Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas : Part 1, Training Updates, and Other Scattered Thoughts.

It's not like we couldn't just walk out the front door and cut one down in our yard. We live in the "timber Capitol of the USA" after all. But one from our yard would have been thinner, too tall for our ceiling, and just too easy.

So...off for another family tradition!

The adventure begins with a short drive to a semi-local tree farm.

Then we look at a few trees, find a nice one, and walk around in the near-frozen acreage (with happy thoughts that it isn't 40 below with whipping wind) for two more hours. (This is excellent cross training, by the way).I suggest a few trees, and Nathan sticks out his tongue. Hubby says they are all too tall, or too fat, or too (Fill in the blank) for the corner we will stick it in. I know he's right....I just have a problem :  it HAS to be tall.


After looking at every tree on the site, making fun of all the ugly ones, arguing about the perfect one, we select the VERY first one we looked at. (I see a way to save some time here).

Then we spin around on the giant swing 3 or 4 times, acting silly, until we finally get cold enough to go pay for our tree.

  We get some warm beverages while the extra junk gets shaken out of the fir, then throw it in the rig.
Wing-Nut had a little meltdown over his hat, but was fine after he got a candy cane. :)


We had "fun" and it is surely one to remember. So glad Christmas is NOT about the tree though :)

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Faith stuff:
I came a cross these verses in reading this week, and have been keeping them close to my heart:

2 Corinthians 5: 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

2corinthians 5:20-21 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
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Training stuff:
I took a big leap this week. It's not a mileage jump I would recommend to anyone, but since it is NOT totally new mileage to me, I felt comfortable doing it. My legs are happy!

I feel it is important to note that almost all of my running has been easy: a little threshold pace, a few strides, but lots and lots of easy and recovery running...and recovering from easy running with running easy. A few of those runs were on the treadmill, which I am glad to say is still working. Can't beat free! Although, Amanda's treadmill and youtube combo sounds pretty good! At the end of my long run today, I felt like I could have gone a few more miles. My plan for tomorrow doesn't involve any running, just a big nap.

Have a great Sunday!

25 comments:

  1. Aw, I love that your family is still willing to go to the tree farm. Mine won't do it anymore. Great pics!

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  2. When I was little we used to go out in the bush and get a tree for Christmas all the time...now we always have a fake tree...but Maybe when Maddy gets a little older we will get a real one again.

    Nice to see someone else is stepping up the miles.

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  3. 5:17 reminded me of the Biblical teaching that if you love Christ, if you really open your heart to Him, His spirit and passion will never leave you. And that you will have access to His wisdom and joy when you succeed or when you need help. I remembered this because of the idea in 5:17 that Christ will never be old that He is in each of us and every new Christian. Thanks (feel free to correct me or direct me to other verses).

    Is that something new a 90 or 100 mile week? :)

    And, I got my address ready when you have those size ten brooks shoes ready to go.

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  4. Danny- Ha! No one hundred mile weeks yet! But I know you have hit that number :)

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  5. You're making such happy Christmas memories! Whoa, Nelly, 70 is a lot! Sounds like fun!

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  6. I've never been to a tree farm-they exist in TX, but are few and far between! I've done a few 70-mile weeks and am slowly working back up there! Isn't it weird in a good way when your legs actually LIKE doing more running:)? Keep up the great progress! Phil 4:13

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  7. We have a fake tree now (lame, I know, but the real ones just got too expensive), but for years we went out the weekend after Thanksgiving and hit the tree farm. It was ALWAYS freezing, but my boys loved running around among the trees playing hide and seek. The year my youngest was born (his bday is Nov. 4, so he was LITTLE), I got out of the car, pointed to an already-cut one, said "I want THAT one", and got back in the car with the baby. My husband still went traipsing in the fields with his family, but I stayed warm. :) Lots of good memories there...just like you're making. :)

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  8. Adrienne- come on out here and I'll take you on a tree farm tour!

    Kate- What a great story! I could have gone for that this year. Last year I got impatient and picked up a tree from a lot, but I never heard the end of it. :)

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  9. So fun with the tree! Such fun memories. :) Congrats on the leap in mileage! I've got to say that I think my increase in mileage is one of the best things I've ever done for myself as a runner. Really the one thing that I haven't changed about my training in many years so I am seeing improvement. yay for getting in mileage! It is so hard to find the time!

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  10. Picking a Christmas tree always reminds me of the opening scene of Christmas Vacation. Funny! I always appreciate your "Faith Stuff" - I know it's not for everyone, but believers like me and my family enjoy it. Glad you're upping your mileage. I'm really winding down this year with little mileage - getting some rest. But I really enjoy the times when I'm closer to 9-90. Have a great weekend!

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  11. I have an obsession with tall Christmas trees, too:) Petru loves decorating.
    Such a nice outing you had with your family. And training is going super for you! Things are great:)

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  12. Oh I remember past Christmas tree shopping meltdowns :). How fun, though...soon no one will want to go get a tree with you and you're all alone out there hoping you pick the "right one" that no one will complain about. But they will, and you will just remind them that they had their chance to help pick it out. Not that I'd know that first hand or anything. :). Glad the candy cane helped!!

    "2 Corinthians 5: 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." - I so look forward to putting the past away and moving on. This passage will sit close to my heart in the next few weeks - thanks!!

    Great job on the increased mileage. I also don't follow any "rules" when jumping in mileage...you know what your body can handle and you listen well. So good to hear the free treadmill is holding up well!

    Have a great last week heading into Christmas!

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  13. We have the same problem. Steve sees a tree within minutes of arriving to pick out a tree. He says it's the one. I spend the next two hours trying to prove him wrong. I always lose. We take home the first tree he saw and that's it.
    I miss THAT tradition.
    For the last two years we've used a fake tree (I do not like this one bit) because Steve thinks he has a tree allergy :-( I'm hoping to somehow destroy the fake tree this year so we have no choice but to buy a real one next year.

    Love your bible verses. I'm going to go ponder them now as we get ready to hit church today. The kids are SUPER excited because there is going to be a huge birthday party for Jesus today!

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  14. Loved this post. Great times. Glad to see the faith verses back.

    Enjoy your week!!

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  15. use to be our family tradition living in the seattle area. now - well - not many tree farms in the desert.

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  16. we have had a fake tree for years.....and i am ready to go and get a real tree this year...hoping we can do that this week!!

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  17. oh, and I'm back because I was laughing today about your christmas tree hunt because Waylon and I were saying how it is often the way it turns out when we shop and search for one forEVER and then end up with the very first one we chose. ;)

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  18. Ha ha! Loving the Christmas tree story and Wing nut looks so cute with his sad face:) Target made my tree this year. It is perfect-tall enough, just the right fatness, lots of lights. It was approximately 70 degrees with no wind in the Christmas tree aisle and we went to Starbucks by the checkout for our hot beverages. Truly, we love to get a real tree but didn't get it done this year....

    Love your big leap;) "and recovering from easy running with running easy" bahaha! This would be my PERFECT plan. Lots of miles and all easy for ALL 16 weeks culminating in a 3:10. I've been looking but just can't find it....Great job with the running Raina! You've got everything going right for you, long runs feeling good, great speed, a lucky hat:) Hope you had a great nap today!!

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  19. Jealous of your cmas tree hike-- great memories! We skipped it this year with a toddler and traveling and the mess... great verses, too... I love the concept of faith as reconcilation- to God, to others, to our world... thanks for sharing.

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  20. I like that tradition, the same of the time when I was a kid. Walking with mom and dad to find the right Christmas tree. Now mom is no longer with us and with dad I don't have any relationship after bad things happened (he lives in Romania now). But I miss that tradition and thanks to this post I can remember those wonderful days with my family.
    I like a lot your plan for yesterday: rest and nap; no newspaper?

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  21. Our Christmas tree lives in the loft! We used to go to a 'tree farm' near Bolton Abbey and, like you, wander around to choose the best one. But it closed down three years back and shop ones were so expensive we reluctantly decided on an artificial one. It looks real, and doesn't shed its needles, but we miss the smell of a real one. Happy Christmas!

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  22. Love the tree getting tradition. We have to drive far if we want a real tree and therefore make use of two fakes we bought some years ago. As you say, it's not about the tree. God is so awesome!

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  23. Hi Raina! thanks for visiting my new blog. I'm loving yours :) I enjoyed your Christmas tree story. I have memories of my brother and I hiking down the railroad tracks with an axe (we used to live in a very small town) and finding our own tree. They weren't very glamorous but it made for good memories.
    Merry Christmas!

    ❀Barbara❀
    My Running Shortz

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  24. For the past 5 or so years we have used a live tree in a container out side the back sliding door. When it gets to big we will plant it some where and start all over again.

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  25. I only remember doing a tree farm maybe once or twice in my entire life. Now we all have fake trees in my family - which I prefer because those don't typically come with spiders!

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