First Run of 2014

January 1, 2014

The first run of the new year was a good one. I hope that is an indication of what is to come.

Obviously a lot could (and probably will) happen over the course of this next year, but I’m thankful for the energizing run this afternoon. I don’t normally run in the afternoon, but I chose to sleep in this morning, take Sadie to the dog park, and then get some things done around the house this afternoon. I am a creature of habit, but it is nice to change things up every once in a while.


I ran 6 miles in 52 minutes. Definitely not speedy, but I was more happy about the more tolerable temps (mid 20s) and the fact I only had to wear one pair of pants and a headband/ear warmer instead of a hat. It’s the little things.

I started off at a pretty good clip. A few times I looked down at my watch and saw a pace of 7:45 minutes/mile. Unfortunately, it didn’t last too long, but at least I still have a little bit of that pace left in these legs. Not only was my pace a little faster, but I had nearly no hamstring pain, which is the first time in several weeks! I have been very diligent about icing and that seems to be helping. DSC_0188

After I finished up my run, I took Sadie for a walk/run. She gets so excited when I’m about ready to head out the door for my run only to realize she won’t be coming along. I always feel bad, so I try to take her out for 10-20 minutes after I get back. (She was being camera shy.)DSC_0193Craig and I had a pretty low-key New Year’s Eve celebration. We took this veggie appetizer to our party, and it was a big hit. I can’t say it is healthy (it is not), but it is delicious.

Craig made the appetizer and even designed the layout. Usually I make the rolls into a wreath, but he changed things up for the occasion. I believe I got this recipe from a magazine originally.


Christmas Veggie Wreath


2 packages crescent rolls

1 package cream cheese

1/2 cup sour cream

1 teaspoon dill weed

1/8 teaspoon garlic salt

broccoli, celery, and red pepper


Cut rolls into 8-10 pieces each. Place on pizza pan in the shape of a wreath. Bake according to directions on can. Cool completely.

Mix cream cheese, sour cream, sill, and garlic salt together. Spread on rolls. Top with vegetables.


The other day we had a visitor in our front yard. I went to take Sadie out for a walk, and all of a sudden saw this young fella having dinner. Sadie wasn’t even phased by the moose and started walking towards it. I think she was hoping to make a new friend.

DSC_0046And now it is back to work tomorrow. Sad, I enjoyed my day off of sleeping in, getting things around the house done, having time to relax, and enjoying the simple things in life.

    1. I’m so glad your hamstring seems to be getting better!

      Ummm I would LOVE it if there was randomly a moose in my front yard. haha. I’ve seen moose a couple time as a child up in the Utah mountains. They’re just so wildly enormous! 🙂 Happy New Year girl!

    1. i usually run in the morning too, but on days off work/weekends in the winter there’s something nice about waiting til later in the day to run. 🙂

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