Hello campers. Hope your New Year celebrations were enjoyable. Now back to the grind, heh? My sympathies.
Well, it’s another week, so I’m in another place. Z and I drove back to Chicago from NH over the weekend. The trip was pretty much the same as the way out except we experienced snowy conditions in western New York and Pennsylvania and got to see western Ohio and Indiana in daylight. Neither were improvements. Except for accidentally seeing cows getting it on in Indiana, the only other exciting thing to happen during the 1,000 mile drive was Z getting pulled over outside Toledo for speeding. Yes, she got a ticket. However, she takes no responsibility for it. Her excuse? ‘It’s not my fault Ohio is so flat.’ Touché, big sister, touché.
As yesterday was the last day of the HBBC, I thought I would go out with a bang and try to up my measly points count. So Z dropped me off at the Lake Shore bike path and I ran for an hour, getting in 5.4 miles. It felt really good to get out and run again, especially as this was my longest run since the marathon which was over a month ago. To say I’ve lost fitness in that time is an understatement. Although I’m not overjoyed to be leaving my family and friends again, I am looking forward to returning to England in a week and a half and getting back to what passes for normal in my life. I think I need a little routine to get me back on track.
In the interim, I have the start of my half marathon training to keep me going. My ten-week plan starts this week, so I’m going to take advantage of all the decent weather Mother Nature has to offer here in Chicago and eventually in two other US cities (yup, never stationary for long, that’s me) before I jet off again. I’ve also been pondering my running goals for 2009. More on that later though.
Hope you all have a great week. Catch up with you later.