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Things I Did NOT Do Over the Holiday

by Carilyn on November 27, 2012

I always have the grandest of intentions over long holidays: work on my book on the plane; make several gourmet meals for my family; do some intense workouts with my home running group; and cure cancer. Okay, maybe not the last one, but a girl can exaggerate, can’t she?

This holiday, I did NONE of those things. In fact, I DIDN’T do a lot of things.

1. I did not write a single word. Not. One. Single. Word. No blog posts, no thank you notes, no e-mails. Not even a list for the grocery store. When I got back to California, I had to teach myself how to type again.

2. I did not cook any meals, much less any gourmet meals. I didn’t even feed my poor family a bowl of cereal. While everyone sat around my kitchen table looking forlornly at the blank surface, I pondered how many Egg McMuffins it would take to feed 10 ravenous people.

3. I never ran with my old group. They start at 5:30 a.m. Which is 4:30 a.m. for me. Which means I would have had to get up at 3:30 a.m. after staying up until 11:00 p.m. with my family. No. No. No.

4. I didn’t do any intense workouts of any kind. Unless you count the 3 hour game of “DJ BroJam” we played around my kitchen island. My brother would play a song on his iPhone, and whoever guessed it first got a point. I came in second (and I didn’t remove anyone’s spleen or do too many victory dances. Okay, one really obnoxious one, but my brother in-law deserved it). That was a much intensity as I could handle.

5. I didn’t do a single crunch, plank, or squat. The only workout my core got was from laughing. Nothing works your abs like a good demonstration of Olivia Newton-John’s “Let’s Get Physical” video, complete with identical puffy headband. And no, there is no video evidence of that performance.

6. I didn’t read a single blog. Confession: I forgot my computer. I was late for the train, and walked out of my place without my computer bag, thus contributing to my failure to write anything, read blogs, or send e-mails. I’m just not savvy enough to do all of that on my phone. Hell, I can barely send text messages. Someone asked me to “IM” them, and I thought they were talking about swimming. Sigh.

7. I didn’t get on Twitter once. See excuse above. Besides, I didn’t need any more guilt about all the fabulous food I WASN’T cooking for my family.

8. I didn’t clean anything. This was a the best present ever! My sister is a fabulous cleaner, so our deal has always been, I cook, she cleans. Well, she was unaware that I wasn’t going to be doing any cooking this weekend, so she cleaned and cleaned (there were 10 people staying in my house) while I stood around and made noises about “picking up Chinese” for lunch. I owe her. Big time.

9. I didn’t do any long runs. In fact, I never ran more than 10 miles at a time, and those were all done at a CCL (couldn’t care less) pace. Maybe it was all the MSG I was ingesting from all the takeout food we were eating, but I had ZERO motivation. Well, that’s not entirely true. I was motivated to win DJ BroJam. And I came in SECOND! Have I already mentioned that?

10. I didn’t stab Hubz with a fork for snoring. Normally, when Hubz starts to snore, I whack him one and tell him to turn over. But since we had 10 people in the house, it would have been impossible for them to ignore his shriek of pain. So I had to gently nudge him. And wear earplugs.

For those of you who managed to lose 10 pounds, do 4 long runs, cook the best Thanksgiving dinner EVER, all while making your friends and family feel loved, let me know ahead of time so that I don’t read your blog. I’m very busy writing apology notes to my family members now that I have my computer. I can only take so much failure per holiday.

Happy Running!


{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

olga November 27, 2012 at 12:41 pm

I love the CCL pace! We ate glorified Ramen with poured over water from a coffee pot of the little hotel room we stayed in. We also ate salami from a cooler with brought where ice melt and it swam – but we drunk the best bottle of wine!

Carilyn November 27, 2012 at 1:50 pm

That sounds fantastic, Olga!

Kate November 27, 2012 at 3:04 pm

I did lose weight over Thanksgiving, but that’s because I was sick the whole time. I’ve “run” once since my race on the 10th. I have considered stabbing my husband with a fork, but if he was too badly injured I’d have to do all the stuff he’s doing because I haven’t done anything around the house in the 1.5 weeks I’ve been sick. And I’ve thought a lot about blogging, but that’s as far as it went.

In other words, you’re worlds ahead of me! :)

Char November 27, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Ear plugs aren’t quite good enough are they?

For a lot of people 10 miles is a long run – I’d be thrilled with that at the moment but give me a few months and I’ll be saying it’s only a short run too.

Are you a little competitive? I think I picked up a little hint in that post. I’m intuitive that way.

Carilyn November 27, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Just a little competitive, Char! And OCD. And Type A. Hmmmmmm….. I’m seeing a pattern here :)

Carilyn November 27, 2012 at 7:47 pm

Oh no, Kate! I’m sorry you were sick over the holidays! And I agree with you, no point in stabbing anyone, cuz you just have to clean up the mess :)

Kirstin C (@ultrarunnergirl) November 28, 2012 at 7:21 am

Ha! CCL pace. I am using that from now on. We have a running group of CCL pace women, and we call the SLUTs (Slow Lollygagging Ultra Training).

Glad you got offline for awhile and spent quality time with the family. Always good!

Carilyn November 28, 2012 at 11:06 am

Love the SLUTs, Kirstin! Too funny!

Marcia November 28, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Can you send your sis my way? Anyone who cleans is a goddess in my book. I managed not to stab my MIL with a fork. I call that success…or on second thought maybe not…

Carilyn November 29, 2012 at 9:38 am

I love that my sister is a cleaner! Now if I could only convince Hubz to love doing dishes :)

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