I am running! It’s not much, but it is so much more than anything I’ve done for months.
Running mileage: 51! How awesome is that number? If you add up all my running from March to October, it doesn’t equal 51 miles. So, even though I want to run 100 miles a month, 51 is an amazing number!!
Walking: 56 miles. I am still taking my one mile walking break during my lunch break at work. I keep thinking that it is going to get too cold at some point, but I just keep doing it. I hope that it will make me hate the winter less. Getting the fresh air is great, even if it freezes my lungs. As I start running more, the walking mileage will decrease. Right now, when I get on the treadmill in the evenings, I just plan to workout for the duration on one show on Netflix. Since I can only run a few miles at a time, I walk to fill up the rest of the time. I can’t wait until I can run for the entire show.
Swimming: I only got in the pool twice in November. They were closed the week of Thanksgiving, and the week before that, my mom had knee surgery, so I didn’t get in the water that week. I can’t wait to get back in the pool this week. I think there are only three more sessions before they close for the semester break. I do hope that they will open up again in January. (I may or may not have my eye on a triathlon next summer.)
Biking: I managed about 28 miles biking as I followed Tim around Madison for his first marathon. I was so disappointed that I couldn’t run it with him, but at least I got to cheer him on. I hope that we have another opportunity to do one together.
Being able to slowly increase my mileage has really helped to lift my mood. And I need that at this time of the year. Typically, when the weather gets cold and the days get even shorter, I get pretty down and depressed. I really don’t like the winter. But, right now, I have something to look forward to. I can run. I still have to run slowly. And I am very slowly increasing my mileage. But, I am running—pain free. And that is truly something to be thankful for.
It has me thinking ahead to the spring and planning which races I might want to do. Any suggestions? What is your favorite half marathon?