Our Thanksgiving was pretty chill. Every other year we are at home for Thanksgiving, and that was this year. We invited a few friends over for dinner, but one of them had to work, so it was a late dinner. (Well, late for Thanksgiving, but actually an earlier than normal dinner.) The Seahawks played Thanksgiving day, so we recorded it and put it on after dinner. Most of our friends are not football fans (I know, how can we be friends with non-football fans??) so they didn't stay for the game. They stayed for a little bit, but they also all had to work in the morning, so they left fairly early.
|I was trying to get a good picture of us all, and I think this one|
was the best. ;-)
The drive to work is about 50 min but the drive home takes an hour or more. =/ The first day I started, Dec. 1st, there was snow on the ground in Everett, where I am working. My car was not built for snow, at all. Luckily, it was a day or 2 old and the streets were cleared, the only issue I had was getting into the driveway at work because it's a pretty steep, but short, uphill to get to the parking lot and it wasn't plowed or salted, or even sanded (which is more common here because we don't have that much snow). But I survived and didn't have to push myself anywhere. =)
The best news of the last two weeks? I am running. =) I am only running 2 miles every 3 days, but I am running. I have only had one outdoor run, and that was the weekend right after Thanksgiving. (It actually wasn't a very smart move for me because I took Damian and Maddox to a park in Mt. Vernon to play while I ran the boardwalk along the river that used to be part of my long runs. It was 20 degrees outside, Maddox was so cold when I got done - only 20 min later- that he was crying. Bad Mom moment.) I actually decided a few runs ago that I was going to do 20 min on the treadmill no matter what, so that is currently equaling out to 2.17 miles. I am thinking about increasing the days a week I am running to every other, and keeping the 20 min time limit. I'm trying to be very cautious and slow with easing myself back because I don't want to continue to hurt.
So far it is going really, really well. My feet rarely hurt and when they do, I roll them with a lacrosse ball and they go back to being okay. They are not very tight (the best describing word I can find for how they are) in the morning now, and I continue to wear shoes everywhere, which is better now that it's colder. I am working on strengthening my hips, although I don't do it as often as I should, and I continue with the exercises the physical therapist gave me for my arches a year ago. I think about that in the shower because it's the one place I am barefoot, so I do those exercises when I wash my hair and shave. =)
I am thinking about doing the Nookachamps 5k that I did last January. I wanted to do a 10K this year, but my feet didn't allow me to do the one I was going to (the Fowl Fun Run that I did 2 years ago) so then I was thinking about doing the Nookachamps 10k, but I'm thinking it might be smarter to stick with the 5k for now and look into a 10k later in the year. I definitely want to run another half marathon and a full marathon, but both of those will come later in the year. Maybe I'll try to train for the Tri-Cities Marathon that I was going to do this year, and do the Skagit Flats half again next year. I want to do all this slowly so that I don't hurt myself again. This is the second year in a row that I have not run in the fall (and only this year because I didn't let myself heal completely last year).
Oh . . . I told you that not working was bad for my weight. Since I started working I'm back down to 147 (as of this morning). I haven't been that low since I lost my job. =) Yay me!