We made it!!!!
It wasn't easy. At times, it was quite scary and filled with much anxiety, fear and heartache. But it's over and it's done.
But first, we need to acknowledge that it's the first weekend of not just a new year, but also a new month. And that, dear friends, calls for a gathering over coffee...
Shall we? I say YES!!!
Since we're all gathered for coffee, let me begin by sharing that I officially drank my first cup of "real" coffee this week. Well, technically, it was a Kcup, so it wasn't a true brewed cup of java. I accidentally grabbed a French Vanilla coffee instead of French Vanilla cappuccino at work. I nearly gagged on the first swallow, but I added some (maybe a lot LOL) cream to it and managed to drink most of it with limited wincing. I know, I know...this is a silly (and pretty insignificant) problem, but the taste of coffee has never agreed with me. As much as I love the smell of it, the taste is another story. I'm hoping I can eventually bring myself to drink more of these, though, with less (and less) cream. Maybe I can acquire a taste for the real stuff eventually. Maybe.
Since we're gathered, I'd bring up the topic of cycling. You all know that cycling has become a favorite cross-training (and recovery) vice for me. I can honestly proclaim it is here to stay, even within the indoor arena of my basement. I had named our Proform XP70 Sebastian, but (after the fact) the name just never quite felt right. I jokingly called "him" Sebbe one day...and BINGO, there it was! So, for those who may not have noticed on Insta, you'll be seeing the hashtag #cyclingwithsebbe (instead of #cyclingwithsebastian) for all of my indoor rides. Another crisis averted LOL.
And, since we're gathered and talking about cycling, I gotta share this little beauty that arrived in my mailbox this week. The Quad Cities Marathon was my first 26.2 endeavor, and I was blessed with a near-perfect first marathon experience. I have since gone back and run with two marathon relay teams and also done the half marathon. Needless to say, this event is very near and oh-so-dear to my heart. When I saw this year's version of their bike jersey, it took me all of five minutes to link-in to their site and order one. I'm just bummed I have to wait several months to take it for a ride with Gustavas.
Since we're gathered, and it's rather chilly outside, I'll tell you how the Illinois Marathon Criss Cross Virtual Challenge is going for me. This virtual challenge is keeping me moving and motivated, through these cold temps, on a daily basis. Just this week, I "finished" the 224 miles of the West-to-East portion (ahead of schedule), and am now working my way southward, on the North-to-South course. It's not too late to join the fun...check out their site HERE (code BRP5OFF will save you $5.00 on your registration).You have until May 1st (marathon weekend) to complete either or both routes. Rumor has it the swag pack will be arriving in a couple weeks!
Finally, since we're gathered, I want to wish you all the best as we head into this new year. I believe in looking ahead, and doing so with a glass-half-full attitude. My theme for 2021 is Blissful Persistence (look for #blissfulpersistence on Insta) because I plan to celebrate any, and all, hard work as it propels me towards accomplishing my goals. I know, firsthand, that persistence pays off, and smiling through the sweat simply feels rather blissful. So, onward!
Just for kicks, how about a quick runfession? Even though we're gathered over coffee, I'm drinking a hot chai latte instead of real coffee...baby steps. And there may have been a mimosa after my annual New Year's Day run earlier.How about you? Are you enjoying a hot beverage today? Any NYD running? Did you bid 2020 a fond farewell?