the snow got too bad.


Normally, I'm not a big fan of snow, but it was SO nice to run in the light snow this morning! There was probably about a quarter-inch on the streets, and most of the streets were undisturbed when I went out at 7:30. It's easier to run on fresh snow than it is on packed snow. The snow wasn't deep enough for me to need IceSpikes, so I just wore my regular running shoes.

I was being careful with my footing, so I wasn't sure how my pace would turn out, but I ended up running faster than planned, so the snow didn't hold me back at all. My legs were definitely sore, though, from yesterday's intervals! Maybe I should have eased into the intervals for a couple of weeks ;)  I didn't come across a single soul for most of the run, and it was really peaceful, especially with the snow still falling.


I tried to get a picture of my new shirt, but it's really hard to see in this picture:


It looks red in the pic, but it's actually bright pink. It has a wide turtleneck, which is nice for blocking wind without feeling like I'm strangling. And the sleeves have thumbholes, which I'm a huge fan of!


We had plans to go to my parents' house for an early dinner, at 3:00. After I took a hot shower, I dressed in my favorite sweats and curled up on the couch with a book and some tea. It felt good to relax for a little while! Noah had spent the night at a friend's house last night, and Eli stayed at my parents' house, so the house was pretty quiet.

Before I went to my parents' house, I made my plan for dinner. I didn't want to get there, see all the food, and throw my good intentions out the window. I ended up spending 19 PointsPlus on dinner:


Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, a crescent roll, and my favorite--sweet potato casserole. After I ate all that, I wanted to eat seconds, but I was feeling pretty full, so I forced myself to stop. I had a couple of bites of Reese's Cup Pie for dessert, and counted that as 2 PointsPlus. The only thing that I ate that I hadn't counted on ahead of time was the crescent roll. It slipped my mind when I was planning out my food. But over all, I'm very happy with the fact that I stayed on track! And I didn't bring home any leftovers.

Other than my run tomorrow morning, I don't have anything planned. I am not a Black Friday shopper, and I usually avoid going anywhere the day after Thanksgiving! I'll probably read some more of my book.


I wrote this on Facebook, but I want to write it here as well...

I just want to say a big THANK YOU to each and every one of you that reads my blog--whether you are a quiet lurker or a regular commenter, I appreciate it so much! This blog has helped me through some really tough times, and has helped me celebrate my accomplishments, and for that, I am so thankful. I've had some really amazing opportunities because of this blog, and I know that is due to all of you who read it. So thank you!!

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. And if you're braving the stores tomorrow, I hope you find some awesome deals ;)

34 comments:

  1. I also had a wonderfully successful day! I am determined to lose weight this winter as opposed to packing it on like I have in years past. I planned my dinner last week (which is pretty easy since I was the one cooking everything!) and I kept to it. I've even had pie, and I have some calories left for the day thanks to my treadmill workout early this morning!

    Glad you had a great holiday!

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    1. Sounds you are doing great at planning for the holidays! Keep it up!

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    1. I've never tried YakTrax, but I like the IceSpikes because they don't add any bulk or weight to my shoe.

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  3. I bought that same shirt in purple, I love it, and it's warm too.

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    1. I went back and bought the purple one, too :)

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  4. Hi Katie,
    I am a quite lurker and this is my first comment. I love looovveee your blog.Every day I read yours and have started running recently.Whenever I get tired/bored to run I think "Would Katie quit now?" and then I run a few more Kms. You are so inspiring.Thanks to you. Runs for Cookies is the first thing that comes to my mind when I puton my running clothes.

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    1. That's so awesome! I'm glad that you find some inspiration to go for a run :) Thanks so much for commenting!

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  5. Can you mention the brandname of the shirt? It's cute!

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    1. It's just the Danskin brand that Wal-Mart carries... nothing fancy! :)

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  6. I ran the Turkey Trot in Detroit yesterday for the first time. It was much more organized (from what I understand from other runners) but the entire course was covered in packed snow and ice. Some areas were so icey we were forced to walk. People were falling down all over the place and I know some where hurt pretty badly.

    I hope you had a great Thanksgiving! I'm so thankful I ran across your blog because your blog is part of the reason I RAN the turkey trot yesterday. Thanks for being such an inspiration.

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    1. That would scare me, running on ice with thousands of other people! But I'm glad it went better than last year. I know people were pretty upset with the race last year!

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  7. What brand is the shirt you have on? I would love to order it online. Super cute!

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    1. It's the Danskin brand at Wal-Mart :)

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    2. Thanks Katie!! I found the shirt online and was wondering do they run pretty true to size? I am always nervous about buying online. :)

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    3. They do run pretty true to size; if anything, they run just a tad bit big. The one I bought is a small, but it's roomy enough to wear a shirt or two underneath it.

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  8. I'm pretty frequent... Love the motivation that you put out.. Thank you so much and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and weekend!!

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    1. Thank you Tara! I appreciate the comment!

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  9. I'm a quiet lurker, but I read everyday! You've come such a long way, and you inspire me and so many people!!!

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    1. Well, thank you for de-lurking for a moment :) Thanks for reading!

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  10. I think its amazing after all this time you have kept your weight in check you still really really plan what you will eat. I guess that's what it takes to be in control. This was the first thanksgiving I can remember where I had a normal plate and called it quits.I just made up my mind there would be no pigging out this year! Boy did that feel great I must say. Robin

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    1. I WISH I could go through my life without planning out my food, but I've tried that and failed miserably :/ I think I'll have to plan ahead forever! But if that's what it takes, then I'm willing to do it...

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  11. I am another one of those quiet lurkers, but I do enjoy your blog very much. I am an older beginning runner, 54 years old, started in February. Ran my first 10k yesterday. I have learned so much by your blog. Thanks for all the great posts and info. You are awesome!

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    1. Thanks so much, Rachel, and congrats on running your first 10K! It's awesome that you started running at 54 :)

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  12. Thank you for being so dedicated to your blog! It is one of the best parts of my day!

    Great job on tackling Thanksgiving!!

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  13. Thank you for posting about the shirt! I have a similar Nike one but it is thicker and longer but way too expensive ($70). I stopped in and bought 2 of these and they are awesome! I got the black and the purple and I am getting ready to order the pink and white ones online!!

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    1. While I'm SUPER picky about my bottoms (Under Armour, always), I am more than happy with cheap shirts from Wal-Mart ;) This one is super cute, and only $10!

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  14. Another quiet lurker here. I do read most days and appreciate the honesty with which you write. I have been gearing up mentally for a few months now to get myself back to a healthy place weight wise. Former runner sidelined by injury and life in general. Over the past 4 years, I put on 40 plus pounds. I've lost weight before, I know I can do it again - I have really liked reading your blog for mental "prep". It's the consistency of making decent choices day in and day out that keep people healthy and moving in the long run. So thank you for your good example! I'll keep reading:)

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! I wish it was a second-nature thing to me now, but I'm ALWAYS planning ahead what I'm going to eat. I think I'll have to do that forever. But I'm willing to make it work :)

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  15. I love reading your blog! I know you do a lot of running in cold weather, what are some of your favorite cold weather clothing items for running? I'm just getting started and it just got cold here and I am having a hard time getting out there when its cold!

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    1. I'm obsessed with my Under Armour Cold Gear running tights :) I just wrote a post about cold weather running, which you can find here: http://www.runsforcookies.com/2013/11/running-in-winter.html

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  16. I have several cuddle duds from Kohl's and they have thumb holes too!

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    1. I've never heard of them, but I'll have to check them out!

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