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Christmas is Coming!

I hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving! We ate lots and lots of food. Ryan and I had four relaxing days in New Jersey with his family. We got some Christmas shopping done, went to a New Jersey Devil’s hockey game and were couch potatoes. We’re really good at staying on the couch for hours 🙂



Once we were back at our apartment holiday decorating was in full effect. This is the first year since moving from Oregon that I actually love my Christmas decorations. 




Ryan found this snow globe of a red fox – We met at Marist, which is the home of the Red Foxes! How cool, right?!


Here’s a fun fact – Ryan has never had a real Christmas tree before! I’m in love with our little tree. I don’t think I could ever have a fake tree, I love the pine scent too much!



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Christmas time in Oregon

Christmas time in Oregon

Cookie baking

Candy eyeballs from Target made these little guys so cute!

The Ugly Christmas Sweater party was a hit!

These girls have been my best friends since high school! Love them!

Cooking attempt fail… But it still tasted good!

Christmas Eve 🙂

Opening presents with family (Go Ducks!!!)

Cute apron for my cooking… See above photo…

Christmas morning!

Christmas ball

My Dad makes me one every year! – not store-bought~

What’s in the middle??? A beautiful little box with money in it for my travels to the half marathon in March!!!

I hope you all had an amazing Christmas!!! No running took place for me, but lots of fun and eating great food did!!!

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It’s 27 degrees here! In Oregon!???

I’m here! In Oregon!

Here I am at 3:30am… YES. AM. Besides getting up super early, everything went smoothly yesterday! Since my flight was SO early no one was at the airport. Starbucks wasn’t even open yet!

Deserted Newark Airport…

Once I landed (at 10am!! Gotta love the time difference) we hit the ground running. Lunch, shopping, dentist, happy hour… I had so much fun with my parents! The place we went for happy hour was awesome! It was Polynesian themed.  Can you tell my Dad did not want to be in the photo?? haha

I loved the fun decor.

The happy hour menu was good too! We had crispy prawns and some kind to crab things. 

Oh… And my Mom also surprised me with this beauty… 

This shortbread cookie might be the best shortbread I’ve ever had. Grand Central Bakery. I love you.


This morning – since it was 27 degrees out! My Dad and I walked 2.5 miles in the mall. It opens at 6am for the “mall walkers”. Since the pool he swims at is closed to renovations we decided that walking would be good cross training 🙂 And it was fun to window shop!

More Christmas shopping to be done today! I’m off!!! Crossing my fingers I get a run in!


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It’s almost here!!!

Another whirlwind weekend… 

Friday night frozen yogurt

Saturday morning 10 miler

Saturday night baking and dinner with Ryan – Oh, and I went Christmas shopping… It was pretty crowded everywhere I went. I do not recommend Bloomingdales at this time of year.

Sunday afternoon cookie swap

I’m mostly packed for my trip home to Oregon – I leave Wednesday morning. Now all I have to do is get through two days of work, get a run or two in and be on my merry way.

I hope you all had a great weekend – full of holiday fun!

I made peanut butter reindeer cookies for the cookie swap. What’s your favorite type of cookie???

Anyone else traveling for the holidays???


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Another GREAT workout in the books last night! And I came up with it myself! 5 mins, no incline; 5 mins, 1% incline; 5 minsn 2% incline; 5 minsn 1% incline; the rest of the 3 miles (about 800 meters) no incline. Total time: 26:35

Changing the incline every 5 minutes helped to keep me focused and not get bored. It was also pretty difficult and I know it will help me concur the hills in Central Park during the Manhattan Half as well as when I run the Red Rock Half Marathon in March. If you get bored on the treadmill easily try changing the incline! I’m telling you – the time passes quickly when working in 5 minute increments and your body gets an awesome workout!

PS – Seven more days until I’m home for Christmas!!!!!

How cute is my white sparkly BicBand!?


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Did you know that Christmas is super close???

Last night: Ran 5 miles, 8:34 pace – 43 mins

This past weekend was a blur. I had no time to run but I did get a lot of friend time in. Which was awesome!

Sarah and her boyfriend Gabe (who live in Oregon) had a 12 hour layover in NYC after vacationing in the Dominican Republic… So  Ryan and I had to show them a good time! Our first stop: SUSHI. Of course!

We then went to a bar nearby and met up with some of our other friends from college. It was so much fun! I’m pretty sure everyone had a great time and I was sad to see them leave.

Saturday night we celebrated Jenna and Jackie’s birthdays!

I loved seeing everyone and catching up 🙂 We were only missing one of our roommates from senior year – Kristen! You were missed!

Happy Birthday Jackie and Jenna!

Did you know that Christmas is super close??? I’ve hardly done any Christmas shopping! I’m planning to go once I’m home in Oregon since there’s no sales tax and I won’t have to lug a huge suitcase… It still stresses me out though. I’ll be running around the mall with only a few days before the big day! 

How awesome is this Christmas tree??? Sarah sent this to me and I think my family should do this next year! We have TONS and TONS of books! 

Does everyone have their Christmas shopping done??? – not at all!!

Do you have a real or fake Christmas tree??? – Fake in New York, real in Oregon.


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I think it could catch on.

It’s getting to look a lot like Christmas …

On my feet, in all the stores, on TV… BUT the weather here in New York is being a bit strange. It’s warm here. And I think everyone is confused by this. It’s December and it’s almost Christmas and it’s 60 degrees? I’m trying to get in the Christmas spirit but after living here (NY) for so long my body is confused. Shouldn’t I be wearing my huge jacket and UGG boots?? 

Anyway – I had a great run last night! 5 strong miles, just under a 9 minute pace. What made the run a little difficult: I think NYSC didn’t get the memo that it was warm out last night and might have had the heat on??? I was sweating like it was August again with 100% humidity! not fun. 

And yes. I did get sushi. I know a lot of people are refueling with Chocolate Milk after their runs… But I would like to end my runs refueling with sushi. I think it could catch on.

Tonight Ryan and I are making dinner. We’re not sure what we’re going to make yet – but we’ve decided it has to be something we’ve never cooked before… So things might get a little interesting. Good thing I’m such an awesome cook 😉


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We can’t put ornaments on the bottom…

I was too sick to run the race on Sunday… I know I could have run it but I would have been miserable and I probably would have gotten more sick. I also want to be fit and healthy not only for Christmas but the Manhattan half marathon that is a little more a month away! I need to get some ten-mile runs in!

So I just slept a lot this weekend. Cleaned. And put up this little tree… It’s our own Charlie Brown Christmas tree. We can’t put ornaments on the bottom because my cat attacks the tree. Fun times over here on the Upper East Side. haha

The weather was great this weekend and the few times I did go outside it was wonderful. 

Have any of you tried this ice cream!??? It might be my favorite… I bought it on one of my outings this weekend. Try it. You will thank me 🙂

Three mile run planned for tonight!


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Catie 0 – Cold 1

Ugh. I’m sick. I’ve gotten a cold and right now it’s winning. I can’t really breath and I’m nervous I might not  be able to run in the race this Sunday… My plan is to just sleep lots and lots tonight and tomorrow and hopefully I’ll feel close to normal by Sunday morning. Oh and I did get in to the Manhattan half!!! woot woot!

To lift my spirits I bought sushi last night…

And I’m writing my Christmas cards to my family and friends.

Oh, and I’m listening to Christmas music 🙂

Here’s the course map for Sunday. Let’s all cross our fingers that I’m better by then! Thanks! Happy Friday!


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