So over my little blogging hiatus here is what I was doing!!
Thursday- Ran a (miserable) mile, then drove through horrible, rainy, cold weather to my grandparents in Maryland. It usually takes 6 hours, it took a record 8 hours. We had Wendy’s for lunch and when we got there met my grandparents and aunt at D’atri’s , a local restaurant and bakery. We had only had their takeout steak subs before, but last trip I saw the menu and said I wanted to actually go. It ended up being as good as imagined there were so many good options. I had half a steak sub and a chicken salad with there “famous seasoned lettuce”, which is just a really good salad dressing! My cousins came after dinner, my mom’s sister’s son already had kids so that makes me something (anybody wanna figure out that relation?) Here they are though! I’m thankful to have such a good mom to drive so long!
Friday- I woke up around 8 and got breakfast of homemade cinnamon rolls (or something that sounds like kaloshki, as my my family called them for some reason?). My favorite cousin Seth and I then bundled up and went out to the work. Our job was first throwing wood into a truck then stacking it. A trip to my grandparents almost always includes working with wood because they live on a big piece of property in a house they built themselves on a hill which is heated by wood burning. Big trees always fall so they cut them up to burn. Friday night was soup night for dinner. There was white chicken chile, chicken tortilla and chicken and noodles (my old favorite). I had 5 bowls total and I rolled out extremely full. That night was so fun hanging out and just being a teenager and I am thankful.
People always say you should relax on vacation, but to me running is the best form or relaxation. Nothing is more relaxing than a long, hard run. So that is what I did. I found a running group called the Queensland Striders, contacted them and met them to run at 8 a.m.. We ran 10 miles in 1:14. We were flying and I was dieing, but when it was all over I felt great! I felt better than I had before the run. The pace was my fastest 10 miler ever with 7:20 pace. I ran with two cross country coaches and they were incredible runners. They invited me back whenever I visit! I am thankful for run groups and nice people. The rest of the day I didn’t do much besides go to the fruit bowl, a produce shop that also had any candy imagineable and some health food finds like fried fruits, nuts and almond meal! For dinner I had a ton of shrimp, spaghetti squash, tater tots and salad.
We pretty much woke up, ate breakfast and left! I’m thankful for sleeping in though! Here’s a picture I took saying goodbye to the cat.
The run group in my town was having a Christmas Eve run and breakfast. I went and ran 10 miles and came back and ate till I couldn’t eat anymore! There was a record 36 people there (they must have came for the food!) At home I did some homework then helped make dinner. Dinner was a large spread of brussel sprouts with bacon, sweet potato casserole, potatoes, noodles, stuffing and Honeybaked Ham!
How was your week before Christmas!