Let’s see…. I’ve been lazy and not logging enough miles over the last 2-3 months. And it’s hard to get motivated to blog about running when you’re, you know, NOT really running much. Yes, yes, Mother Nature is partly to blame, but I have to take at least some responsibility for my lack of miles.
I’d started a December and year-end rundown post, but never finished it. Two months, and a mere 105 miles later, here I sit, trying to figure out where to begin. I have both too little and too much to say! Let’s start with the easy wins.
I never shared A Christmas Story 10K post race. This, my friends, was totally worth getting up at 4:00AM for! Lots of people dressed up.
Jessica and I weren’t that ambitious.
But we had a great time.
I mean, LOOK at these things! I didn’t expect them to be so big.
So let’s review what happened since then.
I had a lot more runs planned than actually executed. Mostly the weather intervened. Twice, when it was potentially-lose-a-toe-cold outside, my generous running babes treated me to guest passes to treadmill at the Y. Other cold or icy days, I told myself I was going to get up and treadmill in my basement. I didn’t.
Until one Wednesday a couple of weeks ago when I finally, finally dragged my butt to the basement only to learn….MY TREADMILL IS DEAD. Well, not dead, but the belt is slipping. And it’s ancient. It’s a wonder it lasted me this long, so I don’t think it’s worth having someone come and attempt to fix it. Especially since, um, I don’t really use it. Ever.
On one hand, I hate the thing and can’t say that it will be missed much. On the other hand, I owe this old, loud thing a debt of gratitude.
If it weren’t for this old thing, I never would have started. I started running in the winter, one exhausting minute at a time, when I would have been too embarrassed to go outside to run (where people could see me). It was only after the weather warmed up some, and I could run for, say, a quarter mile or more at a time, that I was brave enough to head out and hit the street. Where, naturally, I learned that running around outside beats the snot out of being alone in your basement.
So I cheer and yet I cry that my trusty treadmill has passed. I plan to give it a big, awkward hug before we drag it to the curb to be picked up by Waste Management (once the driveway thaws enough to get it out there).
The very day that I learned that I couldn’t use my treadmill anymore, I signed up at Planet Fitness. (Or as I’m calling it, the poor girl’s Y.) I have already gone a few times when the weather was too crappy to get outside. I still hate to treadmill, but it’s significantly less painful in a place with ginormous fans, lots of open space, other people, and TVs (even though they all seemed to be tuned to news or sports and I don’t watch them). Now that I have a gym membership, at least I can start being consistent with my runs, even if the weather continues to be an obstacle.
I intially titled this post, “Playing Catch-Up,” but I just added the “Part I,” because I realized that I’m so not going to get it all in one post. It’s weird that I have so much to say over so little running! Next time, I will bring you up to speed on my (lack of) training for the Pittsburgh Half Marathon – and how I came up with the coin to register for it when I thought my budget was going to force me to pass again this year!
Because I had the stats ready, anyhow….
Miles Run: 506.94
Time Running: 92:57:45
Average Pace: 11:00 min/mile
Total runs: 121