Catching up

I haven’t written in a while, I know (sorry!), so I thought it was about time I did. Life has been pretty  busy over the last couple weeks with all the wonderful holiday craziness. 

I love this time of year, mostly because it’s a great reason to get together with my friends and family (and I won’t lie to you, the awesome food associated with this time of year isn’t too bad either, haha!). 

J and I hosted our first ever Christmas Eve dinner for both of our families. I made a prime rib roast for the first time ever, which was probably one of the most intimidating things I’d ever cooked. It turned out well, thank goodness, and both of our families had a great time! 

On top of the typical holiday business, J and I have taken up snowboarding again this year. In the past, when I’ve tried it, I’ve ended up falling most of the way down the mountain (some of my falls being more entertaining than others). This season (so far) has gone a lot better – I’ve managed to make it all the way down the mountain without falling more than once! 

I love being up in the mountains; the scenery is beautiful, and the snow brings a feeling of peacefulness that’s hard to find. 

With all these new aventures, I’ve found myself missing running. I’ve had to take breaks from running before, fortunately mostly because of life craziness instead of injury. The longing for a good, consistent running routine always calls me back. 

I find myself missing the freedom, the energy, and the certainty about life that I feel when I’m out on a run – that’s when I make the time to get out, even if only for a couple miles. I feel so much more like myself afterward.  

It’s my goal over the next week to get back into my routine, and begin working on my training plan for my next marathon. There’s something that feel so right about starting out the new year training for my next big race.

How were your holidays? What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? 

Running after dark

Running after dark

Guys. I ran up the big hill at the tail end of my run today. Like all the way up. Without stopping for a walk break. Ran up the hill! 

This was totally unexpected for me today. I’ve been pretty tired most of the day, since I got home after my usual bedtime because of an event that I hosted last night for the local chapter of an investment society (which, by the way, was pretty freakin’ cool!). 

Knowing that I was pretty tired at the end of the day today, I went out on my run tonight with zero expectations. I was just going out to get my body moving and see the beautiful sunset.

By the way, who decided it was ok for the sun to start going down at THREE O’CLOCK in the afternoon?! It was beautiful, but I was hoping the time of year where I go to work in the dark and come home in the dark was a little further away. Oh well, at least my office has lots of windows.

By the time I got home, the sun was down most of the way. So, I hurried as fast as I could and got out the door to enjoy the last few minutes of sunshine. 

Since I run after work most days, I do the majority of my running in the dark. As a result, I’ve accumulated a plethora of reflective and light up running gear – including an extremely attractive yellow reflective vest (thank you, Ragnar!).

My favorite reflective items are my two magnetic smiley face reflectors that I’ve attached to my running pouch (who am I kidding, it’s a sleek fanny pack, haha), and these really cool light up arm bands that glow in multiple colors. 

What’s your favorite safety gear?

I’m pretty lucky to live in a pretty well lit neighborhood, but I still don’t want to take the chance that someone (e.g. A driver) might not see me while I’m out running. So, I don all of my reflective gear, run against traffic, and make sure to have enough space to be able to jump out of the way if necessary. I have had a couple close calls where cars didn’t see me right away, but running prepared made it a non-issue.

I’m happy with the results of my no expectations run this evening, and am now ready to tackle the mountain of studying I have to do. 

Happy Friday eve every body!