If you hadn’t’ heard already, the main reason for my move from Chicago to LA was the weather. I wanted the ability to run all year, in the sun. I finally gave up my badassery winter running attitude and accepted the fact that I needed sun more than snow in my life. This past weekend when Chicago was in the middle of a deep freeze, I was reminded how important of a decision it was for me to move to a warmer climate and the impact it has had in my life. Ok, let me interject here that I am not trying to rub it in to my Chicago peeps.
This weekend I did a 10 mile run in the sun, on the beach at it was glorious. The temps have finally cooled in LA and a 50-degree winter run is what I consider just perfect. Seriously, my long run felt so good and a lot of that had to do with having warm sun on my body. For so many years I spent doing the hardcore winter training in Chicago, being “weatherproof” to the elements. There were so many early mornings meeting friends for below zero runs. I am not going to lie, running in horrible conditions does a lot to make it easier push through races because you face the weather demons and win.
However, this weekend when I was out for my Saturday long run in the “cool” temps with sun on my face and sand under my feet I knew I was truly in my happy place. I realized sometimes it is ok just to find a way to make running feel good again, and it doesn’t always have to be about making the run as challenging as possible. As I went farther along in my run reflecting on my blessed life, the sacrifices I made to move across country didn’t seem so bad. I realized I can find other challenges in running to conquer, that don’t involve horrid weather.
This week I was back at the grind. The next few weeks will be primarily spent running on roads. I have seen other trail athletes take this approach (especially Sally McCrae) and I am going to try it out too. I will try to focus more time on strength training and trying to improve my speed for the long miles, versus hill climbing and endurance. I am hoping this approach to base building will serve me well once I start trail running training again in February.
My training this week wasn’t too spectacular but I did get in the following workouts:
Random thoughts from the week:
**I’ve been testing out Epsom salts and I have become obsessed. I don’t really like to take baths, but I have found the salts from Epsoak really help. I also started using them with body scrub in the shower and I am loving that option. Pro tip…get them with added fragrance…makes all the difference.
**My eating sucks right now, with holiday parties and cookies everywhere. I have decided to try to balance as much as I can but not stress too much about it for the rest of the year. In January, I am going to attempt vegetarian eating for at least a month (although I might include fish) in the hopes that I can slowly remove meat from my diet. I have done a lot of research on the benefits of eating a plant based diet I am convinced it will work. I just need to get my taste buds on board with that concept.
Happy holiday everyone! Since all the cool kids are doing it, I’ll be back next week with a sappy year-end review.