Jingle All the Way

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I’ve been running since 2010 but somehow I’ve never run a race in December.  Not even a 5K.    How did that happen?  It was time to change that.

Holiday Half, start your engines!  I’ve actually looked into the Holiday Half in previous years but couldn’t make it fit my schedule.   Well this year thanks to some vacation plans that have changed numerous times I now can!  

The race offers holiday themed medals for the half as well as a larger, cooler medal for the Snowflake Challenge.  The challenge nets you a third medal when you run the 5K on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday.     There should even be snow at the start line!  Yeah, it may not be real but we don’t see it much round these parts of California.


As well as being festively themed- did you see that race shirt?-Holiday Half is in Pomona which is home to the Pomona Raceway.  It’s the oldest venue on the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series and we get to run on the track!  Woo hoo!!  I grew up around racing as my dad always watched it.  He and my brother still go to races, I understand none of it but it still reminds me of childhood you know?

Now, my only problem is the realization that I have zero Christmas related running gear.   I don’t even own anything red.  How am I going to show my holiday festive-ness? I will have to work on this.

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Any ideas on how to be festive?


Week 47- Rambling On 45

  • Upcoming Races
  • Holiday Half 12/9 ( more to come on this)

So, another week was lost to whatever the hell bug I am fighting.   I completed 1 at home workout and ran a pretty good virtual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving.   So instead of dragging on and on about a crappy training week and how sick I am, let’s catch up via a Rambling On.  It’s been a while.

I wish I could blame it all on the sickness but I have already watched a ridiculous amount of cheesy Christmas movies.  And there are more on tap.  Also, they have an app this year- so you can check off the cheesiness and not miss a single one!  Yes, I downloaded it.  😛

Work has finally calmed down a little; I feel like I am wading in the water now not drowning.    That said, we are being audited this week and I have to take my notary renewal seminar so fingers crossed I don’t go back under again.   I seem to stress easier these days.   I just keep telling myself I am almost to vacation, almost to vacation. Also, wish me luck for staying awake during the seminar. I have troubles with that- every single time.😒

I miss running.  This time change and I aren’t getting along.     Combine that with this stupid cold/flu and I haven’t made it out for a run after work since before the time change.    I hate going to the gym.  I just do.  I pay monthly but honestly couldn’t tell you the last time that I was there.  I recently checked out online treadmill prices and while there was one or two that I could afford, I have nowhere to put one.  So that is a pipe dream that I can only dream about.

As much as I am fighting the beginning of December and therefor the end of 2018, all the trees are up.  The big tree is up at home, the work tree is up at work.  Work still needs more fine tuning- I don’t know if I am feeling inspired enough to wrap the garlands around the beams this year.  That’s just a lot of work.   I wasn’t feeling the decorations on my  little tree this year though.  Luckily my mother has kept everything from childhood so I was able to pull some and create a themed tree.  Why haven’t I done this sooner????

I have added a Captain America and Harry Potter and have a Tardis ornament coming.  Best tree ever!


How was your week?
How was your Thanksgiving?
Have you decorated yet?

Week 51- Christmas Slacking

In more ways than one. 😛😛

Last week was a little chaotic.   Work was super busy, I was running behind on all things Christmas and I received some not great news about that job interview I had a few weeks ago.    I admit I fell into a cranky funk for a few days but I climbed out of the hole and perked up.  I think….maybe I should get a second opinion on that.

Monday- Christmas shopping.  With barely anything to wrap- this was necessary.   Crossed some things off my list but not much.

Tuesday- Cookie baking!  And eating a few too many.  Also planned. Well, maybe not how many I ate.  Oh and my PT exercises.

Wednesday- Missed run.  My replacement bed was delivered and once again, Pops was there for the delivery.    Instead of running I headed home to take the family out to dinner.

Thursday- 3.3 milesOn the treadmill!!!  Holy crap, who am I? And it wasn’t miserable!    I warmed up with plenty of walking as the treadmill always makes me achy and then I worked on focusing on my cadence.  Both to see if I could improve my average number and if it would help with the on again, off again shin pain.  Partial success to both!  What was not cool was that Monsters Inside Me was once again on the TV in front of me.  Why?!?!?!

Friday-Work My hopes for a calm day were not granted.

Saturday- Missed run.  I had planned on a 6 mile run longish run for the week and scheduled my day accordingly.  However that schedule had me running in the afternoon because I wanted to sleep in.  Which was all fine until my brother decided to take my mother and I to the movies and dinner.    Instead I enjoyed yummy food and walked out of theater with a strange fascination with Adam Driver.  Someone send help.  😛

Sunday- Christmas Eve  Try as I might, I could not get the motivation up to go for a run.   So other than some errands- why did I not grocery shop before Christmas Eve?????- I spent the day with family relaxing and lounging.

So yeah, 3.3 miles for the week.    I’m not going to say ouch because I chose to miss those 2 runs.  I chose dinner and the movies and family time over the runs and I’m ok with that.

How was your week?

How was your Christmas?

Week 52- Christmas

Is anyone else loving the Apple commercials with Frankenstein’s monster as much as I am?  Random, I know, but I can’t help but smile but when I watch them.

While last week seemed to be prolific in writing- I wrote 4 posts!- it was less so in running.  No lies, I did nothing that even remotely resembled exercise.  I meant to but it just never happened.   Oh well.    I made through a full week of work, that counts for something right? 😛

I caught up on everything I missed while I was gone from work for 2 weeks.  I don’t really know anything more than I did before in regards to the merger but I am choosing to remain as optimistic and open about it as I can.    I did some last minute Christmas shopping.   I tried to help my mom with some last minute Christmas shopping.  It kind of failed.   We tried, though right?

Friday, I kind of felt like my day turned into a bad country song.  It’s not even that the day was bad, it was just a rough start to the morning.  Then I was delivering chocolates and cards to a few of our customers and realized that my old boots really need to be retired.  That same puddle I parked in rewarded me with wet feet for the rest of the day.  Then the end of the work day turned classic.   You know those scenes in movies when cars drive by and drench the person and you think that doesn’t happen in real life?  It so does!  One lingering employee caught the action and we just stared at each other in disbelief.  Well, she was in her nice dry car laughing and I was in a new puddle by my car.😔


Christmas eve dawned and it was freaking cold!  I was hoping to get in a short run before Christmas Eve dinner and movie but instead I helped my brother do some very last minute Christmas shopping.    Family had a very low key Christmas, comfy clothes, yummy food and movies for the weekend.   This year’s viewing choices were Sully, Star Trek Beyond and a Netflix series called Travelers.  Just the way we like it.   It’s been a sad year family wise, so it was kind of an odd Christmas too but that happens sometimes too right?

How was your Christmas?  or weekend?

Did you run? 

Best gift?

 

Rambling On

I think I finally figured out what to call these random brain dumps.

Are we seriously only 3 days from Christmas?  How is that even possible? Just how? I’m not ready!


Between the cold front and my cough, my running has taken a huge hit.   I’ve decided to not stress on it for December.  It is what it is, I’ll run when it’s not 30 something and I’m not coughing up a lung.  I realize people are out there running in -bazillion and covered in snow but I’m a big baby.

I’m (trying) remaining optimistic and positive about the work situation but it’s hard when everywhere I go someone brings it up.  I had my quarterly check up with my gastroenterologist on Wednesday and we ended the appointment talking about the merger.   Really?

I’m working on my 2016 recap and I hope to have it up next week.  I also hope to have my plan for 2017 up the week after that.  That g word (rhymes with foal) is still a four letter word in my book. But that’s ok, I have a new word for 2017.

Holiday traffic started early.  This week has been rough.  I’ve been late every day to work due to slow or just nuts traffic and driving home? Forget it.  60 has become 40.  Boo.

I am anxious to get working on a training plan for my races next year, but I seem to have lost the book I was using.  Oops.  Blonde moment?  Or just Slacker at my finest?

Tuesday night was cookie baking night and I was proud that I ate less than one whole cookie all night.  Only to eat 4 yesterday.  Ouch.

I just found out there’s a Doctor Who marathon on for the next 3 days.  Why aren’t I on vacation now?!?!?!?! #nerdmoment

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