Hey ya’ll! Welcome to the new look of my blog!  I’ve had problems for a few weeks now with the picture layout of my blog so I just said, screw that, and I picked a new theme!  And even though it’s missing a few things, it’s working, so I’m happy with that for now.  Messing around with my blog was the last thing I wanted to do at this time of year, but I really had fun looking back at my posts and it brought me joy!!  I really needed a pick up the past few week because I’ve been struggling with family (my Dad’s situation) but I’m ready to enjoy our family time together for the holidays! I also started my 18 week training plan for the Glass City Marathon on April 23rd. I ended this week with 32 miles of running.

Mon – Run, gym… kind of.  I had a very organized plan to run, workout, then visit my parents.  I even ran outside in the cold dark when I could have waited until later in the day (I had the day off of work).  A full rack of clothes drying from my morning run. Yep, winter is here!

When I was halfway through my workout at the gym I got a phone call from my mom that my dad had fallen and she needed help getting him back up!  Oh, and she told me not to rush because he wasn’t going anywhere (what??  At least that brought a little humor to the situation).  He just lost his balance and fell, but still, not good.

Tues – 4 miles, treadmill.  Morning run before work, nothing exciting here!

Weds – Rest day!  We went to the Lights Before Christmas at the Toledo Zoo.  The zoo does such an amazing job with their decorating.  I did feel a bit rushed though because I needed to drive a prescription to my Dad afterwards.  My mom doesn’t like to drive at night, but I’m glad to help out.  My detour delayed my evening plans and made me fall asleep during the movie we watched after I got home.  Whomp whomp.

Thurs – 5 miles, intervals.  It was one of those days where I thought I had plenty of time, and might be early for work.  I even took the time to stretch after my run!  And wouldn’t you know it, I ended up being late for work.  Haha!  I’m the worst.

It was no surprise when I got a call from my Mom that my Dad was being sent back to the hospital. He had a blood test and his levels were all off. 🙁

Fri – 12 miles, long run.  The temperature was -1 outside with a “feels like” of -27 degrees! Time to hit the treadmill! Luckily I had a new movie to watch (Ticket to Paradise), but it still was a long 2 hours.

Sat – Rest day! Spent the day finishing up some baking, and enjoying time with the family. We also tried the new peppermint Frosty from Wendy’s. It’s good!

Sun – 4 miles, treadmill. Merry Christmas!! A relaxing morning of sleeping in (8:30!), opening gifts, and eating food. I also went to spread some cheer to my parents at the hospital.

I’m thankful to have my marathon plan and fitness to keep me level headed this week. It has been a challenging one! I hope you all had a great holiday, no matter how you spent it. Our house has been full of the sounds of both kids being home and I love it. Too bad I have to go to work for a few days, otherwise I would be taking advantage of some chill time around the house.

Q: Did you travel for the holidays, and did you have to change your plans when Elliott (the storm!) rolled across the country?

I hadn’t heard the term “bomb cyclone” before, until I just googled Elliott! Much of our area lost power but we did not. Just a whole lot of high winds and cold here!

Q: Have you tried the peppermint Frosty? Did you like it?

9 thoughts on “Weekly Workouts – Merry Christmas!”
  1. No but I love Frostys… now I want one!!

    Treadmill miles always feel twice as long… I braved the cold but I didn’t run that long.

    We stayed home for low key holiday celebrations.

  2. Well done fixing the blog layout problem, such things are so annoying. I’m sorry to hear about your dad but what your mother said after his fall was actually a bit funny 😜
    32 miles in a week is very good! I hadn’t heard the concept bomb cyclone before either. Here we’ve had mild weather and I really hope Elliott calms down and doesn’t move east.

    1. Some days I do like a good excuse to just stay inside and not go anywhere, so I was a bit relieved when we got snow cancellations around here! I already had the day off work, but my coworkers all got to stay home and work in their PJs.

  3. I didn’t know the storm had a name! Elliott sounds way too tame for that thing. So sorry to hear about your dad’s continued issues. I hope things improve. I’ve wanted a peppermint Frosty but so far haven’t made it to Wendy’s to get one.

  4. The new blog looks great!!! I’m sorry to hear about your dad, though. It’s so hard to see our parents struggling. I have a feeling this is going to be a tough year for us with my mom–she’s showing signs of confusion. I hope your dad starts to improve.

    We had the high winds and bitter cold here, but nothing more than that, thankfully!

  5. I am so sorry to hear about your dad and hopes he turns a corner soon. It’s so hard when our parents aren’t feeling well.

    It sounds like you had a nice Christmas. Happy New Year!

  6. First time reader (and commentor).

    I’m so sorry to hear about your father’s health. What a blessing you can be present to provide support and love for both your parents, but I’m sure it’s exhausting and involves a lot of emotions around the holidays.

    I’ve never had a peppermint Frosty but it sounds delicious. My husband hates peppermint/candy cane anything, so I rarely have things in that flavour profile but do enjoy all sorts of those treats. And now I’m definitely craving a peppermint Frosty!

    Love all your Christmas sweaters; how festive.

    And I 100% relate to having routines (fitness and otherwise) serve as a great foundation when the rest of life might feel chaotic or full of change. Great job fitting in those anchor activities that help everything else feel a bit more manageable <3

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