What I did on my Christmas break
Of course, when you have a significant break, there's always the pressure to do something. You hate to waste a good two week vacation (if you start hating me, just go back a year in my blog to where I was crying every day about my job and read until you like me again) with just sitting around. Of course, you also hate to make yourself crazy with go-go-go so that you're more exhausted when you go back to school. It's a delicate balance.
Rather than keeping a good balance, though, my break was something of a feast or famine. The first half was all holiday prep, no exercise. The second half was, well, busy. I actually logged about 20 miles of running the second week, which is...about 20 more miles than I'd run since Pere Marquette. Sad. On the plus side, this week I didn't get one of those emails from Daily Mile saying "we miss you!" that have been so frequent.
|Did I mention I just signed up for a 50K? This is not an auspicious beginning. Or maybe it is. Time will tell.|
12/26: Mountain biking with my brother and a friend.
12/28: 5 mi trail run with friends, both of whom are stronger runners than I am. Hang on, try not to die.
12/29: 4.5 mi morning run with friend, his farthest run so far. First time I've run on roads/paved trails in ages.
4.1 mi evening trail run with Patrick. This was supposed to be a shakedown cruise with my new Garmin (finally!), but just my 17 year old and I were home and he wanted to watch a movie together. The Garmin could wait. We didn't run til a little after 4:30, and it didn't occur to me that I might need a headlamp til I was almost there. Oops. We basically ran through the dusk, though it was getting mighty dim towards the end and I almost put my eye out on a branch sticking out.
12/30: Husband's work holiday party. I win a new video camera to accompany the new Kodak PlaySport that I got for Christmas. I also possibly get the vodka/cranberry juice ratio wrong when pouring my own drinks. Whatever the case, I have a really good time at the party.
Yeah we were headed home at 10:02. Because we're party animals. Old ones.
12/31: Patrick and Wade are kind enough to wait for me to roll out of bed and meet them for a trail run. The only thing my presence added was (possibly) comic relief and a large dose of schadenfreude on their part. And lots of breaks while they waited for me to catch up.
1/1: Abandoned by Jeff and J, who got tickets to the Rams game, I lazed around the house, read two books (well, finish Unbroken and read Dean Karnazes' Ultramarathon Man), and then met up with Amy for some more trails. 4.2 miles. I feel like I've never run before. The Garmin is great fun because I can see how far we've gone and great un-fun because I can see how non-far we've gone and how slowly.
1/2: Winter, which waited until January, reintroduces itself to our area with 30mph winds and temps in the low 30's. I decide frostbite is no reason to skip our traditional family New Year's hike, so we head to Marquette Park, stopping on the way to show J the Robert Wadlow statue.
|I guess this would be my "hurry up and take the damn picture!" face|
|Replica of a chair made for Robert Wadlow|
Actually, I figured that once we were on the trails the hills would block the wind. This would have been the case, but the one trail with a lot of rocks--the part my 8 year old loves most--is on the river (windiest) side. The first mile takes us about an hour as we stop at nearly every rock outcropping for him to climb.
|Look how fun this is...I'm not cold at all...no that's not my teeth chattering...|
|If you look at the river, you can see the water blowing. That was some strong, cold wind.|
In the drive to and from the park, I got to play with Snapseed, a cool photo-editing app that I got after Neil
gave his facebook friends a heads-up that it was free in the app store this weekend. Fun!