“I run because long after my footprints fade away, maybe I will have inspired a few to reject the easy path, hit the trails, put one foot in front of the other, and come to the same conclusion I did: I run because it always takes me where I want to go.”
― Dean Karnazes
It was a quiet Thanksgiving vacation for me this year! I did get back into running more. I have been pretty good this past week. I was just shy of 40 miles, but with my knee still causing me trouble…I will take it!!! I even had a good long run on Saturday for 90 minutes. I am doing 45-60 minutes of base runs, one day off, one day with hills, and one long run…90 minutes. I wanted to do two hours, but I figured that it was a good start and I should not push my luck.
So why the gloomy picture? It isn’t gloomy to me. Some people like to run when it is sunny and there is a lot to see…me, I love the water. It is pretty funny when I hate swimming in the open water. I hate the open water because I almost drowned when I was a kid!!!!
My times are not fast at all, but some people would love them so I should count myself lucky! I have been trying to focus more on enjoying running than winning. I should be happy I had those moments. I should get back into sprinting, but I love the long distance. Sprinting is more successful for me, but I get so competitive!!! I am not as good at long distance so I have to work harder for it! This year, I think 5th place was the worst i did in the 5k. I won either 2,3, or 4th in the others. I remember waking up for my duathlon in Rochester and I knew I couldn’t make it because I had overslept!!! I hopped in my car and ran the Trout run in Deposit, which I had never heard of. I won third place and a trout trophy. Woo hoo…but I cannot do that in the half marathon. My best finish ever was in the 2012 (I think) Run to the Sun in Watertown. I won a massage with a time of 1:40….I think that liking something more challenging is a healthy thing…if it is too easy, it is easy to get mad at yourself or not enjoy it as much! I know I am not a speed demon in the 5k, but I will always be happy with a pr of 20:33. I would love love love to break 20…but I feel happy!
This year I did not have Lilly for Thanksgiving. It was quiet and I went to my Cousin Judy’s house. I had a good time. That was the only interaction I had until my sister and her family came home. I do not mind being alone, but it is strange to be a teacher and come home from school…to two days of solitude. I know I am socially awkward and what not, but I like the noise…but I have to admit I got used to the quiet. I enjoyed some good runs in Oswego, Ny and froze my face off! I even saw a bunch of deer!!!
I have been thinking about my goals for 2015. I have been working on myself in this blog a lot! I know I have a long way to go!!!!!!! I confess I thought I had it figured out. I wanted to go after a relationship, but sometimes I think that I have a great relationship already- RUNNING!!!!!
It seems silly and I do miss the times when people are happy together around the holidays. I do hear a lot of people tell me I am lucky and should enjoy singletonville…I do enjoy it and there are a lot of times I do not. I have to confess I have been wanting to go downtown and ice skate. I want to have my slow dance and I am getting sick of traveling alone. There are just times when it is harder to enjoy things alone. However, I need to focus on my running. I decided I am not going to cut my hair until I qualify for Boston…so I will probably look like cousin It. I want to work on my speed and get into weight training and swimming…maybe even consider a 70.3 if I do not drown in a triathlon before a big one. I need to see what I have left before I get too old! I have a few races in mind for running but I do not want to share. I need to be ready!!!!! So I need more long runs, speed, and weight training. I am training with some fast guys! I hope they help kick my ass into shape!!! I run with Wisam and Brett, who both did the Philadelphia Marathon in November. They finished in 3:31 and 3:44 I think!!!! Go boys!!!! GIVE ME YOUR SPEED !!!! Ha Ha.
I also want to have a great time with Lilly…she is awesome!!!!!!! I am hoping to do something fun April break with her for her birthday!!!! She will be five. She deserves the best and I am excited to see what happens in 2015!!!!!
I am looking forward to Christmas. I have Lilly for two weeks! I love work, but I feel unnoticed and hope to be visible soon!