The warmer fall-like weather we've been having the past week or so was definitely replaced by winter this morning. It was cold out there today! Once I got the kids ready for school, my dad came over to walk them to the bus stop (he takes them early sometimes, so they can play basketball or street hockey while they wait for the bus).
I made my breakfast, and just as I sat down to eat, I saw that Eli had forgotten his library book. I looked outside just as I saw the bus turn the corner onto the street (the bus stop is on the other side of our block, probably about a tenth of a mile from our house). I had on pajamas, and of course, no bra, but I ran out the door as fast as I could to give him Eli his book before the bus got there. So classy.
After breakfast, I got ready to head out for a run. Today was three miles at half-marathon goal pace (8:15). I really wanted to stay as close to that number as possible, so that I get a good feel for it. Last week, my pace was 8:05 ish, and that defeated the purpose of the goal pace run. Last week, however, there was no wind; today felt a heck of a lot harder!
I did the same out and back route, and almost immediately, I felt like it was a struggle. I had a headwind, which probably didn't help, but my first mile was still a couple of seconds slow. I tried to pick up the pace, and things definitely felt easier once I turned around. I was a quarter mile from home when a chocolate lab ran out into the street, barking like crazy at me. I stopped running (stopped my Garmin too) and started yelling toward the nearest house, hoping the owner would come out and get the dog. Then a car came down the street and honked at the dog, yelling for it to go home (the driver knew whose dog it was). I took that opportunity to run very quickly to get out of there. I noticed my pace was way too fast the rest of the way home, so it made my last mile too fast. Ah, well.
After I finished my run, I stopped my Garmin and then walked a short loop of my neighborhood. Ever since I reactivated my ActiveLink, I've been doing whatever I can to get in a little extra activity. A short walk after my run is a great cool down, and since I'm already dressed for outside (and sweaty), there's no reason not to do it!
I set my ActiveLink goal to earn 5 Activity PointsPlus per day. It's an easy number to reach when I run 4+ miles, but when I have a rest day, or just 3 miles, like today, I have to get in extra activity wherever I can. I'm glad I reactivated the ActiveLink, because it really does motivate me to move more.
My sister asked me what I use to cover my ears in the mildly cold weather, and I suggested a Bondiband. I use them when it's not super cold, but cold enough to cover my ears (when it's really cold, I'll usually wear a fleece headband). She ended up ordering some Bondibands, and then sent one to me--it's SUPER cute!
I had no idea that Bondiband has furry headbands! It was warm, snug against my head, and didn't slip off or anything. Very cozy! I think I'm going to order another one in pink.
Yesterday, I was finally able to cook a turkey that Jerry's employer gave us. They give out a frozen turkey to each employee a couple of days before Thanksgiving each year. I've had it in the fridge, thawing, and even when I finally decided to cook it yesterday, there was ice in the cavity of it. But it took up so much room in my fridge that I was happy to get it out of there and finally cook it.
I put it in the oven in the afternoon, and then made a turkey pot pie with some of the meat for dinner last night. Today, Jerry requested turkey and gravy sandwiches (with a "moist maker", of course!). I wasn't in the mood for a sandwich, so I actually made a salad (I am not a salad person at all, but sometimes I get a craving for one). We still have a ton of meat left over, so I think I'll make turkey and noodles (like my chicken and noodles), and then maybe soup or tetrazzini. It's kind of fun to come up with different ways to use up a whole turkey!
Off to pop some popcorn and watch Old Yeller with my boys! Haven't seen that movie since I was probably Noah's age :)