I wasn't super motivated to post for a few months because for a while there, running was all about minimizing pain and trying to get to the start line of CIM. Then, it was about recovering from random aches and pains (that ended up not being quite so random) so I was barely running.
|I was more active than Betty, but that's not a high bar.|
(I was not, however, as glamorous as she is.)
I upped my mileage over the past few weeks to see how my body responded, going from less than ten miles a week to more than 15, and slowly adding in some speedwork and hills. So far, I've been good, with just a bit of niggling in my upper right inner thigh (we finally pinpointed that it was inner thigh after thinking it was hamstring for weeks, and after some focused work that's dissipated this past week).
|A recent sunrise|
|And a recent sunset|
|And why not one more sunset?|
It's going to be tough because I feel a bit like I'm building my running endurance up from scratch, and my legs get fatigued more easily since I'm utilizing new muscles, but I'm really excited to get back to training. I'm working with Coach Jess again, and can't wait to see what she has in store for me!
|Hopefully training will include running some of the gorgeous trails in O'Neill Regional Park, which we explored on a short hike two weeks ago.|
|And I'm hoping to run the full Black Star Canyon trail at some point since I've only hiked parts of it so far.|
|Black Star Canyon is so gorgeous.|
In non-running news ... um, there's not much going on. Probably the biggest change in my life is I started giving Mason two longer walks every day when I couldn't run much, and I've committed to keeping that up as I get back to running my more typical 15-20 miles a week.
|Mason and I meet lots of the neighborhood locals on our walks, including this puppy who demanded all the belly rubs.|
|Duolingo prepares you for every potential situation, including paternity denials.|
|I find this Hummer owner confusing. Is he an ironic Bernie Sanders fan, or does he actually support Bernie Sanders -- as a Hummer driver? The population of Hummer driving Bernie Sanders fans has to be, at most, one.|
So yeah, that's the exciting life I'm leading. Dog walking and CNN watching. Shit, did I enter a time warp and age 50 years? Please send space/time continuum help.
Anyway, here's to more frequent blogging in 2016, to fewer (or none?) aches and pains, and to a hopeful half marathon PR this May!
|Bye - for now!|