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December 27, 2010

It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 08:58

Oops. Wrong time of year.  Although I’m trying to stay positive with all the snow that was just dumped on my doorstep.  A day and a half after Christmas aka a day and a half too late for snow in my opinion.  Is it Spring yet? Not that I’m bitter or anything 😉

Although on second thought I am typing this from bed because the ~18″ of snow gave me a snow day. I haven’t had one of those in YEARS! It feels good 8) It’s a great way to cap off a Merry Christmas holiday.

My immediate family.  And check out the huge tree in the background! It dwarfs me and I’m 5’11”!

I did a bunch of stuff over the weekend, including running.  I’ll try and keep this short and running related, mostly because I read this post from Shelby 😉  Since it’s essentially the dreaded recap post I’ll try to do bullets with pictures.  That way my blabbering doesn’t get too out of hand hah!

  • Friday was my first hometown run since the summer! It went well, felt good and fast, especially since compared to where I’m living now there are NO HILLS there.  It was nice.  The run was a tad over 9 miles and felt quite speedy.  I’m pretty sure it was a progression run as I felt a lot faster toward the end.
  • Christmas morning brought a bit of sleeping in (I was so exhausted!) and a Christmas run. This year Christmas fell on my LR day and I had *just* enough time to get it done and shower before driving to my uncle’s for Christmas dinner.  I managed to get 11.2 miles in with the mid-miles being nice and quick and sandwiched between some sloth.  It was nice regardless to be a bit over 10.  Longest run since the marathon!
  • It’s been a tradition, oh forever, for me to run my Christmas run in a Santa hat.  Like, tradition even before I could call myself a runner and called myself just a kid who was running for bball.  I don’t know what I’m going to do when I move to a warmer locale next year because I’ve always *needed* the hat! It was 16* when I stepped out the door.

  • Sunday I ended up with a good 9 miler which was decently paced before driving back to Providence. Nothing exciting about it except that I hadn’t run the route since August. And pushups (20, 20, 24, 24, 20, 20, 22, 52 ) and situps (30, 30, 36, 36, 30, 30, 105 ) followed.  As well as rolling / PT exercises because I hadn’t done them since Thursday. Oops.

Some other highlights (other than the 3 pain free and not totally slugish runs!)  included

  • Going on Christmas Eve to a neighborhood that tends to go all out with their Christmas lights

Go Pats and Sox! As much as I want out of New England I’ll miss the 24-7 Boston sports coverage!

  • Waking up semi-early on Sunday in order to get that last hometown run in before the nor’easter hit us.  And waking up out of a deep sleep. Although the highlight was, I do believe, that I still smelled of beer and icing. Hallmarks of a good Christmas I tell you.
  • Driving through the snow storm on Sunday afternoon.  Which took forever because of idiots who live in New England and yet are completely surprised by the snow.  Grrrrr but I ended up home safe and sound.  Maybe with high blood pressure. Which wasn’t made any better by this sight early in the evening

View from Sunday night.

I totally handed back in my I’m-a-BAMF-New-Englander card when I whimpered and said that I wanted to get away from this all. And I didn’t have a good shot of my car but let’s just say it would have been wise of me to do a little shoveling / brushing off periodically during the storm. Oops.

The storm is still kind of going on right now.  And I get to run in it later due to the aforementioned snowday.  It makes me feel like a kid.  I even want to make a snow angel. Which is weird because MM and snow =/= friends. First, though, it’s breakfast in bed.  Trying to not think about all the snow I have to shovel later. Maybe I’ll just ignore it for a few more hours. And then go run.  And pray that a heat wave comes and melts that snow off my car.  I can dream, right?

And I’ll leave you with this video that Lindsay sent me a few days ago.  I probably should have put it up on Christmas day but it was Christmas and I didn’t.  Better late than never, no?

And check out the giveaway from Julie (Hot Legs Runner) and Running and Rambling


  1. I am so glad I do not live in the north! Snow is not my thing 😉

    Comment by Matt — December 27, 2010 @ 10:06

  2. Ughhh just got finished with shoveling for 2.5 hours. I feel your pain! It was really the first time in my life that I’ve wanted to move somewhere warmer. I’m getting soft!

    Comment by sarah — December 27, 2010 @ 10:22

  3. Yeah my parents are in Albany NY and they got 14 inches over night. Shoveling and cleaning off cars is the worst! Hopefully it will pass soon, but I don’t foresee any heat waves coming to the northeast anytime soon 😦 Glad you had a great Christmas! Stay warm and enjoy your snow day!

    Comment by J — December 27, 2010 @ 10:33

  4. haha. well i’m glad you liked the vid. where are you going next year? or you just know you’re going south. you just might have to get a lighter/non-furry santa hat. or just do a short run. well, you’ll prob still be going home for christmas… so you’ll still be up north where it’s cold. so never mind all that overanalyzation.

    Comment by lindsay — December 27, 2010 @ 11:51

  5. Holy cow – you are a full foot taller than I am!!! This is so patently unfair I can’t even stand it!!! Okay, now I am over lamenting the general unfairness of a world where some people get an entire FOOT of height over other people… 🙂 We’ve had snow for three days. The first day it was gorgeous and wonderful. The second day it was pretty and romantic. The third day it was starting to get old and today I am completely over it – it just needs to go away! I would never make it in the frozen north!

    Comment by Terri — December 27, 2010 @ 12:31

  6. Make snow angels and snowmen for all of us in the warmer temps! It has snowed a total of 3 times where I live. And it didn’t even stick. Have fun in the snow!

    Comment by jamie — December 27, 2010 @ 14:37

    • I did! I did! 🙂 But sadly I’d still trade it all away hah!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 28, 2010 @ 22:04

  7. I can’t believe the northeast got that much snow, it’s crazy and it’s only December! By the way, you must have a tall family b/c even with you at 5’11”, not one really seemed a lot shorter than you.

    Comment by Jenny — December 27, 2010 @ 15:57

    • I definitely have a tall family. My sister (on the far right) will be 17 in a few days and is already 6’2″. And my brother is 14 and 6′. I feel like a runt sometimes 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 28, 2010 @ 22:05

  8. I love snow, but that is just TOO much snow! I like your santa hat tradition!

    Comment by Megan — December 27, 2010 @ 20:28

  9. Wow, what a huge tree! I’m so jealous! I need to sneak in a “long run” sometime, somehow soon!

    Comment by thefitacademic — December 27, 2010 @ 20:42

  10. 18 inches of snow? WOW. Lovin’ that huge tree too!

    Comment by Jess — December 27, 2010 @ 21:35

  11. Perhaps next year you’ll have to wear some kind of Santa shorts and tank top outfit haha. I’d be willing to make the sacrifice for a warmer climate myself haha, I’m sure you’d agree 🙂

    Comment by Kelly — December 28, 2010 @ 14:40

  12. Snow running is awesome. Snow running in 18″ of fresh is called snow shoeing…good luck getting any runs in for the next couple of days. Your mileage is great!

    Comment by Mike Russell — December 28, 2010 @ 14:49

  13. I’m jealous of all that snow. We got a measely 6″ for 12″ total on the ground. Big deal. Not. Love the family pic!

    Comment by Marcia — December 28, 2010 @ 15:47

  14. Love the santa hat of course! And, the tree is HUGE! Did you guys ancor it to a wall/ceiling?!

    And, I’m guessing you have been to a B-Sox game or two…I’m totaly jealous!

    Comment by Jess @ Blonde Ponytail — December 28, 2010 @ 18:33

    • It’s my uncle and cousins and I think they said that they didn’t need to. But the cautioned everyone to not get too close because the stand might not support it *eyeroll*

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 28, 2010 @ 22:08

  15. Your family is so big, I love that! That is a serious monster of a tree, ours is so teeny compared to that, but it’s nice to see another tall blogger, I tower over many people too, and I am only 5’9.

    I am not at all envious of your snow situation,I’m sure it makes running super hard. I hope you don’t go stir crazy being stuck in doors, and maybe it will melt extra fast!

    Comment by Stephanie — December 28, 2010 @ 20:26

  16. It was in the low 20s the last morning I was at my parent’s place near Austin, so maybe you could wear the Santa hat after all!

    Comment by Jess — December 28, 2010 @ 21:37

    • Girl don’t tempt me to jump ship and hit up the bahamas or something next year 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 28, 2010 @ 22:09

  17. I gotta say when you told me how tall you were and I saw the tree that was all I could think about HAHAHA!!!! That’s a BIG TREE!

    Comment by Nora — December 28, 2010 @ 23:35

  18. I realize that I should be shocked by the snow you received but I’m too surprised to learn that you are 5’11!” Did I already know that? Maybe I did and I forgot??

    Comment by Ameena — December 28, 2010 @ 23:45

    • Hmmm I think I’ve mentioned it before. But yeah, I’m tall. And I wear heels. Oops? hahah

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 30, 2010 @ 14:40

  19. I am going to start my own tradition of running in a santa hat!
    How fun!

    Comment by Special K — December 29, 2010 @ 06:36

    • It’s such a great tradition. I love it. My family makes fun of me for it but I love it just the same

      Comment by marathonmaiden — December 30, 2010 @ 14:40

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