>Happy Christmas Eve!!

>I can’t believe it’s Christmas time already.  I’m excited because we’re staying home.  Not traveling to see family or friends, but just the five of us at home.

Yesterday I took the older two kids and a friend of theirs to Busch Gardens for Christmas Town.  We lasted a little over 2 hours before we became peoplesicles and left to have dinner.  It was very beautiful though, and it was nice to walk around.  And while I was supposed to do 3 miles yesterday, I think I had that covered and then some from hiking around the park that long.

Today I went grocery shopping, made 6 dozen cookies, and then – as they lie cooling on their wire racks – went for my scheduled run.  On Christmas Eve.  That’s dedication! 

It’s 39 degrees, no wind, and very sunny.  It was a nice run.  I ran faster than I did over the same distance 2 days ago, so I’m hoping that’s a sign of progress!

I ate Irish Oatmeal with vanilla soy protein powder for breakfast this morning.  Lunch was reheated pasta from yesterday’s lunch with my good friend S.  I ate 2 hrs before going out on the run.  I think that may have made some difference – this past Tuesday, I hadn’t eaten for 4-5 hrs before the run.  I’ll have to keep an eye on that too!

Tomorrow is a rest day.  At least for running!  I imagine between opening presents, cleaning up, and cooking, I’ll be doing anything but resting…

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

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