Something about Fall...

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There's just something about this time of year.
The cold weather.
The comfort foods (homemade roasted cauliflower and cheddar soup...mmm)
The baked goods everywhere
The endless wardrobe layering possibilites...sweaters, blazers, cute little jackets...
It all adds up to me feeling like I can overindulge. Pretty much constantly.
And it's so easy to ignore the exercise that I should be doing and curl up by the fire with warm chocolate chip cookies...
Nobody's going to notice a few extra pounds under my tank/tee/sweater/scarf combo...right?

At the end of October I ran my first half-marathon (the very small, very local Cloverdale Harvest Half, as a matter of fact.) That was a big goal for me! My longest run up to that point maxed out at 10 miles, and this particular race course was slightly mis-measured for a total of 13.6. Fortunately, they were beautiful miles: along a creek, and through trees and vineyards as the sun rose. The experience was exhausting, exhilirating, exciting. Not exciting in a "I kicked this half-marathon's butt" kinda way, but more like, "I made it, I didn't give up and that totally rocks." The ever-supportive hubby took a few pics along the course from which I learned that I am possibly the most ridiculous looking runner on the planet. I'll save the worst for later, in case I decide to do another 'awkward photo' post...




As fabulous as the race-experience was, can you guess what I've been doing for exercise since then? How many great runs I've gone on? Nothing and none, respectively. (Reference beginning of blog post.) But I think I'm ready to jump back on the fitness-wagon. It's cheaper than buying bigger clothes, ya know? To that end I've downloaded a training program from Runner's World called "Break your 2:30 Half Marathon." Which I'm planning to start next week. I know, I know...but it's Thanksgiving you guys, and the mashed potatoes and sourdough rolls are literally calling my name. Anyhow...

Wish me luck? 
Are you staying in shape for the holidays?

7 comments:

  1. At least you had good views for the extra miles :) That is a plus! I wish I could run that many miles but I cant :(

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  2. Congrats on your half marathon! :) I love running, but I have been too afraid to boost my competitive running up past a 5K. But your post definitely, made me feel inspired and motivated to challenge myself! Have a great Thanksgiving! :)

    XO
    Amanda
    http://faithlovestrengthamandajo.blogspot.com/

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  3. Congrats on your half marathon!!! Oh so love roasted cauliflower too...yumm!! Keep running!!

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  4. Great, doing this half marathon! And, to be honest, I don't think you looked ridiculous at all.

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  5. Congrats on your half marathon. Running really kills my knees, but I do like to get out there and walk. You will be back doing it again soon. I think it is a bit addictive. :)

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  6. Hardly rediculous ... you are adorable. I know we are all our own worst critics, but you can't hide from the truth. You should be proud that you finished and completed your goal. That is a wonderful accomplishment. And I say hear, hear for taking time out to enjoy some good food and relaxation. I will be pulling for you when you get back on track. Congratulations ... you did good!

    Andrea @ From The Sol

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  7. Congratulations! I am so impressed by your accomplishment. I am a beginner runner and know how much training that must have taken!

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