When I say I'm chillin,' don't confuse it with "chilly."
My condolences to anyone who may be huddled under your thickest blanket. It's no secret how I feel about the cold Iowa winters. I'm ever so grateful to not be experiencing those conditions first-hand, at least for a few weeks. Of course, that just means I'll get to re-acclimate when I return...but I'll deal with that in due time.
Anyways, no matter the temps outside, I'm always game for a hot beverage. Add in the opportunity to gather with friends (even if it's virtual and not face-to-face), and that just sweetens the deal. It's always fun to get together and just chat. I'll bring my chai late' and you can grab your beverage of choice.
What ya say? Shall we?
If we were gathered, I'd first tell you how my December stats played out. While I dutifully log all my workouts and miles (I'm old-school, so this happens with pen and paper, LOL), I honestly don't pay much attention to the running totals. I check them on a weekly basis (for my WRD post), but that's about all the attention I give them. Ugh, I'm not sure when walking fell off the radar, but 25 miles, for an entire month, is pretty pathetic. At least the running was where it usually is, and the biking dominated. Two outta three ain't bad.
Since we're talking stats (or at least I am), I'd also tell you about my entire 2021. It's no surprise biking, again, came away with the highest honors. What can I say? Biking has really served me well. It's a fabulous workout in and of itself. It's awesome as a recovery vice. And, it's a great supplement to running, since it works and strengthens different muscles. Plus, it's another excuse to be outside. I haven't even touched on all the Peloton love I've received, via my stationary bike.
I'll share a little annoyance with my current situation...I've become (slightly) Garmin-dependent. It's not that I love my Garmin and feel like I need to have it with me every waking minute (ha! Not a chance!), but the place where we're snowbirding has numerous (like, MOST of them) curving streets. I don't really care much about my pace when I'm walking or running, but I do like to know my distance. If the streets were mostly straight, I could count the blocks and have an approximation of distance, but not when I'm constantly going in circles, LOL. My sense of direction is really getting challenged as well. But, the temps are warm, the sunrises have been beautiful, and I'm ever-so-grateful to be here. 'Nuff said.
If you're interested, I'll also share my walking goal(s). As mentioned, walking sort of took a hike (how's that for a bad pun?) in recent months. Even though I cringe at setting mileage goals, I'm going to try to hit 100 miles of walking each month. These, BTW, are intentional miles. I don't wear a tracking device to "keep count" of every foot strike, so I have to do these miles the old fashioned way. If I'm able to hit these 100 monthly miles, I will have no trouble surpassing 1,000 miles for 2022. Since I'm currently in a warm place, with ample places for safe walking, no matter the time of day (or night), I'm hoping January will give me a great kickstart as I embark on this quest. PS, as this post goes live, I'm already at 20 miles for January, so I'm well ahead of schedule.
|because runners can walk, too|
Finally, since we'll probably be talking about races, I'll tell you what I have on the calendar. A few weeks ago, there was a promo to register for both DAM to DSM at the same time as the Des Moines Women's race weekend...so I took advantage. D2D isn't until June 4th, and the DSM Women's weekend is May 7th-8th (I'll be doing the 10K on the 8th). Just a few days ago, I hopped on the Drake Relays Road Races wagon and got registered for the half marathon (April 24th). Also, the Market-to-Market Relay is back, and this year I'll be running on a team with some local gals (May 14th). Oh, and there's a local 5K happening Saturday morning. Whew! Go big or go home!
|have shoes, will race|
So, that's the latest! Your turn...