What a week it was! I definitely did plenty of indulging in food, fitness and (most of all) my family. We had my brother, SIL, niece and nephew here for five days over Thanksgiving and it was so wonderful. The kids are all at an age where they play together so well and love each other so much – – it’s a great thing to watch and I only wish they lived closer so we could do it more often. But, that’s just getting greedy and the holidays have zero tolerance for that, right?




RUNNING: It was a great week of running! It snowed like crazy on Wednesday which made a perfect backdrop for holiday runs! I was able to run with my SIL, do hill repeats as part of a post-Thanksgiving day workout (below) and a solo run on Sunday in the sun! The hamstring pain is diminishing (due to PT exercises and rest) and, as long as I keep it slow for now, I can run for an hour pain-free. This makes me a very happy girl.

Hello sunshine!

Hello sunshine!

CYCLING: I set up the bike trainer just in time for the first second snowfall. I was able to get in a great ride before my relatives showed up on Wednesday. The boys played happily around me as I rode hard for 50 minutes. A great indulgence (part miracle!) for me.


SWIMMING: Oh how I missed the pool last week! I was only able to swim once but I’m jumping in today for an extra long session. I can.not.wait.

RACING: I’m starting to plot and plan for next year’s racing schedule.  I’m setting some lofty goals that scare the hell out of me, but it’s the only way to fly, right? Bring it! Oh no…wait, I still have a few more weeks of indulging before I have to seriously train. Luckily I received my autographed Lauren Fleshman journal just in time:

I do believe, I do, I do, I do!

I do believe, I do, I do, I do!

FUEL: Holy shit. What didn’t I eat this past week? Thanksgiving was absolutely amazing and I ate all.the.things, including a decedent piece of apple pie from Smith’s Orchard Bake Shop in Charlton, NY! Another favorite meal was sans kids, with my husband, brother and SIL for a Saturday brunch. The grandparents brought all the kids to see Rudolph The Musical so obviously we went out for cocktails before noon:

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THINGS I LOVE: Doing a garage boot camp workout with my family over Thanksgiving! I don’t have to force my family as much as one might think to do a workout with me. I do however, have to push them when they start whining. I threw in the hill repeats just for fun, and because we live on a huge hill, but I think that’s the part that made this Bootcamp three rounds instead of four. Try it with your family, but you can leave my name (and the hill repeats) out of it:


THINGS I DON’T LOVE AS MUCH: People who say they’re “sad” when it’s obvious they’re really pissed off. Example: My Facebook feed is making me really sad today because of [insert hotbed topic here like Ferguson, ebola, politics or religion]” Just say you’re mad when you’re mad. We get it, and if we don’t we can unfriend you. It’s a trend I’m seeing everywhere and not just on the book of the face. If everyone is truly that sad, then that really makes me sad. Like for real-zies.

MUSIC: Do you want to build a snowman? No, I’m not talking about that overplayed makes you want to stab your eyes out song from Frozen, but actually building a snowman! While shoveling the driveway with my brother, the kids were playing all around us – – either whizzing by on sleds or building snowmen. This is why snow is fantastic:


READING: What’s this? I didn’t get a chance to read much except some gift catalogs and recipes. I made the Pumpkin French Toast casserole that I pinned last week and it was delish. My stepmom made some ridiculously good figs stuffed with cheese and wrapped in prosciutto. OMG. To die for. And my classic baked chicken wing recipe from my most favorite cook books (yea, I still cook from actual cookbooks!) Mad Hungry – Feeding Men and Boys. Best one ever if you need to feed males in your home, and this chicken recipe has become famous in my family.

RANDOM QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “The girls I grew up with they’re living normal, adult lives. So they call me now and they’re like, ‘Amy, I’m pregnant.’ And I still react like, ‘What are you going to do? I’ll drive you, I guess.’ – Amy Schumer (we watched one of her Comedy Central shows, and it was to-die-for hilarious. She is one sick chick and I love it.)

How was your holiday?

What do you indulge in?

What are your race plans for 2015?