Christmas 2011: A Recap

I thought it would be nice to share some of the highlights of my Christmas. It really was great this year, lots of time with friends and family plus lots of relaxation time! First of all here is our tree Christmas morning surrounded by presents (we aren’t spoiled at all).




Bruce really did spoil me rotten this year. He got me a new straightening iron, Garmin, running clothes, tons of books, movies, slippers, clothes, chocolate, and so much more!




My parents gave me some great gifts as well, the most thoughtful was the 2 charms for my charm bracelet. They were both beautiful! Bruce’s mom gave me Jamie Oliver’s new cookbook Meals in Minutes which I can’t wait to dig into! Of course both his and my family spoiled us as well with lots of house ware and kitchen gifts, we only bought our house 2 years ago this month so those kind of gifts are much appreciated!


Over the holidays, which aren’t over for me until Jan 3, I did lots of reading, watching movies, and relaxing. This is my continued plan until Jan 3. haha I even did a little running, including a 10K race.




We attended many holiday parties, including a family Christmas day party in a basement. So much fun!




I did lots of eating, including 2 turkey dinners, Christmas brunches with 2 families, lasagne, and so much more. I was committed to Christmas eating, I am not a quitter! I think that indulging over the holidays with no guilt is important. Worrying about it does nothing, so while I think the posts about how to eat healthy during the holidays are great it just isn’t for me. If I want to eat cookies for breakfast at Christmas I am going to! It comes just once a year!


What I enjoyed most about this Christmas was really taking the time to enjoy it, spending lots of time relaxing with friends and family. We drove around last night drinking hot chocolate and looking at all the beautiful lights. Hopefully we’ll get to go on a night time walk through the park this weekend to see the lights there. Tomorrow will be spent entertaining some more friends and family who are coming to visit. The gifts are great and I am so thankful but time spent with those you love is what Christmas is all about!


How did you spend your holidays?

What was your favourite gift?

Any new user tricks you can tell me about my new Garmin? I just learned about autolap!

The Runner’s Christmas Wish List

The above video is of a local flash mob that happened just this weekend past at one of the malls in my city, I thought it was really nice and that I would share it with you! : ) So as the big day is fast approaching I am wrapping up my shopping and beginning the preparation of my house for Christmas. I don’t know how people with mansions do it, they must have help because I can barely clean and ready our home which isn’t big at all! There just feels like there is so much to do and no time to do it all! Anyways enough complaining I love this time of year! Smile I thought I’d share with you some of my running/fitness related wish list aka things I hope to get or will buy out of Christmas money my parents give me! Perhaps you will get some inspiration for your favourite fitness lover!

Garmin 305



I swear if I have to fumble with my phone to use GPS for one more outside run I may lose it. Not only is it annoying, it’s hard to use a touch screen in the cold with gloves on and it sucks having to hold your phone in your hand to check pace during speed sessions. This gadget is on every runners must have list, my friend the running coach swears by it!


Bondi Bands



I have heard nothing but great things about these heavy sweat wicking headbands. I have a whole lot of hair so I always wear headbands when I run!


Mile Markers by Kristin Armstrong



I read that this book was great from SUAR, and then checked out some reviews. It looks like I would really enjoy this read the sub-title is the 26.2 most important reasons why women run, sounds good to me!


Run Your Heart Out Tights and Run For It Pullover




I live in Canada and it is winter, enough said. These are from lulu (as if you didn’t know).  I need good winter running clothes, I plan to buy these out of money my parents will give me for Christmas!


So that’s my must haves for running this Christmas, some of my other favourite gear is listed here. I have lots more non-running things on my Christmas wish list as well but I figured these items were more relevant! Smile


What’s on your wish list this year?


Update: This was my 100th post!! : ) How I missed the milestone I’ll never know but I am proud! : )