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Merry Christmas Day Runs - December 25th, 2007 (Read 730 times)

    Merry Christmas. Please allow me to take this opportunity to wish each of my running friends a very Merry Christmas. While this is a running forum and not a place for religious discussion necessarily, I do want to go on record to say that Christmas does have special meaning for me as I celebrate the birth of the Child who came those many years ago, to give His life and bring the gift of life to all who believe. Simply said, He is my Saviour. For those with children and grandchildren, enjoy this special day with them. Use this time to tell them of the greatest love story ever told. There is no better gift to give to each of those in your family than your love and the time you invest in their lives. I trust that you will have the chance today to get in a nice run. Holidays are often difficult for getting in the miles, but these can be some of the best runs of the year for a variety of reasons. I have a Santa hat on top of my tree and may wear that for my run this afternoon. Thank YOU for the part you play in my life through the wisdom and encouragement that are shared daily on these threads now here at Running AHEAD. Merry Christmas
      Thanks for getting us started Vista. Maybe today will have a run in it, maybe not. Regardless of your faith, may you find serenity and happy feet in this season and through out the year. SteveP


        Merry Christmas, everyone! I had planned to run 8 miles this morning before starting family activities. So I got up at 5, put my running clothes on, went downstairs and discovered that Santa had left me a wonderful gift......30 extra minutes of sleep. So I crawled under the afghan on the couch and drifted off for another half hour. And that's the story of how my planned 8 miles turned into only 5. Blame it on the fat guy in the red suit. In a little bit, we're going to connect up the webcam and open gifts "with" the newlyweds in Boston. This will be our first Christmas without dawndaughter1. I know it's the natural order of things for children to grow up, move away, and start their own family traditions, but it still tugs at my heart just a bit. Then we'll spend the morning cooking Christmas dinner which will be packed up and transported to the nursing home where we'll celebrate with dear-old-dad. It's just gotten too hard to bring him home. I bought National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and we'll watch that with him after dinner. He still has a wonderful sense of humor and we can all use a few good laughs. Best wishes to all my old and new running friends. May you have a peaceful holiday in the company of your family and friends.

        aka Mrs. WillRunForBeer, MD, USA

        Marathoning, the triumph of desire over reason

          Thank you Vista for the Christmas wishes - PDR - it may be the natural order of things for children to grow up and move away, but it just doesn't feel right. 3 miles in 33. Merry Christmas and good runs all.

          Marathon Maniac #957

            Merry Christmas! After an hour of watching the kids unwrap presents, helping them with instructions, eating cinnamon rolls and drinking coffee, I had an EXTREMELY hard time dragging myself out for a run. But I eventually did, and I feel so much better for having done so, considering that there will be some overeating possibilities later when we go to my dad’s for the Christmas meal. 7 recovery-paced miles for me (ave pace 10:18) in a clear and crisp 26 degrees. Last night I put 725 songs from my music files onto DS’s new ipod. He seemed doubtful that I would have any music he might like. “Hey,” I said, “I’m cool, I’m hip, I’m rock-and-roll. Out of 725 songs, there’s bound to be SOMETHING you like.” Last year, when he was 9, he still thought his mom was cool. At 10, he’s beginning to have doubts. Sad Off to make some sweet potato souffle and scalloped potatoes to take to my dad's. Best wishes to everyone!

            Life is a headlong rush into the unknown. We can hunker down and hope nothing hits us or we can stand tall, lean into the wind and say, "Bring it on, darlin', and don't be stingy with the jalapenos."


              Merry Christmas all. SInce I'm a relative beginner to running, I'll go out later for a few easy miles. My dog Hobbes gave me a wonder frisbee for CHristmas and so can't wait to toss that around with him later. Santa brought him a furry stuffed squirrel so that AT LAST! he can finally have caught one. Now I'm off to the kitchen to make our taditional Christmas southern brunch of cheese grits, hash browns, eggs, sausage, and biscuits (today we're not following any particular eating plans or rules :yesSmile. Hope everyone has a fantastic day!

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                Blame it on the fat guy in the red suit.
                Predawnrunner, I really don't think it's appropriate for you to talk about my good friend Lou that way. He may have added a little around the waist but I know he works hard trying to stay in shape. Dark Horse
                I'm a dark horse, running on a dark race course.
                  I really don't think it's appropriate for you to talk about my good friend Lou that way. He may have added a little around the waist but I know he works hard trying to stay in shape.
                  Thanks, DH. I can always count on you to watch my back. BTW, you might want to know that I got PDR dangly earrings for Christmas. I, too, did a 5 miler this morning, and took my extra sleep before getting up in the first place. I really like this log feature here. I don't know why I never used a web based log before, but I like sharing mine and I like looking at others. I still keep the excel log which has a bit more data, and I don't mind logging the run in both places. I'm cooking the turkey and gravy, and PDR is cooking the stuffing. I opted out of making rolls this holiday. I think I got off easy.

                  Lou, (aka Mr. predawnrunner), MD, USA | Lou's Brews |

                    Merry Christmas. Thank YOU for the part you play in my life through the wisdom and encouragement that are shared daily on these threads now here at Running AHEAD. Merry Christmas
                    Thank you vista for the Christmas wish. And to all...I share in vista's gratitude for the wisdom on these threads...and for the light hearted humor that's supplied on a daily basis. "Have yourself a merry little Christmas. May your hearts be light. From now on our troubles will be out of sight!"
                    Quit being so damn serious! When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change. "Ya just gotta let it go." OM
                      Had planned on a rest day (well, rest from running, anyway), but needed to run a quick errand to mom's, so I literally RAN that errand. Only one mile, but it felt good to be doing something I love and that's fairly recently so important to me on Christmas. Bright sun, very light breeze, temps in the mid-30s - beautiful! Cool Definitely ready for rest now, as I'm still stiff from yesterday's 7 miles and sleepy from turkey-prep that started at 5:00 this morning. Time for a little snooze before the family arrives. I, too, am so grateful for all of you folks - your collective wisdom and your wicked senses of humor! Happy Christmas. Eliz


                        5 mile progression run with an average pace of 7:48...I can hear the kidlets starting to stir in their beds... Merry Christmas!!!
                        Looking for a place to Happen, making stops along the way - The Hip

                        One day at a time

                          Thanks for your Christmas message, Vista! My new Garmin 305 is charging right now - one hour to go. I'm really not supposed to run today, so I think I will put it on and go for a walk with the dog. Have a wonderful day, everyone! Teresa
                            Easy 5.2 miles, keeping my HR low (135) for 8:46 pace. Beautiful sunny day. Seemomgo—sorry to hear about your Mom; hope she’s better soon. Oldguy—welcome. (How ‘bout “YoungAsUFeelGuy”?) PapaBanucci—welcome. All the folks I’ve missed…welcome. Evanflein—sorry about using your Discover Card; finances are a bit tight here but I wanted to get something nice for my DW from Bloomie’s. Hope you don’t mind too much. Vista—thanks for the greeting and getting us going PDR—a web-cam christmas; good idea. Teresa—you’ll love the Garmin! You must have been good this year. Following advice from some here I asked for, and got, Lore of Running for Christmas. Having never seen the book I had no idea it was the size of the NYC phone directory! Plenty of reading for 2008. I’m agnostic so for me this holiday doesn’t relate to personal faith but I do find it interesting that pagan winter festivals cut across so many cultures, long pre-dating Christianity. It’s gotta be all that darkness and cold. Brrrr. I don’t know if this is a regional thing or what but I’ve also noticed a couple of articles in our local newspaper about Christians who don’t celebrate Christmas—in part because of its pagan origins and lack of Biblical basis (most scholars believe the historical Jesus was born around September and early Church leaders tried to piggy-back onto existing pagan holidays in late December) and in part because of the commercialization. I knew about the pagan origins of the holiday season, but didn’t realize there were Christians who felt that way. Whatever your beliefs or non-beliefs, have a great day!

                            Head Procrastinator

                              Ran 4.3 in lovely conditions. 41 and plenty of sun. I am very lucky to live on the Atlantic Ocean and it was pretty today out there. I'd love it if y'all could post your pics on the pet thread in KR Consider it your present to me Big grin Enjoy the day those celebrating or if you don't celebrate just enjoy the day off. Barb
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                                This will be my first post on RunningAhead. I want to wish a Merry Christmas to all my "imaginary" friends. I hope everyone has a great Christmas with family and/or friends. We celebrated yesterday with our daughter, son, son's fiance, my mother, and my wife's father. Today, we will take it easy while our son visits his fiance's family and my father in law visits with one of my wife's brother. We have a lot to be thankful for. TomS