As the days tick by, I find myself getting more and more excited for the holidays. I am all about the music and the lights, and I’m embracing all of the festive spirit. I know we won’t be doing any parties or events, but we can still be outside and I plan on taking full advantage of that.
Sunday – 3.93 miles, walking
What a beautiful day!
The boys decorated the outside of the house with lights and inflatables. They got some extra ridiculous pieces this year (I have to get a good picture), and it’s going to bring much joy.
I was tired after all my decorating the day before, so let them deal with that on their own.
Monday – 3.74 miles, walking
It’s pretty much A’s last week of school before winter break. He didn’t have any live classes, but there was plenty of review for midterms. Eek.
While he worked, I played with my Cricut vinyl cutter. I’ve done several iron-on shirts, but not so much with adhesive vinyl. I think I’ve got the hang of it!
Tuesday – 4.75 miles running + 1.66 miles, walking
Our run was FREEZING! Literally in the 30s! While it’s nice to have a change, the weather swings are always so sudden.
Since it was December 1, A got to open the “first gift of Christmas.” It was the Star Wars Lego calendar he had been hoping for. He was thrilled and so surprised.
After his review sessions, he had Cooking Club. This week, the kids were supposed to make a roll cake! Yikes! We started in the morning, so he would only have to make the filling and ganache during the evening Zoom. This was a tough one, but he did a fabulous job and we all enjoyed it!
Wednesday – 3.67 miles, walking
Happy Wednesday! Seriously, could this week be any longer? Much as I was worn out, a walk a day is the name of my game, so out I went. Brrr.
Here’s another Cricut win. I really do vacillate between sappy, cheesy holiday movies and crazy, twisted true crime shows and movies. Clearly, I’m all about extremes.
I also picked up some goodies from a super cute small business, in an effort to support local (love curbside pickup). There are going to be some extra big smiles when presents are open this year.
Thursday – 3.97 miles, walking
Our run got postponed until Friday, which was fine because, dang it was freezing and windy! I think it would have made for an awful run.
That being said, the day mellowed out beautifully, so we were able to visit an outdoor lights installation on the beach. We went early enough that there were almost no people, and had a wonderful time checking out all the lifeguard chairs that local companies had decorated for the season.
Friday – 4.75 miles, running + 1.96 miles, walking
J met me bright and early for our makeup run. It was actually fantastic. Yes, it was perfect weather, and I felt so strong the whole time. These are my favorite kinds of run, and I hope there are more of them in my future.
For those of you who voted for me to try the Sugarplum Macchiato, I did. It was not bad at all! I couldn’t drink it all (I don’t even put sugar in my coffee, so it was a little on the sweet side), but I enjoyed the flavor and loved having the pretty purple.
A completed both parts of his math midterm, and did an outstanding job. They were tough tests, but he has really been doing so great. Once was finished, I made a shirt drop-off to a friend, and then enjoyed an outdoor lunch at a local BBQ joint with my book.
Our holiday activity was to make cards for the Cards For Hospitalized Kids organization. Our creations were made from cardstock, paint chips and rhinestones, and I think they came out great. A also made a few with hand-cut snowflakes that were so pretty.
He also used some of his own earnings to sponsor a holiday box for Fostering Connections of St. Johns. These boxes will be handed out at a drive-through holiday party this month, and will really bring some joy to some our community’s foster children.
Saturday – 3.2 miles, walking
Normally, Saturdays are for long runs, but since our 10K race was on Sunday, I enjoyed a nice walk on my own. It was pretty cold again, but also beautifully sunny.
Our holiday plan for the day was an outdoor brunch. Even though the restaurant was new, it wasn’t at all crowded. We got prime seating on the patio, and enjoyed a yummy breakfast and drinks!
I really could have used a nap after all that, but we needed groceries and a few more things, so I was still on duty. It ended up being a long night with dinner-making, brownie-baking, laundry, and a Hurricanes game. I ended up sleeping so poorly, which is never fun the night before a race.
I felt incredibly productive this week. There were a few moments were I struggled emotionally, but I was able to pull up out of them, and I was really proud of the miles I laid out.
Our holiday countdown calendar is going well. Today is actually the first day we skipped our goal (a drive-through light show at the Daytona Speedway), but other than that, we’ve been doing a great job staying on track. I think this something we will continue doing for years to come.
How was your week in training?
Anyone else love true crime and serial killer documentaries? Any races coming up?