Weekend Update: The Nest, Cars & Secret Santa

Hello hello! It’s another crazy Monday coming off of another crazy Nutcracking weekend.

Weekend Update

I’m linking up again with my girl Tara at Running ‘n’ Reading. Please check out her blog and consider joining the link-up!

The weekend started out practically perfect with a  meet-up Saturday morning at Oiselle HQ (a.k.a. “The Nest”) in Seattle for an easy run. It was really cool being where all the bird magic happens. While there, I was able to catch up with fellow Flockmates Marilyn and Kaleigh and meet my fellow Nuuner, Lynn, and many other birds.  I also had the incredible opportunity to meet Lauren Fleshman (!!!), see CEO Sally Bergesen, and sneak some peeks at future Oiselle pieces. I can’t and won’t divulge anything, of course, but let’s just say there are some rad designs to look forward to in 2015.

The weather was crummy but that didn’t matter–we all enjoyed the run aroudn Greenlake nonetheless. I very much enjoyed meeting and chatting with Sarah Lesko during the majority of the run, and the rainy miles sped by.

After the run, I hurried back to Tacoma for (guess what?) “The Nutcracker.” I didn’t have time to change out of my running clothes before going to the theater for my call, so I wore my (surprisingly unstinky) running shirt from that morning until I changed into my costume.

Photo Dec 20, 2 23 45 PMStage makeup and running clothes! Who knew?

After our performance, we hurried home to get ready for my husband’s company holiday party, which was held at the Harold LeMay Car Museum.

Photo Dec 20, 10 04 45 PMPhoto Dec 20, 9 38 48 PMIt was an interesting and unique venue for the holiday party, and we had a really good time. Despite all the beautiful and rare vehicles (including a 1930 Dussenberg, which I had never heard of before that evening and which is apparently a very big deal in the car world), my favorite was this throwback from my childhood days:

Photo Dec 20, 6 57 51 PMSexy wheels!

I also “enjoyed” playing on the museum’s eerily accurate Daytona 500 simulator, which was much harder to operate than I expected (especially after a glass of champagne).  And by “enjoyed,” I mean “screamed and yelped in fear/anxiety while trying to operate the damn thing.” I managed to crash at least 5 times in the grass before the docent reset the machine because I had effectively wrecked the simulated vehicle. Ahem.

Photo Dec 20, 7 21 34 PM[Note to self: Cross “Formula 1” driver off of my list of planned occupations.]

Sunday was a bit more leisurely compared to Saturday’s whirlwind. Sunday, however, had the auspicious honor of being The First Day of Eugene Marathon Training.  I ran my planned 8-mile long run without any difficulty–it felt good and pretty easy, especially up the hills.

Photo Dec 21, 9 40 27 AMI never get sick of this view when I run this route. Ahhh.

Anyway, the end of my run was pretty crappy, because as soon as I stopped running and started walking, my left hip flexor became quite painful. After I walked up a short, steep hill, it became more painful. And when I tried to trot across the street? Well, I felt a searing pain through that area and actually dropped the F-bomb.

I went home and started icing immediately, and pretty much iced my hip area right up to the time we had to go on stage that afternoon. (Yes, for another performance of “The Nutcracker.”) After taking some anti-inflammatories and icing it, it started to feel a little bit better, but I’m not going to lie–I was not happy. This was not the way my first day of training was supposed to go, damn it. My mind started running wild with the possibility that I wouldn’t even be able to train for Eugene. I started to ask myself, “What the hell am I doing running when it seems like I always get injured?” And, well, you know the rest. I was headed down a bad road.

I was able to dance pretty much normally during Sunday’s performance, although I avoided putting all of my weight on my left leg. That started to give me some hope. Not all was lost.

And then the best thing happened: After the theater, I went back home and saw a package waiting for me on my front porch. [Side note: Have you noticed that the Post Office has been delivering packages on Sundays now? Weird.]  At first I thought it was another Amazon package containing a present for one of my kids, but as I came closer I saw it was a package with my name handwritten on it. Squeeeeee! My Oiselle Secret Santa present!

The package couldn’t have come at a better time, or contained any better gifts. My awesome, super, fantastic Secret Santa, Emmeline from Virginia, gave me a Virginia is for Runners t-shirt, Citrus Fruit Nuun (one of my favorites!), and 2 CDs containing running playlists she had personally compiled for me! Such a sweetheart.

Photo Dec 21, 6 02 12 PM

I seriously love the shirt. The shirt is everything. As cheesy as it sounds, I lived in Virginia for a few years and will always carry a piece of it in my heart.

So, this weekend was one of those “It was the best of times, it was the (relatively) worst of times” kinds of weekends.  It ended on a seriously high note, though.

Thank you, Emmeline!

How was your weekend? What was the high point? Did you participate in a Secret Santa gift exchange this year? 




22 thoughts on “Weekend Update: The Nest, Cars & Secret Santa

  1. awesome secret santa gifts – the running mixes are so thoughtful, and that shirt is awesome! makes you want to go running just to wear it outside, lol. i posted my secret santa gifts on twitter – got a shirt from a running co in MI, a cute running-themed ornament, and some energy gels to try. 🙂

  2. Man, I hate to hear this about your hip flexor and I have certainly had those same thoughts roll around in my head – ugh. I hope you’re feeling better because I know you’re going to be okay. I’m so, SOOOOO jealous about your trip to The Nest and your run with some pretty fly birds on Saturday. Isn’t Lynn awesome? She is hilarious. Also, my high school friend’s mom had a station wagon JUST like this one…we named it the Dragon Wagon. Thanks for linking up again this week!

    • The Dragon Wagon! I love it. I remember sitting in the far back in those fold-out seats. Ah, the early 80s…

      Thanks for the well-wishes regarding my hip. I’m hoping it’s resolved by the end of this week. I’m going to be even more conservative than usual and not run on it until Thursday at the earliest. Praying for a Christmas miracle.

  3. What a packed and FUN weekend!! So neat that you got to go to HQ ….ahhh the 2015 designs.. looking fwd to seeing them, although my wallet would like a break 🙂 Your husbands holiday party venue was really unique as well. Love the VA is for Runners shirt.. have one as well!

  4. That is so awesome that they even have that station wagon in the LeMay museum! I love it!

    How is your hip feeling today? I hope it is feeling better. Try not to get too discouraged, you have a BQ to get!

    It was great to see you Saturday!

    • Great seeing you too! And nice job, Speedy McSpeederston, on your 12K on Sunday!!

      My hip felt better this morning but has become increasingly twinge-y as the day goes on. I sit a lot for my job, so that doesn’t help. Trying to stand as much as I can.

  5. Martha B says:

    What a great way to spend the days leading up to Christmas. I’m sorry you had that moment of doubt, but I know you are going to get through this marathon training like a champ and hopefully figure out the source of the pain and discomfort so you can have a nice comfy (haha as comfortable as marathon training can be lol) training schedule. Have a great week! Your secret Santa is adorable!

  6. Tricia Johnson says:

    EEEKKKK! I hope your hip starts to feel better since you’re starting training soon. You’ve been quite the busy bee lately with all your performances and runs!

    You know what is so funny? I live literally 10 minutes away from the car museum and still haven’t been there yet. I’m ashamed! I’m really looking forward to checking out the TAM remodel once there is an exhibit there that I’m interested in. I’ve heard it’s beautiful inside!

    • That was my first visit to the LeMay Museum, so don’t feel bad. I’m ashamed that I have never been to TAM as an adult (other than to attend a party in its lobby). And yet I enjoy art and visit art museums in every other city. So weird!

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