Well, we’re 4 days into January and I’ve gotten one pretty good run in. Feeling accomplished! I didn’t do my long run this weekend because family obligations kept me so busy and I had to make a lot of choices about whether I would get a run in or whether my kids would experience something new and great. There are always so many sacrifices made for running but sometimes running IS what’s sacrificed!
I ran my first day back home…. on the treadmill, but it was fine. It’s actually so cold here now that it was a great treadmill run because I opened all the windows so it would be cold in the house too. I am convinced that cold weather running (which to me is anything under 70 degrees) is the best thing in the world!
I was NOT initially in the mood to get on the treadmill after running the trails in Tallahassee this past week though. Seeing dozens of distance runners heading into the woods to do their runs on the trails there had me beyond jealous. I can’t believe those people can run those amazing trails all the time. There were so many runners everywhere I looked in Tallahassee. And by that I mean that in a single day I would see more runners than I see down here in a month. Also, the runners I did see were younger than 65 years old – another thing I don’t see here. All I could think of was how many run groups I could join up there and how fun it would be to run with a big group of same-age people again like I used to do.
The weather up there was perfect for distance running too. Florida is such a long state that the north part of the state has similar winter temperatures and seasons to the mid-northeastern states. Whereas south Florida is basically the same all year round – some version of hot and humid (and buggy and rainy). There are exceptions of course, like today, where the weather gets to a very chilly 67 degrees! But then you feel pressured to drop everything and rearrange your whole life, call in to work, leave your kids without food, and basically do whatever you can to run during that ONE day when the weather is wonderful! Obviously that’s not realistic though, is it? Hence today’s treadmill.
Ok back to my run… I have no idea what I should be doing right now in my “let’s wing a marathon!” plan, so I did 9 miles. I definitely felt up to more but didn’t want to push it before the Disney Marathon this weekend. I think part of the reason I felt so good today was because I took a week off from double digit runs. I’m hoping if I rest my legs for the remainder of the week that I can handle Disney in a respectable manner (i.e. not crying in an aid tent – always my #1 marathon goal).
I didn’t make any New Year’s resolutions this year. I think I made a pre New Year resolution to not sign up for any more marathons for a while and to stop signing up for so many races. But how can I really implement that with 4 races in the queue, 3 of them within the next month alone! So that’s why I said forget it, no resolutions. I want to be a faster runner and I want to focus on making healthy choices (bye bye Coca Cola, bye bye brie and baguettes! *sniff*sniff*). Other than that, just keep on keepin on!
Hope you all had a great New Year’s Eve! What races are you all doing in 2016?? Anyone have some major New Year’s run resolutions?