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!

Holiday Picks for the Lady Runner/Athlete

It’s no secret that the holidays are bearing down on us. I am always on the hunt for the cool stocking stuffers and little gadgets that make my running life so much easier. Here’s what I came up with for the Lady Runners in your life.

Image courtesy of Erica Sarah Designs

Did your lady finish a marathon, half marathon or triathlon recently? Check out Erica Sarah Design’s Race Bling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of Sparkly Soul Headbands

Every girl with hair needs a good headband for her runs. Why not sparkle while you run? I love these Sparkly Soul headbands and the colors are so much fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of Spiritual Gangster

I wanna be a Spiritual Gangster! These tank tops are just the cutest and so soft. I’d wear it with skinny jeans and flip flops, but I guess to a yoga class for some cross training is just as comfy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of lululemon athletica

Speaking of yoga, this is absolutely my favorite yoga mat EVER. It’s not cushy or soft, but that’s exactly what I like. When I’m practicing, I want to feel the floor beneath my feet. I balance so much better that way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of Asics

If you live in a cold, windy climate and your lady runner is an outdoorsy gal, she’ll definitely need a pair of these wind-resistant gloves. The woven ones just don’t compare when you’re out in the below zero temperatures that are bound to plague us from January thru March.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of luluelmon athletica

This is my favorite base-layer running shirt that I have ever owned. I have a hard time not buying more every single time lululemon comes out with a new color, but Paris Pink might my “signature color.” NEED. THIS. TOP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of SPIBelt

My new favorite race accessory from the Philly Marathon, the SPIBelt. Tiny but flexible, waterproof and light. Bonus: You can pin your race bib to it so you don’t have to ruin your shirt or wonder what to do if you need to strip down a layer mid-race. Awesome!

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of Dogeared

I wear a few choice necklaces when I race. All of them are from Dogeared and are very meaningful to me. I especially love this sentiment, even if I d’y always feel this way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of Sugoi

Best winter running tights I own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of Athleta

Anyone who wants to buy these for me would be my bestest friend forever. Cozy, warm, slide ’em on over your shoes post-run if necessary. Perfect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image courtesy of Brooks Running

If you really want to WOW her, get her a pair of these Cascadia Trail Running Shoes from Brooks. They’re designed for the tough runs out in nature and ideal for the neutral footed lady runner in your life.

 

 

 

 

 

Now go out and run (just as soon as you finish holiday shopping)!