1. My company hosted its annual holiday party this past Friday, and it was, as expected, quite the shindig.
The party took place at Venue One North Shore, which was conveniently located to just about no one, considering that none of our offices are close to Deerfield. But I guess at least it was inconvenient for everyone…? Anyway, I was super on the fence about going, given the location and the fact that it took place on a Friday (I generally dread doing anything on a Friday – I just want to go home and be lazy!), but I (obviously) ultimately decided to go. It turned out to be a lot more fun than I expected, so I’m glad I did! I also learned after I arrived at the party that Venue One used to be the Berto Center, the former practice facility for the Chicago Bulls (including during the Michael Jordan days), so that was pretty cool.
For reasons that I fail to understand, my company’s annual theme always centers around an ’80s song, and this year, our theme has been “The Power of Love” from Back to the Future. The party, therefore, was all-in on the ’80s theme (though you’d think if all of our themes are ’80s songs, all of the parties would be ’80s themed…?), with super old-school arcade games, pinball, a giant Lite Brite, and–I kid you not–a DeLorean.
I don’t know where on earth you find a replica (I assume it was a replica, at least) DeLorean to have available for photo ops at a company holiday party, but apparently our Marketing department does and made it happen.
2. I bought two pairs of identical Asics Gel-Nimbus 18s in February and have faithfully rotated between the two ever since I got them, wearing one one week and the other the next. I didn’t put any particularly major thought or strategy into this: I just figured if I switched pairs ever week, they would probably maintain similar mileage and I wouldn’t notice much of a difference whether I was running in Pair #1 or Pair #2. I (remarkably) remembered to track my mileage every week while running in these shoes, logging how many miles I put on each pair the previous week. Marathon season in particular has some pretty major (or at least major by my small standards) mileage swings, so for awhile there, Pair #1 was definitely winning in the race to 400 miles, at which point I usually downgrade my running shoes into walking/regular life activity shoes. Well, I added up my mileage from this past weekend, and the results? Pair #1: 352.3 miles. Pair #2: 352.9 miles. Heyo! I’ll probably put a few more miles on both pairs at the beginning of next year (I’d like to wait to buy new shoes until late February, since that’s when I got a really good deal at Fleet Feet last year), but I’m pleasantly surprised to see how nicely this rotating pairs thing worked out.
In other footwear news, I noticed on Tuesday that my every-workout-but-running shoes have sprung a leak 😦 It’s just a small hole, but it is a hole, and since I’ve been toying with the idea of getting new every-workout-but-running shoes for awhile, I guess this is the push I needed. I’ve been regularly wearing Nike Frees (…that I got in 2013) for commuting, all my gym workouts, and dance since 2014, so I’m probably due for an upgrade. The problem, unsurprisingly, is that Nike doesn’t make the same shoes they made in 2013 anymore, and now there are all sorts of Frees, including ones meant for running (like I have now, even though I don’t use them for running) and ones meant for “training,” which I suppose is what I need. Decisions, decisions.
3. I may be the only person who feels this way, but I will absolutely not apologize for feeling this way: I’m so glad it’s finally cold outside. I don’t think temperatures in the 50s and 60s during December are a treat. I think they’re annoying at best, concerning at worst (global warming, anyone?), and definitely keep me from getting into the Christmas spirit, given the fact that that kind of weather makes it feel more like Easter is on the way than Christmas. I’m all for temperatures in the 50s and 60s when it’s supposed to be that warm, like late October/early November, and starting again in mid-late March. But in between that time? No thank you.
As of Wednesday, it’s supposed to snow (!!) from Friday into Saturday, though I’ve learned to not get my hopes up too high about snow predictions. I have a race Saturday morning, so I wouldn’t be too disappointed if the snow held off until maybe Saturday afternoon, but I’d also love to get some snow on the ground so it REALLY looks and feels like Christmas.
Is anyone else happy that it’s cold outside?
What shoes do you wear for your non-running workouts? I’m definitely leaning towards Nike again, but I’m certainly open to other suggestions!