[Insert long chronological description of family Christmas activities here, along with ten billion photos of wrapping paper and food spreads.]
[Or don’t, because no one wants to read that shit anyway.]
Yep, my Christmas was dandy. I’m sure yours was too. Let’s move on an talk about running, shall we?
I arrived in Illinois on Wednesday and, I won’t lie – lacing up the running shoes for that first run on Thursday morning was a bit of a challenge. I’ve run through winters in Cleveland and Boston and New York; icy terrain and sub-freezing temps shouldn’t intimidate me. But it’s funny how quickly you grow soft. I’ve become a Southern girl. “What, I have to wear a HAT and TIGHTS? Ew.”
But out I went, and it was a pretty stellar run, bobbing along the shoulder of a country highway surrounded by snow-covered cornfields.
And I’m officially going to start covering up my Garmin every time I run, even in the summer. I did peek under my jacket a couple of times to make sure I was on track, mileage-wise, but the little progression at the end was entirely unplanned. And felt great. I really do run stronger when I let my mind wander instead of staring at my wrist. Hm.
I’ve actually had quite a few great workouts while I’ve been out here and have had no problem motivating myself to get out for a run every single day. Running = sanity.
One more day in the Chicago ‘burbs, and then we are headed back to Raleigh, which apparently has quite the blanket of snow itself right now!
And while I’m not going to do a regular E-D-R thing, how about a quick holiday running recap? I promise, no awkward family photos or long-winded descriptions of Christmas loot!
M: 5 miles (treadmill, 1% incline, 39:40, 7:56 pace)
Tu: 7 miles (59:16, 8:27 pace)
Th: 10 miles (1:24:59, 8:29 pace)
F: 4 miles (treadmill, 1% incline, 30:44, 7:45 pace)
Sa: 7 miles (merry christmas! 1:03:32, 9:04 pace)
Su: 5 miles (treadmill, 1% incline, 4 miles tempo-ish 30:40, 7:40 pace + 1 mile cooldown at 9:00 pace) + lower body weights (UGH)
38 miles. Getting there!
Today’s QUESTION: Are you running/working out over the holidays or taking a break? How’d you do last week?