I had a nice long run with the girls on the Rail Trail yesterday morning. It was quite cold and the wind made it feel even colder. I had originally planned on wearing my base-layer long sleeve, a tech tee and my Brooks vest, but after checking the temps in Gardiner (9 Fahrenheit with the windchill) I opted to wear my cold-weather Brooks jacket. I was glad for my choice in the beginning, but was pretty hot mid-way through...one reason I can only wear it on the coldest of runs. I did pick up some super cute holiday socks at Target and knowing that this would probably be my last run before Christmas, I had to wear them.
The run overall was good (the best part was the company, of course), but again my lack of mileage these last few weeks made it a lot harder. My left calf was a tight ball of knots the entire run and it probably didn't help that I was wearing my zero-drop Mizuno EVO Cursoris for my first double-digit run in three weeks. I stunned them all when I was the one to suggest we walk up the hill out of Hallowell. I just didn't want to push it since I feel like I'm starting out from square one. *sigh*
Anyway, no more excuses. Fellow Rail Trail regular, Mizuno fanatic, and running junkie, Seth Hasty, recently wrote a post about making excuses. You can read that here. I feel like he could have written it for me. I have mostly been fine with the fact that I haven't been running much and why. Any time during the day when I would usually be able to jump on the treadmill, I've been working on the new house. Instead of going to bed early to be able to get up and run before everyone wakes up, I've been spending that time with my husband. I feel that this was the right choice for me and for my family during the crazy end of the year whirlwind we've been in.
This afternoon we're baking cookies for Santa and getting ready to spend our first night in the new house. The boys are super excited!
I hope everyone has a safe, happy, and very merry Christmas.