My Favorite Things-Christmas 2012

by Kelly

Workouts

Monday-5 mile treadmill run
Wednesday – 3.5 mile treadmill run + 33 minutes Elliptical
Thursday – 5 mile treadmill run
Saturday – 56 minutes Elliptical + Barre3 online workout
Sunday – 6 mile treadmill run

I had a wonderful Christmas! We spent time with both our families and also got to celebrate with some of our good friends.

I received so many wonderful gifts! Some of my favorites…

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A Pressure Cooker from my in-laws. Can’t wait to try it!

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A handmade quilt from my talented friend Karen.

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An iPad mini from Ryan. Total surprise and I love it!!

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A picture from my sister in law of us finishing the Columbus Half Marathon!!

But my favorite gift was from my parents …

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The Garmin forerunner 610! Can’t wait to try it out once the snow melts a bit.

So Let’s Just Pretend It’s Not Christmas Yet….

by Sue

I have slacked in posting but not in running. So that’s good, right? This is what I had semi-prepared before Christmas, so obviously it’s a smidge after the fact.

Because I was running….

Monday: 6 treadmill miles in 51:19
Wednesday: 6 treadmill miles in 51:05
Saturday: 6 treadmill miles in 50:59
Sunday: 6 treadmill miles in 51:10

….and doing things like this:

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school Christmas program

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4th grade Christmas craft

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class Christmas treats

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more Christmas treats

Thank you Pinterest and Facebook friends who are more creative than I.

Saturday we celebrated Christmas with my sister. Always fun for the girls. And I think I may have received my next treadmill running series:

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I have loved her since The Sopranos.

Sunday we had a long overdue get-together with my friend Kathy and her family. You know that you really know someone when you buy each other the exact same cookbook.

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She keeps telling me that I need to watch the show but my DVR is so full of Real Housewives and Glee (yes, I know) that there’s never enough space.

She also got me a beautiful cake plate because I have a slight obsession with them.

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In a nutshell….family and good friends, good food, and good times. And time to slow down and appreciate what all of it means.

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Merry Christmas to you and yours!

And now on to the wrapping….

24 total miles for the week.

Life in the Slow Lane

By Kelly

Workouts:

Monday: 5 mile treadmill run doing intervals
Tuesday: 5 mile treadmill run – intervals
Wednesday: 1.25 mile treadmill run and 50 minutes on the elliptical.
Thursday: 5 mile treadmill run – intervals
Friday: Elliptical 51 minutes and Lifecycle 18 minutes
Saturday: 5 mile treadmill run-intervals

I am a procrastinator..have been all my life and I don’t think I will ever change in the years to come. So this year I was so proud that I had 95% of my Christmas shopping done a few weeks before Christmas. I had made plans to go to Columbus on December 21 finish the remaining 5% and stay at my parents for the night.

I left my house at 3:45 and it was starting to snow. A half hour into my drive on interstate 70, traffic came to a dead stop. After sitting on the highway and not moving for an hour I called my mom and told her I would not make it to Columbus in time to shop, and if it kept on snowing I wouldn’t come at all. The next hour I made a few phone calls listened to XM and just tried not to be frustrated that I had not moved. The next hour and the fact that my speedometer still looked like this..

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I was slowly starting to lose my patience. Then I realized that I do have my phone and even though I am in my car on the interstate, it would be ok to Internet shop since I was not moving.

I got my sister in law one of these

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The new iPod shuffle !
I am thankful I am an amazon prime member so I should have it by Monday.

And my other sister in law a cute pair of texting gloves and my mom a pair of shoes.. I am also thankful for being a Zappos VIP customer.

Although I didn’t move for 3 1/2 hours I did make good use of my time. Finally traffic started moving and I made it back home 4 1/2 hours after I left. I found out later that two semis were jackknifed and blocking all thee lanes thirty miles ahead of where I was stopped.

Ryan welcomed me home with this..

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Cheers to Ryan!!!

I Have Become….Comfortably Run

by Sue

Last week’s treadmill miles:

Monday: 6 miles in 50:59
Wednesday: 6 miles in 50:57
Saturday: 6 miles in 51:09
Sunday: 6 miles in 51:00

Since the MCM, I have definitely kept the weekly miles up, but what has happened to the long run?? I’m kind of in a running rut, I guess you could say, but I have a lot going on right now. Not that I’m making excuses; it is just that there’s something comforting in the routine. And there’s something to be said for that.

But….

I need some motivation.

I need a race on the calendar.

So Kelly and I have been researching training plans for the Cap City Half in early May.

The top contender thus far:

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The only running book I own not currently lost in my Mt. Everest of boxes.

Going for the “Own It” plan….13 tough weeks.

But then this item on my Christmas list mistakenly got opened (well not really mistakenly, it just got thrown by my husband into the pile of presents to be wrapped):

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How am I supposed to not peek?

24 total miles for the week.

And I Give You….

by Sue

….the Wright Family Christmas Tree

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Speaking of the Griswolds, will somebody please tell me why the small-ish tree that you so carefully selected at the tree farm is always two feet taller once you get it in your house? Seriously, we thought we came home with someone else’s tree.

Since my house looks like this right now

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(yes, we are moving), I decided instead of unpacking (and repacking) the approximately 1000 ornaments we have, I would make a project out of it and the girls could make all of the tree decorations this year. Including stringing cranberries and popcorn. Win-Win. Extra Win if you are a dog.

So we are only moving two miles away. That being said, it’s still a lot to wrap your mind around, especially after living in the same house for fifteen years. It is the only house my children have known. The best years of my life have unfolded in this house. But, it is a good thing, as I feel so fortunate to have found a beautiful new home in which to make future memories.

I think Kelly’s first question was “Where will you put the treadmill?”.

Treadmill runs this week:

Tuesday: 6 miles in 51:05
Wednesday: 6 miles in 51:05
Friday: 6 miles in 51:07
Sunday: 6 miles in 51:06

What I’m reading now:

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I’m only a few chapters in, but great so far!

24 total miles for the week.

Holy Tree, Batman

by Sue

It was an awesome running week for me.

Monday: 6 treadmill miles in 51:25
Tuesday: 6 treadmill miles in 51:21
Wednesday: 6 treadmill miles in 51:25
Thursday: 6 treadmill miles in 51:21
Saturday: 6 treadmill miles in 51:08
Sunday: 6 treadmill miles in 51:16

Back to my recent pomegranate obsession, I saw this in Martha Stewart Everyday Food:

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Although I disagree with the “no-mess”….perhaps because I found a hammer to be entirely more effective than a heavy spoon or ladle. But I liked these ideas:

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And….we are now on Pinterest! 2chixrun26 (Kelly and Sue).

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And we said we were going to go small this year. To be continued….

36 total miles for the week.