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Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas Bloggies

Thanks to Peter HERE on Dailymile for the AWESOME photo!!

I hope this post finds you with gifts wrapped, food cooking and a heart full of joy. the Holiday season is a wonderful time for family, friends and giving. I am BLESSED to spend last night with the in-laws, and tonight with family and friends..

  • How did I start Christmas Eve?

Since I plan to EAT I knew I needed to burn some calories. Janna told me about a Marathon Maniac meet up in Maple Valley, I love to meet new people and run in new areas so I agreed. We left the house about 7:25...hmmm should have planned a little better. We ended up getting to the parking lot 9 minutes late. I DO NOT LIKE BEING LATE!! The parking lot was FULL but we did not see a sole :)

We set out thinking we would catch the group, but Janna's knee started to lock up.. UGH!! I told her that we should walk to warm up a bit then stretch. The first downhill was about the slope of a Roller Coaster, what the?? And this was a gravel trail... Hmmm.. Thankfully I looked up info on the trail and wore my old shoes.

Once Janna was ready we were off, SLOW, but moving along, Janna ran 17 the day before. It rained lightly, the trail was covered in branches from the high winds the previous week. I prayed I would not TRIP.. We passed a few people shouting "Merry Christmas" I wore holiday fuzzy socks, red and green, festive yes?? People probably think I am CRAZY, but hey I am ME. The hills kept rolling, up up up, down. GRAVITY grabbed me, my legs felt like tree stumps.. I realized we had only covered 2.8 miles..

"I hope that this is really a loop!" I said, since neither of us had ever been on the trail we were going in blind. Parts of the trail were lovely with lush green forests, large beautiful homes, peaceful and serene... the next section would be along the road, with creepy sheds and growling dogs, I would not want to run the trail solo.

We saw very few runners, Janna joked that we would see the whole group as she dodged into the bushes for some relief. We laughed, cried, and had a NICE time.. It was in no way easy, but I kept my head up. We took it slow. In parts were were forced to go slow as MUD covered the path. At one point we were climbing the chain link fence that went the length of the trail. Grasping the fence so we would no have thick mud up to our ankles. As it was our shoes were pretty muddy. It was difficult to get a good pace because when the mud sections came we would have to tip toe around or have sloshy sneakers.

We saw about 4 runners in the distance behind us and sped up. Janna's knee had warmed up and she was ready to be DONE. We zoomed the last 2 miles and made it back to the car just as the rain picked up. AGAIN we missed the Marathon Maniac group... UGH!! Oh well, maybe next time. We stopped to take pictures on the way out, will post those soon.. All in all an amazing way to start my Christmas Eve.

Tall Mom- LOGGING off for a few days!



RunningFromCancer said...

A very Merry Christmas to you and your family! Enjoy every moment!

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

Nice calorie burn Mel!! +9 miles!! :) Have the Merriest Christmas.

I am looking over the race schedules...would love to meet up with you on the west side for a run!!

Unknown said...

Merry Christmas

Marci said...

Merry Christmas Melanie!

Lisa said...

wow, that sounds like a tough run. Congrats on even attempting it!

Love the super cute pic at the top! Merry Christmas!!

ajh said...

Merry Christmas! Love the picture!

ajh said...

I also want to say - it will be a hard Christmas without your dad. Good luck getting through it. I'm sure the rest of your family will help you through it. I'm thinking of you.

Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said...

Congrats on your pre-Christmas run!

Merry Christmas!

Twila said...

Merry Christmas!!!

Unknown said...

ho ho ho :)

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Unknown said...

Merry Christmas, Mel! Hope you're having a fabulous Christmas weekend!

Winks & Smiles,

Zoƫ said...

Ah, running with Janna is always an adventure. Hope you had a fantastic Christmas with your beautiful fam, Mel! :)

Anonymous said...

Hope you had an awesome day! Enjoy the rest of the holiday!!!

Marlene said...

Aww, bummer that you missed out on the meet-up but I know you always have an awesome time with Janna! Sounds like a fun little adventure. :) MERRY (belated) Christmas!!!