Thursday, December 31, 2020

Since We're Gathered Over Coffee...

We made it!!!!

It wasn't easy. At times, it was quite scary and filled with much anxiety, fear and heartache. But it's over and it's done.

Yes, indeed, 2020 is officially in the rear window. Things did not magically change at the stroke of midnight, but hopefully it gave many closure on an especially tough year. Alas, now we can forge ahead to much anticipated brighter pastures.

Monday, December 28, 2020

2020 - looking back in pics

2020 ought to be in pictures...

Well, truth be told, I have lots of pictures from 2020. 

I have plenty of memories, too. Some memories are a bit more significant than others, so how about I share a few of those? Maybe a few (or 12) monthly memories? 

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Festive Fitnessing!

It was a festive week of fitnessing in my little corner of the universe.

You know the drill...if I have workouts happening this time of year, I don the festive red and green and get sweating. At least that's my formula for a fun week (or even an entire holiday season). Go bright or go home. And smile as it happens. Works for me.

Thursday, December 24, 2020

A Few Final 'Fessions for 2020

Shall we share a few final 'fessions for this train wreck of a year?

Truth be told, while 2020 dumped many unforeseen challenges on us, it wasn't all gloom and doom. After all, I'm a strong believer in finding the sliver lining of every cloud (because EVERY cloud does have one). Let's suffice it to say the past nine months have given me many opportunities to strengthen that skill. 

Recently, there's been a lot of stuff happening...

Sunday, December 20, 2020

All is Calm, All is Bright

As much as I dis on winter weather, I cannot deny the beauty of it on occasion.

After all, bright sunshine reflecting on white snow makes for a pretty tranquil setting. We didn't get any new snow this week, but the morning fog made for plenty of frosty mornings none the less. 'Tis the season, right?   

Monday, December 14, 2020

Turtle Gloves and Toasty Hands

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Turtle Gloves to review as part of being a Bibrave Pro. Learn more about becoming a Bibrave Pro (ambassador), and check out to review, find, and write race reviews.

There's that saying...Cold hands, warm heart. And, that usually applies to me all.the.time. Especially in cooler weather, my hands (and fingers) will feel the chill before any other part of my body. Brrr.

Enter Turtle Gloves.

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Rewired by Necessity

It seems like each week has some kind of crazy spark to it, and this week was no exception.

After some decently "warm" December weather (by Iowa standards), things turned more "seasonal" on us. A mid-week heat surge, though, reignited the energy flow...only to be tapped out by week's end. 

Alas, the seasonal weather (and subsequent temps) brought us back to our current (winter) reality. All is well that ends well, but that brief heated interlude was pretty sweet while it lasted.

Monday, December 7, 2020

2020: Show Me The Bling

Should we talk about 2020 bling?

Or shall we discuss the lack thereof ? 

It definitely was a year like none other. As much as I love my race bling, this year was a bit weak on the (live race) quantity...but the quality was on-point. It's been said that every picture tells a story, but I would argue that most medals would have a story as well (even the virtual ones). 

Take a look...

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Streaking Through the Week

The streak is alive and well!

Yes, I'm (briefly) streaking again. It's my yearly ritual (since 2013), so I'm not going to elaborate on the details. Let's just say, it's going well (thus far) and everything feels good as new. 

This week's weather was pretty sweet. The temps were a bit seasonal (cold LOL) at times, but the sunshine was pretty much non-stop. Even this summer-runner gal was quite content with all things "winter" this week.

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Coffee & Chatter & Chai, Oh My!

Well, here we are again. 

As with all things virtual (that word has been on permanent repeat for too long, just saying), it's time for gathering over a virtual cup of coffee (or beverage of your choosing). We could even sit around a virtual table and munch on virtual snacks.  

That said, at least the conversation would be real. 

And, let's not forget, we are in the midst of a crazy holiday season (with its own set of new Covid-compliant rules). There's also a grand bon voyage to 2020 in the works.

Yes, there's plenty to chat about. In fact, let me go first...