HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!
Well, belated. Still counts. Especially because I tried to post this YESTERDAY, but the internet refused to work. Rude.
I had a great time in Minnesota, but I’m home now. It feels nice.
MN was a WHIRLWIND of family at times, and occasionally kinda boring. My grandparents.. Are grandparents. They’re kinda old. They don’t really like doing much.
But, it was great! We had a few family Christmas parties, I baked a little, and ran a good amount. I love training in MN because it’s soooo flat! I also got to RELAX like it was my job. It was nice to not really have to do much!
On Christmas Eve, I took a hilarious run on my grandpa’s old treadmill. It was really cold out that morning, so I figured what the heck.
That thing was LOUD. I was pretty sure I was gonna break it, especially when I was sprinting. I did intervals kinda. But it was SO OLD SCHOOL.
Of course, I refueled with oatmeal. :)
The highlight of my time with my family was our Christmas Eve party, where we played a White Elephant present exchange.. It was so fun! My family kinda bent the rules, but whatever. To play, you roll dice, and if you get doubles, you choose a present. If you have a present and don’t like it, you can roll again and if you get doubles again, you can switch your present with someone else or switch your unwrapped present and pick a new present to open. It was so fun! I got a solar system that spins (#nerdalert) and an iTunes giftcard. WAHOO!
We also had a super nice dinner (I was underdressed.. thus is the problem of the traveler who doesn’t know what’s happening until she gets there), and luckily they did make some food that I could eat. Salmon, salad, and fruit salad. There was also cheesey creamed corn, macaroni, rolls, and lots of meat. I really enjoyed what I could eat! I also brought the fruit salad back to my grandparents.
And ate almost the entire thing by myself. In fact, it was pretty much my all-day Christmas snack after breakfast. SO GOOD.
Christmas was really awesome – we had brunch with one of the families, but unfortunately they only had fruit salad I could eat. But, I pre-ate in anticipation of this. Either way, it was good to catch up some more.
Oh, and there were the presents. Basically, everything I got is running related. It was a REALLY HAPPY Christmas morning for me. I got..
A running jacket.
Injiji socks for my vibrams.
Chocolate and nuts.. AKA fuel!
Meet Felix. He’s my new boyfriend. I think I have an unhealthy relationship with him already.. Whoooops. I’ve taken him out twice so far, once yesterday for a 5 mile run and once before we left today for a 4.5 mile run. He came with a heartrate monitor. I’m already super obsessed. Wanna know a secret? I run faster/harder than I think I do! Or, at least I did during my speed-focused 5 mile run. It just about killed me, but I kept my pace up and pushed it to the limit. Felix helped a lot with it! Every time I felt sluggish/wanting to stop, I’d look down and see what I’d already done and want to go more. I think having him will help my training A LOT.
Hope your holiday was as awesome as mine! How was your holiday? What was the favourite thing you got? What was the favourite thing you gave?
Funny story about the giving.. We got my grandparents a Kindle Fire. My grandma opened it and said, “No way I’m using that.” ..Uhhhh.. At least my grandpa is going to embrace technology, I guess.
Also, did any of you see War Horse? I saw it on Christmas Day and it was.. Interesting. I thought some parts were WAAAAY over dramatized, but I loved the story. I really want to read the book.
See ya guys!