Each and every year I want to run Christmas Eve and Christmas but rarely ever get to. Not only do I have two families  [my husbands and mine] but my parents split when I was in college meaning that I have three different families. Between the hustle and the bustle there isn’t usually any time for me to sneak away for a run with out looks from others.

Christmas Eve I managed to run 10 miles before the 9 am trip up to my dads in Maryland.

Christmas morning my husband got the rare treat of being able to run together. 3 miles on a freezing cold morning was just what my body and soul needed. On the run I tried to think of the last time we got to run together and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t in 2011. That run was my favorite gift.

Running on both of those days made me happier and a happy mommy means a happy family.

Yesterday before Christmas celebration #5 – Eric watched the kids while I again snuck out for a run. I didn’t know I would decide to head to the track, but I did.

I haven’t been there in a very long time because it’s hard to fit it in with three little kids and my husbands schedule. So hard in fact that I can not remember the last time I have done a track workout on the track.

6 – 800’s is what I would do.

  • 3:02
  • 3:04
  • 2:58
  • 2:57
  • 3:01
  • 3:01

The second 800 was the only one that was out of my goal pace range. It got me excited for Boston Marathon.

My legs felt like lead but my heart was leaping for joy. I was DEAD tired and running in the afternoon – alone – after eating crap [and tons of gluten] for two days straight and still busted out a decent workout. 7 miles total for the day – left me happy and prepared to chase three little kids around at my sister in laws house.

It never ceases to amaze me how much better a day is when I have run.

I’ll leave you with my favorite Christmas morning picture. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and that you too got to sneak in some runs!




  1. Yay!! Yes I did sneak a run in on Christmas Eve, 8 miles while snowing in 3 inches of snow, but I didn’t care because I got to run!! I have the same situation with the 3 Christmas and it wears me out! Love the pic of your baby boy, too cute!!

  2. Colton is a cutie-pie!! Great runs, so nice you got a run in with the hubs and on Xmas day no less! Boston cheering is going to be exciting this year! :)

  3. Great job getting your runs in, I agree that getting out there makes you feel so much happier and alive and ready to deal with the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

  4. Great job! Always feels go to get in a run on a busy day. I need to figure out a way to fit in your suitcase for Boston 😉

  5. Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal says:

    I’m pretty sure I can squeeze you. That or we need to pick a year that we all qualify and then run it together the following year :)

  6. Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal says:

    Thanks Dash :)

  7. Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal says:

    I’m actually looking forward to a snow run hopefully sometime soon!! Congrats on 8 :)

  8. I totally agree. I’m the same way. I love running on Christmas and holidays. And I’m a much happier mom and wife because of running!

  9. I love 800’s! They are pretty exhausting, that’s for sure. I can’t wait until my times look like that one day. Keep pushing, keep running, and I know they’ll get there.

    What a sweet picture! Kids make Christmas so magical.

  10. I’ve never left a comment on here, but I love your blog. I love running on holidays especially Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter because it’s just me and God and I can just reflect on life’s blessings. Running is a gift and I don’t ever want to take it for granted. Even when I feel slow, do horrible in a race, etc, I remember that my slow is fast for so many and it is also something that soooo many would love to be able to do. :) Anyways, Colton is a cutie (love the name as well). I hope 2012 is a yr that we can run our hearts out and bring glory to God in each run. :)

  11. Awesome! So glad you had a wonderful Christmas and got to run!

    Happy New Year to you and your family too! :)

  12. Mile Posts By Dorothy Beal says:

    YAY Vanessa – thank you for commenting!! Holiday runs are some of the best all year. I feel so blessed that I also got to run New Years Eve and New Years Day! Hope you did too :)

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