After-Christmas Present (12.29.2008)

Sunday morning, I woke up to some balmy weather. It was in the low-60s. In Maryland. In December. Craziness.

I knew that this weather called for a run outdoors. Kevin, Oscar and I decided on a 4-mile loop up around Patterson Park, through Fells Point, and then back to Canton by way of the harbor-side path. It was a great run and the warm breeze felt awesome.

I am so happy to say that I didn't feel my hamstring at all. This is a first because I have been "feeling" it during my runs and workouts since the marathon - back on November 9th. What a nagging injury!

My time off from longer distances, pushing my pace and races has really helped it heal. Lets hope it stays away for good!

I have been researching some races for 2009 and will be posting my plans soon. To make sure I stick to everything. Not sure if I am ready to commit to another marathon...yet, but I am definitely up for some half marathons and an off-road duathlon!

On to some exciting news. I was contacted a few weeks back by Vita-mix to see if I wanted to try out their Vita-Mix 5200 blender. um - of course I said I would LOVE too. How cool was it to get the blender in the mail a few days after Christmas!!?! The COOLEST thing ever!!

"The Vita-Mix 5200 is built to outperform and outlast any other kitchen appliance on the market."

I am itching to get outta work today, unpack this powerful thing, and put it to work!

It is a short work week for me - just two days - and then another 5-day weekend. For new years eve, we are heading down to the beach to celebrate with friends. Looking forward to a few days away to relax...

What are your new year's eve plans?!


VeggieGirl December 29, 2008 at 12:05 PM  

Hooray for a great run, no hamstring pains, and a new blender!! Enjoy :-)

**New Year's plans = "the whole gang" (my family) is coming over.

Erica December 29, 2008 at 12:53 PM  

Glad the hamstring is feeling better! That is SO cool that you got that blender! I can't wait to see what you make with it! Our blender is super old and doesn't work very well so maybe I will invest in a new one at some point ;)

No new years plans really yet? Josh wants to do something low key since we've been sooo busy this past week. Have fun at the beach!

K December 29, 2008 at 1:11 PM  

Glad to hear you had a great run!

I am jealous of your blender!! Hope you create lots of good things with it :)

loveofoats.com December 29, 2008 at 3:06 PM  

yay - have fun experimenting w/ the vita-mix... isnt the recipe booklet awesome (and overwhelming?!) :)

Meghann December 29, 2008 at 3:08 PM  

ahhh... everyone is getting the vita-mix now. My face is green with envy! But I'm also so excited for everyone who recieves it! Have fun experimenting!

eatingbender December 29, 2008 at 3:17 PM  

Yay for the Vita-Mix! I'm glad you got one and can't wait to see what you blend up!

I'm excited to hear about your new race goals :o)

Katie December 29, 2008 at 3:24 PM  

WHAT?!?! They just up and sent you a MIXER?? that's AWESOME!!

Juliet December 29, 2008 at 5:09 PM  

Wow a free blender? I'm in awe!! I'm thinking about running a marathon (would be my first)... still deciding. :)

D10 December 29, 2008 at 7:10 PM  

Ooh, the Vita-mix looks very nice. You will have to post your thoughts on it.

Glad o hear the hamstring is getting better. Sounds like you are doing everything right, by not pushing too hard.

Nicole December 29, 2008 at 7:35 PM  

I LOVE my vitamix!! Your so lucky! No plans for NYE yet - yikes!

Bridget December 29, 2008 at 7:52 PM  

Holy Blender! Thats so cool!!! THere's nothing better than a really POWERFUL blender :) Glad someone got to run in the balmy weather...I realized too late yesterday that it was warm out and alreayd had a day of plans that didn't involve a run, I was bummed!

ttfn300 December 29, 2008 at 9:10 PM  

an off-road du, how fun :) glad ot hear about the hamstring though!! sometimes i think i "feel" it just b/c i'm scared or thinking about it... but better to be safe than sorry!

i'm jealous, as i've got no blender!! have fun with it :)

carolinebee December 29, 2008 at 9:27 PM  

I'm totally jel of the blender!! That's awesome..great run too! I don't know about New Years but I want to wear a fun party dress :D!

Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) December 29, 2008 at 10:24 PM  

That's so cool that you got a Vita-Mix blender! Can't wait to see all the recipes you try out!

HangryPants December 29, 2008 at 11:59 PM  

Exciting news about your hamstrings and the mixer!!!

Fitnessista December 30, 2008 at 12:24 AM  

sounds like an awesome run!
HOORAY for a vita-mix! mine is in valdosta, waiting for me to try it out!! can't wait to hear what you think :D
have a great night!

Count of Monte Christo December 30, 2008 at 5:10 AM  

2 days of work/5 days of weekend is the best way to divide the week.

For new-years eve, the Missus and I will go to good friends, eating all kinds of healthy foods (and some traditional not-so-healthy Oliebollen

Happy new-year

Shoe Running December 30, 2008 at 10:13 AM  

I'm glad you got a good run in :) Sounds really nice mmmm..warm breeze!

Yeah for the blender! I'm sure you'll make many delicious concoctions with it.

Erica December 30, 2008 at 11:11 AM  

hi lauren! The carrots are carrot chips that I purchased in a bag in the fresh produce section. I don't have the patience to make my veggies look too fancy ;)

Oh She Glows December 30, 2008 at 11:14 AM  

Hey there!

I just found your blog and I love it. I am training for my first half in May. :)

Keep up the awesome work!!!!!


Erin of Care to Eat December 30, 2008 at 12:15 PM  

That's awesome!
We're going to the beach. Yeah!

lauren December 30, 2008 at 1:33 PM  

loveofoats/completely overwhelming!

juliet/ DO IT! I would love to hear all about your training and everything!

ttfn300/ exactly - I think alot of it was mentally being scared of it hurting and thinking it was there.

oh she glows/ thanks for finding me and commenting! I am going to go check out your blog now - cant wait to hear about the training!

Allison M. December 30, 2008 at 4:14 PM  

I'm a huge fanatic about NYE. 10 of us are going to dinner then a bar. The whole dinner idea is new but we thought it was time for something a little more grown up.

Regina Philange December 30, 2008 at 4:21 PM  

ps. where do you buy almond butter?

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