Monthly Archives: December 2013

They’re Winning

The Christmas cookies are winning. My pants are losing.

How are you resisting eating all the cookies? Squares? Fudge? Cupcakes?

I love Christmas, but the treats are hard on my hips.

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My Thoughts on Christmas

I am a huge Christmas fan, I absolutely love the season. I’m not crazy for Christmas day per say but more the season.

The pretty lights, the jolly people, the excited children, I think that it is a magical time of the year.

I think we get way to wrapped up in giving gifts and forget about everything else that comes along with Christmas, and that makes me sad. Very sad.

Sure giving and receiving gifts is fun but if I didn’t get one material thing for Christmas, except to be around my family and the ones I love (oh and some chocolates and cookies, yes those too) I would be fine with that.

I think that parents want to please their children and buy them a crap load of ‘stuff’ for Christmas to show their love. But you know what? I know kids pretty well, in my humble opinion, and sure the toys are great but YOU are what is really important to them. Spending quality time with you kids and letting them know they have your undivided attention is what is really important. All they want is to know you are so proud of them and you love them more than anything in the world.

I have some people in my life that requests Christmas Lists from their children yearly. They simply go out and purchase what is on the list. This makes me sad. It makes Christmas seem like a chore, and just another ‘thing’ that needs to get done in your life.

When I go Christmas shopping I go without any ideas of what I want to purchase my family and friends. I simply head out to the stores and malls and look around. I enjoy waiting in line, the crowded stores and the loud Christmas music. I enjoy finding the ‘perfect’ gift for my amazing mother that I will hope she will love, or my crazy uncle that I got for secret Santa this year. But what I don’t do is expect this gift to make them love me more.

I guess I just get a little sentimental at this time of the year, but I think it is really important to enjoy the season, the sparkle and the people around you. It is pretty magical, my friends.

I hope you are having a great Christmas season!

Santa Shuffle 5K Recap

On Saturday I ran the Santa Shuffle 5K race, and it was a lot of fun! The race is run on the horse racing track at the local fair grounds, which is 1/2 a mile around. Sounds boring but for some reason I enjoy this race. Maybe because it is Christmas theme? Maybe because it is flat? Maybe because you are constantly running with someone? Maybe because it is cheap, parking is easy and you get a medal? I don’t know but I like it!

As you know I had a goal I needed to check off my 2013 list, that being a sub 30 5K race. This being my last race of the year I was hoping to accomplish that. Well I will tell you now, I didn’t get it.

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– I ate very poorly last week, which I know contributed to my slower running, always does. I am kicking myself in the ass for that every day

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2012 Shuffle

– I did not look at my watch often and didn’t look at my time once during the race. I thought that if I looked at my watch and I was slower than I needed to be then I would have got discouraged. And I thought that if I was faster than expected then I would freak myself out and crash and burn not meeting my goal time. In hindsight I wish I would have checked it toward the end because I think that I could have picked it up a bit to meet my goal.

– I am super disappointed in myself about missing my goal, which makes me sad because I should be proud of myself.

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I ended up going to this race alone, and lost my bib so there are no pictures of fun things from this years race for you to look at – sorry!

See the above bell on my shoe, everyone got one to pin to their bib and wear during the race. It was so fun to hear the ringing of 400 bells!!

My overall pace was 9:44 min/mile which is decent for myself.

In the end I did set a new 5K PR of 30:09 – which is also something I should be happy with.

I love this race and if I am living in this area I will do it again next year, but hopefully with some friends 🙂

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I Am Alive!

Did I fall off the face of the earth? Yes, yes I did. No but really I don’t have a computer as my lap top is out of commission and writing from my phone is not great. Today I am borrowing my 10 year old nephews brand new laptop (fair?) to check in!

So how have you all been doing? Things are going pretty good in my neck of the woods actually.

Running has improved. I started going to the gym at 5:30am before my AM shift to get my runs in a few times a week. Yes I have lots of time during the day but there is just something about an early morning run that I love. Also I never feel like doing a run on the TM after a class. Anyways this seems to be working for me as I am getting faster. Yesterday I did a 3 miler in 28 minutes -which is the fastest I have ever run 3 miles in, super excited!!

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On a not so fun running note, my knee and upper quad are super not happy with me today so I forced myself to skip spin class and take the day off- which is a hard thing for me to do. But it is worth it because I have a race on Saturday that I want to be able to run.

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My eating has been getting better. I still eat crap, just less of it. Less sugar, but still treats when I want them. Which we know is key for me. I can’t completely cut treats out or I will lose it. Anyways my winter coat isn’t so crazy tight and my smaller pants are starting to fit again, although they are still pretty tight. Time my friends, time.

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I’ve been going shopping more, which is fun but not so good for my bank account. Need to start shopping for others now that Christmas is here.

I’ve been drinking lots of coffee, no surprise, and really been enjoying the holiday cups!

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Can we just talk about how much work dating is. Oh man I am starting to get tired of it. Clearly I haven’t found the right men because I am feeling pretty frustrated with my situation right now. 2 men. One likes me, but I am not really interested. One shows interest but then doesn’t, of course the one I am interested in. Send me a prince already!

All in all I am just trying to enjoy life right now. It is the Christmas season, my favourite time of the year!!!!

What have you been up to lately?