Cue the Hallelujah Chorus, this semester is OVER. Perfect timing because Christmas is in less than one week (wut?) and I have some gift-shopping, hot chocolate-drinking, cookie-eating, gingerbread house-making, Christmas music-listening to fun to catch up on. Also some Gossip Girl-watching to do. Did I mention that Erin and I chose Gossip Girl as our next Netflix drama? I just started season 3.
And more news…I went on my first run in two months! 2 slow social miles. My friend Erin just finished a 12-week rest period for a pelvic stress fracture, so about 15 of us gathered together last Saturday for a celebratory 2 miles + breakfast. I was a little nervous to run 2 miles after two months of not running, but I couldn’t turn down the perfect occasion to try. I’ve been doing the PT exercises for my hip/knee 5x per week for a solid 3 weeks so far, and I think/hope I’m turning a corner. Anyway, I survived–with super mild pain that was more like a “feeling of awareness that my knee was there” that didn’t get worse as I went. I was expecting to walk, so hooray! Even more exciting, I ran 3 miles yesterday and my knee felt better than it did during the 2 miles.
No pictures of the first run back (run blog fail), so here are some random pictures:
My sister Laura gave me a coupon for a free Nutella (thanks Laura!), so Ryan and I got the necessities. I had been craving cookies & cream ice cream since we watched Forks over Knives & Hungry for Change last weekend (someone was eating cookies & cream ice cream in a “don’t do this” type of scene, ha)
I found my new favorite workout for when I can’t run: 5 x (cycle 5 minutes + bodyweight circuit). I switch up the strength circuit, but it’s usually about 5 minutes and has a mixture of squats + push ups+ planks + ab moves.
I really like when there are spin bikes that you can use outside of spin class!
I’ve been doing a lot of strength training since I haven’t been able to run for a few weeks, and Ryan and I created a “push” workout last Saturday and a “pull” workout last Sunday. I definitely prefer running over weight training, but it’s been nice to switch it up and double nice to workout with Ryan!
I hit up the library yesterday to get a few easy reads, and I’m excited to relax without feeling like I should be reading a textbook. Book recommendations?
Do you run alone or with people?
What do you enjoy more: baking Christmas cookies or eating Christmas cookies?