Or a Tale of Two Christmas Trees
Or really three Christmas trees. Like much of the nation our temperatures quickly plummeted this week. And didn’t budge. Just like forecast. Throw in some snow, and I was right about those treadmill runs.
The good news is that by Tuesday I was feeling back to normal. Hopefully despite the exposure to my BIL’s cold and traisping around NYC in the cold, I’ll stay that way.
I’m joining up with the Weekly Wrap from Holly @ Hohoruns and Tricia @ Misssipppiddlin even though again this week there wasn’t a lot of activity. NYC is usually good for lots of walking, but not when the temperatures struggle to get out of the teens. But there was a lot going on so I apologize for the length of this post!
- Monday: Recovery day after my LSD
- Tuesday: 5 treadmill miles
- Wednesday: 3 treadmill miles
- Thursday: JY Core & Hips, Walking around NYC
- Friday: JY Core, Walking around NYC
- Saturday: Rest day
- Sunday: 6 mile treadmill LSD
Mileage: 14 (+1)
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After so many rest days, I was definitely itching for a little movement. We’d had 6 inches of the white stuff the previous day, but Mr. Judy took care of that with the snow blower.
Still, messy and cold, I took it to the treadmill. I also increased my run interval to 2.5 minutes, but decreased the pace a little.
Although I had a bunch of stuff to do in the morning, I also squeezed in 3 miles on the treadmill — we were leaving for my parents, then NYC, and with the bitterly cold temps and choosing to travel very lightly, I knew I wouldn’t be getting in any running.
I’ve been playing around a bit with lengthening my run intervals, so I also dropped the pace just a pinch. Since this was a shorter run I tried out a 3 minute running interval; which was fine. It felt good to get two runs in back to back and feel okay.
No, running on the treamill isn’t my fav. And while sunny, it was definitely a very cold day. Could I have run outside? Yes, I could have. Did I feel it was the best option for me? Nope. Obviously.
Played around with pushing the pace just a little and got it done.
Favorites of the week
We headed down for a belated 70th anniversary dinner with my parents, my sister and brother, and their respective families. Everyone except one niece and one nephew was in attendance, and since my brother lives on the West coast, that doesn’t happen a whole lot.
The next day we took the train into NYC. We were trying to meet up with friends who are presently living in Germany, but were in the city for the holidays, but the plans were tenuous. They didn’t want to brave the cold and make it in at night. After a lot of back and forth, Mr. Judy finally agreed to try heading towards Bryant Park and the Winter Village — and we discovered bundled up as we were, it wasn’t bad.
Neither of us wanted to actually eat outside (although people were — the Winter Village has all sorts of awesome street food and we enjoyed it last year), so we headed into the Bryant Park Grill right next door. It was surprisingly affordable, especially when they split the rib eye dinner between us with no sharing charge.
Fortified with hot food, we pushed on to Rockerfeller Center and the Christmas Tree. I couldn’t tell you the last time I saw it — decades, maybe? If you want to see some of my really frozen photos, check out my Instagram here.
Part of my insistence on seeing the tree was a) yes, it had been decades and b) it was nostalgic. Although Mr. Judy is nowhere to be found in those old NYC photos, we met each others’ parents for the first time that Christmas vacation. We’d been dating maybe 3 months at that point? He came home with me, then went home to Wellesley.
I then took the train to Boston, and we met up with my then-roomate (whom sadly I’ve lost touch with — I don’t know her married name!) in Boston. We even went to First Night in Boston, despite the cold — something Mr. Judy definitely wouldn’t be into these days!
A couple of more favorites from this week: we went to see The Greatest Showman. Then my family went to see it after we’d left for the city, the first time my parents have been to the movies since their move (they do have movies there on a regular basis, but not usually first run, although they do get them sometimes).
My sister, SIL & myself all loved it. My mom wasn’t as impressed, but she no longer hears well and couldn’t really make out the singing and I’m sure that played into her enjoyment; but she also thought it was sad. The men universally seemed to think it was okay (don’t know how the younguns felt about it).
We gave my mom an Echo Dot; I didn’t think she was all that impressed with it at Thanksgiving but turns out she really wanted it! We also gave her one of our old smartphones, since you need to set it up the dot with an app, and are trying to teach her how to text, but she’s having trouble with it. It’s not a senior friendly phone, but they live in a dead zone where a lot of networks don’t get signal — but we knew this one did, and it does. Hopefully next time I visit we can work more with her & the phone.
I did miss the last brunch of the Wineglass girls. Although we were home by then, we’d just gotten home late the previous evening, and I was tired plus I had a bunch of errands to run. There’s always the next breakfast. They’re breakfast obsessed.
Tonight we are just sheltering in place. We’re going to make some sushi. Or try, anyway. I will be asleep long before midnight. I wish everyone a happy and safe New Year.
And that’s a wrap!
Let’s get the conversation started:
Fun plans for New Years?
Do you remember when you met your SO’s parents?
Do you have those 2018 goals in place?