Evening all, hope you all had a good and warm weekend. My weekend started with hot porridge and then 3 layers (for the first time)- long sleeved base layer tucked into running tights, running t-shirt tucked into shorts, long sleeved top over the top, along with gloves and earwarmer headband. I waited until the dusting of snow had melted, and then set off out. I must confess I felt ever so slightly crazy as I left my warm home for the freezing outdoors. Even with my gloves, the hand holding my water bottle had numb fingers, cue frequent swapping. The pavements were fine, but when I got to the lakes they were still frozen solid. It did look beautiful, but lots of the path was still frozen and icy so I had to take it easy. After about half an hour I did warm up, but then towards the end I got very cold (think the wind picked up)- when I looked on Nike+ after, my last 2 miles were about 9.5 min miles, whereas the rest was about 10.5 I think! All in all I did just under 9 miles in 90 minutes. I actually felt really pleased, as I wanted to keep up the level of fitness that I have built up, but I have promised myself that if I am tired then I will do a shorter weekend run. But although I felt tired in the afternoon, it did not make me as shattered as when I first ran that distance, so I kind of felt a good improvement this week. I suppose for a good few weeks I have run the same, so perhaps the consolidating of the distance has done me some good.
After that, it was time for a clif bar- this one was black cherry almond and had massive whole almonds in it. Plus vegan white chocolate chunks, and delish black cherries. T’was good 🙂
I spent the rest of the afternoon baking (made some more stollen- some delivered to Andy’s parents today), visiting friends and shopping. Yes, I am feeling much less stressed about it now! I did a few bits in the shops (and today walked to the local shops and got a few more bits), and also have ordered a ton of things online. On a side note, I have to say how impressed I am with White Stuff customer services. I had an email for free delivery and free returns with code TWICE, and so I ordered a couple of dress tunic things. But when I got the confirmation email, it had charged me. So I emailed them, and about an hour later I got an email saying they had credited my account with the difference. Amazing how quickly they sorted it 🙂
Today I put marzipan on all the christmas cakes (was going to ice them as I am impatient but turned out that I didn’t have any!), made chocolate chip banana loaf from Veganomicon to take to work (it’s low fat so people will appreciate that) and also more spiced pumpkin gingerbread- yummy.
I have pencilled in a gingerbread house for either next weekend or the weekend after that. Here’s the one I made last year (the roof was too small);
You had to cut out the window and door once it came out of the oven, and I was a bit nervous about it in case it cracked. This year I might go for the double window look! It did have windows in the sides too.
I also made a Mickey and Minnie ;
(Can’t work out how to rotate it).
So, I am now feeling that making stollen, a gingerbread house and the christmas cakes are becoming my tradition, however I feel that I would never make a christmas pudding! What traditions do you have at this time of year?