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Holiday Hiatus

Well hello there! Happy 2012! I’ve been neglecting this blog of mine for far too long now. As much as I love blogging, it’s funny how easy it is to stop updating once I fall out of the habit.

Ever since my Christmas vacation started unexpectedly early, I’ve been enjoying a nice long stretch of holiday celebrations. Which have included lots of eating, movie watching, and sister time. And did not include email checking, blog reading, or internet browsing (…for anything besides wedding related stuff, anyway…).

But it’s a new year and that means it’s time to get back into my regular routines – which includes regular blogging. And yes, I realize I’m about four days late on that declaration, but better late than never right?

You already know about my big announcement, but here are a few of the other things I’ve been up to over the past two weeks.

I celebrated Christmas with the entire {ontherun} family, including my sister’s new husband. It was the first time we have had an in-law with us for Christmas and I think he survived unscathed.

DSC_0319.JPGNew Christmas Pajamas…and Koli

Santa gave me a nice new set of hand weights, so I no longer need to do my at-home workouts with containers of laundry detergent and bleach. I’m sure my shoulders will thank me.

I chickened out on one of my very last days of the Running Tight Boycott <hangs head in shame>. I never actually wore tights, but it was so cold and windy outside that I did opt to run on the treadmill instead. Yes, I know, a boycott is a lot less hardcore when you always have the option to run inside. But when you declare the boycott, you get to make the rules. And I didn’t run in tights for the entire month of December, so there’s that.

The Great Running Tight Boycott

I actually still haven’t run in tights. But that’s also because I haven’t really run. I know in my last post I said that Boston training has begun, but things got really busy at the end of last week and I sort of faltered on that “jump right back into marathon training” thing. I chalked it all up to embracing my last few days of vacation and figured the new year would mean a new chance to start fresh.

Because of my whole “it’s my vacation, I’ll run when I want to” mentality over the holidays and my Mom’s fabulous cooking, I’m left feeling like my body is taking up more than its fair share of space on the earth these days. Which I guess is a little extra motivation to hit training hard over the next couple of weeks.

I found my wedding dress!! At the first place I went to! This is huge for me. I’m not a person who likes to make snap decisions. Instead I prefer to hem and haw for hours/days over something, and then painstakingly analyze each potential outcome. But I knew I wanted to go dress shopping with my mom and sisters, and I knew last Thursday might be my only chance. So…even though we have yet to pick a venue or a date, I do have a dress to wear.

DSC_0443.jpgThis is NOT my dress…but it was really beautiful

I got lost driving to the airport to pick EC up for New Year’s…even though On Star was directing me. Note to readers: if you ever want to get to an unknown destination on time, don’t have me drive. Also, there are two addresses for the Pittsburgh airport. Contrary to what Google Maps says, it is not located in the middle of nowhere.

DSC_0507.JPGMy entire little family…reunited again

On New Year’s Eve, I road tripped out to Ohio to help my sister pick out a new furball of her very own (she and EC drove). The latest addition to the {ontherun} family is easily the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. He’s lucky he has the face of an Ewok, since he spent the next several nights barking and crying all night long.



…and after all that, I got back to Rhode Island feeling sad that the holidays had ended. Luckily, talks of weddings and future {comeback} race plans with two of my favorite runners helped me get through that first painful day back at work.

flowers, venue, dress=overrated. The most important decision for the @ wedding has been made. #cheesewedding cc @

2012 really is going to be an amazing year.

I hope everyone had a great holiday! Next up: talk of 2012 goals and training plans…as soon as I actually finish making it, that is.


22 Responses to Holiday Hiatus

  1. I can’t believe that we chatted for 19 hours and you didn’t mention the fact that you got a dress. So exciting! I assume it’s made of cheese, and I’m so proud. I also hope you plan to wear running sneakers with it.

    As for running and marathon training and all that stuff, I have a feeling that as soon as your mind and body are both on board, you’ll be back in the game stronger than ever.

    Also, plan to run all 2012 races wearing a veil.
    Ali´s last post ..The Resolutions I Should Have Made But Didn’t Because They’re Too Difficult

  2. Belated congratulations on the engagement!
    Liz´s last post ..The end of an era

  3. Congrats on the engagement AND on the dress. The most important decision I made for the wedding was my shoes. Purple ones, and oh-so-comfy! That’s how I roll!
    Janine @ThePurpleGiraffe´s last post ..You cut straight to the core of me, Baxter

    • Thank you! I’m a little nervous my shoes aren’t going to be comfortable enough…there may need to be a change for the reception.

  4. Ah, you got your dress! That’s awesome. And I totally hemmed and hawed over deciding my wedding dress. It’s so nice to get that out of the way.

    Your sister’s dog is adorable. That face!
    Kristy@RunTheLongRoad´s last post ..Boston Training and Goals

  5. I know that isn’t the dress but it is still really pretty! Glad you got to go shopping with your family, that would mean a lot to me
    Shannon @ Mon Amour´s last post ..Starting 2012 Off the Right Way

  6. YAY! Welcome back : )

  7. That sounds like an awesome holiday! You and your family look so cute in your pajamas. Pajama pants are the BEST PRESENT EVER. I wish it were socially acceptable to wear them in public all the time.
    Congratulations again on the engagement and the dress. That’s so so exciting! I’m excited just to read about it!
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    • Thank you very much! I’m trying to create a separate wedding page so that any wedding related post updates there instead of the home page. I’ll let you know once I’ve figured it all out!

  8. Congratulations on getting your dress! I didn’t have my mom with me when I found mine, but I did send multiple pictures of dresses to her in emails.

    I LOVE your sister’s dog, such a cutie!
    Jamie @ couchtoironwoman´s last post ..Swim, Bike, Recipe

  9. oooh, little fuzzy puppy! I love him. And I want to see your dress!! You look amazing in that one above, so I can only imagine how great the actual dress is.

    It was so cold this morning! I thought of you and wondered if you would have gone tight-less. :) Happy New Year!
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    • I have to admit that I pulled out the capris for my run yesterday. I’m not brave enough to continue running in shorts when it’s this cold.

  10. Happy New Year! And the puppy is so cute!
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  11. hi. I’m so excited for the wedding planning. And you know I love helping!! Wedding planning is the best! Congrats again :)
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  12. Congrats on finding a dress – it’s all downhill from there =) Sounds like you had a wonderful holiday with your family…looking forward to following your training for boston this year…
    Are you running NYC with Dorothy?? I’m running it again this year too! Yay!
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    • TBD. I really want to run it and know this is the year to do it. But it all just depends on the wedding. Obviously I’m trying my best to plan around marathon season (priorities!) but I have to wait and see how it all works out before I sign up.

      So exciting that you are running it again this year! Hopefully I’ll be able to join you.

  13. Congratulations on finding a dress! One check list thing down, huh! And, a big one, too!

    Can’t wait to hear your 2012 running plans! I’m still undecided on full vs half for spring. Full, half, full, half, full, half. ahh!

    That dog is ADORABLE! I want to move to the suburbs and get a car and a dog…if I had the money, that is!

    Yo, Brown is on the list for residencies!
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  14. Dress! Puppy! So exciting!

    Excited for your 2012 running plans and that whole Boston training thing…
    Susan´s last post ..new year’s eve donut run!

  15. Oh you had such great holidays! So many exciting this going on for you. Can’t wait to see what the real dress looks like!
    Sarah´s last post ..Worry Wart? Wort?

  16. hooray for finding your wedding dress!!! so exciting. and i am impressed that you went pants-less for the entire month of December. every time i wore shorts outside, i thought of you :)

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