So, what exactly happened to January???
For one of the longer months (31 days, after all) and a cold time of year, January actually went rather quickly. No complaints on my part. The temps were actually more mild than extreme (unlike a year ago). Although I can tolerate the cold, I'm eager to move closer to Summer (well, and Spring, too).
Anyways, shall we gather for a warm beverage and chat a bit? Better yet, shall we share a few runfessions? Surely I'm not the only one with a few of those...
Let me start...if we were chit-chatting, here's a few things I'd share about the latest happenings from my little corner of the universe:
First of all, I'd runfess that my January goals were kind of a bust. I can't blame laziness on my part, but I can admit to forgetfulness. Usually when I do monthly goals or challenges, I make them pretty specific. Also, they're usually daily things that don't require much of a time commitment. These January goals were meant to be done on a flexible "now and then" basis, and that was a total fail. They happened, but any semblance of consistency was MIA. Lesson learned; moving on.
Can we talk about the DOMS (Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness) for a minute? I'm no stranger to experiencing these aches and pains, but I'll runfess I was a bit blind-sided by them this time. Last weekend, I felt like an achy, breaky mess of sorts. Not sure if it was from the heavy snow shoveling and throwing (from a few days prior), the barefoot stair workout (late in the week), Saturday's hilly 5K race (with my body in an already compromised state), or a combination from all the above. All I know, come Sunday (and still on Monday), my legs and back were still a bit cranky. I'm not a "woe-is-me" kind of gal, so I didn't whine much about it, nor did I curl up under my thick blankets and set up homestead on the couch. It did make me appreciate the fact that I can do all that stuff, though, and still function...albeit in a slower state of motion.
Next, I'd share my excitement for the Fight for Air Climb (March 29th, in Des Moines, IA). Can I runfess how weird it was to not take part last year (it was the same weekend as the Credit Union Cherry Blossom 10-Miler)? Not everyone embraces the stairs like I do, and that's okay. For me, they're a great lower-body workout as well as a pseudo hill workout (since the incline mimics that of a short, but steep, hill). Other than last year, I've participated every year since 2013 so it will be great to return to the stairs of downtown Des Moines.
So, that's what I'd be sharing with you, over a hot beverage, in the company of friends.
How about you? Got any great runfessions to share? Any February goals on tap? Ever done a stair-climb event? Issues with disappearing pics from past blog posts?
Since it's the first weekend of the month, I'm linking this with Deborah and Coco for the Ultimate Coffee Date.
I'm also linking this with Meranda and Lacey for the Friday with Fairytales and Fitness link-up.