Hope everyone had wonderful Thanksgiving weekends! I am way behind on blog reading as we were at hockey arenas all weekend but I hope to catch up soon. Thanksgiving Day was great for us. We generally spend this holiday with my husband's family but due to hockey tournaments over the weekend we opted to stay put! It was such an enjoyable day and I am still full 3 days later.
This is the first year I've been home for Thankgiving which also marks the first year I haven't been shopping by 4 am on Black Friday. I'm certain I have the only husband in the world who loves shopping! He could not stay home and opted to drive 30 miles to a sporting goods store to look for Christmas presents while I stayed home. I'm glad I let him go however because he came home with the cutest North Face Apex Aphrodite jacket for me for almost half price and just for the heck of it! He is the best shopper and I can honestly say he has never bought me something I didn't like!
Friday afternoon we packed up and headed out of town for my oldest daughter's weekend hockey tournament. Her team is undefeated, state ranked, and was projected to win this tournament. Four games later, we sat watching the championship game go into overtime. We lost! She is 11 years old. I don't ever remember taking a sport this seriously at 11 but she cried for over 3 hours as a result of this game. Then we get home this evening and she is begging for me to bring her to the rink so she can work on her slapshot. This girl is soooo determined!
Now to running news. I've said before that this will mark my first winter of running. I'm not the sedentary type and will always do some sort of exercise but I've never run outside through the winter and I've never been actually training for anything. Well, snow is on the ground now in MN and it is COLD! I woke up on Saturday morning and I just plain did not want to run, inside or out. All summer my brain was absolutely consumed with thoughts of running: my next run, my last run, where I was going to run, how fast I was going to run, how I was going to get to Boston etc... For two days in a row my mind has only been filled with dreadful thoughts about running: why am I doing this, it's too cold, I'm never going to make it, I don't want it etc... This morning I actually thought I would like to cancel my trip to Boston and head to the Caribbean instead which is where I would be going if I hadn't qualified. I seemed to snap myself out of it enough to do a 12 mile treadmill run this morning but it wasn't fun and I just felt tired and unexcited about the whole situation. I have 2 weeks before my training plan will officially start. I believe I have gained fitness not lost it since my last marathon and I will be starting my program in very good shape. I will make it through the winter and into Boston but I am seriously wondering if I will be interested in running a spring marathon in years to come. I finished up my week at 31 miles, down from 63 the week before. I'm guessing I will stay under 30 for the next two weeks if that.
Back to work tomorrow.......