Workout Recap + Random Things I Love This Week (Volume 4)

Hello everyone!  Did you have a good Christmas?  Our family enjoyed a full week of time in Pittsburgh with my family.  It was so nice to spend quality time with my parents, sister and brother-in-law!  We don’t get to see them as often as we’d like, so I appreciate our time together quite a bit.  And then just yesterday we had our second Christmas with my husband’s family.  Phew!  Now I’m ready to get back to a routine for a bit.  And I’m definitely ready to start eating healthier again.  My friend Laura, over at MommyRunFast, is hosting a 21 day sugar detox that I’ll be joining beginning January 5th.  And I sure need it!

My workouts this past week were definitely focused on running.  Since we were out of town it was the easiest way for me to get a workout in, and I had my favorite running partner – my sister – with me for a few of them too!


M – 5 speedy miles (7:10 avg. pace)

T – 4 easy miles

W – 3 easy miles with my sister + small hike with my family along a trail in the woods

Th – 3 mile walk/jog/sprint with my sister and brother-in-law’s dog, Monty.  He’s a fun running buddy but his pacing needs a little work…

F – 1 mile run/walk with my youngest daughter + 5.25 miles with my sister (8:10 avg. pace)

S – OFF (travelling back to Grand Rapids)


Here are a few random things I’m loving this week:

  • My latest Stitch Fix box.  I really liked what my stylist picked out again this month, and ended up keeping two items pictured here: the houndstooth tunic and the infinity scarf.  I would *never* have picked up this top if I was shopping by myself, but I got a lot of complements the first time I wore it and it’s pretty versatile.


  • My four year old asking for “running clothes like mommy wears” as a Christmas gift.  That was a no brainer of a present!  And if I say so myself, she’s a pretty cute little runner.  We ran/walked nine tenths of a mile together.  I loved every second of it and she’s already asking to go again.


  • Running on familiar roads.  There is something oddly comforting about going home to run routes that I have traversed countless times going all the way back to high school.  I even ran by the track where I set my 1600 meter PR (which, for the record, was 5:39 will never be touched again!).
  • Christmas breakfast casserole.  For as long as I can remember, my mom has made the same egg and sausage casserole for breakfast on Christmas.  It’s a simple recipe, but it says Christmas to me!  And since I began eating gluten free years ago, my mom now makes me my own GF version (because she’s just that awesome).

Headed back to the gym for some strength training tomorrow, and I’m sure it’ll hurt a little after more than a week off!  Hope you have a fabulous week!


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