Safety, Jingle Bell Hell, and babies

by Elizabeth on December 17, 2012

I was going to post some of this on Friday but didn’t feel right discussing runner safety and deals found on some of my favorite running sites. So, it’s a little delayed. I am still at a loss for words as to what happened on Friday. This country continues to sadden me, and not just about the shooting. Too much violence, anger, fighting, guns, mental health issues, womens health issues, political parties divided, etc. I could go on and on, but this is a running blog. Not one for politics-I don’t even like to discuss them IRL.  All the politics nonsense aside, my thoughts and prayers will continue to be with those that were affected by the shooting in Connecticut.  Sweet, innocent children and that incredibly brave teacher.  If you need a pick-me-up and to see that not everyone is evil, check out this site.

Before all of the above happened, the Atlanta news did a story on an attacker in Piedmont Park (one of my favorite places in to run, and favorite places in Atlanta). I was featured with my own story and ideas on safety. Be prepared for more accent yall. And my super cute RunningSkirts skirt.  An update on my case as well…I apparently have to be in court on January 2nd. I’m just oh so excited to have to use a vacation day on the first day of the new work year. A-hole.

The deals I mentioned above:

NUUN is offering 20% with the code “holidayhydration” the deal ends 12/16 (tonight).

Get 60% off Aspaeris Pivot Shorts with the code “frostyrun”

This weekend XLMIC hosted the Jingle Bell Hell virtual race. My run Saturday was just that. How was it hell, you ask?

1. I wore the exact same outfit I was attacked in. Mentally, I hesitated putting it all back on as one outfit. I have worn each piece since the attack, but something about the whole outfit together bothered me.  I sucked it up and did it (actually felt good to get past it).

2. Something is going on with my right hip. I went to the chiropractor on Thursday, he adjusted me, felt great and ran on Friday and then the pain started back around mile 4 on Saturday. OF 12 MILES. I ended up stopping and stretching every 2 miles or so. That is SUPER fun.

3. I ran at “the river” (what we call it at TNT) with my friend Jessica. It’s really pretty but flat and boring, and when you get out of the “trails” onto a road it’s a fight with the bike lane and bikers. They really love runners. AND I ran up and down the trail part 3 different times. Up and down and up and down. Same thing. BORING.

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4. I decided to pop into a few places post run (yes, all sweaty and gross) to finish my Christmas shopping. I could feel the chafing get worse the longer I shopped. If I could take a picture I would, but BOTH areas are not meant for the internet. Well, this blog, if you know what I mean. Yes, 2 private women places. Not cool. If anyone heard me showering, they would understand. LOTS of F bombs and cries of pain.

So 12 miles of Jingle Bell Hell just for you, XLMIC!

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P and I had a low-key Saturday night Christmas shopping (for his family) and then we ate at a new sushi restaurant.

I took today off from all exercise to host my sisters baby shower (at my house).  It was more of a dessert themed shower, and I personally made a triple chocolate cake, ginger snap cookies, and a hot chocolate “bar.”

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The hot chocolate was from scratch-no mix here! And I had toppings set out for the guests to choose from-peppermint sticks, marshmallows, and cool whip.IMG_2660

Allison and my future niece/nephew received lots of very nice things.  We don’t look anything alike, right? :)IMG_4837

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All party hosting is complete. Just need to get through one more week of work and then I will be off for 2 weeks!

How was your weekend? Did you participate in the Jingle Bell Hell Run? Are you ready for Christmas?