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  • Walking
  • 06m

Only a super short dog walk today. Total laziness for once.

Stopped myself from getting an Instant Pot on this Cyber Monday - it's super on sale through our company points website. But I realized that I don't really ever wish I had one for cooking stuff from frozen - and I really love the process of cooking on a stove top. I did try to get a Ring Doorbell on that site but they were sold out by the time I tried to add to cart. The only thing I did buy (not on the company site) was 2 bottles of a new makeup foundation I'm in love with - Crunchi brand. It's "safer" with no harsh chemicals and actually looks great. On sale for $33 instead of $48 today. That's it! 

  • 1h 00m
  • 16.18 miles
  • 16.18 Mi/hr

Trainer watching the Ironman Kona program on NBC. Got me all excited for that red carpet...

  • Walking
  • 14m

Ellie Mae walk

Moved into the deep cleaning phase today on the house. Spent a lot of time on floors and baseboards, bathrooms, washed kitchen floor mats, washed dog blankets, mopped all the flooring and the stairs, dusted all the things. Fixed a fingernail that tore a little bit and the gel polish had to be re-done (still standing by my investment of gel manicure equipment - SO much better and cheaper than the nail salon!).

Then I started packing for London (I leave Thursday). Just doing a carry-on as I'm only exploring for four full days. I won't need that many clothes. Weather is in the 40s and 50s, so going for athleisure with leggings, jeans and sweaters. Will wear a puffer jacket and carry an umbrella everywhere. All the clothes I pulled are black and grey, super simple and not trying to stand out. Getting excited!

  • Walking
  • 20m

Just a dog walk today! Did a bunch of house cleaning, laundry, dishes, baked cookies, grocery store, made a fantastic leftover turkey/rice chowder. Now my only leftovers are gravy and pie - will toss the gravy (or maybe freeze it in an ice cube tray, saw that as a tip on TV) and I'm proud of myself for not inhaling the entire pie. I intentionally made a pie that I wouldn't want to pick and and eat, but I'll probably have to throw half of it out. It was good! But not good enough to inhale.

The cookies I made today were a test run for Christmas. My sweet grandma always bakes (and now travels with) Christmas cookies for the family. Last year we frosted them at my sister's house. The only kicker is that 3 of us are gluten free and one is dairy free, so four of us can't eat her cookies. I decided to try my hand at a gluten free, dairy free (and nut free) sugar cut-out cookie. I actually used butter today, but the recipe says you can sub with crisco for dairy free. They were so great! And I got meringue powder to make royal icing (YES I WATCH TOO MUCH FOOD NETWORK) and quickly realized I am not good at piping icing. It was fun though! I'll make a batch for Christmas to ice alongside grandma's cookies.

I'm down a rabbit hole of planning for Ironman Wisconsin - researching AirBnb and VRBO properties, car rentals, flights. I can book a nonstop flight right now for $246 round trip - that seems cheap! Trying to decide if I head back home the day after the race or wait until that Tuesday. For Chattanooga, I felt fine enough that I could have gone home Monday, but it was nice to just relax for a day. 

  • 30m 37s
  • 1600.00 yards
  • 01m 55s /100 yards

Still determined to swim through the winter, and the gym was only open until 2 p.m. today. So I forced myself to get out of my PJs and get in the pool. Water wasn't as warm today, and it felt good! My new Garmin was waiting for me when I got home. IT'S SO PRETTY!

  • Walking
  • 11m

Ellie Mae

I didn't run today for the first time in 373 days! It was a little weird, but I think I'll be OK 
I don't think I'll do a "long run' this weekend as the half marathon was just yesterday. But will pick back up after next weekend as I'll be doing the Tallahassee Half Marathon in February with my sister. Sounds fun, eh!

  • 2h 42m 30s
  • 13.36 miles
  • 12m 10s /Mi

Had such a great race today! Wasn't sure if I was going to do my run/walk interval or walk the hills or what, so I just started out running the whole time. With only a few walks up the ends of hills and through aid stations, I made it to 7.5 before "stopping to walk" intentionally. But then I'd have a long spurt of feeling good, so didn't really walk on any sort of interval - just when I needed to. Really surprised at my average pace and that I felt great the whole time! Yay!

Weather was awful, bitter cold at the start. Wind chills in the 30s (and windy). Glad I switched my plan this morning and wore my fleece lined running hoodie instead of a long sleeved thin t-shirt. Didn't take my gloves off until mile 9. Took one gel at mile 8 and it hit the spot. Great day all around! Happy END OF RUN STREAK to me!

  • Walking
  • 30m

After the race to the train station. I started my Garmin to see how long and far it was - 1.43 miles and 30 minutes. This was the walk I would have had to do if I hadn't of figured out the bus situation in the morning. It was too complicated to figure out for afterwards.

Wow they emailed race photos before I even got home! And free to download! 

  • 12m 12s
  • 1.04 miles
  • 11m 44s /Mi

Probably my last “just one mile” run for awhile! 70 degrees.

  • Walking
  • 14m

Ellie Mae

65 degrees and rainy this morning, lots of weather swings going on in my neck of the woods. Weather tomorrow is looking good - dry and 45-60 degree temperature range. Probably full length leggings and a long sleeved shirt. I'll be sitting around a lot before and after the race so the sleeves will be useful.

Only plans for today is to make a sweet potato/pumpkin pie and get my turkey breast in a brine for overnight. And go to bed early!

Also - I ordered the Garmin  - I have a hard time justifying $150 more for the same product a couple of months down the road. Think I can probably get $150 for my used 735 - need to post that on the tri club's Facebook page.

  • 23m 16s
  • 2.01 miles
  • 11m 35s /Mi

Treadmill after getting out of work a little early. I was originally going to work tomorrow, but I’m at a good place where I can just check email and not worry about much else. So essentially off work till Monday!

  • Walking
  • 09m

Ellie Mae walk

Question of the day: Do I take advantage of a Black Friday Garmin sale and upgrade my Garmin earlier than I planned? I decided I wanted to go with the Fenix line, which is pricey, but I could save $150 by ordering it now. Doooo eeeet? Or wait until I had planned (bonus time next year)? 

Planning on selling my Forerunner 735 but doubt I'll get a whole lot for it. (anyone in the market? I've used it 2 seasons and it's the rare pink edition)... it's a great little watch but doesn't have the battery life I need for Ironman.

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    9/12/2021 Madison, Wisconsin
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