It has been a busy day today. It is 10:30 PM and this is pretty much the first time I have sat down to relax all day.
The day started out with a 15 mile run – my longest run since the marathon a couple weeks ago. We woke up to 30*F weather. Brrrrr. I suited up in my CW-X tights, hat and gloves. I decided to try wearing my new Saucony Kinvara shoes as well. The longest I had run in them before was 6 miles and I wanted to see how they held up on a long run.
Jennie joined me on the bike for the first 11 miles before her fingers and toes turned to ice and she turned back home. I continued on to finish 15.41 miles in 2:03:18 for an 8:00 min/mile pace. The best part is that my splits for the out and back where exactly the same! That never happens. I am really happy with the run. I felt comfortable the entire time and was really in a groove. The shoes worked out great, however, my feet and ankles were much more tired after the run than usual. Not really sore, just tired like they had to work harder.
After the run, I tackled all sorts of projects around the house and yard. Because Matty O won’t come over and clean up our leaves, I had to do it myself. I think I finally have done the last cleanup in the backyard, but the oak tree out front (which is technically our neighbor’s tree) continues to drop leaves daily, so I’ll be cleaning up those leaves until the snow falls. I had to clean out the gutters too which ended with me accidentally stranding myself on the roof. I had to bang my feet on the roof for about 5 minutes until Jennie finally came out to move the ladder for me and rescue me.
After finishing up the outdoor projects, it was time to head inside for more work.
I cleaned up my office and I organized some of my training materials. In the process, I created the “Wall of Pain” on my office closet doors.
On the left side are calendars for March to September with my IM WI training plan. I’m going to add some more motivational stuff to the wall eventually. I now have my training plan on the closet doors, on my Google calendar and on my iPhone. There are now no excuses to “forget” a workout.
After dinner, Jennie and I made some applesauce. We still had a lot of apples left over from the farmer’s market so we peeled them all and made the equivalent of 5 batches.
I love making applesauce because it means that I get to operate the apple peeler. If you have never used an apple peeler, you are missing out. It is so much fun and makes peeling apples a breeze. I peeled all 45 apples in about 15 minutes. By hand, it would take me at least an hour, if not more.
Doesn’t that look like fun? It even has a setting to core and slice the apples for you automatically, but I haven’t had good luck with getting it to work.
After adding the water, sugar, and cinnamon, it was time to cook the apples. After about 15 minutes on the stove, we used a potato masher to turn the apples into sauce. Using a potato masher leaves the sauce fairly chunky which is good because I love chunky applesauce.
Now we just have to let it cool down a bit before packaging it up. Some of it will go in the freezer, some in the fridge and some in my belly.
While the applesauce is a relatively healthy snack (unless I eat an entire batch in one sitting), there are two other dangerous temptations around the house.
First, we only had 10 kids stop by the house on Halloween for trick or treating. I’m not sure what the deal is. There are a ton of kids around, but they skip our street for some reason. Any ways, the lack of trick or treaters has left us with an abundance of candy. There was about twice as much as this last week. I don’t know what happened to it…
And on top of that, Jennie had to go and make chocolate chip cookies today. And they just look too good to let them sit there. It would be a crime to not eat them. Right??
I hope everyone is having a great weekend!