Relief!

After the rain began yesterday at 1, it still hasn’t stopped.  Which means Charleston is a flooded disaster.  HOWEVER, I couldn’t care less because it is about 68 degrees outside and feeling fantastic.

I woke up this morning to cool weather and the absolute un-deterable desire to make pumpkin pancakes.  They were amazing, and there are left overs so I can’t wait to have them tomorrow for breakfast too!

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After basking in the afterglow of that concoction I read my book for a bit, studied for comps and waited for the rain to stop so I could finally get my tempo run in from yesterday.  By 1:00 I figured it wasn’t ever going to stop, so I better just run in it.

I knew it was going to be a good one from the first steps,  I COULD BREATHE!!  It is incredible how much of a difference that can really make.  The rain of course picked up and I could hardly see through it when I was hitting the peak of my run for a few minutes but I couldn’t care in the least, I felt incredible.  With about 5 minutes left, a car drove by and hit me with a wall of water making me feel like Carrie, but I was already 100% soaked through so it didn’t matter.

You know this one girls!

You know this one girls!

Post run, SOAKED!

Post run, SOAKED!

After getting home, taking a shower and having some lunch, Casey and his friends were in desperate need of some chocolate chip cookies.  Of course I whipped up some of those and am now trying to exert some self control!

Done and done

Done and done

 

A good rainy day really does the soul good and with a good run on top of it, this day couldn’t have gotten much better!

When it is pouring rain, do you brave the conditions or head for the treadmill (or make it up tomorrow)?

 

 

Best Laid Plans

I did all sorts of moving runs around so I could go to run group last night and then it was DISGUSTING.  They still ran, but I just wasn’t feeling it, so I took my rest day and just did my nine miler by myself today, on the treadmill, AGAIN due to terrible weather.  My absolute hate for the treadmill has returned after three longish runs in the past week on there.

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This was after my full day of baking!!  I do this one day a year while I am still in Charleston and then the truly HUGE, 12 hour fiasco of baking will happen next Thursday when I get home with my mom and grandma.

I watched Elf (my absolute favorite), The Holiday and some of Love Actually while I worked.

I made…

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with all of this...

with all of this…

I made these…

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So I would say that is a pretty successful day.  I only had half a cookie (one of the spiced ones, I had to see if my new creation was actually good).  I couldn’t believe myself, just being around all the goodies made me feel full, I even forgot to eat lunch which I promptly realized when I was about half way through my run.

I hope these recipes can give you a little holiday inspiration to do a little baking yourselves!  Don’t forget to keep those runs coming though so you can actually enjoy the fruits of your labor! 🙂