I used my last vacation day of the year very wisely. Last Thursday night, I wrote out a rather ambitious to-do list for Friday. After knocking out a 13-miler (it was on my list!), I felt energetic and powered through everything on my list. Endorphins + crossing things off a list = amazing!
After a productive day, I was ready to relax at Girls’ Christmas (explained here). Amanda hosted this year and was truly the hostess with the mostess! The spread of food was unreal and perfect for carbo-loading: penne vodka, lasagna, meatballs, garlic bread. All topped off with a few Miller Lites. We chatted until nearly 2:30, way too late for this grandma, and then I collapsed into bed with a belly full of carbs. Life is good.
On Sunday, I got up and braved the cold for a run. Nine easy miles later I felt refreshed, energized, and really to tackle the mall. King of Prussia is the “it” mall right outside Philly. Venturing there in December can be stressful and suck the Christmas cheer right out of ya, but surprisingly it was OK. I’m kinda like a maniac in the mall. I don’t browse; I swiftly loop around for anything that catches my eye before speed walking to the next store. It’s a workout.
Do you feel more productive after you run? This explains why I feel so lazy on rest days. I need my AM run to jump-start my day.
Are you a fast mall walker or more of a browser? Slow mall walkers kill me!