Yesterday, my alarm went off and I got ready to meet a new running club. I've actually been getting this running clubs emails for over a year, but have yet to shown up. Mainly because I was scared. Most of the team has qualified for Boston and since I'm no where close to that I had never gone. But I got an email about an easy 10 mile run perfect for new members to try out with 2 drop offs to cut the run short. My friend Nancy picked me up around 7 and we headed to the start of the Boston marathon where the group meets. Pretty quickly we were off and wow, this group is no joke. Half of them started running at 7:30 pace and I was just trying to hold on and meet new people. I was definitely toward the back of the group. Our first mile was 8:32. I was running along, chatting with people and then I tripped on the only (big) rock on the street. Twisted my ankle and went down, hard. I was embarrassed so I tried to just brush it off and get back moving. But lets just say it wasn't easy. When some members of the lead group took a right to cut short at 6, I followed with Nancy. My goal was to run 8-10 but in my conditions, I knew that wasn't possible.
6 Miles/54:17/9:02 pace
Mile 1: 8:33
Mile 2: 9:08
Mile 3: 8:24
Mile 4: 9:13
Mile 5: 9:09
Mile 6: 9:54
Why was Mile 6 so slow you may ask? Well the whole last mile was running up the first mile of the Boston Marathon. Corey just wrote how the first mile drops 150 feet and we were running up it. It was rough!
As soon as I finished, we walked back to Nancy's car and I was limping. Bad. And then I took my glove off and realized I had a huge cut on my hand. Then I looked down at my knee and my new tights had a hole and I had a huge cut on my knee. So yea I'm a klutz. My ankle is huge. It hurts to walk. Want to see?
Yep, huge. Hopefully its nothing more serious than a light ankle sprain. But back to Physical Therapy in the morning! On a positive note, I do want to go again to this running group once I figure out what I'm training for. Maybe they will help me get faster?
Alright moving on to something actually fun to look at- Our Chrismukkah Tree. Our family celebrates both Hanukkah and Christmas. I am Jewish and Dave is Protestant. Which makes him half-Jewish and me? A Jew who also gets to have a Christmas Tree : )
First, we put together the tree. Well, Dave did. We have a fake tree that we took down from the attic. Dave grew up with fake trees and I never had a tree so this works for us.
Then we got decorating. Including our favorite ornaments:
Dave's hammer ornament, my love to cook, wally and our first ornament we got as husband and wife.
And don't forget our Celtic ornament (we have four!)
And done! It's beautiful!
And don't forget the menorah! I'd show you it lit, but our candles melted in the attic so we have to buy more. (Yea, I know Haunkkah started on Thursday, I'm a few days late!)
And the last thing I want to show you is the Chrismakkah cards we ordered. I found this site a few years ago when googling Chrismakkah. I love them!
Super fun right? Check out the website for all their Chrismakkah creations!