Saturday, January 31, 2015

Janathon Day #31! Why This Treadmill Run Didn't Suck

Some people hate on treadmills, and the last time I did the 'mill, it was a torturous hour of hideousness (in retrospect, it may have been because that flu thing I had was coming on). Today's treadmill run was much better because

  1. it was shorter
  2. it's stinking cold outside and it was a treat to run in shorts
  3. my husband and daughter went to the gym, too, so even though we were all doing different things, it was like a family outing and who doesn't like that?

So nope, this wasn't the Janathon that went out with a whimper instead of a bang. I didn't get to workout every day in January (see flu, above), but on the two days I skipped it I still complained blogged about it. Does that count for something? Yes it does.

And I've gotten nearly 100 miles run for January - I'll finish that goal off tomorrow at Burke Lake Park which is way more scenic than the treadmill.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Janathon Day #30 - The Hardest Thing About Cold Weather Running

Today was a short run, just a mile, for my rest day. But I figured that it took as much time to put on all my gear and peel it off as it took to do the run.

I did the loop on my street today, and on the second loop, I shuffled by my next door neighbor, Coy. I said hi, of course, and he was like, "Anne!? It's too early for that!"

Coy is a nice guy. And correct.

Last day of Janathon tomorrow! And I signed up for a group run for Sunday, for a Janathon-plus. Maybe I won't write that one up.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Janathon Day #29 - My Miles Feel Measly

I just finished a not-quite-four-mile run. It was about 20 degrees out there. It was cold.

Yesterday, my friend Jeff finished a 135 MILE RUN in Minnesota, with a sled tied to his back because the participants had to carry their own fuel. It was the Arrowhead Ultra up in the northern part of Minnesota. You can run, bike, or ski the course (there's a special award for people who complete the race in each discipline). It's the kind of thing that makes everything else you might be doing seem a little, well, meager. But it totally motivated me to get my miles in this morning.

And not for nothing, it's 35 in Minneapolis right now.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Janathon Day #28 - Long and Cold but Awesome Run

This morning's run was long(ish) -- 5.5 miles, which is one of my longest runs this month, because I've been doing all those weeny keep-the-streak-going runs.

And it was COLD out there, with wind chills into the single digits! I wore an extra shirt and an extra sweatshirt over my jacket so I was still sweating like a pig.

And it was an awesome run because it's sure nice to get outside and get a run in, even though there was snow all over the place yesterday. Most people had done a fine job getting it off their sidewalks, and even though there were some challenging spots, I had to think: if this is the hardest thing I've got to do today, it's not too bad.

Also, a friend of a friend, a running coach to my buddy's high-schooler, passed away from cancer yesterday. That guy loved running, and loved coaching. When you think of someone who can't run anymore, it makes your run that much more doable.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Janathon Day #27 - Run in the Snow!

Hooray! It's finally a snow day!

Okay, maybe it's a bit of a meager snow day, compared to what our friends up north are dealing with, but I got a nice run in the snow (a little challenging, not terribly slippery, but enough to brag about). And I spent about a half hour shoveling the stuff off our driveway and sidewalk. The kids don't have school, and my office opens 2-1/2 hours late, so it's pretty leisurely in here right now. There's even hot cocoa.

And a poem that's great for a snow day, Shoveling Snow with Buddha, by Billy Collins. The narrator in the poem and the Buddha were shoveling much more than I did, but I still feel the love.

And here's how I was rolling after getting back from my short run. Glasses fogged, pretty hat:

Snowdays ain't pretty.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Janathon Day #26 - Short Run, Doubts, Crummy Weather

This was one of those mornings when I got up thinking I am way too old to be running, or trying to do a streak. I felt lousy. I was aching all over. Plus it was raining and cold, just crummy.

So instead of going out to do the hills I like to do on Mondays, I talked myself in to parking it on my yoga mat in the living room and stretching out instead. After that, I was able to run around our street a couple of miles in that nasty weather to get a little more than a mile in. Streak is alive!

Although I'll be honest, it felt like it was almost that day today.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Janathon Day #25 - Recovery Run

Yesterday's run kicked my butt. I'm not sure if it was because I didn't stretch out enough or what but boy oh boy, my legs were barking at me all day.

Today I made sure to go very slowly, and it was a much better experience. Good music on the iPod, sun was out, and I even got to take an extra loop around our street with one of the neighbors. I had so much energy afterwards that I took our outdoor Christmas lights down. About time, right?