brrrr—we woke up early sunday to a very chilly race day; in fact the temperature fell several degrees between 5 am and the start time of 8 am. good thing we’d be running.
david surprised me the night before by announcing that he wanted to wake up in time to come along! i was so happy; i know it’s really hard for him to get up and out the door when it’s barely light. it is so very nice to have him come along. he remembered the camera, but forgot to check the battery so he got just a few shots before it quit.
i waited til the very last second to take off my outer layer of fleece, but i was so glad i did—once i got going i warmed right up and stayed that way almost to the end.
the towpath route along the river was lovely and the running was good; i enjoyed it! and that was my main goal for the day, to keep it fun. i spent some time running alongside a few people i really liked and wished again that we had a running club in our city—i’d love to run with other people once a week or so.
my pace was actually very good for the first eleven miles; better than the goal i had set for myself. those last two miles though—hehe, they were harder as i got low on fuel and started to feel the cold. it’s clear that i need to spend more training time on long runs; i confess that i didn’t actually do a whole thirteen miles before sunday—i just ran out of time for that. i also need to sleep more during race week and teach myself to eat while running; this is hard for me. i try, but it’s not comfortable at all and i lose my rhythm.
but i’m still psyched about my results! i ran the event in 2:06:35—not bad at all for my first time. i came in right in the middle of the pack, as usual. i’ll make some improvements and maybe next time, i’ll break two hours. winter races in our area are scarce, but i’ll keep my eyes open to race when i can; who knows, i may even run one or two during my winter travels if i can get that organized.
i already signed up for another half at the end of april—something to keep me (literally, haha) on track during the winter. and while i was at the running shop picking up my race packet, i bought my winter running shoes.
it was such a life saver last year to have the right shoes for cold, wet weather—my feet were toasty and warm even on the coldest days or when running in the snow; they were worth every penny. when in doubt, i remembered back to my first winter when i wore regular runners with double socks and still ran on numb feet—not pleasant.
and while they were too new to wear on sunday, it turns out that was a completely smart purchase because today, we woke up to a world white with snow!
and not just a flurry or a light coating—it is coming down out there. i am going to need those shoes this afternoon, haha. (sadly, those newtons i scored a month ago at an awesome discount will have to go back in the closet and wait til spring to be worn; i didn’t even get to break them in yet).
the trees i showed you just last week are pretty bare now—several days of high winds brought down showers of leaves in our neighborhood. still, some retain heavy foliage; i hope the weight of the snow won’t cause more tree damage. we’ve had quite a lot of that this year . . .
it’s supposed to stop this afternoon but resume during the night. and temps are heading south—the fierce winter they’ve been predicting has begun.
i hope we’ll be in our new kitchen by next week . . . for now, still on the porch-ch-ch-ch.
i’ve been spending a LOT of time knitting this week—all on projects i can’t show you. except for my that little scarf
doesn’t that look cozy? and it’s actually getting long enough now to be really scarfy. much as i enjoy knitting it (and i do—completely entertaining), i cannot WAIT to finish and block it. i’m curious about the final fabric in breakfast blend DK.
even though so much of my knitting right now is secret, i’m still planning and putting together my gift knitting list. i want to make hats and mittens for amad and micah, who are coming to visit for christmas from las vegas (please wish for snow for them!). david could really use a new sweater, but i just don’t know if that’s in the cards for the next couple of months (i’ll probably still try though; you know me). i might be able to get one knit if i use confection and larger needles (say, size 9/5.5mm or so?).
other than that, i’m not sure—maybe something for my sister’s kids, but my nieces and nephews in texas certainly don’t need anything. mostly, i’m thinking more about how i’m going to put our new kitchen to use—once we get in there (we’re getting anxious now; we’re officially sick and tired of the five meals we can make on the porch).
the first copy goes to stashgragon, yay!
and the second copy goes to karen (quiltbaker), YAY!
congratulations to both winners and to celeste as well on the debut of her first book AND her soon to be born baby. so much to celebrate; isn’t it nice?