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!|
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!!