Sunday, January 2, 2011

Farther than I thought I was going today

I have a goal of running 1500 miles this year and that puts me at about 29 miles a week.  This seems like a lot of miles but I am starting to think that it will be the right amount for both body and mind.

December is a hard month.  Its a transition month.  It starts to get cold and snow here in Des Moines typically right at the first of December which makes running hard and then the holidays are disruptive.   I am thinking that this December I will take it easy and maybe fast or concentrate on rest and cross training and accept ahead of time that I need to have very few expectations for that month.

January though, Oh January I really like you!  It represents turning a corner, a renewal.  I have a fresh start and fresh goals.  Even though its still cold and dark for too much of the day I feel hopeful.

I took off running from my house today thinking I would run for at least an hour.  After I got to the cemetery and had run for 30 minutes I thought I would go for 10 miles since I was feeling so good.
I am testing out Soft Stars Runamocs. They are a minimal running shoe that is much like a moccasin.  This run is my first time wearing them.
Hello downtown Des Moines in the distance!
   As I was heading down the backside of the tallest hill  I see a familiar runner approaching.  My heart skipped and I was so happy to see the hubby running towards me!  He decided to surprise me and join me.  It was just too wonderful of a day to miss.  Its funny in winter how 32 degrees, sun, and no wind seems just about perfect!

 We talked and laughed and at mile 10 I hit that sweet spot where everything takes on a fuzzy haze and I experience a lovely reprieve from the discomfort I was feeling.  I could still feel the discomfort but the edges were softened and I could smile and just float along.
Thats when Jaymon said something about the lyrics to the song She Talks To Angels when I mentioned that I had hit the sweet spot.

"Yeah she gives a smile when the pain comes,
The pain gonna make everything alright."

Now I can't get She Talks to Angels out of my head.  I ended my run at a little over 12 miles.  I could have gone on longer however I didn't prepare for that long of a run and knew I needed some electrolytes when my calves started to cramp.  So we headed home feeling refreshed and exhausted.
Tomorrow looks to be a nice day as well and I am hoping to get out there for an hour tomorrow while Jupiter is at therapy.
13 more miles to go this week!

A giveaway from Running Chics just needs to be typed up and posted so stay tuned for a chance to win a thermal and pants!!
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