Tuesday, December 12, 2017

20 Days of Awesome

Can I get a Whoop Whoop?

Why? I just hit Day 20 of the 2017 Runner's World winter run streak. This year, the Streak has the subtitle of "40 Days of Awesome," and hitting the halfway mark is a major milestone.

How's it going for me? So far, so good. This is my fifth consecutive year of doing the winter run streak. Basically, I'm just running an easy-paced mile on my usual "non-running" days. No speed work and no major long runs. Easy peasy and very minimal commitment.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Baby it's Cold Outside

Baby, it's cold outside.

Ugh. Welcome to Iowa. I'd offer to take your jacket, but you'll probably want to keep it.

After a nice little late summer/early fall-like weather reprieve, Momma N got down to business and handed us the REAL winter weather we'd been lacking. I was able to keep it outside, but Holy Chilly Cheeks, Batman, it was cold.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

'tis the Season for Inspiration

'tis the season, right?

Actually, it's the Advent season....those 24 days leading up to Christmas Day. Whether you celebrate the Christmas holiday or not, there's plenty of good cheer and well wishes among many this time of year. It's also a time to think back on the year, reflect on things to be thankful for, and also prepare for the upcoming New Year.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Jingle Bell Run 5K

It was a fun day of bountiful beauty.

How does that grab you?

On Saturday, December 2nd, I ran my first-ever Jingle Bell Run, and it was a grand time!  Living in Iowa, there are not many options for holiday-themed running events. Up until a couple of years ago, there were two favorite holiday-themed races I had done every December, but ((poof)) both are now gone. Fortunately, I found the Jingle Bell Run in a last ditch effort for some holiday racing fun...and it was more than just a fun morning in colorful Christmas attire.

Saturday, December 2, 2017


It was another week full of adventure, fitness, and awakenings.

The weather was really out of sync with the calendar. Most days it was in the 50's by the afternoon, though it  was very "seasonal" in the wee hours (like, in the low 30's).  In keeping with my daily cardio (10-20 minutes every morning) and my running streak (running at least one mile everyday from Thanksgiving until New Year's Day), I got to experience it all.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

To Streak or Not to Streak ...

To streak or not to streak?

That's not usually a question I'll even bother to answer. I realize a lot of runners do run streaks (running at least one mile everyday, no matter what). For many, it's a natural part of their day, an element of their being, and a necessary daily task that needs to be performed. Yes, a lot of runners run everyday...but I'm not (usually) one of them.

Monday, November 27, 2017

November in a Nutshell

How is it almost December already?

My head is still spinning, trying to fine-tune all of my November "stuff," and the month is almost over. Not quite sure how that happened.

Anyways, here's my November in a nutshell: