I am big on not posting when I have nothing to say, which is why I have essentially been silent for the last few weeks. There are tons of good things going on, just not enough to dedicate one whole post to. So here I am, back with more Friday Fun. This might become a staple in the next few months, since it gives me the place to share the randomness that is life without making all these silly things into a whole post.
1. Christmas Decorations. Every year, I continue to build on my little stash of decorations and I really enjoy making the house festive during the Holidays. Since we have a new home this year, we ran into new decorating challenges (No outdoor outlets! No stocking hooks!). I told Brad last night that I really appreciate him indulging my love for decorating for Christmas as he happily took a trip to Home Depot to get all of the extension cords, etc. that we needed. The results:
2. Old School Saucony. Elizabeth and I drooled over Molly’s cute shoes at Bourbon Chase this year. Then Elizabeth bought some and I was jealous so I put them on my Christmas list. But when I saw a discount code for 20% off of everything at Saucony on Cyber Monday, I ordered them and told Brad, “thanks for the shoes”. I thought I was doing him a favor by giving him one less gift to buy :).
3. Speed. When Coach updated my running schedule last Sunday, I was stoked to see some speed show up again. It was nothing crazy, just some tempo surges Monday and 3×800 yesterday. Adding some intensity back into my running was awesome! It didn’t feel smooth or fast, as I am still shaking out some rust, but working hard again felt GOOD. I was getting a bit bored with all of the easy running. I was looking forward to each run, but they all just dragged on forever once I was out there. A little speed keeps it fun and interesting.
4. Weird Foot Thing. Based on the title, this one may not seem like it belongs in this post, but let me explain: Two weeks ago, I went for an easy run and had a weird feeling on the top of my foot like my shoe was tied too tight. When it still was sore after the run, I immediately panicked because both Allison and Kara Goucher cited this type of feeling when they each had a stress fracture. Of course, my level of activity definitely did not indicate a stress fracture, but I was nervous (hypochondriac much?). I had my PT look at it and I basically failed all of the stress fracture tests. The next day it felt somewhat better and the following day, there was no pain at all. Ultimately, I think the discomfort was caused by wearing these Keds as part of my 80’s attire the weekend before :)
5. Lunch Date. Since Jenny and I both work from home, we have the opportunity to get together for lunch or coffee at random times during the day. When she was in PT, I got to see Jenny almost every week because her physical therapist is around the corner from me. I am very happy she is running healthy again, but it means we haven’t met up in a while so I am more than excited to have lunch with her today!
6. Winter Running Clothes. Maybe it’s because I am new to the super cold/windy running weather, but I get irrationally excited when I nail the appropriate layers on a run. All too often, I seem to be overdressed and wanting to strip off layers or under dressed and freezing, so when I get it just right (Goldilocks anyone?), I am very pleased with myself. Maybe I should start documenting temperature, wind speed and direction (appears to make a huge difference in Chi) and other conditions along with what I wore instead of making it a crap shoot? Last Monday I was so excited about getting it right, I took a selfie to document.
7. Home. After a crazy summer and fall, I am very happy that starting this past Tuesday I will be home for nearly 3 weeks straight. That means sleeping in my very own bed every single night. I haven’t been home for more than 9 days in a row since August and while some of the travel was by choice (and not all work-related), it is still exhausting. I will be enjoying relaxing weekends in Chicago with Brad and friends until we head down to Peoria for a couple of days over Christmas.