First snow

We’re in the middle of our first snowstorm of the year. I decided to take the train into work today, despite the fact that it takes about 75 minutes. My reason being that, the train takes 75 minutes in rain, sun, or snow. I spent 75 lovely minutes reading my book while most of my co-workers were showing up late due to traffic and busses stuck in traffic. I also really like the train better than busses because it’s a much smoother ride, at least from my stomach’s perspective.

Winter is here time for some spiked hot chocolate.

A running respite

This morning I headed out to the horse trails with my wife and a friend again, for my last run for couple of weeks. I’ve had a really strong year of running, and for the most part have been very consistent in continuing to run regularly every single week.

However, I can feel the toll it’s taken on my body, and all the little aches and pains have added up to my choice to take a couple weeks of rest to let the body heal. So for the next two weeks I’m going to take it easy, let things recuperate and rest, and then head back into my winter training schedule. I’m about 95% sure that I’m going to sign up for the Zumbro 50 mile race, which means that I can’t afford to let my cardio fitness drop too far. Two weeks should be enough to let muscles heal, but not drop me too far off track.

I am going to make a concerted effort to do daily stretching during this break. It’s a habit that I know I’m terrible at, but most people can make a good attempt at anything for two weeks. After that I’m sure my discipline will wane, but at least it will keep me doing something during my rest time.

My next run will be my final race of the year, the Reindeer run 5K race. At the end of December I’ll put together a comprehensive blog post on my running from the past year with all of my stats.

Holiday traditions

Something that has been a tradition my entire life is starting the Christmas season the day after Thanksgiving. Ever since I was a child this day is the day when you put up the Christmas tree and decorate it. When I got married I continued this tradition, and today my sons helped me keep the tradition alive.

Some things have changed over the years. For example, a newer tradition in the past decade has been to play Bing Crosby’s Merry Christmas album while putting up the tree. We’ve also started hanging lights in the boys room to enjoy over the season.

IMG_3962Much of the rest of Black Friday is spent relaxing and eating leftovers. Today we did manage to get out to a local park and participate in the whole #optoutside movement. It was 25 degrees out, so that made it a bit chillier than we would have liked, but we had a decent time anyway.

The Christmas season is upon us, and celebrating traditions like these make it all the more special to me.

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Thanksgiving 2015

Despite the world being crazy right now, it’s good that we get to pause and spend a day being thankful for the good and beautiful things that can happen in life. This morning started with some fun, as we did our annual Turkey Trot run. This year it was a 6K ,and my wife ran with a friend of ours to give some encouragement and to enjoy the experience of running together.

I’m pleased to say that our friend had an amazing race and didn’t walk at all for the duration of it. She really impressed herself, and both of us. My wife had a great time running with her. I went a bit faster than them and managed all sub-10 minute miles for my race. I was pleased with my time, and had fun, which is what things like Turkey Trots are all about.

It is also quite beautiful this morning. We’re having our first snowfall in the metro area, and the grass is just starting to get covered. I snapped the shot at the top of this post around 10am, and the snow is continuing to fall. Hopefully, it won’t be too difficult for people to get around later, but it’s certainly looking a lot more like the Holidays outside.

The turkey is in the oven, and in a few hours our guests will be arriving. I guess it’s time to state the obvious, that I am so blessed and thankful for the life that I have right now. My wife and family are amazing, and despite my occasional complaints, nothing is so terrible. I’m truly thankful for what I have and for those who surround me.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!