You Could Say There’s A Theme Going On Here!

Just for fun, I’m going to take you on a quick tour of our main Christmas tree.  I suppose you could say there are a few themes going on here and of course running is one of the big ones!

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I worked on this stuffed Santa during my lunch break for weeks as a surprise for Bill for our first tree after we were married…


Remembering the very first Hallmark ornament my parents gave to me my freshman year of college…


Honoring our home state…


Remembering fondly where we spent our first two years of marriage…


And our third year…


Embracing my farm-girl roots…


Eggshell ornament I made the year before we were married…


Another eggshell ornament I made…  Yeah, I can be crafty when I want to be!


Reminding us of the beach…


Joseph made this angel for us in preschool…


And Daniel made a candy cane for us when he was in preschool…


And of course one of many Virginia Tech ornaments that eventually found their way to the basement tree…


Remembering why we are celebrating this holiday…


And possibly my favorite tree trimming tradition involves these two doves that Daniel and I hang together every year.  When he was away at college, I’d decorate the tree, but keep these two doves off until he got home so we could hang them together…


Merry Christmas!

  • Questions:
  • Where do you put your children’s homemade ornaments, proudly on the front of your tree or do you hide them on the back?  ~  Proudly on the front, but I only kept the most special ones.
  • What’s the oldest holiday decoration you own and from what holiday is it?
  • Are you thinking about your 2014 fitness goals?
Happy Running! ~ Deb


  1. December 24, 2013    

    I can’t believe you made some of those ornaments! Those are awesome! And I love the dove tradition – that’s so sweet. Both my wife and I have our baby ornaments that our parents each gave us when we became adults and had our own tree. I think my new most special ornament is the paw print of my cat Boomer who just passed last year.

    I hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!! 🙂

    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      December 24, 2013    

      I’m glad you have the paw print ornament so you’ll always have a little remembrance of Boomer. And BTW, Boomer… what a great name for a cat! 🙂

      • December 26, 2013    

        Funnily enough, he came with that name! He was my first “adult” pet – my first rescue adoption. He was 3 years old when I adopted him and his family had moved and let him behind. I liked the name so much I kept it. He was a big boy too, so it kind of fit him!

  2. Amy Amy
    December 24, 2013    

    What lovely ornaments! My parents still use old ornaments I made from preschool and its so embarrassing! But kind of fun. Ornaments have really fun memories 🙂 I love the Colorado one, but I may be biased!

    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      December 24, 2013    

      I thought you might like the Colorado ornament! 🙂

  3. December 24, 2013    

    I love all the stories behind ornaments! I can’t remember making too many of them in school but in 3rd grade our teacher gave us an apple one with our names on it and I still have that one. I make sure to put it on the front 🙂 My biggest fitness goal for 2014 is to finish the marathon in one piece!

    Have a wonderful Christmas with your family!!

    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      December 24, 2013    

      Thanks, Becky!

      I’m looking forward to following your marathon training, and hopefully have you join the Cruisers for some training runs! You’re always welcome to join us! 🙂

      • December 25, 2013    

        Yes I would love to! I’ll have to get your email or number from Julie!

  4. December 24, 2013    

    I love all of your ornaments! One of my favorite things about decorating our Christmas tree is remembering the memories behind each ornament. I guess our oldest decorations are some Christmas ornaments that Barry and I were both given from our respective childhoods.

    I’ve been in the midst of planning our 2014 race schedule! We are starting to think about starting a family, possibly in 2015, and 2014 may be the year of race palooza!

    • Deb Runs Deb Runs
      December 24, 2013    

      Starting a family… That’s exciting!

      We’ll have to compare our race schedule when we both figure it out. Did I ask you if you’re interested in running the Hungry Mother Half in Marion in early April?

      • January 5, 2014    

        No, you hadn’t mentioned it! I’ll have to add that one to the wish list. Right now there are three races on my wish list for April (3.2 for 32, Marine Corps 17.75K, and Blue Ridge), so we will have to see what works out 🙂

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Race PR’s (Personal Records)

5K - 22:57 (7:23 pace)
8K - 39:25 (7:55 pace)
10K - 47:05 (7:40 pace)
Ten Mile - 1:16:22 (7:38 pace)
20K - 1:45:30 (8:30 pace)
Half Marathon - 1:54:34 (8:45 pace)
Twenty Mile - 2:46:14 (8:18 pace)
Marathon - 3:29:04 (7:59 pace)
Ultramarathon - 10:50:30 (13:00 pace)

2016 Race Schedule

February 14 - Run Your Heart Out 5K
April 17 - Loudoun 8K or Half Marathon
April 29 & 30 - Ragnar Trail Richmond Ultra
May 22 - Chicago Spring Half Marathon
July 4 - Firecracker 5K
August 21 - Leesburg 20K
September 16 & 17 - Ragnar DC
November 24 - Thanksgiving Day 5K
December 11 - Frosty 5K

Favorite Races

1997 Marine Corps Marathon (3:44:56) - first marathon and first Boston qualifier

1997 JFK 50-Miler (10:50:30) - first and only ultra

1998 Boston Marathon (3:39:57) - first Boston

1999 Steamtown Marathon (3:29:04) - PR marathon

2010 North Face Endurance Challenge Marathon (5:32:38) - favorite trail marathon


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