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Happy New Year!

Has it really been over a month since I published a blog post?! There have been some BIG changes in my life, primarily, I quit my job. But more on this another time.  Also, though I haven’t been able to run since October due to an injury, things are finally looking up for me. This week I was able to run/walk a total of 2 miles without any pain in my foot. 2! II! TWO WHOLE MILES, THANK THE RUNNING GODS! I’m still not ready to resume a full training schedule just yet, but I have been abysmally keeping up my cardio on the stationary bike and elliptical. I’m also taking yoga and Pilates classes about 4 times a week, so my chi is chill and I’m ready to start a new year!

Instead of going through a lengthy recap of my holiday season, I would like to just share my favorite photos from a few big events in the last month of 2015!

 

Fall of the House of Usher at the San Francisco Opera

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Pivot fashion show in Santa Cruz

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Wedding Shower for my bestie

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Christmas Day!

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Tickets to Disney World!

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New Years Eve

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Irish Coffee at the Buena Vista Cafe on New Year’s Day

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Hello 2016!

-J

Turkey Trotting 2015

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! To my local running buddies in the states, and to my comrades across the borders and abroad, I am thankful the sport of running has brought us together!

I personally had a fantastic holiday. My day started off in the wee hours of the morn’, 5 AM to be exact! Getting out of bed at 5 AM on a holiday does not typically classify as “fantastic” imo, but if ever there is a good reason to rise and shine before the sun, it would be for a run! I did not run, as I am still healing from a tendon injury, but I volunteered to pass out medals with the Berkeley Half Marathon at the Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot! The two races partnered up this year for a special challenge: those that completed the Berkeley Half Marathon, 10K or 5K on November 22nd, AND participated in the Turkey Trot, would receive a special medal for their achievements.

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SO! I spent the morning in cozy 35 degree weather (damn you, the inventor of ankle pants!), handing out the special bling to proud runners. While it is a super bummer that I cannot run right now, being around all the positive energy was infectious and rewarding. It made my day to see people thrilled to earn their medal! I finished working at the race around 11:30 AM, and made the hour drive back to SF to get ready for Thanksgiving dinner.

It is always hard to be away from family on a holiday, but I was at least able to have phone chats with my mom, dad and brother. Luckily, I will be seeing all of them soon for a holiday visit to Arizona!

Rich and I spent Thanksgiving evening in the East Bay with some of his extended family. I met a couple new people and enjoyed good food and wine, great conversation and plenty of pumpkin pie! Even though they are not technically my family, I was welcomed warmly as part of their own!

When we made it home that night, I fell in to the deepest food and exhaustion coma of my life! Tiring though it was, Thanksgiving this year was a day well spent.

How was your Thanksgiving? Any turkey trotters??

-J