Cruisers Annual Christmas Party

Ten years ago when I set up our Cruisers Facebook group, I set our description as, “Group of running friends who meet each Saturday to run together and train for multiple distance races, stay fit, and have fun together on the running trail. Must be willing to get up early on Saturdays!” I should now change the description to a group of friends who occasionally run together, but never miss an opportunity to celebrate!

To help me keep life simple during the hectic holiday season and so I don’t have to cook for a large group, each year the Cruisers meet on a Sunday night in December at a local Japanese Steak and Seafood House for dinner before ending the evening at Bill’s and my house where we enjoy an after-dinner drink and dessert before exchanging gifts. Unfortunately, this year we forgot to take a group photo, so this picture from dinner will have to suffice.


Relaxing Friday Night

Bill and I both got home at a decent time on Friday and I made blueberry martinis for happy hour – I love pulling out the holiday martini glasses. After dinner, we watched a football game and just completely relaxed.


Let the Celebrations Continue

We had two Christmas parties last night. The first party was at our dear friend Kim’s house where I got to see four MRTT runner friends, and the second was in our old neighborhood.


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



Tuesday morning it was 50° so I headed out in shorts and a tank, and without gloves!


By Thursday the temperature had dropped to 24° with a feels like of 20° so it was a great opportunity to pull out my Christmas mittens.


Even thought it was 35° on Saturday morning, it was humid and I had to ditch my white shell after a half mile. How fun that I had on my festive reindeer top underneath!



For the fifth Saturday in a row, I hopped on my spin bike (affiliate link) for twelve easy miles after my run. As I mentioned last week, while 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

I got all three of my goal of three workouts completed!



I fit in two 30-minute routines and two 10-minute routines during the week.


It’s on the Blog

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

Coming up this week, tomorrow I’ll have my annual list of last-minute gift ideas for procrastinating shoppers and on Thursday I’ll be looking back at my year in bling.


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:
  • • What’s the most relaxing thing you did this past week?
  • • How’s the weather where you live? 
  • • 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!