Thursday, December 16, 2010

fair weather runner indeed.

Hey, the name of the blog says it all. I absolutely bailed on going for that 5K PR on Sunday. I woke up at 6:30a to howling winds (21 mph, mind you that didn't include wind gusts) and 14 degree temps. I was warm, my bed was deliciously cozy, I just plain didn't wanna. So I texted Shelley to whine and we agreed to skip the 5K, sleep in and meet for some brekkie with friends later in the morning. And that we did. Best decision of the week.

I am however running a 5K this coming Saturday, the weather should be much more FWR friendly at a balmy 35 degrees or so. I should mention here that my oldest sister, and her husband, recently moved back home to the big dub. She has decided to do her first ever 5K on Saturday, and my dad is running the race as well, so it's a family affair. I am feeling somewhat confident that I'll shave a few seconds off of my current 5K PR to meet my 2010 goal. But more importantly I'm excited I'll be running with my family!

In other news, I'm really struggling to get out and get running this month. I've run a total of 26 miles so far. Pretty sure I'm not going to make it to that 100 for December unless I start pulling miles out of my ass. Wait. I wonder if that's an actual option...

Regardless, I just don't know what my deal is. I don't think I'm burnt out, and I wanted to keep a good base to start marathon training next month. I just choose Christmas cookies, going out with friends, cooking too much food (read: drinking wine while opening a cookbook pretending i'm going to make dinner and then going for take-out) and eating to my hearts content as opposed to running after work. Plus, it's chilly in the mornings so I don't feel like getting out of bed at a stupid hour to get a run in alone. Just not worth it right now. Oh the humanity! It's a rough life. I know.

I guess what I'm saying here is I need some December motivation. I have none. Please help accordingly Interwebs. I have a feeling part of it is that I am slightly competitive (so i hear anyway) and with all my big races over, I've got nothing to force me into higher mileage. Maybe I'm simply bored with running. Who knows. But if anyone has any thoughts on how to resolve this issue, please let me know.

I'm almost ready to start begging for someone to offer up any manner of competition to keep me motivated... Although meeting my 100 mile per month goal should be enough? Oh my, it is point of fact, not.

10 comments:

teacherwoman said...

I might have bailed with that wind too. The temps I could have dealt with!

Michele said...

I may not blog anymore but I just love reading your posts. I miss you! I'm in the same boat as you on the lack of December motivation. But mines more like November and December... and instead of 26 miles, well let's just say it might be double digits. Ummmm yeah.

2 Slow 4 Boston said...

I could be a fairer weather runner than you, but I'm not going after your moniker. The only run I've done outside this month is the Jingle Bell Run on the 5th. However, I have logged about 80 miles this month between an indoor track and treadmill. Don't know if you can stand to run inside, but that would be my advice.

Detroit Runner said...

That wind would be tough but jeez, you paid for it already(I assume?), I'd go because I would feel bad spending the money and not going.

JF said...

I am with ya on the run, I would have been talked out of it very easily also.

I have also had a hard time getting going this month, so I am preparing to hit it strong in Nov!

Jesse - Run To The Border said...

I may not be a huge fan of running in 14F + wind weather, but I'm far too cheap to not go to a race that I paid for!

Good luck on Saturday!

Hannah said...

Dude. I'll run with you T/W/Th mornings. Then you won't be alone. Seriously. Now that I'm not working early T/Th I'm wide open...

Can't wait to hear of your new PR after Saturday!

The Turtle said...

I'm planning to use my holiday days off to get in some extra miles. That way I won't feel so bad eating all the Christmas food.

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Wish I had some motivation to offer, but I am taking a LITTLE break before Boston training starts.

HOPE that your family on the 5K, I wish that my family were runners..

Happy Holidays my Fair Weather friend..

Carolina John said...

Get out there and put some miles in!! Just do it.