Merry Christmas!

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From snowy Idaho!


Bobi Jo, Jesse, & Riley Bear


More frustration…

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Okay, maybe I don’t feel that strongly about rest days, but the frustration of an injury preventing running (rather than my own laziness) is mentally painful. 

I am starting to run regularly again – I was really terrible after Thanksgiving in the motivation department. Earlier this week I headed out after work for a casual 10K on a lovely evening. Not too cold, not raining, and eager to try out my new running gloves (I’ve worn these once and so far, love!). Things were going well. I was feeling a little slow but for the most part, I was a happy runner.

Until….about mile 3.

“The cold weather hurts my hip!” –Chandler Bing

My hip/groin muscle was feeling really tight, and I thought some stairs might be good – switch up the muscle usage a bit. That seemed fruitful, but by the end of the run I felt like I was really coaxing my left leg along and my range of motion was extremely limited. I walked back to my usual downtown stretching location for the normal routine and headed home.

The rest of the evening and the day after were not pleasant. Maybe my muscles have PTSD from our 25K “hike”? The pain was similar, but in one leg rather than both.

I went to my primary care physician for a “wtf” session. She “prescribed” me some physical therapy. Should be a good time…stay tuned.

Can I blame the weather, like Chandler!? This is very frustrating. I know I’m new at this, body, but c’mon! Looking forward to spring…

Canyon Rumble Frozen Half – 12/7/13

This past weekend, we were signed up to run the Canyon Rumble Frozen Half in Madras, OR. Apparently, Madras is a super fun and casual place for events and I was excited about the course. Slightly downhill out, slightly uphill on the way back. None of this 4,000 ft of climbing business like our last event!

Alas, Portland was enjoying some snowfall and below freezing temperatures…and the roads to Madras were questionable…especially leaving PDX at 6 AM. We had also received an email containing this:

Hello all you crazy rumblers,

Ok here is the update for the race.  The race is still on.  We have 2-3 inches of snow here in Madras.   At this point I realize it is hard for some of you to travel here.  If you are unable to make it please respond to this message.  We are offering free entry to next year’s race to those folks.  We are unable to return your money back to you.

The course is altered a little.  We are not going to run  up m hill.  We are still going into the canyon on the trail.  Please be prepared for icy rocks in some parts.  The majority of the trail is a two track road.  You may want to run with extra traction like Yak Trax.  We are also not going to have any flaggers on the course.  Due to the weather it is a huge safety hazard to stop traffic.  So if you are running you will have to follow all traffic laws for pedestrians crossing traffic.

Please dress appropriately to run in these types of conditions.  We are working on having a bon fire at the halfway mark so you can warm up.   We wish you the best of luck.  Please drive safe and run even safer.  There will be tasty warm beverages and food waiting for you at the finish.  There is nothing cooler than running in the snow.

I do not own Yak Trax and though I do have some pretty sweet trail shoes, I highly doubt they were up for these conditions. So we made the sad decision to skip it and go for an equivalent run somewhere closer to home (and at a reasonable hour!).

What ended up actually happening this weekend, then?

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We went Christmas tree hunting! We found a U-Cut place close to home (which I won’t link to because although our tree is quite perfect, we decided the place was good for experience..i.e. hot chocolate/cider, fire place, etc. but not good for value and selection and we would recommend trying somewhere else), and we ventured out into the cold and found the perfect tree. And, as they always say happens, we found the perfect tree and stated the usual “Well, we can come back to it. Let’s keep looking.” Naturally, we came back to it (we marked it, lost it, found it, kept looking, lost it again…you know how that all works). So it goes.

Now, to anyone who has ever been to our place, you know how little space we have. We just have so much shit everywhere, we barely have room to turn around (…she says sarcastically, as we have minimal furniture and our house is such a bizarre layout we have nothing BUT space. Seriously, if we had 10 ft ceilings, our tree would be massive)….so filling a corner with a tree really “spruced” the place up (ha! except that it’s a fir. pun fail)!

But really. It looks adorable! Wishing we could just have a tree all year, now…

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Green Bay Packers ornament front and (kind of) center 😉

Now that our tree is up, we…well…I…. just went ahead and decorated the rest of the house, too. Hung lights around some windows and the bookshelf, and even some in Jesse’s new office. I was feeling a little festive…

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We hung our stockings by the fireplace with care. Although I think more care was taken to hang the tin foil over the fireplace (the fireplace is too big and smoke billows out uncontrollably, setting off every alarm within a 3 mile radius. This is our solution. If you have any better ideas, please feel free to comment!). Oh, and that’s Riley, aka our ‘Bear’ skin rug.

So, while some really hardcore people were running in Madras, and while some of our friends were being badass mountaineers, and while we certainly had the best of intentions…we ran a total of 0.0 miles this weekend. But it was a fabulous weekend….and I’m not even sorry.