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Good afternoon! I just went for a FABULOUS 7.0 mile Christmas Eve run!  It felt amazing.  It was definitely one of those runs during which I did NOT mind running at all! I felt like I could’ve run forever.


Before I left, I decided to have a little snack.  I tried these new Powerade Gel Blasts:


Six of the Chew Blasts have 130 calories.  I popped four in my mouth before leaving on my run.  They were pretty yummy, but I still prefer the more economical Gummy Bears!


As mentioned, my run was sooo relaxing.  I didn’t set out with a distance in mind, so I just ran until I felt like turning around. πŸ™‚


Here are my statistics:


  • Duration: 1 hour, 9 minutes (7.0 miles)
  • Average Heart Rate: 167 bpm
  • Maximum Heart Rate: 182 bpm
  • Calories Burned: 603


When I got home, I refueled with a glass of skim milk + a scoop of ImmunPlex Protein Powder.  I love the simple ingredient list on this protein powder!


Afterwards, I dashed around the house like a crazy person, pulling together Future Husband and the dogs for the road trip to my in-law’s Christmas celebration.


When packing was done, I had a nice lunch.  I started off with vanilla yogurt and Grape Nuts.


And I also had a grilled cheese sammie and carrots.


I put some cucumber slices into the sammie for a little extra something something!


December Challenge – Making Abs Fun Again, Day 7


Whoa! I’ve been slacking on the December Challenge.  Sorry! But here’s a fun new ab exercise to try called The Twist (hahah, these photos are uber dorky).  Courtesy of Self Magazine.


  • Lie faceup with legs lifted, knees bent, calves together and parallel to floor; rest broom between feet and knees, gripping bar with both hands.
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  • Maintain position as you lift shoulders and head off floor and twist torso to left (as shown).
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  • Then twist to the right, for one rep.
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  • I did 25 reps on each side.


I liked The Twist because holding the broom helped me keep my core centered and prevented my hips from flailing around!


To recap, here’s the December Challenge so far:



Have a wonderful day!



  • Carolina John December 24, 2008, 11:20 am

    Sounds like a great run! I’m looking forward to one of those pretty soon.

    Merry christmas, Caitlin

  • Halie December 24, 2008, 11:27 am

    ooh, I love the cucumber in the sammie!

    Sure sounds like a wonderful run! I wish I could run outside, but it’s raining πŸ™ it’s not very fun to run in the rain in Oregon (that kinda rhymed!)

  • Erin of Care to Eat December 24, 2008, 11:30 am

    Rob just walked behind me and cracked up. You and the broom!

  • Sharney December 24, 2008, 11:43 am

    Merry Christmas, Cailtin! Thank you for all your encouragement πŸ™‚ I hope 2009 will bring you much joy and good fortune! Love ya!!

  • just me December 24, 2008, 11:43 am

    love the broom exercise…never thought ot use it that way. πŸ˜‰

    have a great afternoon!

  • D10 December 24, 2008, 12:01 pm

    Have a wonderful Christmas and happy New Year!!!

  • Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) December 24, 2008, 1:19 pm

    I like the broom action – will definitely be using that little tip! Glad you enjoyed your 7 miler – I love those runs that seem effortless. Happy Christmas Eve!

  • VeggieGirl December 24, 2008, 1:35 pm

    BEYOND amazing run, challenge workout, eats… love it!!


  • Mica December 24, 2008, 2:42 pm

    Aha, love the Twist pictures. Look at you go!

    Great job on your Christmas Eve run.

    Grilled cheese with something-something, delish!

    Merry Christmas, Caitlin! Your last as a single lady! (Cue Beyoncé video)

  • Jess :) December 24, 2008, 3:42 pm

    Merry Christmas girlie! Don't ya just love running when you feel like you really are LOVING it? (If you know what I mean :D) Yummy breakfast this morning by the way. Have an awesome night! Enjoy yourself πŸ™‚

    <3 Jess πŸ™‚

  • imadedinner December 24, 2008, 6:10 pm

    I still can’t grasp the “fun” and “running” concept, but I’m totally jealous that you have!!

    P.S. I’m wedding dress shopping next tuesday!!!!!!!!

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