March 2, 2013

Cookie overload and recovery workouts

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It's been a slow training week. On purpose. I needed a mental and physical break. Also, I took a little bit of a diet break (translation: I went on a Girl Scout cookie binge for three days). The side effects were general irritability and falling asleep in the school carpool line. I'm on day three or four of no cookies and feeling much better (read: not like a grouchy monster).

I used these snacks (from my awesome gym friend) to help ween me off of the crack cookies. Now I need to find a recipe so I can make them at home. Pinterest to the rescue.


Seriously how can the Girl Scouts condone those cookies? With their addictive properties, they should not be street legal. 

Post GS cookie overload, we tried to get back on track with fruit and veggie consumption, and I found sweet potatoes in bulk at Sam's Club. Score!


We also did some recovery studying. That means my daughter walks on my back while I quiz her on Alabama history. 


Workout wrap-up

Monday: rest, foam roll.
Tuesday: rest, foam roll, massage appointment that I scheduled last month. I had high hopes for that appointment, but the masseuse sent me an email that morning saying they were at a new address. When I went to the new address as directed, no one was there. Turns out that will be the new address as of Friday -- information that would have been useful in the email. Instead of rescheduling me, he said he had time to do my appointment, but only gave me 40 minutes of a 60-minute massage. So annoying! 
Wednesday: circuit with a trainer (my gym friend Diane invited me to tag along) and an easy 2 miles.
Thursday: rest, chiropractor appointment. He worked a lot on my feet. So my chiropractor adjusts feet too. 
Friday: weight training with the trainer and 5 miles, including 2 miles of fartleks. 

Plus they got new treadmills at the gym. Treadmills that function = worthy of super high eyebrow raise. 


Notice the contrast between my shirt and the treadmills. Dirt, hills, freedom, treadmill. One of these things is not like the others. You do watcha gotta do. 

Creed tested out the old one, and he concurs that it will get you nowhere.


Saturday: 6 fun miles at Red Mountain Park. It was even snowing a tiny bit during this run. Obviously, it wasn't sticking, but I loved running in the snow.


Afterwards, we hit The Chili Cook-off for the Exceptional Foundation.

The gym trio (Lara, Diane, and Lisa) with our families.

I discovered that chili hits the spot for recovery fuel on a cold day. This event is huge! If you live in Birmingham, this is a perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon supporting a good cause and having a blast. All the chili (and toppings) you can eat is included in admission, and they have live music and activities for kids. Adult tickets are $10, and kids 12 and under get in free.

And last but most exciting, I went to the drawing for the Southeastern Trail Series on Friday night, and somehow I won an entry into the entire trail series, which is seven races over seven months. I'm super excited, and I think my legs will appreciate the break from road pounding. There's even a three-day stage race in there, which is the scariest/coolest to me.

David Tosch (the race director and awesome ultra runner) and me. Photo by mRuns.

What was the best thing that happened to you this weekend? For me, most definitely winning the entry into the Southeastern Trail Series.

Girl Scout cookies: love or shrug shoulders at them? If love, which ones are your favorite? Thin Mints and Samoas!

How do you get over a dessert binge? Along with the Girl Scout cookies, we had Tim Tams that our friend brought us from his trip to Thailand. Those things are almost harder to resist than GS cookies. Have you tried/heard of Tim Tams?

24 comments:

  1. I too have a love/hate relationship with GS cookies..tagalongs are my weekness! maybe if they sold them year round we would not have this problem?! & congrats into the the trail series!

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    1. I like that solution. And the girls selling them are so sweet that it's hard to resist.

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  2. I can't wait to hear about all these trail races! Especially the three day stage race. That sounds so amazing!

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    1. I think the total miles are like 56. Really hoping I can finish all three.

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  3. SO jealous of the trail race win, what a wonderful prize. You should def do the stage race, that would be incredible.

    We are new to the Girl Scout cookie thing, they don't do it in the UK. Oh my word...thin mints! Incredible! But have you seen the ingredients? Nothing natural in them at all. Oh well.

    Best bit of my weekend so far...a day out with my boys. Can't beat it.

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    1. No, I definitely avoided looking at the ingredients list on the cookies!:) Glad you got a day out with the boys. Always a treat!

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  4. Hi Tim Tams are an Australian speciality and are delicious, used to eat them but now avoid buying them - I tell myself they are full of toxic chemicals, lol!! Love the way you get your daughter to walk on yr back to recover, great idea.

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    1. Australia has got some serious cookie cred with the Tim Tams!

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  5. It will be so fun to read about your upcoming seven races in the next seven months.
    My son went to Australia on a mission and when he came home he taught us all about the tim tam slam. He was quite surprised and excited when he saw you could buy tim tams in the US.

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    1. Yes! The slam! I try to avoid finding them to buy here in AL because they are so addictive to me, but we found a place to buy them when we lived in FL. Not safe knowledge for me to have!

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  6. I like GS cookies but never buy any, so I guess you could say I just shrug my shoulders at them because I'm not fiending for them and tackling every GS I see. Congratulations on the race entries! That's super exciting :) I can't wait to hear about them! I feel like I've been on a never-ending dessert binge in the evenings, but I usually just go for a nice long run the next day.

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    1. Maybe if I literally shrug my shoulders at them, it will trick my brain into thinking I don't care.

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  7. Super exciting on the trail races!!
    I'm surprised it is so cold in Birmingham! I lived just south of Mobile for a year (a long time ago - grad school) and loved the heat!!
    Girl Scout cookie favorite - Peanut Butter Patties - used to eat an entire box in a sitting. Now, thanks to 2 preteen/teenage boys, I don't get any!

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    1. Right now I can still hide things on really high shelves. That's probably only going to last another year or two.

      And, yes, it's been kind of cold the last couple of weeks in Bham. Plus we are pretty wimpy about it.

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  8. Congrats on winning the race entries! Running races for free is pretty high up on my list of worldly favorites. I've never actually bought girl scout cookies but just yesterday I saw a recipe for homemade thin mints on Pinterest. All normal ingredients too. If I ever actually attempt to make them, I'll let you know how they turn out (or maybe show up at your front door with some)!

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  9. Not even gonna lie, when my gym gets new equipment, I get SUPER excited!! lol, yess for new treadmills!!

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  10. I've made the chocolate truffles before. They are delicious. Right now I'm no day three of no Dark Chocolate Pomegranates. It hurts. I know I can do it!

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    1. Those are the best! I have to look the other way every time I see them in Costco.

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  11. I'm glad you were able to cut back this week! We were visiting family and I really scaled things back, too... it was so nice.
    As for the cookies, isn't it crazy how much you can feel the affects of processed food after cutting it out? I have a similar sluggish reaction. Those truffles look amazing!

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  12. Congrats on the win! That is awesome. I never win anything!! I love GS cookies but I think I'm not going to buy them next year. Maybe I'll just give a donation. It's way too hard to stop at just a couple. And they are kinda pricey as well.

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  13. I love your blog! Girl Scout cookies are only acceptable once a year for me. I don't like them that much, but a few Samoas will definitely make me smile.

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  14. I avoid Girl Scout cookies like the plague. If I'm guilted in to buying any, I buy the ones I don't like so I won't eat them. Congrats on winning an entry to the race!! I love free race bibs!!

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  15. I am so glad that I dont have easy access to girl scout cookies!!
    I would be so stoked to win that run series entry too!! Yay for trail races :)

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