Well-it got to 18 degrees below zero this morning and tomorrow should have windchills of 30 below. It is no longer a choice of whether or not I want to run outside. I just plain can’t. There is no amount of money I could spend to keep me warm in this weather. Once again I was on the treadmill today. Have I mentioned, I HATE the stupid treadmill. There is absolutely no way I can fathom running more than 12 miles (my record) on the d*mn thing. This is going to be a LONG winter. The extended forecast looks terrible and I will likely not get outside until maybe one day next week. Unfortunately, I have a job and the prime hours of the day in which we actually may see a high of 2 degrees or so are spent bent over someone’s open cavity filled mouth potentially breathing in the flu! Actually, I wear a mask and I love my job when I’m there but it always feels good to complain! Enough already!
So, I rolled over this morning when my alarm went off at 4:00 am. I was planning to run before I had to take Ryan to hockey practice at 5:30 am but I could not get myself to do it. I have this agreement with my husband that he will not let me roll over or I will not cooperate in other aspects of our marriage. He is currently out of town for work so I had no fall back! I spent the rest of the day at work kicking myself because my evening would now include running. I should mention I did muster up enough motivation to do my core workout this morning! I have been very faithful with this routine over the last year and I must say although it only takes about 20 minutes it has produced pretty decent results both visually and with my running. Anyway, I did run 7 miles after work and before hockey. Good enough. Also want to mention that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE my Brooks Launch shoes. This is my 8th different variety of running shoes and other than their ridiculous color they are truly the most awesome shoes I have ever worn. I swear they make me faster and they feel like nothing on my feet! I give these an A plus plus!!!
I think I am done Christmas shopping. I know I always brag up my kids but they are the most gracious little things and I can’t wait for them to open their presents!!! Christmas is truly about giving and there is no greater reward than putting a smile on someone else’s face. Joe and I always pick 3 kids about the same ages as ours off the giving tree and let our kids pick gifts for them. Reese and I took care of her little Christmas “friend” this past weekend and she was so excited to pick out stuff. Honestly, she would give all her presents away if she knew it would make someone else happy. Have I mentioned how GREAT my kids are and how much I LOVE them. I think maybe I have! I may not have mentioned that I never intended to have any kids and my first one was an OOPS which led to 2 more OOPS'S. I cannot imagine where I would be in life without them!
Tomorrow I will likely run about 5 miles in the morning and then hit the fitness center in the evening during hockey practice! Next week, BOSTON plan begins. I am excited to be on a schedule again! I don't like the randomness of my current running routine. I am both dreading this winter running and looking forward to starting a new training cycle! We'll see how it all pans out! I am dropping my half marathon in January because hockey plans changed and I cannot justify traveling 6 hours and paying a race fee financially right now. I've added the TC Irish for a day 10 mile on March 14th which should be fun. I've never run a 10 mile and it will be good timing before Boston!
PS. Joni if you read this-thanks for the comment. Is there any way I could respond to you (blog or email). Sounds like we have a lot in common :)