I had plans to run with my friend Amanda this morning. She had asked me if I could check out her running form and give her some tips, and since I had an easy three miles on the schedule today, I asked if she would just want to meet up for a run at the State Park. She sent me a text this morning saying that she had a migraine, so would have to reschedule. It was a nice morning for a run, so I just did three miles near my house.
For the life of me, I couldn't figure out what I wanted for breakfast this morning. Breakfast is usually my favorite meal of the day, but absolutely nothing sounded good. Finally, I decided on a Chocolate Cherry Almond Smoothie, and that ended up being a great choice. I hadn't had one in so long, and it was really good! I added extra cocoa powder to make it a rich chocolate flavor.
I headed out for my three-miler, and my legs felt okay. They were definitely fatigued from the bike ride yesterday, but I just ran at what felt like an easy pace. I forgot to turn the auto lap feature back on my Garmin, which was actually kind of confusing while I was running. I always look at the "lap pace" rather than the average pace or current pace, but because I forgot to turn on the auto lap, the lap pace WAS the average pace. So I just ignored the watch, and ran at what felt comfortable.
When I was messing with the cycling mode yesterday, I realized that my weight was still set to 135 on my Garmin. It's been a while since I was at that weight! I reset it to 152, and I was surprised at what a difference that made in my calories burned on my run today. The Garmin uses height, weight, gender, and heart rate to determine calories burned, so with a higher weight, the number of calories burned increases. I guess that's the only real bonus to being over goal right now ;)
On Facebook this morning, I saw that a local craft store was going to be closing at the end of the year, and everything in the store was 75% off. I have enough crafting supplies to keep busy for a long time, but I couldn't resist checking it out! I browsed around for a while, and the pickings were pretty slim, but I did buy $150 worth of stuff for less than $40. I got a few things for the kids for Christmas, some stuff for Eli to make a school project (he has to make a wigwam), and a few random crafting things for me. I saw a huge display of St. Patrick's Day stuff, and I was tempted to buy all sorts of things to bring to Portland for the Shamrock Run.
I didn't get the glasses or headband (I'm sure Thomas will be so disappointed!), but I did get some green hair extensions and temporary tattoos.
I slowly-but-surely have been working on using up my David's Tea stash. I have a ridiculous amount of tea in the cupboard! It's hard not to order more when I hear of the new flavors they come out with, but I really need to use up what I have. Several months ago, I made it a mission to use it and clear some space in the cupboard. I've made a pretty big dent, but I'm bummed that I don't have any of my favorites left, so now I'm drinking ones that are good, but not great.
Then a few days ago, Caitlin told me that David's just released their Banana Nut Bread flavor for a limited time. I used to love that flavor! I would mix it with the Salted Caramel, and it was delicious. Because it's only available for a limited time, of course I ordered some. And naturally, I had to get some of the Salted Caramel to have with it because I am out of that! (I just looked at the site to add the link to the Banana Nut Bread, but it's already gone--I just ordered it on the 31st.)
Several people have asked me what my favorite teas from David's are. I've tried dozens of them, and I definitely prefer the flavored black teas. My very favorites that I'll keep ordering as long as they aren't discontinued are:
Red Velvet Cake
Glitter & Gold
Read My Lips
Those are all black teas. Once in a while, I'm in the mood for rooibos tea, and my favorite flavor is Birthday Cake. There have been several others that I loved, but they were (sadly) discontinued. I will be one VERY happy camper if they ever bring back Toasted Marshmallow! It's funny, I even got Noah hooked on David's Tea--his favorite is Cranberry Pear black tea.
Now I'm in the mood for tea. Going to go make a cup and probably take a hot bath. I'm freezing!