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Rambling On 63

It’s the last Friday of the year. Hell, it’s the last Friday of the decade!!

Well, depends on who you ask. Anyways, my point is, how????? I am both in denial about it being the end of 2019 but ready for 2020. Makes no sense.

I think I may have reached my quota of Christmas movies this year. I think I watched a record too many. Even though I did squeeze in my last favorite one on Christmas Eve.

It poured here on Christmas Day… yay!!! I gave up long ago on a white Christmas so now I just hope for cloudy and cold. Not Sunny.

I tell myself every year that my December miles will improve. Then I barely run 20 miles. I don’t know if it’s the cold or the dark or the fact that I’m usually sick but my mileage in December is just sad. It’s not like I have a race anytime soon…. oh, yeah, 2 weeks.

Oh and have you seen the Flannel collection from Brooks??? Needs. Ok, want. Serious want.

I mean they would look great with my new pizza socks, right?

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Rambling On 62

Hey, look at me all up to date and everything.

I hate to jinx it but the weather might be turning. I mean it was 89 on Monday but it has cooled down since then. I mean during the day… the low on Monday was 37. Haha!

I am currently in denial about how many Christmas movies I have watched. And don’t get me wrong- I realize the Hallmark Channel movies are cheesy but the Lifetime ones are even worse. I have trouble getting through them sometimes. Yet, I still watch.

Speaking of cheesy, that new Frozen song is growing on me. Granted I’ve only heard the Panic At the Disco version but it’s still growing on me.

Life has been a little cuckoo lately… I feel like I had a not great 2018 but inadvertently dared 2019 to say “hold my beer”. At this point I just need a little slow down.

Speaking of slow- recent events mean I need to rethink running. I need to become a morning runner. I emphasize the need- this is not by choice. However I don’t know if I can. I am so lazy in the mornings. Plus picking the time of year where the temps drop to freezing in my area isn’t too smart. Again, necessity. But also considering I am typing this post after 10, I am already struggling here. Oh- did I mention I haven’t run all week? Yeah……

Any tips? And I don’t mean the sleep in my running clothes kind of tips- I am not wearing a sports bra to bed. Nope.

I said I would wait until after Thanksgiving to decorate for Christmas at work. Yeah… the trees came out today. Granted they are not decorated and no one can actually see them yet. Oh and there’s 2. Haven’t quite figured that part out yet.

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Week 45- Dark

Daylight savings never used to bother me. This year I feel like it smacked me in the face.

Which is odd because I thought it would be better now that I work so much closer to home. Doesn’t make a difference, I still don’t get off work until it’s full dark. Boo. Someone want to come run with me?

On the work front, things are looking up and we should hopefully be fully staffed in a couple of weeks. Fingers crossed, I think I can, I think I can.

I watched more Christmas movies this weekend. I am trying to wait until Thanksgiving but I am losing the battle. This is one way the stupid 80* weather is helping.

I also slept. A lot. I really mean a lot. I took the weekend to reset after a rough few weeks… well, truthfully I didn’t plan but that’s what my body dictated. Surprisingly no naps were involved.

Monday- Wednesday- Dark
I packed clothes to run after work but I kept putting it off. I told myself I hadn’t had time to test my lights since spring. I even went so far as to order new ones. I mean extra light never hurts, right?

Can you see me now?

Thursday- 1.6 miles
The plan was to run and then meet my mom for dinner. What I didn’t account for was traffic on the freeway being at a standstill. One fender bender had turned into 4 and they backed up both sides of the freeway. Thankfully it looked like everyone in the accidents were just irritated. I made it to my running spot but I only had 20 minutes. So I ran. Slower like I do in the dark… maybe I should use winter as a way to work on my heart rate?

Friday- Nope
Another open to close.

Saturday- 4 miles
It’s freezing overnight and 85 in the day. Should I be melting on runs in November? No! I rode the struggle bus the whole time. I know it won’t be long until I am complaining about the cold but right now, it’s welcome.

Sunday- 4 miles
I was so tired. I woke with a headache so went back to sleep. Even with that, by afternoon, I had zero desire to run. Hell, I didn’t even want to move. I wanted to nap. I forced myself to get up and drive to my running spot. Less than a mile in, I knew running was not going to happen. I could have thrown in the towel and quit but instead I walked. 4 miles and I even managed to negative split the thing. Better than nothing!

9.6 miles for the week. Not too surprising considering it was the first week of Daylight savings and it usually takes me awhile to rip off that bandaid. Missing a long run is what really killed the mileage. But let’s be real….when was my last long run??

How was your week?

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Week 51/52- Yeah No

I struggle with December.

I lose all motivation to do much of anything active. I don’t know if it’s the holidays, if it’s the cold, the fact that I always seem to get sick in December. This December seemed to be more funk-a-delic than usual.

I have run twice in the last 2 weeks for a total of 5ish miles. I started 2 Beachbody workouts but didn’t finish either. One time was because the phone crashed but I didn’t bother restarting it either. 😛

I’ve been reminded that work is chaos around the holidays. So very busy. I learned that you can check into Urgent Care in the middle of night even though they don’t open until 8. I almost went to Urgent Care a few times, it was a rough week.

It wasn’t all bad though. I had a nice chill Christmas with the family. I might finally be starting to feel better- knock on wood. I upgraded my computer- maybe blog post will be more consistent. If I can figure out how to get the new one working that is. Just when you think you are tech savvy. Or when you realize how many passwords you don’t have memorized or logged anywhere. Oops.

All in all, I am kind of in denial that 2019 is almost here, wasn’t I just in San Diego? It should still be October. I have big plans for 2019, I just feel like I needed a little more cushion before it started. Double oops.

How was your week?
Do you struggle with December or is it just me?

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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.

Want to join me on December 9?  Use code HHBR10 to save 10%!
Any ideas on how to be festive?