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Sunday – rest
On the agenda? A day at Top Golf with friends. Top Golf is new to our area: a golf entertainment complex, which proved to be incredibly fun. It’s almost like going to a bowling alley, but with a multi-tiered driving range. I’ve never done anything but mini golf before and we all had a great time.
In the evening, we ordered pizza and then took a ride to the drive-through Christmas lights display near our neighborhood. The display increases every year and it’s really quite a sight.
The event also offered a hayride, hot cocoa, cookies and lots of photo opps.
Monday – rest
I had to work, but Mr PugRunner went to school with little man for his holiday party. There was a pancake breakfast, painting, crafts and a book exchange. I hated missing it, but was also glad that the boys had some time together.
Tuesday – 5 miles, running
K and I went out for a nice, predawn five miles. It was nice to start back into a groove and I missed having a buddy.
Wednesday – rest
It was little man’s last day of school, and he got to wear pajamas and bring in his favorite book for a day of reading by the “fireplace.” I was thrilled to pick him up at the bus stop after work and get our vacation started.
I was also excited to go out with some girlfriends that night. We were planning to go to our downtown area, but at the last minute, we all came to our senses and went to a bar closer to home (and farther from the crowds). We had a lovely few hours chatting and catching up.
In my absence, little man decorated gingerbread cookies, in the likeness of Captain Man from Henry Danger. He was incredibly proud of them.
Thursday – rest
First things first. Little man and I had to go shopping for Mr PugRunner. We just hadn’t had a chance to go out together and make it happen, so we took advantage of our early bird tendencies and made the rounds.
We were home before noon, and able to make it right back out to a gingerbread house decorating party.
It had been a long day, so I “rested my eyes” (aka napped) for a while, and then we were out again. Mr PugRunner wanted to take us to the movies: Rogue One.
Due to reviews, we had been on the fence about taking little man, but in the end, it was fine for him (I covered his eyes once). He didn’t love it – too much plot and not enough light sabers – but I was blown away (and gutted).
Friday – 4 miles running, 4 miles cycling
Last morning of running before Christmas. K was a few minutes late, but we were able to work it out and get in a nice run.
Afterwards, we drove about 40 miles to a chicken and donut shop in the next county. Rumor had it that Farmhouse Chicken and Donuts was amazing, and it proved true. We tried an assortment of fresh, hand-rolled donuts, a chicken and donut sandwich, and even brought some home for later in the weekend. Divine.
I worked on cinnamon rolls for Christmas breakfast,
and then we did something a little different: I wrapped our bikes with battery operated lights, and we took a ride around the neighborhood, checking out the light displays.
We ended our ride at our community’s Food Truck Friday, and enjoyed some tasty barbecue before cycling home.
I do think it will be a new family tradition.
Saturday – rest
I was invited out for a group run, but the boys wanted to spend the morning together, so how could I refuse?
We had a nice breakfast, and then started working on last minute Christmas Eve/Hanukkah things. We had donations to drop off, more cinnamon buns to make, and cleaning to do.
I even got an early Christmas present: a lovely box from Rock ‘n’ Blog, with a gorgeous logoed jacket, some hats and other goodies. Thanks so much to them! I love being part of the team!
For dinner, we invited my parents and another family, and I ordered a huge Chinese food buffet. It was brilliant – everyone loved it and I didn’t have to spend hours in the kitchen. While the grown ups chatted, the kids put on their jammies and watched Christmas movies on the big air mattress.
After our goodnights, we set out cookies, milk and carrots for Santa and the reindeer, sprinkled reindeer food on the lawn (a mix of oats, sprinkles, cereal and cocoa powder) and read “Twas The Night Before Christmas.”
We couldn’t wait to see what Santa would have under the tree for us!
So, the miles are coming back, slowly but surely. And I was really happy to have a lovely week with the family.
How was your week in training?
What kind of unique holiday traditions do you have?