It was another cold one today! With the temps being around 10 degrees I could only get in 3.09 miles and I felt it in my legs. As we bid farewell to 2017 I know it was a year of struggle and more importantly victories for me. Often I think back to the the 'low points' that I like to call very educating in terms of running and life. Ann Arbor and the collapse, Dayton and the collapse, running through horrible pain from shin splints and various pulled muscles and learning how to better care for myself as a result.
The high points were almost too many to list, but I'll get into a few. The fact that I pulled off 4 successful marathons within a 12 month period made me quite happy. The amazing runners I've met and the advice they given me. Behind the scenes I've made huge strides with the documentary and the production. As we roll into 2018 I'll be making clips available through this blog, so stay tuned. Lasting I made it a goal to pull off 1000 miles this year and am happy to report that I turned in 1127.81. Next year I'm aiming for over 1300 miles and that coveted Boston QT.
I've got several marathons set up and am looking forward to traveling west this coming summer. My goal is to 'get smart' with my training and my nutrition. To better plan out what I eat and do more relaxed runs, and intense runs when called for. But here's to 2017 and the lessons and goals met, and here's the 2018 and the lessons I will learn and the goals I will work my tail off to achieve.
I've been in a bit of a funk lately, but 7 miles in the snow at an 8.01/mile helped a bit today. It's been a while since I've had frozen hair too. Today was also the last run for my Asics Nimbus 18's, they are retired at 510.69 miles, the Nimbus 20's are being unboxed tomorrow and the break-in process starts at 7am.
So Indiana weather is a strange thing (see how I could have made a Stranger Things joke being in Indiana but I totally didn't?). Last weekend snow, this weekend 50 degrees. But I'll take that. I just did a short 7.21 at a 7:58/mile. I really tried to drop it off on mile 4-end, mile 3 came in at 7:33 so like usual I told myself to 'slow down'. The cool thing is I crossed over the 1100 mile mark for 2017, my goal for next year is 1300. I can do this.
Snow at last has fallen. Today was just a light dusting and I still had a steady footing. It is always odd when ice forms on my beard too. Just shy of hitting 1100 miles for the year, I would have been there already, but the flu I had altered that. Onward right? I'll get in a few more tomorrow as well, this is all part of the process of getting use to the cold runs.
Ryan (That's me)
Runner, writer, and a survivor. It's all about living the life you want and helping each other along the way.