Morning Sickness Returns & Jingle Bell 5K

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Good morning, friends!

How was your weekend? Mine was a mix of rest and relaxation and a little bit of activity, which I suppose is the best of both worlds, especially when it comes to the weekend, right?

On Saturday morning, I woke up feeling kind of blah. I was sore from CrossFit workouts on Thursday and Friday, and my morning sickness had returned in recent days. I felt great during week 15 and early in week 16, but by the time I was mid-way through week 16, I felt horrible again. Long story short, I spent most of Saturday bumming around the house and trying not to boot.


After I ate breakfast on Saturday morning, I did some chores around the house and wrapped Christmas presents while taking frequent breaks on the couch to rest.

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As the morning progressed, I eventually fell asleep on the couch and slept until the early afternoon when I heard Mal talking on the phone to our friend Mike, who had just adopted a new puppy and wanted to set up a play date with Murphy to begin socializing her.

At this point, I figured I should get up and get moving since I was still in my PJs and it was almost 2:00 in the afternoon. When Mike arrived with Addie, we all headed out for an “adventure walk” in the woods near our house.


Within minutes of starting out walk, we ran into our neighbor and his dog, so all seven of us explored the woods together.


I’m glad that I decided to join in on the doggie play date because fresh air definitely made me feel better.


I spent the rest of the afternoon and evening sitting on couch and relaxing. I ended up renting The Internship, which was actually pretty entertaining, and then going to bed around 9:00 PM. I was exhausted and felt terrible. Boo.

On Sunday morning, Mal and I joined a couple of CrossFit friends for the Jingle Bell 5K in Somerville, which is (almost) a yearly tradition for Mal and me. (We missed last year’s race.)

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Dools, Nate, Mal, and me!

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We ended up cutting it pretty close to start time and had just two minutes to line up before the gun went off.

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Of course, I was a mess for the first few minutes of the race (setting up my Garmin, messing around with my iPhone, etc.), but I didn’t care since I wasn’t running for time yesterday.

I’ve barely run since the Hat Trick and when I do, it’s so hard for me. I have no lungs. I actually wasn’t even sure if I’d be able to run 3.1 miles without stopping, so I just trucked along and enjoyed the costumes, spectators, and holidays music.

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I actually didn’t stop running once during the race and finished in 29:19 (9:26). Slow and steady, baby!

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After the race, we all planned to meet at Sally O’Brien’s for a post-race celebration. Mal and I have gone here in the past after races because it’s a little ways from Davis Square, where the race is held, so it doesn’t get very crowded and you can drink free beer for hours. Plus, there’s always really good live music.

Well, I guess I forgot how far away Sally O’Brien’s was from the race finish because I ended up running another 2 miles to get there! I guess it wasn’t a little ways away after all. The effort was worth it though””we pretty much had the place to ourselves!

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Post-race mocktails: Extra spicy Bloody Mary and a Cotton Candy, which was made with seltzer and splash of pineapple juice and Grenadine.


We also ordered food at Sally O’Brien’s. I went with eggs, bacon, home fries, and toast.

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We ended up staying at the bar for hours, talking and laughing about who knows what. It was a nice, little Sunday!

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Questions of the Day

Have you wrapped your Christmas presents yet? Do you do it all at once or break it up into smaller sessions?

Did you run a holiday road race this year? What’s the best costume you saw?

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