This past Sunday, the day before Marathon Monday, I ran the Patriotic 5k with Andrew and our friend Lucas. It was a hot day, up around 80 degrees, and boy did we feel sluggish. Despite feeling sluggish, we all ran a pretty good race. Lucas ran phenomenally fast, coming in 21st place with a time of 24:46. Crazy man. Andrew and I ran together, as we always do, and were convinced we were taking at least 40 minutes to complete the thing. But, despite our ill-feelings, we set a PR for ourselves: 35:38. That’s an 11:30 min/mile pace, which is better than our last 5k which was a bit over a 12 min/mile pace. Regardless of the results, we all had fun being outside and being active, and that’s really what it’s all about – isn’t it?
While Andrew and I have been together for almost three years, this is year will mark our first Christmas while living together. Even though we’re both Jewish (more culturally than religiously - we don’t practice), we still both revel in the holiday spirit and what Christmas stands for – the giving, the charity, the good will, the time with family and friends, (and the shopping, obviously).
Ever since December rolled around, we’ve found ourselves to be spectacularly festive: we bought red tealight holders, we stole mugs and plates with snowmen on them from Andrew’s parent’s basement, and we bought a Christmas tree. After buying our tree, we found ourselves at Target raiding every aisle trying to find the best items. We joined the herds of people rummaging through ornaments, lights, and other decorations and emerged victorious. We decorated the tree last night while drinking hot chocolate and watching football. It was a perfect night. I’m happy to share with you some pictures from our night: