Recovery is the Name of the Game

As ordered by my doctor, I lay low like a boss this past week while letting my leg continue to heal. The time saved by skipping workouts was spent with Christmas preparations. I spent two afternoons last minute shopping, sent out our Christmas cards, and spent more time than I’d like to admit wrapping Christmas gifts. Short of cooking, I consider myself officially ready for the holidays. Let the fun begin!


A Funny Story About Gift Wrapping

Wrapping gifts is a lot like sewing – it’s all about matching patterns, making tight well-fitting corners, and being patient through the process. Funny story – back when I worked retail, I was a department manager for the now defunct high end department store Garfinkel’s. Occasionally, the gift wrap department would get overwhelmed and managers would be paged to go help out. I always loved the break from whatever I happened to be doing, even if it put me behind in my own busy to-do list.

On one particular day just before Christmas, one of the other managers and I were summoned to help out. As people stood in line waiting to have their gifts wrapped I noticed how they were shifting to get into my line. My nimble fingers were zipping through the process to deliver perfectly wrapped gifts while my counterpart was fumbling along taking twice as long to deliver a package that looked like it had been wrapped by a first grader. She later told me that her mom had always wrapped gifts in her house and had never let her help. I, on the other hand, had been taught to gift wrap while quite young and by a precise and meticulous woman who had no patience for things being done half-way. And because I loved wrapping gifts, my mom was more than happy to let me take over the gift wrapping chore as long as I wasn’t the gift recipient.









I did take a short walk yesterday in the rain to check out the flooding in the two creeks behind our house; and of course, when walking in the rain, one must play in the puddles!


By 3 PM the water had started flowing over the bridge behind our house, but it got much higher overnight as the rain continued to come down. We’re still under flood warning even though it appears the rain has finally moved on to the northeast.


Strength Training

I did upper body and core strength training workouts three times this week. Full disclosure, that’s not me in the picture below…



I didn’t do any yoga routines, but I did some upper body stretching and a few basic yoga poses while teaching my balance and stretching class on Friday.


Partying With My Runner Friends

We went to two more Christmas parties last night. The first one was hosted by one of our long-time running friends and included several other friends from our MRTT chapter. We had a blast and there wasn’t a ponytail among us!


This evening, Bill and I are hosting our annual Cruisers Christmas party which is always a blast! More on that in next week’s wrap-up.


In case you skipped checking in on my blog this past week, here’s what you missed…

Looking ahead to this coming week…

  • Tuesday – I’ll be posting My Year in Bling.
  • Thursday – If I have time, I’ll post my annual Year of Running, but if I don’t get the chance to finish it, I’ll post it next week.

In addition to the runs I mentioned above, here’s a complete run-down of my workouts from this past week (completed mostly in our home gym)…


  • Questions:
  • Do you like to wrap gifts or do you prefer using gift bags?
  • What’s your party circuit look like this season? 
  • Did you race this weekend?


And that’s a wrap… Have a great week!


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I’m linking up with Holly at HoHo Runs and Wendy from Taking The Long Way Home for their Weekly Wrap. Be sure to check out not only the hosts’ posts, but the other great bloggers joining in on the fun!