‘Twas the week before Christmas, and all through the house, every creature was stirring, including the hedgehog.
We are in full crunch mode over here. Even though it’s going to be a small and secluded holiday, we are very much prepping for the big day with all cylinders firing. There will be cookies, and candy canes, and presents tied up with string, and it’s going to be amazing.
Sunday – 3.68 miles, walking
Happy Sunday to everyone! After my walk, I tested my skills at the dancer pose, and was thrilled to discover that I can make it happen. After my surgery, I struggle with some yoga poses, so it’s nice to make small gains.
The rest of the day was kind of nasty and rainy, so we listened to Christmas music and hung at home.
Monday – 3.98 miles, walking
It’s a new week and I was ready to get to it. I started the morning with a brisk walk and got my head on right furor the week.
Since A is now on break, I also instituted some screentime rules. It’s easy to lapse into bad habits on extended time off, so we are setting up some structure.
Tuesday – 4.77 miles running + 2.26 miles, walking
Great run this morning. The weather had warmed up just a hair and I was able to go out in a tank and shorts. I am a fan of less clothes when running. It just makes movements easier.
A went to work with his dad, and I drove to Daytona to half a patio lunch with Meghan. It’s been so long since we’ve been able to see each other (since February), and it made my heart so happy.
Wednesday – 3.88 miles, walking
Wednesdays are for walking, and I made the most of it. The day was gray and overcast, but these roses were just so pink and beautiful.
I also wanted to take family photos in matching pajamas. It’s something we’ve missed out on for many years, but we finally made it happen.
Thursday – 5 miles, running + 2.39 miles, walking
We had been sticking to 4.75 mile runs during the week, but since it was going so well, I bumped us up to 5! My ankle is handling the mileage really well (except for on the super cold days).
In the evening, we made gingerbread houses with some festive snacks. I loved this candy cane caprese board,
and Rudolph’s Tipsy Spritzer. So yummy.
We also had a hot chocolate bar. Everyone is raving about hot cocoa bombs, but I am just not great with chocolate work, so this is a fair compromise.
Friday – 3.27 miles, walking
I didn’t want to get up, but finally dragged myself out of bed, and got myself moving. Today, after my walk, I worked on some balance. Balance is so important, especially during the holidays.
I had snagged a hair appointment, and was super excited to spend some time in the chair. This is my third appointment with my stylist and I am so happy with everything (including the salon’s cleanliness and safety protocols with masks and limiting clients).
Saturday – 8.0 miles, running
J and I decided we wanted to change things up and so we headed to a local Greenway for our long run. I got up a little bit earlier to get in two miles on my own, before we ran six together. It was cold, but also kind of perfect, and so nice to enjoy some different scenery.
Then the husbands joined us for an outdoor brunch. Yum.
That afternoon, I worked on wrapping presents, and then we headed south to Flagler Beach for an early, outdoor dinner. We followed flatbread and wine with delicious hot fudge sundaes from Sally’s (this is Not Your Average Hot Chocolate with marshmallow swirl and peppermint crunch).
Another great week! As we close in on 2021, my motivation is really coming back. Even though things are still so awful, I feel like I want to start taking control of what I can in my life. Things have been spinning so erratically for so long, and while there’s still so much I can’t fix, I can do a better job with myself.
We are keeping up with the holiday countdown, too! I haven’t taken photos of everything but we have made our donations and done our good deeds.
This week, we will bake some cookies, finish wrapping, and enjoy odor traditional Chinese food dinner on Christmas Eve. We are going to do what we can to make the best of this week, and that’s all we can do!
How was your week in training?
Any Christmas plans or traditions?