Hi everyone! As of today, there are only 4 days until Christmas! Woohoo! Since this is my last weekend in Anchorage in 2015 – and the last weekend before Christmas – I was super busy doing as much as possible. And yes, that included a run!
I have probably watched this move 5 times this year so far, and I’m going to a showing of the movie downtown tonight too!
Friday: We had a cookie exchange at our office, and the education department of our company had our holiday celebration! We had coworkers fly in from other parts of the state and we had a blast celebrating the end of a great year of community health education in Alaska.
Chocolate crinkle cookies, brought to you by a Ghirardelli boxed mix!
Saturday: Our day was jam-packed with holiday stuff! We spend most of the day helping our friends chop down a real tree in Chugach National Forest. It was snowing and beautiful and definitely something I’ll never forget! I’m going to do a whole post on this tomorrow so stay tuned! After that, we headed out to my husband’s work party at a really nice restaurant downtown. It was so much fun dressing up and eating fancy food while getting to meet all of his coworkers!
Just some bears dragging a Christmas tree through the forest. Raaaaar!
Sunday: I finally got to sleep in, and then spent the day doing our final Christmas shopping for our families. And as soon as it got dark, my friend and I went to see the Zoo Lights at the Anchorage Zoo! It’s probably the best light display in Alaska, so we had a lot of fun taking silly pictures and checking out all the awesome animals. The seals were our favorite – they are so silly and cute!
Upside down seal. They kept blowing bubbles and hamming it up for the camera!
And now for the best part of my week: on Thursday I went for an absolutely incredible run! It’s so silly because it was a 30 minute run at a slow pace with run/walk intervals, so I shouldn’t count it as one of the best runs of my life. But I swear it was! It was my first solo outdoor run since October and it was so amazing being outside running on the Coastal Trail. I still smile whenever I think about it! I liked how the run/walk intervals felt, and running outside literally melted away all the exhaustion and stress of the week. I told myself I’d appreciate every run post-injury, and I definitely managed to do it on Thursday! The best part was that I wasn’t sore afterwards – I actually felt better than I have in months. Yay!
There’s nothing better than a snowy running trail and studded shoes!
Even my running pictures are festive right now!
This weekend I officially started my first post-injury training plan from Coach Suz! I am excited to see how my first two weeks of training go, especially because they’re probably my two busiest and craziest weeks of the entire year. But I know that each workout is going to be a way for me to take time for myself and burn off some stress, and that I’m going to be listening to my body really closely to make sure I’m physically and mentally okay. I’m excited that my body is currently feeling better and I’m hoping that keeps on going!
What did you do this weekend? What’s the best run you’ve had recently, and what made it so awesome?