It's been an interesting "season" of running (aka, my annual off-season). There's been all kinds of bright and pretty colors happening. And, there's a lot of great stuff to look forward to....
Here's a sampling...
First of all, as many of you know, I have been streaking. This is my sixth consecutive winter run streak, and it's my third consecutive year where I have done all of my runs outdoors. Yes, there have been a few bitterly cold days, but ((knock wood)) I have not had any ice, sub-ZERO temps (though there have been a few single-digit days), nor heavy snow. And, I'm already closing in on the homestretch....New Year's Day isn't too far off! I have kept my mileage low, and that has been a key component to the streak working well for me. My cranky hammies/tendons are feeling not so cranky anymore, and I've been increasing the distance of some of my runs. Come January, the streak will end...but for the remaining 11 days, I plan to continue rocking the (daily) runs.
Would you believe I got to run in shorts this week? Not just once, but twice??? Let me remind you, I live in Iowa and this is December. When Momma N surprises me with bright sunshine and unseasonably warm temps, you better believe I am gonna take advantage!
I'm also loving my 2019 racing calendar thus far! I have three new (to me) events happening, and that's exciting! I have the Freeze Fest 5K on February 16th (Marion, IA), the Chocoholic Frolic 10K on March 30 (Iowa City, IA) and the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-Mile on April 7 (Washingtion, DC). Usually, I have so many favorites that I return to every year, so it's really gonna be fun checking out some new courses.
And, finally, I'm really glad the winter solstice is here! Although it's the shortest day of the year, and it signifies the official start of winter, it also means the days will be progressively getting longer. WOOT!!!! And, with the increased daylight, we'll be that much closer to summer. Now, that's truly something to love.
How about you? Anything you're loving as of late? Are you as excited as me for the solstice?
I'm linking this with Meranda and Lacey for the Friday with Fairytales and Fitness link-up.