Getting it Done

Christmas cards designed, ordered, received, mailed… Check!

Christmas tree lights fixed using a magic Light Keeper Pro (affiliate link)… Check!



After – I forgot to take an equal “lights working” picture before I decorated the tree…


House decoration completed… Check!

Decent amount of gifts purchased on cyber Monday… Check!

Rainbeer made for tonight’s annual Cruisers Christmas party… Check!


Things this Elf Still Needs to Complete

Complete my shopping…

Wrap gifts…

Bake lots of goodies…

Plan our Christmas menu…


Gifts of Appreciation

For the second year in a row, in lieu of buying gifts of appreciation for my clients, I ordered wreaths in their honor from Wreaths Across America to be laid at the gravesites of our American heroes. It’s not too late to order if you’re so inclined!


Let the Celebrations Begin

Bill and I attended our first of four holiday parties last night at our dear friend Erin’s house. All these beautiful faces have been on the blog at some point or another, but almost always with hair in ponytails while wearing running clothes. About half of the guests were ladies I’ve met through our MRTT group, some of which I hadn’t seen in quite some time. It was so fun catching up!


Not Running with Santa; Say What?

This year just might be the first since 2012 that I won’t be running in a Christmas themed race. Today was the Run with Santa 5K (one of my favorites), but as the weeks led up to it, I just didn’t feel like registering. There’s one last chance for a local race, the Jingle Bell Rock & Run, next Saturday which I might sign up for if I can get some of my friends to join me. 


And Now on to a RunDown of this Past Week’s Workouts…



Tuesday morning I headed out for my run before my first client arrived. My 6 AM had canceled the night before so my first client wouldn’t be arriving until 7 AM. I got totally confused about the time and during my run when I glanced at my watch I picked up the pace to get finished in time. As I rushed into the house with what I thought was only two minutes to spare, Bill said, “I thought you said your first client wasn’t until 7 AM.” I looked at my watch again and it was 5:58, not 6:58. No wonder it was still so dark outside!


Thursday’s run was similar in running super early even though my first client session wasn’t until 7:30 AM (I didn’t confuse the time, though). I’ve grown to love running earlier so I’m not rushed and have time to foam roll before work.

On Saturday, I joined Lupe and Angela for a few miles on the W&OD Trail. It was a cold 29° and it seemed to take me longer than usual to warm up. What’s up with that?



For the forth Saturday in a row, I hopped on my spin bike (affiliate link) for twelve easy miles after my run. With limiting my Saturday runs to only five miles, I miss that longer cardio workout so I’m getting my fix by adding in biking immediately following my run.


Strength Training

It felt good to be back in my gym where I got three out of my goal of three workouts completed.



I’m not very good at stretching immediately when I finish a run – I never have been. That’s why I’m so glad that I added yoga back into my workout routine in March about five years ago. I rarely do more than a thirty-minute routine, and often it’s just ten minutes, but I feel much better. If you watched me, though, you’d think it was the first time I’d ever tried yoga because I’m still not particularly flexible.


It’s on the Blog

In case you skipped checking in on my blog this past week, here’s what you missed… And if you missed Tuesday’s recap, you missed seeing pictures from a gorgeous place!


In addition to the workouts I mentioned above, here’s a complete rundown of my workouts from this past week (completed either outside or in our home gym)…


  • Questions:
  • • Do you get together with your running friends off of the running trail?
  • • If you celebrate Christmas, what’s the one thing you struggle with most getting done? ~ It’s often Christmas cards for me, but this year I was determined to get them out early and not have them hanging over my head.
  • • Did you run in a race this weekend? 


And that’s my rundown… Have a great week!


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I’m linking up with Deborah at Confessions of a Mother Runner and Kim from Running on the Fly for their Weekly Run Down. Be sure to check out not only the hosts’ posts, but those of the other great bloggers joining in on the fun!