I love this time of the year.
That’s right, we finally got ourselves a Christmas tree. Every year we seem to be surprised when we realize Christmas is right around the corner – less than three weeks now!
So we hunted…
And we gathered…
And then we decorated!
It was SO much fun. When Roman went down for his nap and when he went to sleep at night, he asked, “Will the Trissmas tree still be there when I wake up, mama?” He’s a big fan.
I also ran a race this weekend – my first since I got pregnant, since I felt so awful in the first trimester. I’d actually forgotten I even signed up for this one, until I got the email with all the race details at the end of the week. Oops! It was the NYRR Jingle Bell Jog, a 4 mile race in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. WOO HOO for a race super close to where I live!! Love not having to be up at dawn to take the subway into Manhattan to race. 🙂
I’ve actually been doing quite a bit of running since I started to feel human again and I had just nailed a tempo run on Thursday, so I wasn’t worried about how it was going to go. While I wore my Garmin, I didn’t look at it once.
I had such a fun race! It kicked off with them playing Run DMC’s Christmas in Hollis for the music to cross the start line, which was awesome. (That song is also featured in my all-time favorite Christmas movie, Die Hard). 🙂
I knew the first mile would be the hardest, since it incorporated the hill in Prospect Park. Since it was only the first mile, I didn’t need any walk breaks and it didn’t seem that daunting. On Mile 2 I saw Fran & Roman cheering me on, which I wasn’t expecting – I thought I’d only see them at the finish – so that was a nice surprise. Mile 3 is a lot of downhill, so that was a great mile. Mile 4 is mainly flat, a slight climb to the final turn, then a quarter mile of flat to the finish line. I saw my boys here again and actually doubled back so I could stop and give Roman a high five. (See what I mean about not thinking about my pace? I would NEVER double back in a race if I was in my non-preggo racing zone!!)
I felt great crossing the finish line and I was surprised and happy to find out once I checked my splits at home that I really ran pretty well, considering being 22 weeks pregnant. I mean, at 38:10 it was 8 minutes slower than my 4 mile PR, but interestingly, it was 2 minutes faster than the last time I ran a 4 mile race when I was pregnant with Roman, at 21 weeks! So I’m hitting pregnancy PRs here, people!! 😉
I did notice my hamstrings really felt sore all weekend following the race – although they were sore on Friday when I did yoga as well, so I think it was a combination of the tempo run and the race in quick succession.
And legs up the wall never hurt anyone, either.
Please notice my constant helper in all things stretching, recovery and yoga.
And since this post is full of Christmas spirit, I need to share something awesome that my friends Mandy and Gabe are doing to celebrate the season – a cocktail advent calendar. Even though I can’t partake, I look forward every day to seeing what new concoction they come up with for their holiday libation. Mandy is posting these on Instagram, along with the recipe for each of them. Do yourself a favor and follow her for some serious Christmas cheer.
And finally I just wanted to share yesterday’s challenge from Elf for Health – it was a favorite of mine last year as well, the gratitude challenge. This year we were asked to share 20 things for which we’re most grateful. I decided to do it in a stream-of-consciousness way, just listing things as they occurred to me. I could have made this list at least 100 items long and still thought of more – I think that’s when you know you are a lucky person, when you have so much in your life that makes you happy and grateful. Here’s my list:
What’s your favorite Christmas movie?
What are you most grateful for?
Favorite holiday tradition?