Mama Duck’s Annual Holiday Waddle

Not sure if we should talk about my awkwardness in this picture? I’ve got my butt stomach going on and it looks like I am choking on a hot dog. But, at least I don’t look like I am pooping my pants like Ty.

This has been a fun week of running and adventure. I love the last half of December for a number of reasons. One, is obviously Christmas and the other is because it’s usually spent with lots of family and friends. One thing that has become somewhat of an annual tradition (as annual as a two year event can be) is a run on the Saturday before Christmas in Orem hosted by my friend Susette. It’s a simple, small and fun run just on a small outdoor track close to the Orem Fitness Center.

This was the same event last year where Susette and Becky surprised me with one of the best and most heartfelt gifts I’ve ever gotten. They got me a medal rack for my race medals and if you couldn’t tell by the pictures it put me into tears. I didn’t blog about this last year, because I was going to wait until I put up the rack to post about the whole experience.

Susette giving me my surprise last year!

Needless to say, it hasn’t gone up yet. This isn’t because I don’t like it or need it. Mainly because I haven’t had a good place to put it … yet. I could put it up in my room now, but if I am going to move out soon I’d rather wait and give it justice. Plus, I have some pictures and another rack I got from Camille that I will adding to it. My goal for January should be to find a good place I can put it.

Anyways … I digress. As usual.

I carpooled with the Gabicas down to Orem. But, instead of them picking me up in Bountiful. I actually rode the FrontRunner from Salt Lake to Orem with Jill and Addison on Friday after work. In Orem we were met by Mark at the station. We then hit up Costa Vida for dinner and stayed at the Hampton Inn & Suites over night. We celebrated Mark and Jill’s daughter Isabel’s birthday. Isabel if you recall was stillborn and one of main motivations and reasons Jill runs. It’s also the name sake for her blog.

Pretty Princess party for Isabel!

This was Isabel’s 5th birthday and I felt so honored to be invited and able to be a part of the celebration. Addison helped plan most of the party. We went swimming in the hotel pool and also ate cake with Butterfinger topping whilst wearing Princess tiaras (and at breakfast the morning after) and eating on Princess plates. It was fun and a very touching moment.

On Saturday morning all four of us got to the park and partied. I was quickly reminded at how much I’ve missed being around Susette. She is one of the most energetic, nicest and kindest people I know. Our first race that we ran together was WAY back in May 2012 at the Corner Canyon Trail Run in Draper. We connected a couple weeks prior through another blog and quite honestly she’s one of the reasons I’m still running. She changed running for me. It became more social than just about running.

My Christmas gift to Becky. She hates the name, but I refuse to call her by anything else.

And, the nature of this social was just that. It was social … with running involved. In fact, Jill and I were joking that we should just run to the social and then socialize without worrying about running while there and then run back home. One day I might try that … one day.

Along with meeting up we also all brought something to share with others. Of course I brought Rice Krispy Treats. I made some hot chocolate Rice Krispy Treats that I made with a couple packets of hot chocolate and whole marshmallows in the RK mix before it meets the melted marshmallows. People liked it, so I must have done something right?

But, the running was a lot of fun as well. I ended up running with someone for each half mile lap. I was able to run with Ty Ty, Becky and everyone in between. That’s one reason why I love running around on a track, you get to run with the fastest and slowest out there and just “be there” with them. That’s one reason why I love the New Years Run Resolution so much.

The Hansen Brothers. Gotta love Ty Ty!

The run was perfect and just what I needed to end out this year with my group runs. I am also getting extremely closer to my 1200 mile goal for the year. I just need 10.3 miles to get that goal. I will have that goal by the end of this weekend. I am planning on running tomorrow and Christmas Eve. I should just crank it out and get it down with! I am just excited to reach that goal! It’s been a fun adventure of running this year.

Anyways … I am not sure if I’ll post this week or not. If not, Merry Christmas! And, we’ll see you next year … or until my next post!

Total Mileage Breakdown for 2014

2014 Training Miles – 559.85 miles
2014 Walking Miles – 169.4 miles
2014 Race Miles – 460.45 miles
2014 Total Miles – 1189.7 miles
Monthly Total Miles for 2014
January – 100.0 miles
February – 100.0 miles
March – 130.0 miles
April – 140.5 miles
May – 108.65 miles
June – 83.3 miles
July – 93.75 miles
August – 118.2 miles
September – 88.55 miles
October – 106.8 miles
November – 75.05 miles 
December – 56.5 miles
Miles to 2014 Goal (1200 miles) – 10.3 miles


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