I’m feeling a bit like Britney Spears here…I’ve had so many costume changes this weekend my head is spinning. Happy to say that’s all I have in common with her, but I digress. Let’s get into the holiday mayhem, shall we? First up, Friday night’s ugly Christmas sweater party. This involved the whole Wal-Mart experience, where I unfortunately couldn’t find a sweater, but did get my hands on this beaut of a sweatshirt. Nice, huh?

 Whew!Saturday morning–off to the races for my Solstice 5-mile run. Had a decent race, finishing in 35:46 and placing 3rd in my age group. I  have to say, running for the first time in a while at a pace that much faster than marathon pace hurt–a lot! My lungs were just done with it all. My IT band was none too happy about it either. It’s better today, though, so I’m relieved.

Saturday night, onto a neighborhood holiday party. No pics of that costume, just forgot in the flurry of activity.


 Whew!Finally, today, Sunday, saw me looking like a big blue Michelin Man. We went to D.C. to go through the ICE show. It’s an amazing ice sculpture display, all done in a Grinch scene, complete with ice slides for the kids. It was 9 degrees in there, so by the time we got to the end of it, we were ready to thaw out!

Hope your weekend of holiday insanity was a good one. Don’t forget my Silver Maple Jewelry giveaway, here. It ends Tuesday!

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  1. La Historiadora de Moda says:

    Nice pace at your race! That Grinch ice sculpture is amazing!

  2. Congrats on the 3rd place AG award! That is awesome!

    9 degrees is cold!! That is what we have been seeing for our nightly temperatures!

  3. Jeff - DangleTheCarrot says:

    Congrats on the AG award Amanda! That is fast time!

  4. marathonmaiden says:

    wooooooooooot to the AG award! intense :) and wow to that ice show. that sounds like a great way to spend some time!

  5. Congrats on the age group award!!

  6. ShutUpandRun says:

    Congrats on such a speedy time. That's why the call you Ms. Zippy.

  7. Great pace – I have pace envy! :) It's been so busy here, too – next year I am going to run my last long race about the first of December so that this hectic time can be recovery!

  8. Jogging with Fiction says:

    That ice show looks awesome! for next year's ugly sweater, if you need one, check out goodwill. that's what we alway did in college

  9. Amanda@runninghood says:

    Awesome time! Congrats. And that sweatshirt isn't nearly ugly enough! You look too cute in it…you need to try harder with the ugly. :)

  10. AM-GoalsfortheWeek says:

    Hi there!
    Right there with ya sistah!

    cute pictures to boot!

  11. congrats on AG! that ice show sounds like so much fun for families! wish we had one here!

  12. Cute pics! And, congrats on the race! What an awesome time.

    Winks & Smiles,

  13. Nice job on the race! Sounds like a fun weekend.

  14. Detroit Runner says:

    Congrats on the AG award; the ice looks cool too!

  15. Awesome job on the race and the quick IT band recovery!

  16. Mamarunsbarefoot says:

    Sounds like a great weekend!! Congrats on the race'

  17. Great time!! They don't call you Miss. Zippy for nothin'!

  18. Congrats on a great race! Sounds like a fun weekend, just hope you were able to relax a little tonight! The ice show looks incredible!

  19. Congrats on the 3rd place AG win! Woohoo!
    It sounds like you had a great weekend! I would have been freezing at the ice show…brrr!

  20. busyrunningmama says:

    You are miss Zippy. Wow, that is a fast race… congrats!! Looks like you have been busy with the holidays! Enjoy the rest of your holiday!

  21. The Green Girl says:

    Wow, congratulations on placing – you did awesome!

  22. Busy weekend!Good job on the AG award!

  23. Sorry I couldn't catch up with you at the race! This week has been crazy, and I didn't get a chance to email you beforehand! You did a great job, though, congrats on your finish! :)

  24. Happy Feet 26.2 says:

    Great race. Congrats!

  25. Jess @ Blonde Ponytail says:

    Congratulations on such a "Zippy" time!! You rock!

    Cute pics! I think you can def go uglier with with sweater…that is semi-cute! :)

    Your daughter is bea-u-ti-ful!!!

  26. Congrats on your race and I'm glad you are enjoying your holiday season!

  27. That gray sweater isn't THAT bad is it? It's not quite a "I give up" top. Cute pics in this post.

  28. The Hungry Runner Girl says:

    WAHOO!! Congrats on your race…you are a speed demon! You actually look really cute in that sweater!!

  29. Silly Girl Running says:

    Congrats on placing 3rd in your age group! :)

  30. Congrats on AG and finding a sweatshirt that is not too terribly ugly.

  31. Great run in your race, you are fast! We had a party at our running club with a competition to see who could wear the oldest race t-shirt. I won with a 1985 marathon shirt.

  32. Now that is a hot look! Congrats on the AG award :) have you had a chance to try your honeymilk yet? (Jw)

  33. Caratunk Girl says:

    Awesome on the AG award!! That is sweet! Love the pictures, your daughter is a cutie!

  34. 5 miles in 35:46….just wow!!

  35. Runners Fuel says:

    The DC ice thing sounds cool. Looks like a great weekend!

  36. Great time – congrats on the AG award!

    Sounds like a fun weekend!

  37. Congrats on the race!! I'm loving the idea of an ugly Christmas sweater party, that sounds like a lot of fun!

  38. Love all the costume changes – particularly the costume for hte last thing – that looks like a GREAT show.

  39. The Hungry Runner Girl says:

    Thanks so much for adding the giveaway…you are the best!

  40. Fun weekend topped off by a speedy race–congrats! Your sweatshirt is not ugly enough! : )

  41. Congrats on a great race. And that ice display looks amazing!

  42. Sounds like my weekend – one festive party to the next! Fun, fun! You look great!

  43. Congrats on 3rd! That Ice sculpture display looks very cool!

  44. That's a speedy pace! Congrats!! I'm with Marcia, your sweatshirt is not ugly enough!:)

  45. Awesome time!
    I love all the adorable pictures…your beautiful!

  46. Black Knight says:

    That is a fast pace, congrats on it and the 3rd place. I like the Grinch pictures (and scultures of course).
    Merry Christmas to you and family from Italy.

  47. Love your weekend! That ugly sweater Christmas party is brilliant! Love it!

    And the ice show looks very cool.

    Congrats at your 3rd place.

  48. Cool party idea!

    That ice show looked like a fun show to be at!

    Congratulations on your 3rd place! Yay!

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