It is still Thursday, right?? My days are all mixed up this week, but no matter. I have three wonderful things to tell you about!
1. My Secret Santa Bloggy Gift came in the mail today!!!! So, I’ve totally spent this week Charlie Brown-ing by the mailbox. Waiting, waiting, waiting (which is pretty silly since the bloggy gift I sent out probably just made it to its recipient today, too). But I really love a good Secret Santa surprise and I just couldn’t wait for it to arrive and surprise me! Oooooh, and it was a good one, too. In fact, it’s three gifts in one: it was a package in the mail (omg, I love it when packages come in the mail!), it’s a BOOK (which means it’s a present I get to open again and again!), and it was from a blogger I didn’t already know (yay for new bloggy friends!) Thank you so much to Laura from Laura’s Boise-full Life (and a big thank you to Jill for organizing this whole thing – what a wonderful holiday treat)!!
2. There was another surprise in the mail today!! I got not one, but TWO packages in the mail today, thereby making it pretty much the best mail day ever. A while back, I won an Honorable Mention prize from Marcia’s virtual Race to End Lupus, but it didn’t come in the mail. I’ll be honest, I didn’t really think anything of it – people get busy and life happens, so I didn’t think it was a big deal until I got an email from Marcia asking if I’d received my prize. Oh, bummer! It must’ve gotten lost in the mail. So, most people would have left it at that, but not my girl Marcia. She went and replaced the missing prize and it wasn’t some token Honorable Mention, it is FULL ON FABULOUSNESS! Thank you so much Marcia!!!! Check out this amazing Lift Your Sole necklace (accompanied by a sweet note):
I’ve “window-shopped” at liftyoursole.com lots of times and absolutely love this necklace: A marathon doesn’t build character, it reveals it.
Wasn’t it just yesterday that I was whining about the blahs??? Wow, well they are gone, gone, gone-ity GONE today! A girl could really get used to all this lucky/happy/awesomeness! OH, but wait! There’s more:
4. Speedwork is the answer. And it doesn’t really matter what your question or problem was! I love speedwork. It is quantifiable proof that you are even more bada** than you thought. When selecting my speedwork paces, I usually choose something that I think will be challenging, but within my reach. For today’s 4 x 800 repeats, I was aiming for a 7:20 pace. I felt reasonably confident about hitting that goal and thought I might even have a little wiggle room if I was feeling really good. I haven’t run 800s in a really, really long time (like almost two years) and I was so pleasantly surprised at how fast they went! As soon as I was thinking, “I can’t hold this pace any longer” it was over. I felt amazing as soon as I got going and knew I had hit my splits, but maybe you can imagine my surprise and delight when I loaded up my Garmin stats to find these paces: 6:55, 6:54, 7:01 and 7:06. HOLY CROW, I ran a pace that started with a 6?!?!?!? I’m pretty sure this qualifies as a Christmas miracle.
Wishing you all a very happy and healthy holiday!!