(Half) Marathon Reflection Monday & Other Stuff

WELCOME TO CHRISTMAS TIME!

I will be the first to admit that for me, Christmas time started right after Halloween.  I’ve been watching those high quality holiday movies on the Hallmark Channel, listening to Christmas music, and plotting ways to make this year’s holiday season the best ever.

Aaron has very politely indulged me, even giving up his Saturday nights to watch Eloise at Christmastime and not getting mad when I switch his Pandora station to Christmas music.

But now, my Christmas cheer is completely socially acceptable.  Thanksgiving is over, so I can prance around in Christmas happiness without fear that some Bah Humbug will squash my dreams.  However, I still haven’t put up a tree unlike everyone on Instagram/facebook.  We’re real tree people, so we always wait until December to make sure it doesn’t look dead by Christmas. I’d like to think this makes me slightly less crazy.

Meanwhile, on the running/half marathon training front, things have been going ok.

On Thursday my whole family (aside from my mom who was busy on Operation Thanksgiving Dinner duty) ran our Turkey Trot 5-K.   A few weeks ago I was thinking I was going to use this race as my attempt at a sub 21.  But I got out on that course, fell into a solid 7:00-7:15 pace, and was feeling really good.  I remember what it felt like for me the one time I did hit 21:05, and I decided I didn’t really want to get that awful sick feeling again.  So, I didn’t.  Maybe not the most competitive thing I could have done, but I’m ok with it.  I dread 5-K’s more than anything, and I don’t want to anymore.  I came in at 22:18 (7:10 average pace).  Still better than my last few 5-K times, and definitely a confidence booster than I can run 13.1 miles at a 7:15 pace in a couple of months.  Plus, I think this is my first ever 5-K that didn’t make me want to hurl.

To celebrate the amazing weather we’ve been having (still in the low 60’s during the day) we decided to get one more climb up our mountain on the La Luz Trail.  Typically the top is snow covered and dangerous by late November.  It is a little sad that our weather is so dry that we don’t have any snow on our mountain but it made for perfect hiking conditions. This hike is about 8 miles up a 3,600 elevation gain.  My dad and sister made their way up for the first time!

Yesterday’s long run was a little harder than it should have been after the climb up a mountain.  We had 8 miles on the schedule, so we headed to the most flat course we could find, and knocked them out.  I had an average pace of about 8:38, so I was going a just bit faster than last week.  And definitely minutes faster than I was running a year ago.  I felt pretty fatigued, my face got sunburn, and after we finished, my calves tightened up to a point suggesting I’d run much harder/faster than I really did.  I spent the morning doing some intense rehabbing just to get myself back to walking like a normal person.  But definitely on track with where I want to be right now.

On the non-running front, I’m pretty sure I did something very close to swimming last week! I’m working on a breathing rhythm, and after a few failed attempts (and lots of inhaled water through the nose…very yucky feeling), I think I’m getting the hang of it. I’m hoping that with a few more lessons, I’ll at least be able to not look like a drowning abomination on Indoor Tri Day!

Otherwise, our Thanksgiving week was pretty normal:  I baked! (gluten free pumpkin snicker-doodles), two dinners with two families, late night Black Friday shopping, football watching (GO GIANTS!!!), and planning my annual gingerbread house (you can see last year’s HERE).

We’ll take some of that turkey, please!

Muppet Christmas Carol is a Thanksgiving tradition.

Aaron is obviously adopted

Macy’s at about 1:00 am. 

Hope everyone is having a minimally painful Monday!

P.S….there *may* be a giveaway coming later this week! (And by may, I mean I’ve already agreed to do one in exchange for free stuff, so…)

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29 thoughts on “(Half) Marathon Reflection Monday & Other Stuff

  1. Why are you standing on your toes in that post race photo…you’re not that short! A solid time considering you took it easy, you could easily drop a sub 21. Your hike looks awesome, you’re nuts for Black Friday shopping at 1:00am and I am envious of the fact that you had TWO Thanksgiving dinners…and I am checking out your Gingerbread post…now.

    • Haha…I don’t know but I almost always do when I’m not wearing heels. If I wasn’t right next to my (short) sisters, my shortness would be much more apparent. I would like to at some point run a sub 21, but maybe it won’t be until I’m able to run that pace easily. Truthfully, that was probably the first 5-K I’ve ever not hated, so I have little incentive for trying to go faster! And we actually started shopping at 10:00 pm and finally got home about about 2:30 am. I calculated our savings, and I have to say, it was well worth it.

      • Whenever you decide to set your mind to doing sub 21, I have no doubt you will do it. I understand not wanting to hate 5k’s though, they are pretty brutal. As for Black Friday shopping…well, I would hope that you save a ton of cash…I have no ambition to join the mobs but it sounds like you have a solid plan of attack and aren’t out there hoping to find a deal.

    • Yes, a snickerdoodle is a cookie, much like a sugar cookie but rolled in sugar and cinnamon (I had to look it up on wikipedia!). The gluten free flour makes them a little more crumbly and dry than they should be, but everyone seemed to really like them (OR they were being very polite).

  2. I’m glad you had such a fun Thanksgiving! Crazy how much Aaron and his dad look alike. And yay for a confidence boosting 5k! That’s a solid pace to be feeling so comfortable at. Congrats!

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