I can’t believe CIM is only five days away. The excitement is building and I am looking forward to seeing what I can do on a course that is completely foreign to me. I’m used to running hills and terrain that is anything but flat, so the course will hopefully play to my advantage. I can’t wait to get out of town and take a road trip with the hubby in our new Jeep, as well as explore a new city that I have never been to. Has anyone been to Sacramento? Any advice for where to eat or what to do?
Tapering this past week was much needed. I started the week off running with my friend Nicole (this run probably would not have happened without her) followed by a fast track workout Thanksgiving morning. I was up before dawn and made it to the track just in time to watch the sunrise and storm roll in. It was extremely windy and poured rain on and off, but I loved every second of it.
Thanksgiving was low key and relaxing. Justin and I went over to my parent’s house for Thanksgiving dinner and football. We ate a delicious meal and followed it up with a wet/windy walk around the neighborhood. Later that evening we watched and celebrated as the Seahawks beat the 49ers in one of the most anticipated games this year. The day couldn’t have ended more perfectly than watching Richard Sherman and Russell Wilson eating a turkey dinner in the middle of the 49ers field.
Saturday morning was spent Christmas tree hunting out in the Deschutes National Forest. There wasn’t as much snow on the ground as years past, so it was easier to get around, which was good since Justin’s ankle still isn’t at 100 percent. When we arrived it was snowing lightly, so the ambiance was extra festive.
When we came upon a “wild” tree that had two trunks branching out from one base, we new we had found the one. Somehow we always end up finding and choosing trees with two trunks. Two for one? We’ll take it! We found our tree, cut it down, and tied it to the roof of the car all within 45 minutes. PR. Because the branches were covered in snow and ice, we let it sit in our garage overnight before putting it up and decorating.
On Sunday I was able to complete my last easy long-ish run before the marathon and recorded 11 miles on mostly downhill/flat terrain. Justin dropped me off before heading to the Athletic Club so I could do a point-to-point run. I was a little fatigued but finished with a solid pace. It was a good indication that I need to take it really easy between now and race day.
The rest of Sunday was spent putting up Christmas lights, decorating the house and tree, and watching football. My Fantasy Football team is doing quite well this year, and I’ve already made the playoffs, so I’m a little obsessed. ☺
Decorating the tree is one of my favorite things to do around Christmas time. I love pulling out all of the decorations and ornaments, laying them out, and then creating a beautiful masterpiece. Because our cat Benny thinks the ornaments are toys to paw at, we had to place all of the breakables toward the top. It turned out very sparkly!
Looking forward to another week of tapering and recovery. I am getting a sports massage today from Tamas at IZOM Body Therapy (he is the absolute BEST) and will likely hit up Recharge once or twice before leaving for Sacramento on Friday morning. I’m not too worried about my mileage this week, and prefer to play it safe and give my body the rest it is begging me for. A few of you have asked about my goals for CIM and while I am still pondering over them, I will likely have something to say about them in the next few days. 😉
I will be contacting each of you via email to get your mailing address. P.S. The journals were signed by Lauren Fleshman as well. ☺
Do you have a favorite or extra special Christmas ornament?
Real tree or artificial tree?
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