Hills Fueled by Pecan Pie

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving full of good food and good company.  We had a nice day with family.  I didn’t get any pics except for these.

I love watching my boys play with their little cousins!



I did get a 5 mile ride and 25 minutes of lifting in before we headed to visit family for Thanksgiving dinner.  I am stuffed from turkey, cranberry sauce, squash, sweet potatoes, rolls, sugar snap peas, mashed potatoes, stuffing, pie, and cookies!

All those carbs and all that sugar really came together for my afternoon run though!  6 miles with negative splits and I felt really solid.  9:06, 8:36, 8:11, 8:10, 8:10, 7:45.  Miles 2-5 even included some steep rolling hills. I am so happy with my training so far (which is mainly base building), but I feel strong and powerful which is the whole point, right?  Running trails has really improved my downhill speed.  I know that sounds funny, but in most road races I’d always pass people on uphills and then get passed on downhills. Now on the roads when I’m running down I just imagine the trail beneath my feet.

Get control of your mind and your body will follow!  That’s my new mantra.

Taking a pic of my Garmin after a run I’m proud really helps me stay confident and motivated for next time!


They make flats seem ridiculously effortless.  They build leg strength.  They build mental strength.  They build speed and help to develop your cardiovascular system. 

I have a challenge you next time you go for a run.   Find the biggest hill in your neighborhood and run to it.  Then keep on running until you get to the top.  You might slow down, and it will be harder, but pump your arms, steady your breathing, and focus on each step.  You will be stronger for it.  Mind over matter.

Happy Running!


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