Amazing weather – early December got rolling with a temperature plummet and some snow which quickly gave way to sunny skies and balmy days. January was one gorgeous day after another and then February hit with some pent-up winter fury – snow, cold, more snow, colder, more snow…
Regardless of the recent weather vagaries, this has been my most consistent winter yet for running. There was a time I holed up in the winter and put on a few pounds, just to sample the early spring temps like dipping my toe in a suspiciously cold pond. Spring has always been a fight with wind/rain/snow/sleet/hail/whatever and running never really got going again until maybe May. I was always trying to ‘get back’ to the fitness level I had achieved until December. This year I have stayed consistent and, with the treadmill, defied some brutal days.
Winter distance series – these 6 races (Rudolph’s Revenge, Frosty’s Frozen and the Snowman Stampede) have also given me consistent motivation and challenge all winter and let me measure my progress. A 10k and a half marathon also challenged my fortitude and gave me a sense of accomplishment.
I’ve spent the winter learning my new running turf and testing my new running gears. I’m still not fast. I’m still not built like a greyhound. I’m still not competitive – in terms of placing.
I AM stronger, tougher, wiser and more determined than ever.
I’m looking forward to this race. I hope it doesn’t rain and I’d love sunny skies and balmy temps but I’m running this thing and I can’t wait.