December 2011

One final monthly recap to close out 2011… 

Total Run Mileage: 229.6 KM (142.7 mi)

Highest Weekly Run Mileage: 74.8 KM (46.5 mi)

# Runs: 26

# [Run] Doubles: 3

Cycling Mileage: 203.7 KM (126.6 mi)

# Swims (Distance): 8 (16,900m)

Races: none this month

 Favourite Run: annual Santa “Runch” (run/brunch) with the running posse 

 Most Hardcore Run: Christmas morning run with hubs and two of our friends… hardcore only because it was Christmas day and followed several mimosas *burp*

Book of the Month: I’m re-reading the Twilight Series… currently on New Moon. Don’t judge.

Song of the Month: any and all Christmas carols! I enjoyed one of our local stations that played exclusively Christmas music all month long. I’ve had enough for one year now!

Shame-Inducing Guilty Pleasure: see above “book of the month”

Obsession of the Month: duh, all things CHRISTMAS

Indulgence of the Month: where do I begin?! It feels like it’s been a non-stop food & drink fest for weeks. I will be eating a lot of lettuce next month.

Drink of the Month: mostly wine 

Current Wish-List: a happy and healthy new year for all of my friends and family – what more could I ask for right now?
 
Current Need: to get back into my usual routine, although I have thoroughly enjoyed this vacation from work… and training.
 
Triumph of the Month: securing a Boston 2012 entry for hubs and surprising him for Christmas!
 
Current Bane of my Existence: my expanding waist-line (see above “indulgence”) 
 
Current Blessings: too many to name – I am so grateful for everything I have and all of the wonderful people in my life.
 
Current Excitement: my shiny new baby toy
 
Current Goal: to enjoy all that 2012 has to offer; I have so much to look forward to including many new experiences. We’ll get to some specific goals later, but the primary goal is to live it up!
 
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
 

Bringing Home Baby

It’s been a couple months since I ordered my shiny new toy, but she is finally home! I imagine this is what it feels like to drive home from the hospital with a new baby. Okay, maybe not quite – but I was looking into the backseat with every bump and turn to make sure she was alright. :)

Happy Birthday / Christmas / New Year / Valentine’s Day / St. Patrick’s Day / Easter / Thanksgiving / etc. to me!

Hello Beautiful!

Figures that we have long snowy months ahead and no opportunity to take her for a spin;  although we did take a short ride through the living room:

For now we are just getting to know one another…

I hope hubs isn’t too jealous…

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We’ve been enjoying some time off work and trying not to spend too much time on the computer, which unfortunately means I am way behind on your blogs. I will catch up soon! In the meantime, I hope everybody is having a lovely holiday!

A Christmas Surprise

I have a confession to make: I’ve been keeping a secret. A big secret.

As many of you know, hubs and I both qualified for Boston at the same race back in May. It was an accomplishment made one hundred times greater since we were able to share it.

I didn’t have much confidence that our qualifying times would be “good enough” to earn spots in Boston 2012 with the new rolling registration process, so I was blown away when I received the good news in September.

Unfortunately we soon received notice that hubs had not gotten in with his 3:09:18 finish time. It was bittersweet and hard to be excited when I knew how devastated he was. The weeks passed and we came to terms with the fact that we would not be able to run our first Boston together. We planned our trip and hubs was nothing but supportive all along.

And then one day in November out of the blue, two of my friends came through for me with an amazing opportunity. One of the ladies that we run with works for Adidas and got her hands on an Invitational Entry for Boston 2012. It was originally intended for one of our other friends, who generously and selflessly offered it to me for hubs instead. The pieces came together over a couple of days — with a lot of sneaky behaviour on my part! — and soon I had that entry form in my hot little hands.

I was bursting at the seams with excitement and wanted to scream it from the rooftops, but managed to keep it quiet and told only a select few people. I decided that this would make the perfect Christmas surprise, though I had no idea how I would keep the secret for over a month. After sending in the completed forms, it was time to play the waiting game… ever so (im)patiently watching my email.

It finally arrived and his name appeared in the entry list online. It was official!

I confiscated hubs’ key mail key to ensure that he didn’t find the official confirmation card. I checked the mail box every single day, hoping it would arrive in time to wrap up – it ended up in the mailbox on December 23rd, the very last possible day!

I wrapped it up inside a gigantic chocolate bar (ironic?) and had to wait until Christmas morning.

I made sure it was his last gift and asked my sister to “discreetly” catch it on camera even though she didn’t know what it was. (Turns out we weren’t so discreet, but he still had no clue what was going on.)

Surprised and shocked would be an understatement to describe his reaction. Hubs was pretty much speechless until later once it had sunk in.

I can still hardly believe that we will get to share this experience afterall. Neither of us could ask for a greater gift and we are forever grateful to wonderful friends who helped make this dream come true.

It’s nice to see two ”golden tickets” hanging on the fridge now:

111 sleeps til OUR FIRST BOSTON!

These are a few of my FAV-OR-ITE things…

‘Tis the season to share wish lists… fa la la la la, la la la la! Okay so I know I am probably too late, but I still thought it would be fun to share some of the goodies that I love to find wrapped up under my Christmas tree!

Hubs and I have started a tradition of exchanging tree ornaments each year and my Mom often gets us one too. The first year that we were married and had a tree, it was very “Martha Stewart” with matchy-matchy ornaments only. I liked it at the time, but now I enjoy having a tree decorated with much more personality and stories behind the ornaments.

Who doesn’t love gift cards? I was spoiled last year and treated to quite the shopping spree after the holidays.

Everyone knows that there is no guilt involved in treats that are gifts, so these are always at the top of my list.

Speaking of gift cards and treats, one of my bosses gave me both as an early gift this week: 

That’s a 2.5 kg wine-pairing chocolate bar slab. I think I’ll share this one over the holidays; we’re going to need a lot of wine!

Other favourites include: cozy socks, slippers and bath goodies!

And, of course, anything training-related is always most appreciated. We picked these up for me last night – my first pair of cycling shoes – but hubs is still going to wrap them up for me. :) I guess it’s about time I graduated from the cages I’ve been using.

 I also have my eye on…

What are you wishing for?

Today is my last [partial] day of work until January 3rd and I can’t wait to get these holidays started! I’m going for my annual hair-chop this afternoon and then we kick it off with my work party tonight. Tomorrow morning will be a long(ish) run with the posse (that could be interesting – see last year’s ‘morning-after’ photo below) and then we have a few days of family fun & festivities lined up.

Merry Christmas to all! I’ll be checking in next week.

2011 Year of Running

The ever-inspiring Miss Zippy has encouraged us all the answer the following questions as a  ‘year in review’ of sorts.

  • Best race experience? Mississauga Marathon in May – my first BQ and the best race I’ve ever run – and best of all I got to share it all with hubs who also secured his first BQ that day.

  • Best run? Our annual Santa run last weekend – as uncomfortable as it may have been, I have never smiled so much on a long run in my life.

  • Best new piece of gear? My Saucony Kinvaras – my first time in a light-weight shoe and they make me feel super speedy in my short (10K or less) races.

  • Best piece of running advice you received? “You didn’t come this far to give it up now.”  - These are words of encouragement rather than advice, but this is what Coach said to me as I struggled to make my goal on the home stretch of my most recent marathon. It was exactly what I needed to hear and I will bring these words with me to many races in the future.

  • Most inspirational runner? My husband – the best and most dedicated runner I know. His passion for the sport is infectious and he has made me a better and more dedicated runner than I ever would have imagined.

  • If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be?

 ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!

Your turn!