A Happy and Hectic Holiday

Happy Holidays!! So I’m still here and still running, but posting has certainly proved difficult with all the travel and  partying I HAD to do.

I’ll start off with my confession: Boston Marathon training has had a rocky start. I’m into my third week and the first two weeks’ mileage looked pretty sad. First week I managed almost 14 miles and the second week only 17.5. I was supposed to have hit 24 and 23 respectively.

I’ve tried to make myself feel better about this by remembering that for my first marathon, I followed a 16-week training plan instead of 18 weeks. So technically, I should just really buckle down and getting running this week.

I did manage to make it out today for a 3.3 mile run on the snow-filled streets of Manhattan. I tried the East River first and got in about a mile there on some semi-plowed pavement and then I had to take it to the streets. I came back home with some very cold and wet feet.

I’m not going to recap all that I did this holiday–I’ll simply say that it was busy and fun. We spent Christmas with my parents and family upstate. There were many parties, lots of good food and way too many desserts.  I got some pretty great gifts as well – compression socks, a new running hat, a new bag, tickets to a Christmas show,  lotion and more! I made it out well.

How was your Christmas? Did you spend it with family? Did you have to travel?

I got in one decent longish run upstate – 9.5 miles with my friend in 27 degree weather. Once we got going, it really wasn’t too bad.

I also finished two books, which I will have reviews for in the next few days: Ultramarathon Man and Little Bee. All I will say is that every runner should read Ultramarathon Man if you are looking for inspiration. I’ll go more in depth probably tomorrow, but it was great. It made me feel like I need and should be running more. I gave it to my friend and she read it in 2 days. It’s that good.

We headed home to NYC on Monday and passed this bus stuck on the city streets.

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A lot of the streets weren’t even plowed yet or plowed pretty poorly. I foresee some treadmill in my future tomorrow because today’s run felt a little unnecessarily treacherous.

Time to be jealous: I’ve got the next few days off from work – yippee!! The plan is to log some decent miles, read some books and chill out a bit.

P.S. – I have a friend trying to run the 2011 Boston Marathon through a charity program, does anyone know of some that are still open? I know a lot of them have closed already.

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5 responses to “A Happy and Hectic Holiday

  1. That snow is crazy out there! Although I dealt with it for 23 years, I don’t know if I could handle it at this point! The southern CA weather suits me just fine.

    What books are you reading right now? I am reading ‘If You Follow Me’, very good! And just finished the very depressing ‘Room’. I also just finished reading Portia DeRossi’s memoir about her battle with anorexia and bulimia as well as her coming-out story. That was very good (but also very dark).

    • I just started the third book in Larsson’s trilogy “The Girl With Dragon Tattoo” etc. I’m also going to pick up Dean Karnazes second book because I just finished Utlramarathon Man and it was awesome. I’ll have to check out the books you mentioned. My friend recommended Portia DeRossi’s book as well. And the list grows…

  2. Hi Lindsey! I am glad you had a nice holiday. Thankfully I didn’t have to travel- it was nice and relaxing 🙂

    I started the third book in Larsson’s trilogy about two months ago. It was really good then they introduced a new character and I got bored so I put it down. I’ll get back to it at some point though!

  3. Gah I can’t believe how bad the roads and stuff are! Glad to hear you had a good Christmas 🙂 I plan to do the same things as you the next couple of days. If you’re up for some early miles on Friday, let me know!

  4. Crazy NYC snow! Took my brother awhile to get back into the city from NH. Don’t get too down about the mileage…. I’m only around 18-19 miles this week and next. You have plenty of time!

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