Thursday, December 24, 2009

December blues

It happens every year in Minnesota, winter comes, December begins and I get into a funk. Why, darkness, cold, snow, months of it ahead. My running screeches to a slow pace, take last Sunday, plenty of time to get outside but it never happened. I did a lot of things but did not go outside. I told myself, you can run on Monday. Well, work went late, had a contact issue, long commute, my guess is you can see the trend. Tuesday, plan was to run at lunch, didn't happen, no problem run after work, nope needed to Xmas shop, run after Xmas shopping, didn't happen. Yesterday, same issues. I still need to run 22 more miles between now and new years to make my goal of 1500 miles, so that got me going.

So today, I said no more excuses, I ran 3 miles on the treadmill barefoot, so I at least got in a minimum run. That gets me to just 19 more miles which shouldn't be a problem except for a snowstorm combined with holiday travels. My hope is that I can sneak a few in over the next few days otherwise I may be heading out on the 31st with a few more miles to run than I would like. I am too close to fail on this goal, as Yoda says "do or do not, there is no try", now it's time to do.

December is always the worse month for my running, I think it's the fact that I dread the coming months of winter. The nice thing is that Christmas always puts me in a better mode, I get to spend time with my family, I get away from work and the best part of where we are is the calendar. The darkest day of the year is now behind us and I always perk up in January as the light returns. I start thinking only one really bad month of winter left and then each month gets easier.

I have ruled out Psycho Wyco as I haven't run more than 12 miles since Surf the Murph and a return there would be just a butt kicking kind of day. I had that last year and would like to at least think I have a chance to kick back a little on a return trip. So now the search begins for which spring race to do and once I lock into one, that will get me out the door and then before we know it spring will be here but first:

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Londell said...

Happy Holidays to you as well! The good thing is that the weather is not bitterly cold so you could get out, just slippery. Must get the GOAL! I think you should just to two back to back 10 milers of walk/run on Saturday and Sunday and get it done...

Karen G said...

I think ruling out Pscho is crazy!! You have lots of time to prepare. I even think you would be fine doing Rocky.


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