I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and had time to enjoy family! I've been in Ohio for a week, and I truly enjoyed spending time with my family and my husband's family. This is my first year being across the country and flying, and I have to say it's been rather pleasant, likely because I didn't fly the day before/after Christmas. I blew through security today and now I have plenty of time to reflect and blog at the airport. Yay for free WiFi.
After reading so many blogs and articles about staying on track for the holidays, I was starting to feel a little anxious and harder on myself than usual. However, I'd say it paid off. I'm on the other side of Christmas and travel and don't feel like I skimped on workouts or ate too much. Big victory, especially with my mom's fabulous cookies hanging out a few feet from me the entire time.
For Christmas gifts to my aunts and cousins, we made calendars with photos and they were a HUGE hit! Everyone was looking through the photos, which were both recent and older, and reminiscing together. My grandma pulled out old photos from when she was young and it became a big photo party. I loved it and am so glad we had the calendar idea. If you wonder what to get your extended family for Christmas - this was perfect!
I squeezed in a couple of relaxing runs in the chilly Ohio air, one being the Home for the Holidays Virtual 10K. My hubby came out for the run with me on the bike pathway in his hometown and we totally rocked it! I finished the 10K distance in 1:00:44, which is great for me and would be a PR if it were an official time. I felt awesome while running, liked the 40 degree weather, and had some much-needed alone time with Kevin over the holiday.
The last day of my trip, I had lunch with two long-time friends because we were all back in town. I forget sometimes how much I miss the people who live(d) in the area. Even writing this and sitting in the Columbus airport, I realize I should have tried harder to see the friends that live right here. Why do I always worry about rushing or being a pest to people when planning, when it should be so simple? This sounds like a good New Year's Resolution - to plan ahead to meet friends without being worried or procrastinating for no reason.
On a happier note, my trip ended with dinner at Quaker Steak & Lube, a favorite wings place here. I love their grilled boneless 'wings' and the sauces, served with broccoli and pita bread. I love when restaurants enable people to make healthy-ish, but tasty, choices. (It has to be better than the breaded wings and fries...)
With Christmas now behind us, it's time to plan for 2012. I keep thinking I want to find a New Years run but haven't signed up yet. Anyone else out there planning for one? When is your first race of 2012?