Back From the Brink

HELLO READERS!!!!! I hope you all had Happy Chanukahs, Merry Christmases, and are looking forward to very festive New Year’s next week.

I somehow survived finals week with my eyeballs and my sanity barely intact and managed to get into the holiday spirit in just a few days so I could enjoy Christmas in the City with JB. How did I do it? I made cookies, of course.

I was careful not to make too many since we'd be the only ones eating them!

I was careful not to make too many since we’d be the only ones eating them!

We had a seriously awesome Christmas here in NYC, just the two of us. We saw the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, starring the world-famous Radio City Rockettes.

AKA starring one of my bestest friends in the wide-world, who also happens to be the most talented Radio City Rockette!

AKA starring one of my bestest friends in the wide-world, who also happens to be the most talented Radio City Rockette!

We were out for dinner on Christmas Eve after the show when it started to snow here in the city. How magical! Snow on Christmas Eve! We ran (of course) on Christmas Day, ate our favorite goodies, had a delicious (mostly) homemade dinner, watched A Muppet’s Christmas Carol, and opened presents like little kids on Christmas morning.

Presents under the tree!

Presents under the tree!

That giant brown box was my present and I can say for certain that I didn’t mind JB getting me just one present at all…

Nope. Not one bit. Oh, hey there, Miss Piggy.

Nope. Not one bit. Oh, hey there, Miss Piggy.

Since we watch The Muppets on Christmas morning (and listen to John Denver & The Muppets Christmas Eve), JB thought it fitting that we have a special guest star make an appearance.

Ladies and gentlemen, the fabulous Miss Piggy!

Ladies and gentlemen, the fabulous Miss Piggy!

It was an honor to have such a starlet in our home.

So, yeah. We had a great little NYC Christmas. And finals, stressful though they were, ended up fine in the end. Grades are good, blah, blah, blah.

I missed you guys! Every day I was in class or studying and I had a blog idea I got a little sad because I knew I’d never have time to sit down and write it. And, of course, they all flew right out of my head because I can’t remember a single one. What I did manage to do during finals week was work out every day. I even ran a race!

My socks told me to run fast, so I did. Well, I ran fast for me, anyway. 10K @ 7:34min/mile.

My socks told me to run fast, so I did. Well, I ran fast for me, anyway. Hot Chocolate 10K @ 7:34min/mile. 5th place AG! I didn’t WIN the race like SOME people I know…(ahem, @Manz811)

What the…?!?! How did I manage that? I didn’t even realize I’d done it until last Friday when finals were finally done and I was out for a little run with my rehab running buddy. As crazed as I was during finals, I found solace and peace in my daily workouts. I ran a lot (even a track workout here and there!), hit up Flywheel with Steven A LOT, and ran some more to clear my head of the day’s studies so as to make room for the next day’s exam.

I’m not saying it was pretty. But it certainly made me a little less of a monster during an extremely trying time of the school year.

Frizzy hair + glasses = must be finals week!

Crazy frizzy hair + glasses = FINALS WEEK MONSTER!

Working out is how I survived and made it to all sorts of finish lines this year.

Working out AND cookies.

Working out AND cookies. Oscar the Grouch will never win a race with that attitude.

How do YOU handle crazy-stressful times in your life? Even the planned ones that you know are coming for months and months seem to sneak up on you, don’t they? What do you do when you can’t catch your breath? Maybe the holidays are like that for you. Do you run more or less? Do you eat more or less? How do YOU cope?

Tell me all about it and how were YOUR holidays???? Did Santa bring you all the running gear you ever wanted? I saw lots of cool presents on Twitter! What was your favorite one?

Now go out and run!

BRB

BRB = Be Right Back.

Posts will be rather sporadic for the next 10 days while I contend with finals. Send caffeine and cupcakes!

Me. Now. Til December 21st.

Me. Now. Til December 21st.

Oh, and I was quoted in Runner’s World Magazine this month. Pick up a copy and check me out!

Super-pumped about being quoted in RW!

Super-pumped about being quoted in RW!

Don’t worry, Obi-wans, I am sending you a copy this week! Did you really think l wouldn’t be buying multiple copies of my first Runner’s World Magazine published quote and send them out to my parents so they can brag to their neighbors? Helllllooooo!

Now let’s see if I can get quoted about something running related!

2013 goal!

BRB. Gotta memorize a bunch of…stuff.

Now go out and run!

 

Streaker

Right before Thanksgiving, I was contacted by Runner’s World magazine to see if I’d be interested in being a featured blogger for their Runner’s World Holiday Streak. The idea of the streak is to run at least one mile a day from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. Of course I said yes, but for so many reasons other than the fact that Runner’s World was asking me to be a part of one of their stories.

#1. I was just coming off the Philly Marathon and definitely up for the challenge of running at least a mile a day.

#2. NYC is the best place in the world to get creative with squeezing in a run.

#3. The holidays/finals are certainly a time when fitness might fly right out the window in favor of studying, shopping, lounging by the fireplace and sipping hot cocoa.

(Ok, I don’t have a fireplace but you get the gist)

#4. I often commute with my two feet, so now I’ll just do it a little faster.

#5. It’s Runner’s World, people. I’m a total geek.

So far, I’ve run the following completely random at-least-one-mile runs:

  • CPR/AED class (damn near in New Jersey, it was so far on the west side of town)
  • To and from work
  • To and from the grocery store
  • Around and around the UN buildings (where security would let me go, anyway)
  • Regular ‘ol Central Park
  • The Outlaws’ neighborhood in sunny Florida
  • Random sprints up and down 2nd Avenue

So far, so good with the Streak. I’m discovering that I can get one mile done almost anywhere in the city, as long as I have my running shoes one. Well, except for on the way to CPR/AED class when I was wearing my sandals. I had a birthday party after that. No wonder my shins are so sore today!

Point is, it’s totally do-able. I’m sure I’ll come up on a day when I really have to bust my hump to figure out how to get that one mile in, but New York kinda lends itself to this sort of challenge. We New Yorkers commute via our feet and trains instead of cars and I personally wear workout clothes almost all day long because of what I do for a living. The weather has also been exceptionally warm here in the east coast and I am thankful there are no freak snowstorms to curtail my enthusiasm for my daily runs.

I’m curious how the rest of you are doing with your Streak. What do you think of it?

Tell me all about it in the comments. Tweet is using the #RWRunStreak hashtag. Join us now for the rest of the Streak. Or maybe commit to a 30 Day Challenge of your own (yoga, walking, something sweaty every day) and see how creative you get to be/have to be with it.

I’ll keep you posted on my progress here and in the My Workouts section of the blog. In the mean time, happy Streaking!

Now go out and run!