A Rainy December Run

IMG_6829I can’t be the only northern Utahn that finds it strangely odd that it’s mid-December with temperatures between 55-60 degrees … it makes you kind of wonder if it’s one of those “SIGNS” for the end of times? Or, another notch in the belt for Al Gore? Either way, it makes you wonder if we will be getting or just dreaming of a white Christmas.

I don’t know how I feel about it either, because I hate snow. But, on the other hand I don’t mind it much ON Christmas. I hate saying it, but I wish we do get SOME, because Christmas in Utah isn’t the same without it. Plus, we need the precipitation. But, if it would snow on Christmas and then rain the rest of the winter I would be happy with that. Maybe then Utah could be adopted by the US Northwest?!

Me and my Peeps before running the Legacy Parkway Trail!

With this awesome weather I’ve felt the need to get the most out of running outside as I possibly can. That’s why it killed me this past week when I got sick with a stomach virus and missed three days of work. BUT … I was able to get outside on Thursday afternoon for a walk with my niece Koko, which helped save my sanity.

But, my focus all week has been my planned Saturday run in Farmington. Since, I wasn’t able to run the Bakers Dozen Half in Hurricane on Saturday, I decided to put together a fun run with my friends up here in northern Utah. The name of the event was, “Running with my Peeps” … and I provided some Peeps for the occasion.

The key to the proper Peep is to make it JUST tough enough that you think you’re going to break a tooth.

Of course I made the Peeps the right way. How do you MAKE Peeps the right way, you ask? Simple. It takes some planning ahead and patience, but at least 4-5 days before you plan on eating/needing them you need to open the package and air them out for that same period of time. So that when you eat the Peep it gives some resistance as you chew and is just a tad crunchy and tough. This is the only way I can … or will … eat Peeps, otherwise they are just nasty.

But, I should stop there talking about Peeps, because I could write a whole post about them.

Jill and Maria running a wet and rainy Legacy Parkway Trail.

The plan for the group run was to meet at Station Park in Farmington and then run southward on the Legacy Parkway Trail for however long one wants to go and then back to the meet up spot. Fairly simple and fun. We had a good sized group of 14 runners, including Reese whom I pushed. My plan was to run about 10 miles with Jill and Maria. The mileage eventually changed once the rain came and all three of us started getting cold.

But, the run still turned out to be what I needed. It was both a physical and mental challenge for me. My body is still tired from all the running this past year, but at the same time I am still trying to meet my goal of 1200 miles. And, I still haven’t ironed out my thyroid and testosterone quite yet. But, that’s another post for another day.

My post-run “BREAKFAST” salad … quinia, eggs and veggies. Yum!

Needless to say, I feel good about the run … and … I can’t wait to get faster or at least feel faster once again. The sub-two half is still my goal for 2015 and I will get there. Just please remind this to me if I ever get this crazy idea to run a marathon next year, okay?

Anyways, consistency is my goal this month, especially leading into 2015. That sub-two half marathon won’t run itself. But, the idea of “running” a half marathon on an escalator sounds fun and not difficult at all. So I gotta get to work, get my body working for me, put the work in and then run that beast!

And with those parting words, here are my numbers for December …

Total Mileage Breakdown for 2014

2014 Training Miles – 550.85 miles
2014 Walking Miles – 154.65 miles
2014 Race Miles – 460.45 miles
2014 Total Miles – 1165.95 miles
Monthly Total Miles for 2014
January – 100.0 miles
February – 100.0 miles
March – 130.0 miles
April – 140.5 miles
May – 108.65 miles
June – 83.3 miles
July – 93.75 miles
August – 118.2 miles
September – 88.55 miles
October – 106.8 miles
November – 75.05 miles 
December – 34.75 miles
Miles to 2014 Goal (1200 miles) – 34.05 miles


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