in a nutshell

Do you ever not blog for a while and then end up abandoning it because there’s just entirely TOO MUCH?? Yeah, I tend to do that.

The last month of my life, at a glance…

December started with Christmas Dave and it was awesomeness.

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Then there was our very first real Christmas Tree. We trekked out into the woods and cut it down ourselves. It was a great time, but getting this ginormous thing set-up in our living room brought about such chaos that it rivaled any National Lampoons movie we’ve ever seen!

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There was some touristy sightseeing in NYC…

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And my daughter’s first official broadway show, Mary Poppins, which was FANTASTIC!

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Then I closed out my 2012 racing with a local 5k Jingle Jog. I ended up placing 2nd in my age group, with a 25:55 PR!  It was a well organized race, a very fun atmosphere and the course was flatter-than-flat, but…it was my first experience wearing this thing…

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They handed it to me and to be honest I would have loved to have seen the expression on my face. I wasn’t entirely sure what to do with it and after hearing that I needed to WEAR it and that it had to be returned so that it could be USED AGAIN…oh my. Well, my germaphobe-nature had sudden visions of me visiting the hospital at some point in the near future for treatment of the flesh-eating disease that I was sure to pick up from wearing such an unsanitary item.

After strapping it (OVER my pants) onto my ankle, I thought to myself that there was no way I was going to be able to run with it. I felt off balance and I was very aware of something being on my leg that shouldn’t. Surprisingly, once I got going I almost entirely forgot I was wearing it.

The holidays were spent mostly sick. My husband was off from work for two weeks, which meant the four of us just basically sat around recycling germs. Fun! At least we were able to admire my new medal rack while we were at home/quarantined!

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Fortunately, it appears as though everything has cleared out and we’re finally on the mend.

Well, except for my foot. Four weeks into marathon training (did I mention that I registered for a marathon??????) and I am quite fearful that I have a stress fracture in my foot. I’m not certain of it, but whatever is going on is NOT good. I’ve been trying to rest it since my last run (on Sunday), but that’s not going to well. The most frustrating thing is that I hadn’t even started increasing my miles yet AND I’ve been running about 1-2 minutes per mile SLOWER than my average pace…in the hopes to AVOID injury.

I have no intention of messing around with this, I’m giving it another week and then I’ll reevaluate. In the meantime, I’ve become reacquainted with my spin bike, but hopefully not for too long.

To be continued….

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