Pumpkin Pie is Not a Runner’s Food


I honestly don’t have much in the way of food pics yet.  I’ve been living off of party leftovers, which has been totally fine with me!  With today being Thanksgiving though, I’m sure I’ll have tons of pics for my next post.


Tuesday’s workout was a run and yesterday’s workout was another swim.  I will say that for the run – just my advice here – pumpkin pie is NOT a good pre-run snack.  My belly wasn’t happy throughout that 5 miles, that’s for sure.  I made it through it, but it wasn’t my best run and I felt pretty off the rest of the day.

The swim was awesome though, as it was R and me!  She had a half day at school, so I took a half day off work.  I picked her up, and with bag already packed, we hit up the pool and staked out our lane.

We swam laps for a half hour.  Me doing freestyle the whole time, and she doing various drills.  She announced that she needed to work on her 200 and 400 IM’s (where she swims all 4 strokes over that distance), so she did that.  And then spent awhile working on her butterfly since that’s her newest stroke.  It’s funny how grown up and serious my 9-year-old sounds when she’s talking about swimming.  I think it annoyed her that I was only swimming freestyle because she kept offering to teach me something new.  It was cute.  But learning the butterfly isn’t going to make me a better triathlete!

After the swim, we relaxed in the hot tube for about 15 minutes, and then showered and went home!  It was pretty awesome.


Holiday weeks tend to be pretty low-key.  Not a lot of meetings, so that was nice – I got a lot done.  I’m definitely excited to be off until Monday.

Last night we went to the Botanical Gardens for their Million Bulb Walk.  A had to work, so it was D, M, R and I and we met my friend L and her little one while there too.  It was a nice night – in the 50’s – so at the park entrance we picked up some hot apple cider, grabbed our cameras, and went on the 2 mile walk.  It was very pretty and we all had a great time.

D was really the one getting the best shots!
love this pic of M in a green tree!
R is greened out too

L and me on the tram, waiting to head back

Right as we were leaving, A got off work, so she met up with us at Franco’s and we had a family dinner out.  I had some eggplant and pasta, which was very yummy in a homemade and authentic red sauce – which my Italian husband appreciates (since I don’t make one myself).

By the time we got home, we were all pretty beat.  I was reading when R saw me, grabbed her kindle, and hopped into bed next to me.  The two of us read for about 20 minutes, then went to sleep.  It was a really, really wonderful day.

snuggly readers!

Today is mostly about cooking, possibly going to a hot yoga class at one of my studios that is actually open today, hanging out with my family, and likely going to the movies (we tend to every major holiday).  Tomorrow I am going on my first ever hike (D is experienced and coming with me, thankfully).  There’s about 25 people in the East Coast Hikers meet up group going tomorrow, and I’m very excited to go, so I’m sure I’ll have plenty of pictures and stories to tell on that!

If I don’t post again later and you’re a US reader, have a wonderful Thanksgiving.  If you’re not a US reader – have a wonderful day anyway!

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

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