Yep. Today is a double post day. It has been a busy week and weekend and I feel like I finally have a chance to sit down and get some blogging done. I spent some time catching up on everyone’s blogs and am now catching up on my own.
While the snow has not yet fallen, the Christmas season is getting started in full swing. It seems like things start to kick off earlier and earlier each year. Following suit, we had plenty of holiday fueled activities this week.
On Wednesday, after Jennie got home from work, we headed up to Rockford for their Christmas Open House. The open house basically involved all of the stores being open with holiday specials. The event that had Jennie most excited was that one of the photography companies had a free photo booth. And if you know anything about Jennie, the word “free” is like crack to her – haha. So, she quickly scoped out the photo booth and we walked away with this:
After hitting up a few of the stores and being disappointed with their lack of free food, we headed out on a run. We wore running clothes so that we could take advantage of the change in scenery for our run.
Training: 3000 yards at the pool and a 2 mile run with Jennie
No Christmas activities. There was supposed to be an open house in Gaslight Village, but it was a bust because there was no one there when we drove through.
Training: 4.84 mile run, mile run with Jennie, and 60 minutes on the trainer
This was the Yule Run, I’ll Walk 5k. I did a separate race report here, feel free to check it out.
Training: 2000 yards at the pool and the 5k
I started out Saturday with a long run. My goal was 18-20 miles. When I started out, I thought it was only going to be 18 – my legs were pretty tired from racing only a little more than 12 hours prior. However, as I trucked along, I felt better and better. I ended up doing 20 miles in 2:45:50 for a comfortable 8:17 pace. The weather was absolutely perfect for a long run. It started out in the upper 30’s and warmed up to the 40’s by the end of the run.
By the time I got home, I was a little sore, but there was no sitting around. I had some recovery drink (chocolate milk) with lunch, threw on my calf sleeves and headed over to my mom’s house to help her with a home repair project.
After that, it was time for another Christmas Open House. This time in Holland. We have gone to this open house the past 2 years and it is very well done. Jennie and I purposely went prior to the official start of the festivities at 6:00 to beat some of the crowds. It didn’t work – the place was absolutely packed. Nearly all of the stores had free food (cider, hot chocolate, donut holes, cookies, etc.) as well as special holiday pricing.
Training: 20 mile run
And that brings us to today. No rest for the weary. I started off the day with a hour of
playing video games spinning on the trainer.
After that, it was time for yard work that concluded with putting up the Christmas lights. This is the earliest I have ever put up the lights. I usually wait until after Thanksgiving, but I couldn’t pass up the warm-ish weather today.
Here I am rigging up the lights. Maybe someone can explain to me how strands of lights that were perfectly good when I put them into storage last year no longer worked this year? I had 4 strands that were either dead or half dead. Luckily, I was able to find the bad bulbs on 3 of the strands, but the 4th is still DOA.
Not the best picture as it wasn’t quite dark yet and there isn’t any snow on the ground, but here is what it will look like based on a picture from a previous year.
Training: 60 minutes on the trainer
Jennie and I just registered for the Gobble Wobble on Thanksgiving morning. It is a 4.1 mile run in Gaslight Village (only a mile away). It is a casual, untimed event and will be perfect for Jennie’s longest race ever. So far, she has only done 5k’s, so this will be a big milestone. Anyone else Turkey Trotting or Gobble Wobbling?