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Holiday Things {12-26-2012}

1. On Thursday I started to have some heel/arch/foot pain so I was on injury watch all weekend (and into this week). I had asked my mom for some compression socks for Christmas so she thoughtfully gave them to me early so I could live in them while I was at home. I think they helped with things but I know that I looked cool rocking green socks all weekend!


2. On Saturday, after running a million errands and spending lots of money on shoe inserts and athletic tape (did I tell you how seriously I’m taking this minor foot pain?), my mom and I were finally able to go to Inn Season, a vegetarian/vegan restaurant near my mom’s house. Unfortunately, after a day lacking in veggies, all I wanted was a salad so instead of trying one of the cool, vegan entrees, I stuck with a basic spinach salad with golden beets, raisins, sprouts, avocado, and tahini dressing. It was good but I could have had a salad anywhere, what was I thinking?


3. For some reason I thought it would be fun to check out the mall while I was home. Somerset is always decorated for the holidays and after spending a lot of time there in middle school and high school, I like to go back when I’m in town. Well, the mall was an absolute mess of people and the decorations were a little lacking this year but I managed to do a little more shopping and even picked up a sweater on sale at J. Crew.


4. When I’m in Michigan, I almost always need to go to Siam Spicy, my absolute favorite thai restaurant ever. Their pad thai is THE BEST but on occasion I like to branch out and try something new. This time I tried a stir fry dish that came with ginger and a black bean sauce. It was good and really spicy!


5. On Sunday I squeezed in my last 20 miler for the Goofy Challenge. I ran 20 miles out from my mom’s over to where we used to live and met my mom and Ian for lunch at one of my favorite cafes. The sidewalks were icy and the route was really hilly but I loved the change of scenery and really enjoyed myself. My foot also didn’t really bother me while I was running which was a huge plus!

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6. On Christmas eve after running more errands, my mom, Ian, and I grabbed lunch at the only open place in the area a Mediterranean place and had quite the unplanned feast. I ordered vegetarian grape leaves and a juice (carrot, beet, apple) and was surprised to be served a huuge entree sized salad, grape leaves, fries, and tahini sauce. The fries were outstanding and I definitely ate a little bit too much.


7. On Christmas morning, I woke up early and headed out for a recovery 8 mile run. My foot didn’t’ really hurt but didn’t feel great either so I took my run nice and easy.

After eating, we exchanged gifts and listened to Christmas music. It was a great way to start our Christmas morning.

8. Last year, instead of having a formal Christmas meal, my mom and I decided to have something more manageable for only a few people and made chili. We decided to keep the tradition this year and made vegan and gluten free cornbread muffins, a turkey chili, and then my favorite vegetarian chili. I definitely had my share of chili and cornbread, it’s one of my favorite meals.


For dessert, I had a piece of my favorite cake, pineapple dump cake. The “recipe” is incredibly simple and can be veganized and made gluten free and still tastes good. I ate entirely too much of this stuff while I was at home!


9. Unfortunately, shortly after Christmas lunch, Ian and I packed up and headed back to Chicago. We both have to work today so we wanted to get back, unpack, and relax a bit before going to bed.

How was your holiday weekend?
What’s one of your family’s holiday traditions? My mom always reads The Night Before Christmas to me and even though I’m older, I don’t want to break the tradition!

Happy Holidays


I hope you all have a wonderful day filled with family, friends, and lots of joy. Happy holidays!

Boston Marathon: Half-Merry-thon

Christmas day began like no other. I woke up, put on my running gear, and headed out for a 13 mile training run. Before I left, I had some pre-run fuel in the form of a tiny sliver of a sandwich thin pocket and half of an end piece of bread topped with crunchy peanut butter and raisins.

This seemed to be just the right amount of fuel. I never felt depleted and never got headachey or felt weak. I also arrived home just as hunger was hitting. Perfect.

My run went well. The streets were pretty deserted except for a few random kids out playing with their new Christmas toys :) and there wasn’t much snow or ice (sad for Christmas but good for running).

1- 7:45 min/mile
2- 7:34 min/mile
3- 7:31 min/mile
4- 7:47 min/mile
5- 7:43 min/mile
6- 7:44 min/mile
7- 7:50 min/mile
8- 7:53 min/mile
9- 7:39 min/mile
10- 7:39 min/mile
11- 7:51 min/mile
12- 7:48 min/mile
13- 7:55 min/mile

I ended up finishing in 1:40:54. Not too bad for the holidays :P

When I got home I whipped up some banana custard oats but had to make some substitutions because I didn’t have all of the ingredients at hand. I also forgot to add the raisins so I used them as a topping.

They were still delicious and I wanted to lick the bowl clean :)

After breakfast we opened presents and I got the Nook Tablet I’ve been wanting (yay!). I also gave my mom some chia seeds because she always asks me about them and she was so excited! Haha, I loved it! She even went into the kitchen to make a snack so she could use them.

I also got my baking on this afternoon and made a pumpkin roll (recipe here) and some gingerbread cake.

It was a lot of work, think flipping the flat cake over, rolling it up with a towel, unrolling it to ice the cake, and then rerolling it, but I can only imagine its going to be delicious after our non-traditional Christmas dinner of chili :P.

Anyway, I’m off to relax a bit before prepping for dinner. I hope you all have a great Christmas and that it is spent with loved ones.

Merry Christmas!