Busy Busy Busy

Looking back at this month a year ago I was a bit depressed and just generally down. I think that's one of the major reasons I love having a blog. I was looking to see if my SIL helped with our annual holiday candy making day last year and while finding that I also found details about how post JFK I was just generally down last year. Recovery took forever and the winter had me singing the blues.

What a difference a year makes! I am in such a better place this year than last year. Mentally and physically. My recovery is going swimmingly. I've hit 40 miles the past two weeks with no issue and even added in a lot of swimming, one bike session, strength training, and yoga/Pilate's! My outlook has been great. I've just generally been excited to face each day and have been riding a high since JFK and Reindeer Run.

Candy making day went great. We started late again but we still finished by 10 PM even though this year we had to add in Christmas to the mix since my SIL and her fiancee would not be able to get back up to Cleveland on the official date. Since we celebrated so early I have most of my shopping already done. Two gifts arrived today which I need to wrap and then I just have one gift left to purchase and one gift left to make. I think I can handle that :) We sent out over 90 holiday letters this year, I still have a few I'd like to send but addresses are MIA so I may have to settle for being done on that front. Already passed out 7 boxes of candy. Only 15 left. This one may be tricky as some of our friends are not on my regular weekly "route" but there's still plenty of time.

Work has been nuts. I have been working my butt off, hopefully it will pay off and the clients will be pleased. We will see.

I'm trying to get a new website started for my running club as well as get all the addresses in order to send out banquet invites and requests for runner of the year votes. This task may take me a bit more time than I would like it to.

Meanwhile I am trying to keep my mileage up to compete in our tri clubs virtual tri competition and the USAT virtual competition. I'm slacking on the bike, and realized yesterday I need to take it easy as this month really should be a recovery month. That competitive girl within is so hard to shut down sometimes though!

This weekend I am looking forward to getting down to Columbus to see some buddies and going out to see the holiday lights at the zoo. I can't wait! It's so nice to have a weekend day to just relax :) Don't worry though I'll follow it up with a 20 miler on Sunday ;)

15 comments:

PNW Runner said...

That's great about the recovery going well. Yeah, this time of the year is always busy, but I have to say it sounds like you're on top of things! :)

tracie said...

Have fun in Columbus, the lights will be awesome! :)

Michele said...

my head is spinning just reading that. busy is right.

TrainingtoTri said...

Hey Elizabeth - generally how many miles do you run a day to hit 40 miles a week? Do you run 7 days a week? What running club do you run? I'm full of questions today :)

IHateToast said...

you're on fire! tsssa!

if you get to the short north and see a 5-story greystone apartment, look up and wave. i was there 6 months. i'm waving now in spirit. enjoy. glad you're a happy chappy 365 days later.

Dana said...

I am glad that you are in a better place mentally & physically this year(I stumbled on your blog from Sensationally Red & read it ONE sitting). Your running stories are truly inspiring. I don't have much of a sweet tooth but hearing talk about your candy making session has me hankering for some!

Adam said...

Good to hear you're still going strong! I miss the group runs but am trying out the getting stronger at the gym thing for a little while. If you want some help with the running website, let me know - I know a little bit about that stuff.

Dana said...

Thanks for the shout out,E. That means so much to me coming from a speed demon like yourself.

Steph said...

Hey Elizabeth, It's Steph from Cincinnati (Casey's friend?). I forget how I stumbled onto your blog, but it's very enjoyable and inspiring! Just wanted to wish you luck in '08 with everything you do. I'm VERY VERY envious of the awesome network of friends you have in Cleveland. I'm training for the Pig Half this coming May, so maybe I'll see you there!
Steph

Sensationally Red said...

Stay on top of the world as long as you can!!! Enjoy the view!

Island jen said...

Thanks for coming by the blog Elizabeth, it's been awhile!! I do come by and read up every so often but I'm horrible at leaving comments...
It's great to hear you are doing so well...
Merry Christmas!!

jeff said...

i'm so sorry i haven't sent you my address for the candy. i'll get right on that. ;)

Steve Stenzel said...

Life sounds CRAZY! Make sure to enjoy Saturday!!!

Black Knight said...

Busy but wonderful time. Christmas is always a magic period. Glad about your recover. Is my address MIA? Indeed at the moment I am POW.

Dream Chaser said...

You like zoo lights, too? A friend and I had a tradition of going to the lights in Toledo each year, but it ended when we both moved away from the area. I've been thinking about tracking him down to see if we can start it up again.