Originally posted December 2010. Early Running Journal blog posts remind me of those growing years when I didn’t identify as a runner yet because I had to take walk breaks. It helps to reread these and remember where I was at and see how far I’ve come.
Christmas Day: Bullard, TX – 3.1 miles, 2:00 PM, 40 degrees or less, overcast, 6mph wind.
Having a week off from work during the holidays is precious time. The strong desire to see family, eat gluttonously, and make big plans to do nothing but relax are always there. So is the desire to get to those important things that you never seem to have time to do. For me, that’s mid-week runs. I’m a month out from the Phoenix full and I haven’t done a single midweek run. I told myself that I would run every day of vacation. This goes directly against my initial holiday instincts.
We’re visiting the in-laws in Texas for 5 days and it seems the cold front followed us from California. It should be in the low 40’s here and a little windy until the day we fly home when it goes up to the 70’s.
It seems difficult to justify spending well-deserved vacation time on cold weather runs but I have faith that the discipline can help me in the long run. Literally and figuratively. I won’t say that I can make up for lost time but I can at least give myself the best shot at a decent marathon in Phoenix.