That felt strange but really good.

It felt really strange to be running outside in only my favorite shirt/hoodie thing and a vest…  No coat.  I didn’t even have my garmin with me or three pairs of gloves like I have been sporting lately.  

It was quite toasty out in comparison to what it has been like the last month.  

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One of my favorite things about my city is that they snow plow the running trail (it’s like 20 miles long) right after a storm.  The trail had less snow and ice than the roads. 

I did an easy 61 minutes of running.  Lots of thoughts.  Lots of good music and no idea how far I went.  

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Before my run Brooke and I did a bunch of last minute errands and while we were at Target we decided that snow pants and a sled were a necessity for our Christmas Tradition #23.   Even though I have decided Brooke and I are going on a cruise to the Caribbean next December…  We will still find a way to go sledding.

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We found the perfect hill and went for it with my sis and her family and Paige and her kiddos.  

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(From Instagram:  Hungryrunnergirl)

How I know that Brooke loved it —->  she wouldn’t get off the sled at the bottom of the hill because she wanted to keep going and going.   Now I just need to find a mile long hill for her.  

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My sis and her husband were cruising.  

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Brooke and her boyfriend in his one piece snow suit.  

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We like it here.

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And sometimes I find myself eating tacos while sitting on the wood floor for dinner.

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The rest of the night was spent with my dad as we assembled Brooke’s Christmas presents and watched Christmas movies.

HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVE!!!

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I am so jealous of that plowed trail- how cool is that?!?

Tacos are my weakness. Big time. And honestly, I haven’t been sledding in forever…

I love that vest- north face?

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I love your traditions!! Sounds like your going to have a wonderful Christmas with your family and Brooke!! Merry Christmas!!

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Aw I love this! What a perfect tradition! Although the caribbean would be pretty nice too ;) Merry Christmas Eve, Janae!

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There’s nothing like taking your little one sledding for the first time! You guys found an amazing hill, but it’s probably one you sledded on as a kid, too! We have an awesome hill in our back yard that the neighborhood kids love to sled on. One problem is that there’s a creek at the bottom so they have to be careful and stop in time!

Happy Christmas Eve to you, too!

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Merry Christmas Eve! That headband that Brooke is wearing at Target is adorable. Sledding looks like so much fun! Hope you have a wonderful day with your family.

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Super important question – do your feet get wet with the Uggs you wore sledding? Those are the ones I want, but I live in another snowy place (Buffalo, NY) and don’t want to waste my money on something I can’t wear!

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What movie did you watch? We watched “It’s a Wonderful Life” last night and as with traditions…..I cried at the end. ;-) It is the only movie that makes me cry every year!!

We always watch a movie after church on Christmas Eve too….since its just us 5 we can do whatever we want….this year we are going to go to the theater and watch FROZEN again!!!! So excited…..

;-)

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This has to be your best Christmas tradition so far!! What a great day.

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Beautiful picture of the mountains! I wish I lived near a trail like that, it would make my long runs sooooo much better :)

Brooke’s headband is the BEST! Merry Christmas Eve to you both :)

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Yay for sledding! Are her arms up in the air?? Too cute.

Merry Christmas Eve Janae!

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Those mountains look awesome!!, i wish I could go sledding! Merry Christmas Eve! Santa’s coming! Woohoo!

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Sledding is the ultimate Christmas activity. So glad you have snow to be able to do it. Brooke and her boyfriend are adorable little puff-balls :)

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Wow. What a fun activity. It looks so peaceful and serene. The picture of the sunset is stunning.
I can’t believe you ran with such little clothing on. Looks like you would be cold.
I can’t wait to see what you got Brooke for Christmas. We got my daughter a play kitchen and gave it to her early. I’m obsessed.

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Yay for an awesome run! I think I need to get outdoors today… too much treadmill running lately. Happy Christmas Eve to you and your family, Janae!!!

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I really love your vest!!!!! Where you live is just beautiful and you and your sister are such great moms!!!! You do such a good job having fun with those kiddos! :)
Merry Christmas Eve!

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How fun!! Merry Christmas Eve janae!

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Being overly emotional that picture of you and Brooke sledding together brought me to tears! Despite everything you look so incredibly happy, which you deserve!

I’d love it there to with views like that. ExceptI really dislike snow. Have a wonderful holiday, Janae!

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That snow looks so fun. We’re going to drive to Idaho to find some snow. I got a pair of pureflows yesterday. Can’t wait to try them out.

Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas Eve!!! Sledding looked so much fun I love to sled but finding the right hill around here is hard… One that don’t go in to a road fence trees or thorn bushes :)

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Merry Christmas Eve.
Thinking about you dear friend.
Give yourself permission to have a couple moments of a heavy heart if you need to. Brooke’s innocent excitement will pull you back to the happy place I know we’d rather be in.

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Awww how fun! Sledding is not only fun, it’s good exercise, since you gotta get up that hill some how ;)

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That all just sounds perfect! I had no idea you wore a COAT when you run. Nuts.

Sledding looks so fun! I think I’ve only given that a go once, in my grandma’s backyard when I was little. So much fun things to do in the snow! Still my dream is to wake up to a White Christmas. Enjoy it :)

-Florida girl ;)

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the snow plowing on running trail alone makes me want to quit Boston and more to Utah.

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I LOVE Brooke’s puffy snow outfit – so darn cute! And her knit headband… Man oh man, what a stylin’ little girl! Glad you guys got to go sledding – how fun. I can’t wait to go sledding with Hunter!

Merry Christmas Eve!

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Awww, that looked and sounded like so much fun! Merry Christmas Eve too you too!

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I’ve never been sledding! I guess it’s because when I was little, it never snowed. But now I should suck it up and go, even though I’m older. Looks like a blast!

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Happy Christmas Eve!!

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Happy Christmas Eve! Glad you have Brooke for this holiday!

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Happy Christmas Eve Janae!! Sledding looks like a blast!

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So proud of you for running 61 mins and not 60. (I know how sometimes you like to stop at an even #)

Brooke looks so cute in her headwrap at target. I love that picture of you and Brooke on the sled. You just look so happy and who can resist a baby in a puppy hat :)

I guess I need to stop procrastinating and get my run in. I have 25+ people coming here for Christmas Eve dinner at 2:00.

Happy Christmas Eve to you too:)

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Oh my word! Brooke is SO cute in that picture of her in the shopping cart! :) She looks just like my little nephew. :D

I can’t believe it’s already Christmas Eve! Time flies!

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You are hard core. It’s been 25 for my last few runs and I am frozen to the bone by the time I finish. Merry Christmas!

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My dad used to take us sledding all the time. I loved it until one year and then I took like 12 falls and told my dad I hated it and was moving away when I was old enough. That’s exactly what I did. Merry Christmas!

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I remember going sledding as a little kid ^^ Now I’ve traded in the sled for a snowboard, but the basic principle is the same.

I hope you and your family have the most Merry Christmas, Janae <3

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What a beautiful snowy run! Merry merry Christmas!

Xo, J
http://www.georgiapeachmommy.blogspot.com

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My goodness, her headband. I love it!!!

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Brooke looks beyond adorable in that shopping cart, ohmg. And those mountains…I want to go to there….

What shoes do you wear when you run in the snow?

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running, target, sledding, and tacos… looks like the perfect winter day! =) merry christmas to you & brooke!!

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You’re such a good mom, Janae. Merry Christmas to you and Brookster <3

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I love sledding. So fun! Plus it’s a great workout going back up the hill over and over haha Merry Christmas Eve!!!

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Merry Christmas !

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I’m jealous of the sledding, that looks ridiculously fun!!

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Your Christmas traditions are super cute and fun. I love that you are including so many others in your fun!

The plowed trail is amazing. They do a pretty good job of clearing ours off too. I’m however, a huge baby when it comes to cold so I just stick to the treadmill.

Merry Christmas Eve!

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merry Christmas eve to you too!!!! Have lots of fun!
And Brooke’s little hat is to DIE for!!!!! I love it! Where’d you get it?

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i am so jealous… i’ve always wanted to go sledding… but I live down south and it never snows!! lol merry christmas eve and have a great day!

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Merry Christmas Eve to you and yours! Love your blog and your wonderful spirit!

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I’ve always wondered what it was like to run in a vest!! LOVE that headband on Brooke. Sledding looks like it was a blast! :)

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LOVE the sledding photo, perfect! I’m jealous of all the snow – it’s so dry and warm in the Bay Area that it doesn’t feel like Christmas really.

Merry Christmas Eve, Janae!

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Looks like you are setting some pretty memorable Christmas traditions with Brooke :) Sledding. So cute! We don’t get snow here in SJ (maybe in the mountains once in a while) so we have to drive to Tahoe for sledding. Ah well.

Merry Christmas Eve to you and yours <3

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So cute! That picture of you two on the sled is framing quality :) I ran outside in my neighborhood for the first time since August today (when I left for college) so that also felt strange but really good ;)

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Brooke in that doggy hat is seriously the cutest! Hope you guys have a great Christmas Eve :)

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Merry Christmas! You look happy :)

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I think I definitely need to visit Utah sometime in my life just for the amazing views and running trails.

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I want a plowed running trail!! Sledding is too fun.. I need to get out there this year. We have a private hill right behind my dads house! Merry Christmas Janae!!!

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In that last Picture, are you eating a chalupa supreme from taco bell?

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What a beautiful setting you have for a gorgeous Christmas!

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I have the same headband as Brooke…I’m so happy Brooke and I are now marchers :)

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Are your socks smart wool? I love me some smart wool. I asked Santa to bring some #smartwool socks for V.

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Target two days before Christmas? You are brave! Merry Christmas!

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LOVE LOVE LOVE. How fun!! Wish we could go sledding..instead we decided to jump into the pool. Such a drastic difference in weather!
Enjoy your night- Brooke is going to be in awe when she wakes up & sees all of her presents.

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Merry Christmas, beauty! I hope you and Brookers have a Wonderful day!!!

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Wishing you a wonderful Christmas Eve, Janae!! :)
brrr…just reading about all of your outside runs as of late make me cold…i’ll take my wimpy CA winters and stop complaining about ever being cold! :P

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I haven’t been sledding in years! There is never enough snow and there aren’t really any good hills around here. Looks like everyone had a fun time.
Wishing you a very Merry Christmas! I hope you and your family have a wonderful day :)

Karen @karenlovestorun

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Merry Christmas to you and your awesome family!!

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Seems like you had lots of fun x

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Brooke’s gray flower head wrap is totally adorable :) Your trail is amazing! I run through neighborhoods and dodge cars, I would love that tail!!

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Got the Brooks vest today! Thanks for sharing. Worked great in 25* weather this morning. Going to now check out the Gap site. :)

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What running trail is this? Is it the Murdock Canal Trail? Looks like fun! Merry Christmas!

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Wow, that’s so awesome that they plow the trail!

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That sledding hill looks awesome! And who cares- tacos on the floor sound great!

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