Saturday, 22 December 2007

Not many miles

Snow on the lights on the outdoor trees.
The view of my Christmas tree from my back yard!

Here it is, the 22nd of the month, and I have logged only 18.51 miles this month. They have most all been on the treadmill, so they have been hard work - for me. But still, last December I ran 48 miles, and that was with the flu, 5 feet of snow, and a horrible injury (I ran 90 in January).

We have had cold weather and snow this month, which isn't really surprising for Colorado in December. But I have headed indoors for the treadmill, which I don't normally like. Somehow I am digging it right now. But I find it hard. Today I ran 3 miles in 32 something and that felt like enough.

I am still thinking about the Marathon in Anchorage. When I really give it thought, I call it a "stretch" goal. Which I learned in management 101 is a goal that is seemingly unattainable. The last time I called something a "stretch" goal was when I decided I wanted to go to school at an expensive, prestigious Jesuit University in Denver. I had no clue how I could do that. But I kept it as a goal, and ended up going there, and got not only my BS, but my Masters degree from there. And now, I am going to start TEACHING there in 2008. So I know that the impossible frequently can happen if you just keep plugging away.

I will have to start my training in January for the Marathon because it just isn't happening right now. I hope to get 30 miles logged in December and that is hardly the stuff of marathon training!

I have done quite a good job of making candy and eating it though. Almond toffee is EVIL. I think I shall have my annual "anti-candy" for dinner tonight. About this time each year, after having my fill of candy, I get a craving for borscht! Nothing like beet soup to make your stomach feel less icky. And yes, I actually took a photo of a bowl of borscht last year. Oh, it is making me hungry!

10 comments:

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

You've got me beat on mileage! I've pretty much given up on December, but hope to be running regularly again in January.

Speaking of Candy, I just posted about my chocolate peppermint spoons. LOL.

Marcy said...

You can do anything if you keep pluggin at it ;-)

Happy Holidays Mary!!

Randy said...

Merry Christmas Mary, I think I'll pass on the soup, I'm not very adventuresome when it comes to trying new foods....
The marathon in Alaska sounds like a great goal to stretch for, you can do it.
With my knee problems, December is slipping away with only a minimal amount of mileage for me as well...just 28.2 thus far, but I'm hoping to get in 3 or 4 on Monday, will see how it works out...

Marathoner in Training said...

You can do it, as for the Almond Toffee, I want the recipe. You will meet all your goals this month.

ws said...

I've never understood cold soup, but I do like beets.

I hope you have a Merry Christmas, Mary...

Sue said...

Merry Christmas to you too!

Wes said...

Love the white Christmas! Woo hoo! No comment on the beet soup though... Ewww :-)

Merry Christmas!!

J~mom said...

If you set your walk/run ratio at the right spot I think you can do it!! Merry Christmas!

Adam said...

Merry Chrismas!!!!

Jess said...

Your pictures look so Christmas-y!

Have a good Christmas and don't worry about the miles -- they'll come when you're ready.