Have you ever noticed there are two types of people when it comes to Christmas?
Oh yea, maybe there is a 3rd camp:
People either love it or they hate it.
I’d say I love Christmas. I love the festive cheer (from most people), the good food, the time to enjoy winter before we all start hating it and most of all, celebrating Jesus’ birthday. When I grew up, I remember my Sunday school teacher correlating Santa with Satan. See the letter change?
I thought that was ridiculous! What is wrong with children getting excited about a big man with a beard and rosy cheeks giving them a gift? St. Nicholas certainly did that, and Santa is in his memory. Sure, we go overboard, and the holidays can drive people crazy, but it’s all in a good spirit. Santa does not drive people away from the true meaning of Christmas, it helps people who do not know God move in that direction.
I’m not sure where that was going, but I enjoy Christmas. I enjoy both the religious significance and the holiday traditions. It’s all in good fun.
That said, let’s have coffee.
If we were having coffee I would tell you I love Christmas. Cheers!
I would also tell you that my town looks beautiful late at night. The Ithaca Commons went under some pretty serious construction these past few years. Some people doubted whether it would ever be done. People complained of course and blamed the mayor. However, now it looks wonderful. The lights are up, the tree is up and my pictures do not do justice. Forgive me in the spirit of Christmas 🙂
I would also tell you that I had a rocking Monday! I received a pair of racing shoes in the mail from Saucony (don’t get any ideas, I paid for them) and was itching to try them out on my speed work today. They are really lightweight, not so cushioned and most importantly, did not come untied. I had no raw spots on my feet after wearing them (that sometimes happens if you go too fast in new shoes) and did not feel like I had to work them in. They will work quite nicely. Saucony Fastwitch, on my feet:
Speaking of running (when am I not honestly?) my speed work this morning was 15 x 2 minutes with 2 minutes 20 seconds above marathon pace and 2 minutes at 20 seconds below marathon pace. I was feeling really strong, but hesitated to push the pace. I have begun to re-read the Hanson’s Marathon Method and they stress not going too fast too soon. It’s important to not get overtrained in the early stages of race-prep. I did pick it up a bit in the second twenty minutes and went to 40 seconds below marathon pace. I felt like this was hard, but not like I was going to die (like last week haha). As usual, SUPER SWEATY!
One last thing before I go, I am three days strong on the oatmeal for breakfast! It’s definitely different in terms of sweetness. Having PB&J each morning was a huge hit of sugar, which I enjoyed (I am not anti sugar). With the oats, I add some sugar in terms of protein powder and maple syrup, but it’s more fatty and thick because I add a handful or two of nuts or PB. I enjoy the change. PB&J is still my dinner though. I could never give it up completely 😉
Are you pro or anti Christmas cheer?
When is the appropriate time for Christmas to start?