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Week 14 and 15 half marathon training: too tired to blog

Friday, February 03, 2012

I have been busy the past two weeks. I have been getting in my runs and also I am trying to finish up the 28 day bootcamp dvd. Boy am I am tired. I am adjusting my calories on a weekly basis to meet my fitness goals. Once I reach my calories burned for the week, I sit down and enjoy my accomplishments and rest up for the next busy week. Tired and all, I am happy because my scale is finally moving. I plateaued last April at 162 lbs. and since then I have gained and lost the same 3 to 4 lbs over and over for the past 8 months......not anymore!!!!! Thank you Coach Nicole.

Week 14 was a good week. I ran usual runs on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and I ran with the running group again on Saturday. The group started out together and soon was divided between the fast and slow runners. There were a couple of runners who sort of fell in between and me and one other runner said we would keep up with one runner...that was our plan for the run. Well two new people joined the group that morning, a guy who sped past us to catch up with the fast runners and a young woman who was struggling to keep up with us. I was so appreciative of one of the leaders staying behind with me and my running partner on the first long run so I mentioned to him we need to double back to make sure the young woman does not get lost. We had to double back for her a couple of times so she would not get lost. Near the end, we (my running partner and I) gave the young woman directions to find her way back to her car and then we took off. We had about 3 miles left and decided to kick it up a notch on the pace. It was another great run and hard to believe that 12 miles passed so quickly.

Week 15 was a tough week for me. I have been doing really well with my training. I think I am progressing so well due to me eating well and keeping myself hydrated. I lack in the sleep department some nights and I KNOW how important sleep is for a good run so this does not happen too often. My original plans for the weekend was to run the Tropical 5k, this is the 5k the day before the ING half and full marathon and run a 10 miler on Sunday. I go to the expo on Friday to sign up for it and saw that the 5k and half marathon were both sold out. I was bummed. The only available race was the full marathon. I was not prepared to run a full marathon and did not kid myself that I could so I left the expo empty handed and sad. Most of the running group was running the ING half or full marathon. Since the 5k sold out, I switched my long run to was a lonely boring run. I had only run with the group for two weekends, but in that short span of time, I was getting better at pacing myself and enjoying long runs. I can't run with the group this Saturday either, but I will blog about that tomorrow.

That's it for now.


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PETERMCKIRDY 2/6/2012 8:11PM

    Sorry you couldn't run the ING, but your training doesn't have to be in vain. Ft. Lauderdale 13.1 on Feb. 19 and/or Miami Beach March 4!

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MARYMO22 2/5/2012 12:22PM

    well done on your superb training - I'll get there with you eventually!

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ELIZACG9 2/5/2012 10:50AM

    Your very dedicated to running. Best of luck to you! emoticon emoticon

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KIMMIF 2/4/2012 10:48PM

    Your progress is amazing! It sounds like hard work but so much fun. Keep it up!

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MY4DOGS2580 2/4/2012 8:11PM

    So glad are doing good in training. sleeping, hydrating, and eating well re so important for a good run. I was that slow runner in a running group but ran alone, it was very thoughtful to help the newbie. you probably gave her lots of encouragement that she needed. emoticon

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MASRITE 2/4/2012 7:51PM

    Great that you have your running group and you and your partner did awesome together. Hope your week goes better then last!!

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HEALTHY1JESS 2/4/2012 6:57PM

    WOW! You are an emoticon inspiration!!!! Keep up your healthy work! :-)

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MBSHAZZER 2/4/2012 6:50PM

    Daphne, too bad about the 5k but it sounds like you made lemons out of lemonade with your long run.

Your training AND your nutrition are so on track. I know you are going to have a fantastic HM experience in march. I can't wait to cheer you on!

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BOILHAM 2/4/2012 3:22PM

    Your positive attitude shines through. You're on your way to a successful Half Marathon!

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JENN03275 2/3/2012 9:20PM

    You sound like you are doing great!! That was great that you had helped the newbie to the group!!

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KKINNEA 2/3/2012 8:38PM

    I love that you helped out the new runner - that's what I think running is all about!

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MOTIVATED@LAST 2/3/2012 8:25PM

    Sounds like you are doing really well with your Half training. Keep up the great work!

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TIMOTHYNOHE 2/3/2012 8:18PM

    I am going to tell you somehting that will surprise you:

It gets easier.

I went beyond the Half to run a couple of Fulls so I had to keep training. I do not like full marathons. They bore the crap out of me.

But ...

I can run a Half every week now.

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Week 13 half marathon training: 12 miler with local running store

Monday, January 16, 2012

This week started out a little hectic. On Monday, I had to have an ultrasound on my thyroid and then a trip to the endocrinologist office on Wednesday for the appointment. Back tracking a little, about 5 years ago when my son had just turned one I was working in an ENT's doctor's office and I got really sick. This was a busy office that had six doctors: four were ear specialists, one was for the throat, and one for nose. I had a bad sinus infection and when the doctor did his routine examination he checked my throat, he found a huge lump. Long story short, fluid was drained from my neck. Now I was referred to the throat specialist and he wanted to operate. I was on the fence about the surgery and I took a little time to think about it. In that time span we moved from West Palm Beach to Miami and I decided to get a second opinion. Well five years later, I still have my thyroid and I go in for annual visits to make sure everything is okay. So far so good. I still think it has something to do with my thyroid. I am losing weight, but VERY slowly.

I had my usual runs on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. I am due to run 5 miles on Wednesday, but have been cutting them to 4 because I am paranoid about getting over to my daughter's school early so that I can have enough time to find parking. The entire school gets out early every Wednesday and parking is already nothing to nil without the early release. I make up the extra mile on Thursday. I was getting a little bored with my 4 miler route so I changed it up a bit. Instead I ran down Doral Blvd for 3.5 miles and the last half mile in my community; big mistake. I usually only cross the street 2 times when I run through the community and I had to cross the street 4 times with everyone trying to turn into the plazas to go to lunch for the 1st mile of my run. Keeping it simple....I will run through my community from now on.

Now to Saturday's run. On Friday afternoon I get an email from my local running store stating they were going to have a long run on Saturday. Yay!!!!! I headed over to the store before I went to pick up the kids to buy some hammer gel and I made plans to meet up with them the next morning. I thought it was a nice turnout for a last moment's request; 10 people (7 men and 3 women) showed up. I was nervous because I was afraid I would be the last person running and holding back the group. There were 2 groups the fast group and then my group....the slow runners. We started out slow and then gradually picked up the pace. The men and one woman started to break away by mile 2. I ran with another woman and one man and right around mile 3 the other woman kept dropping back and eventually gave up. So I had my running buddy, Phillipe to keep me company. The run was going well. Phillipe struggled a bit because he did not run much over the holidays and his longest run was 8 miles. It was so sweet, one of the running guides dropped back so that we would not get lost. He was skipping at times to keep up with our slow pace....not kidding. Of course, we got off track, but at least one of us had a Garmin (me) so I was the distance keeper. We kept changing our route and by the time we made it back to the cars, we were on Plan G with all the changes. Lol!!!! It was fun. I will come back and run again next weekend if they are running. I think they want to start a weekly long run. I see the same people every weekend when I am doing my long run so it would be nice if we could all run together.

Well that is it for now.


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PETERMCKIRDY 2/6/2012 8:19PM

    I too am nervous about running with a large group and either falling back or pushing myself too hard to keep up and overdoing it. But it really is the best way to train so keep it up! I will try to do the same. emoticon

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HARRINGTON5 1/27/2012 9:51AM

    I am so glad you didn't have surgery when it sounds like you didn't need it five years ago. I hope you continue to improve. Congratulations on your training and your long run. I have never run with a group. I still walk and run, so a group would leave me in the dust. You are doing a great job and you will certainly be ready for your HM.

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MASRITE 1/22/2012 5:20PM

    Nice run you had with the running group. I should find one of those near me. I'm just nervous that I won't be able to keep up with them. Crazy, I know, because there usually are so many different levels.

Keep up the great work!!

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TEDDYBABE 1/19/2012 9:11PM

    Wow you are dong great. And the leader of the pack! way to go! Glad to hear about your half marathon training. You continue to inspire!!

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SUZWARNR 1/19/2012 7:37PM

    Running with a group is lots of fun. Glad you enjoyed it. You can gain a lot from it.

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EMMANYC 1/19/2012 11:52AM

    Running your "long, slow run" with a slower runner is probably a great way to build up miles - and the discipline to run the beginning of long races at a sustainable pace.

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MBSHAZZER 1/17/2012 3:53PM

    Daphne, good luck with your thyroid!

Sounds like you had a really good time running with the group - sometimes running with others is the perfect thing to get you over the hump. You are so ready for the half marathon distance. It will be a breeze for you!

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KKINNEA 1/17/2012 12:53PM

    Nice, continue to be the cheerleader for group long runs - they make it so much easier!

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 1/17/2012 8:10AM

    Sounds good to me. Thanks for sharing:)
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KIMMIF 1/16/2012 9:37PM

    Nice!!! Very nice!

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MIRAGE727 1/16/2012 5:15PM

    Great report. Glad your thyroid isn't going crazy on ya!

Good thing I didn't run. I definitely would have been bringing up the rear! All the best and thanks for sharing!

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Week 12 half marathon training: 12 miler

Monday, January 09, 2012

I knew this week would be challenging. This was my first full week back at training since the holidays. My schedule was back to normal with the kids in school. Yay!!!

The weather last week was all over the place. Monday was my rest day and boy was it a beauty. The forecast for the rest of the week was cold temps warming up by the weekend. Tuesday was the worst. It was in the 40's with wind gusts up to 15 - 20 mph so it felt more like the 30's. I ran in a long sleeve turtleneck shirt, a tech shirt, shorts and pants (the pants are too big so I wear shorts to keep them up). I need to buy new running gear.

Wednesday was a great day. I went to my neighborhood running store and bought new shoes. Their shoe selection was limited so I had to be fitted for men's shoes. I tried on about 5 pair and the last ones (Saucony) were the right fit for me. I have a wide foot so I need more room in the toe area. I was supposed to run 5 miles that day. I had to cut it to 4 and make up the lost mile on Thursday because of my shoe shopping. The shoes felt great right out the box. I also picked up some Hammer Gel for my 12 miler on Saturday. I picked out the orange, banana, and raspberry flavors. Wow, the banana flavor reminded me of banana pudding. And the raspberry flavor was really nice as well. A big difference from the Gu which, in my opinion, is very thick. Sorry Gu lovers. The hammer gel went down smooth. I will be going back for more. The weather was a little warmer on Wednesday. I ran in a short sleeve cotton shirt, a tech shirt and shorts. It was in the 50's with a slight breeze. I am glad I had on another shirt underneath; I am used to running in the high 70's to low 80's.

Thursday was wonderful. The birds were back on the telephone wire in front of the Walgreens near my house. That only meant warmer weather was on the way. Yay!!!!! I ran in just a tech shirt and shorts. Now this is my kind of running gear. Since I left the cold weather of Chicago and Boston, I do not have much gear for cold weather so it was nice to be back to t shirt and shorts weather. Another great run with my new shoes. Without putting much effort into my runs, I was running faster and not feeling drained at the end of my runs.

So Saturday was my 12 miler. I run alone and to stay motivated, I run down Doral Bvld, the main street here for the first six miles. I turned onto the turnpike trail for one mile and then I headed into another neighborhood section of Doral on the "sidewalk to nowhere". I am trying to run at a pace that is slow yet comfortable for 12 miles. I am also making mental notes as to how I am feeling at certain miles. I struggled with this run. I could not wait for my Garmin to read 12.0. Last week my long run was only 6 miles. I was thinking of doing 8 miles on Saturday, but I was scheduled for 12 and I wanted to get in the miles in case I ran the Key West half on the 22nd. It is not going to happen. All the hotels are booked and my husband will not get up at 3 in the morning and drive me there. Sigh. So I will sign up for my 5k repeat the Tropical 5k, here in Miami, on the 28th (I would have signed up for the ING half the next day, but I already promised to be the photographer for a friend and her husband) and I am going to run the Carnaval 8k the weekend before my half. Comparing my time from my 11 miler three weeks ago and adding another mile, I would shaved off about 3 minutes. Woohoo!!!!! Maybe it was all of the military slogans I had going through my head on the turnpike trail, "Be all that you can the Arrrrrmmmmy. The few, the proud, the Marines." And the last slogan was, "Aim high". I don't remember anything for the Navy. It is crazy what goes through my head when I run. Since I still have a few weeks to run before I taper, I am going to run the full 13.1 next Saturday. It should be interesting.

Thanks for hanging in there and reading my long blog.


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LISALGB 1/13/2012 9:23PM

    Wow, Daphne, I can not imagine running that far! I really admire your perserverence!! I wish you could work out something to go to KW since it obviously would mean so much to you. Good luck.
Can't wait to hear more about your training. I hope to be able to run some day in the future. Although, I'll never be where you are - I'm good with that!


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KKINNEA 1/13/2012 5:58PM

    I know those runs where you have to bully yourself into finishing - great job on getting it done. I am enjoying the descriptions of running in shorts since I'm pretty sure I'll have 13 layers of clothes on tomorrow for my 14 miler.

Enjoy your 5K - those long runs should really let you push yourself!

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KAREN_NY 1/13/2012 2:40PM

    Fun stuff! Congrats - that's great!

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SUZWARNR 1/13/2012 1:26PM

    Sounds like you are more than ready for your half. Good luck! I can't wait to read about it!

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KIMMIF 1/10/2012 8:22PM

    12 miles! I'm so impressed! emoticon

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MBSHAZZER 1/10/2012 6:26PM

    Daphne, glad to hear you got GREAT new shoes! That is always a source of stress for me. And I love the Hammer gels!

Nice job powering through your run. Even though tough runs are, well, tough, those are the ones that will best prepare you for the big day!

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EMMANYC 1/10/2012 12:12PM

    Hey Daphne - There might not be cheap hotels available for the HM in Key West, but I just checked on and I can see availability for hotels in the $160-200 range for the night of the 21st. For example, the Best Western Key Ambassador resort is $180. I think you should go for it.

While I'm not really a warm weather runner, my husband and I would love to visit Key West, so maybe we'll put this HM on our list for 2013.

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SHERR513 1/10/2012 9:10AM

    Great blog! I can't wait to be able to run like that. But I'm taking it slow. Keep up the good work!

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-PAULA 1/10/2012 7:41AM

    You're doing great with your training! You can do it!

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MASRITE 1/9/2012 11:39PM

    Congrats on shaving off 3 minutes of your time. That's a great accomplishment. Wanted to ask you: what training program are you using? I'm looking for one and can't seem to find anything I like. I printed one out (which is for intermediates) and my husband thought it was too easy for me. I've already done 2 halves, so I have to challenge myself some how.

Glad your week went well!!

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Week 11 half marathon training: Happy New Year....vacation (part 2)

Saturday, December 31, 2011

So continuing on from my "Merry Christmas" blog, I will wrap up the vacation in the Smoky Mountains. I was surprised when my husband, myself and the kids did not have to tag along and participate in the activities that my mother in law had planned for the trip.....this is a first. On Christmas Eve, my mother in law, sister in law, and my nephew hopped in the car, early in the morning, and headed off to Knoxville to do the tour of the Biltmore mansion. It is a 250 room mansion that took them 4 hours to see. My two kids would not have survived that tour.

My husband pulled out the map and found a mountain for us to hike up in the national park. It was a short hike (1.3 miles each way) that went up a mountain and came down halfway on the other side to a waterfall. There was a bridge where you could take pictures or walk across and sit on some larger rocks. It was a sight to see and worth the hike. I was so nervous my 3 year old was going to trip and fall off the trail that I carried her most of the way. Got in a little cardio carrying 20+ lbs up and down the mountain.

On Monday, the day after Christmas, my sister in law wanted to go zip lining? and my husband did not so we found another mountain to see while they did that. I wish I could remember the names of the mountains...sorry I am horrible with names. This mountain was about an hour away from the cabin and took a while to get to the top. Another breathtaking view. We took pictures next to the stream that ran through the camp site. I don't know where my husband downloaded the photos.

On Tuesday morning, my mother in law, sister in law and my nephew had to pack up and head home. My sister in law had to go back to work on Wednesday. I was really bummed that I did not take my running gear....I did not think I would have had the chance to run based on our previous vacations together. We lounged around the cabin and then headed into Gatlinburg to walk around and peek into the stores.

Wednesday was our last day there so we chose another mountain to view. My husband did all the driving. Thank goodness; I would have either burned my brakes out or blew out the engine. His original intention was to head over a couple of mountains and drive somewhere in North Carolina. We did not have any snow this Christmas compared to our Christmas here last year. On the way up, we saw cars coming down with miniature snowmans on the car hoods. Yay, we finally found snow. This mountain had a nice observation area, restrooms and it was the border for Tennessee and North Carolina. It was about 27 degrees with a wind chill that made it feel more like the teens or colder. We stayed a bit and then headed down the mountain towards North Carolina.

I had a wonderful time with my family, but it was time to pack up and head home. We woke up on Thursday to pack up the car and do a couple of last minute cleaning and then we were on the road by 7:30. It was so nice to make it home late that evening and sleep in my bed. I have asthma and really bad allergies; I don't know what I was thinking, but I forgot to pack my inhaler. I felt a little uncomfortable after the Christmas Eve hike but not to the point where I needed to go to the hospital. This is the first time I have had to use my inhaler in over a year. Even with the extreme hot weather here in Miami, I do not need to use it. Lesson learned.... just like American Express never leave home without it.

Yay!!!!! I got to run on Friday and Saturday. I was so excited to run on Friday that I started out too the 8 minute/mile range. This is not my normal pace; I slowed it down to the 9 minute/mile pace. I run faster for my shorter distances and keep a nice steady 10 minute miler for my longer distances. I got in a 3 miler yesterday and 6 miles today. The legs feel good. I can't wait for school to start back on Tuesday so I can go to my local running store and buy new shoes!!!!!!

Well thanks for hanging in there and reading my long blog. Tuesday I will be back at my regular running schedule. Oh I almost forgot to mention that I was really stressed about my weight the whole trip. I was not eating as healthy as I should have and I was worried that I had gained at least 5 lbs. Not the case; just a one pound gain. I can live with that. While my eating was not the best, I tried to make sure I was drinking enough water. I guess I flushed the bad stuff out of my system and all that walking up and down the mountains was enough exercise to keep me active.

Happy New Year spark friends. Best of luck to you in 2012.....make new goals and go for it.


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MBSHAZZER 1/4/2012 7:45AM

    Happy new year, Daphne! Sounds like a wonderful vacation away... just the right mix of family, activity and holiday eating!

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SUZWARNR 1/2/2012 1:43PM

    Sounds wonderful! Always bring your running gear with you. You never know when you'll want it. Glad you had a great vacation.

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MY4DOGS2580 1/2/2012 12:17AM

    Glad you had a good vacation with your family. I understand how hard it is to eat well when you are not home. good luck on your running schedule.

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MASRITE 1/1/2012 1:09AM

    Nice vacation you had!! Glad you had a great time with your family. Hope you had a very happy New Year!! May 2012 bring great things for you.

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Week 10 half marathon training: Merry Christmas...vacation (part 1)

Sunday, December 25, 2011

This week was a short week for running. I ran on Tuesday and Wednesday and then started my vacation on Thursday.

Monday was a hard day for me. My husband had to go out of town even though his vacation started on Friday. To make matters worse he was traveling to my home city....Chicago. I really wanted to run, but I had no babysitter (my husband) and he was where I have not been since my dad's funeral in February 2007. I moped around the house all Monday.

Tuesday, my husband came home so I was able to get in a quick 3 miler. It was one of my fastest to date and I was not planning on running for speed just running at a comfortable pace. Wednesday was a quick 3 + miler. I had to cut it short because I needed to come home and get dressed to head to the hair salon to get my "hair did" for the vacation.

Thursday was a busy day of closing the house and packing the suitcases and then heading out the door. We are in Tennessee, the Great Smoky Mountains, and so I slowly started to accumulate winter clothes for the kids since October. I still have plenty of winter gear from my Boston days and from working in retail. Since the weight is slowly coming off I am able to get back into some of my older clothes. I went shopping in my dry cleaning laundry basket and found six sweaters. Yay!!!!

We drove from Miami on Thursday and stopped off in Savannah, GA for the night. After a good night's sleep and breakfast, we hit the road again and reached the cabin by the evening.

This cabin is beautiful. It has a bedroom on the first floor as well as the kitchen, dining room and living room. Downstairs have two more bedrooms, and a game room. Both levels have decks. Great place to visit, but I would not want to live here. We are up on a mountain and as a city girl, I do not know how to downshift and maneuver my way up and down the narrow roads. I am going to so enjoy getting back to Florida for a few reasons (flat land and getting back to my half marathon training).

Our cabin is owned by a family. It was one of the few cabins around us that had Christmas lights on the outside. They also put Christmas decorations around the house like snowman soap dishes and Black Bears mixed in with Christmas decorations for a "cabiny" feel with a bit of holiday cheer. Everyone went to bed on Christmas eve and afterward my mother in law put all the presents under the tree so the kids could come upstairs and see that Santa made a stop here. The kids had fun ripping the wrapping off their gifts. We had a quick breakfast and then headed out to see what shops were open on Christmas day. The weather was perfect, in the high 40's to low 50's. The only thing missing was snow, but at this point I have seen enough snow from growing up in Chicago and living in Boston to last a life time.

I had a great day and now I am going to spend a little time with the kids before they go to bed.

Merry Christmas and Happy holidays.


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ELIZACG9 12/30/2011 1:01PM

    What fun lots of traveling.....Happy New Year! emoticon

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 12/28/2011 1:38PM

    Sounds awesome!

Merry Christmas!

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MBSHAZZER 12/27/2011 2:12PM

    Daphne, it sounds like you and your family are having a wonderful getaway! Enjoy it! Miami will still be here for you with all its traffic and stress!

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KKINNEA 12/27/2011 1:24PM

    What, no running up and down mountains? :) Hope you enjoy some downtime and happy holidays to you!

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SUZWARNR 12/27/2011 1:18PM

    Sounds like a wonderful time. Glad you had a great Christmas!

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KIMMIF 12/26/2011 6:46PM

    Sounds like a lovely time. Enjoy it!

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MASRITE 12/26/2011 12:01AM

    Hope you enjoy your vacation. It's good to get away. Hope your Christmas was a good one.

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