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I had a delusional moment when getting dressed for my run.  It was dark out and chilly, and for some reason, I thought it would be wise to wear shorts.  Um, whaaaat.

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It was NOT wise.  It was freezing out.  But it sure made me run the four miles much faster.


Another thing that made me speed it up?  It got so dark out so fast, and I have become so paranoid about running at night and colliding with a car.  I try to wear my reflective vest when I run in the dark, but I had forgotten it at home.  Not much use to me in the closet.  I’m thinking about hammering a nail on the garage wall above my shoe rack and hanging it from there – I’m much less likely to forget it if it’s right in front of my face, right?


On a brighter note (hardy-har-har), it’s another week.  A fresh start on the old training plan.  Whoooo.  I’m about one month out from my half marathon, and I really can’t wrap my mind around the fact that I’ll be running 13.1 miles (again).  I am very much looking forward to doing a double-digit training run very, very soon.  I think it’ll give me a big boost of confidence.


So… how’s running going for everyone else?  Keeping up with the training plans?  Having fun just wingin’ it?  Taking a break for the ho-ho-holidays?  Whatever your goal, I hope you’re kickin’ butt!



  • Lisa Fine December 18, 2012, 8:50 pm

    I signed up for my first marathon! I’ll be running the Vermont City Marathon in May, and plan to start training at the start of the new year.

  • Ashley December 18, 2012, 9:03 pm

    I hope one day to run a half! This week I decided I’d like to work towards a more healthy lifestyle. Looked at a few 5k plans that I think I’ll just need to get over myself and hit the pavement. 🙂 You’re so encouraging to watch!

  • Elise @ Expeditions of Elise December 18, 2012, 9:10 pm

    I’m training for a 5 mile race in January! I’m on week 4 of my training plan, although it’s technically week 5 because I started training 7 weeks out instead of 8. Oopps!

  • Janie Kaiser December 18, 2012, 9:11 pm

    I had the opposite problem this morning. I went out dressed way to warm, and then realized it was 55 degrees! Wahoo, outfit change! Always check the weather before you run, right?

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 18, 2012, 9:19 pm

    I went for a run this morning and made sure to wear long pants and a sweatshirt but once i got outside I wished I wore gloves. It was cold! And it ended up snowing on me!!

  • Mary December 18, 2012, 10:09 pm

    Did 3 miles on the dreadmill this morning on vacation in Jamaica with my family…no training plan to stick to at the moment so just wingin’ it for now! Good luck on your half!

  • Elizabeth December 18, 2012, 10:17 pm

    I love that you’re also training for a half-marathon but are a little ahead of me in training!! It’s so motivating :). It’s inspiring how well you do with such a busy schedule, too! I did Couch to 5k this semester and am now training for my school’s annual half-marathon. I did a 5 mile run on Wednesday for the first time ever and it felt amazing. When I have good runs like that, I remember why I enjoy running! I struggled my next two runs, but today I managed 3.5 miles so am feeling more confident. I just need to remind myself: I CAN run these distances!!

  • Shauna@Pleasure, not Punishment December 18, 2012, 10:18 pm

    I thought I dressed “warmly” (i.e. I wore sleeves) but it was a lung-buster! Between being under-dressed and under-fueled, it was miserable.

    Tomorrow’s a new day!

  • brooke @ sweats & sweets December 18, 2012, 10:30 pm

    I keep starting my second training plan over and over again due to work and now sickness. I love long runs and want to be able to keep up high mileage so I’m training for a fake half-marathon. I did my first one and loved it, but kinda began to hate running because it started to feel like a job and not a hobby. This time I’m taking it so much easier, for instance I keep pushing back my start date.

  • Megan December 18, 2012, 11:00 pm

    I wore shorts and long sleeves tonight and it was the perfect attire!! I’m trying to get back into a good running groove so I can start training to PR in a half in May that is very close to my heart. (joplin memorial run, named in honor of the 160+ victims who died in an F5 tornado that ripped through my town in May 2011).

  • Kristen L December 19, 2012, 12:32 am

    I finished my first marathon at the beginning of the month, so right now I’m just doing cross training and running when I feel like it. Which has still been pretty often because I am now obsessed with running! 🙂 sounds like you had a good but cold run!

  • Army Amy* December 19, 2012, 2:02 am

    I’m training for a full in March. I’ve been using Run Less, Run Faster, which has been great. I was worried that I wouldn’t enjoy all the intervals and tempo runs, but I actually like it better than the previous plans I’ve used. (So far, that is. There’s still a ways to go in training!)*

  • Amanda December 19, 2012, 4:04 am

    I took a little break from running because I was burnt out, sore and exhausted. I’ve been taking spin class and doing other things. It’s been nice! I’m ready to commit to running again.

  • Molly @ RDexposed December 19, 2012, 7:54 am

    Last night I filled out a calendar for my running schedule..through October 2013.

  • Shannon December 19, 2012, 8:16 am

    I went for 5 dark miles in MA last night at 6pm and I was overdressed! I wore cold gear pants, long tshirt, headband, and a windbreaker. I could of worn shorts and been fine! Silly New England weather can’t make up it’s mind of what season it wants to be.

    I was keeping miles low due to various injuries this year. But Sunday I just found out I got a waiver from my running club to run Boston Marathon 2013 so time to up the mileage EEK. This will be my 3rd marathon and 2nd Boston.

  • Abbey December 19, 2012, 11:35 am

    I’m on a new training plan! But I”m already altering it. Ha. I’m training for a 10k not because I’ve signed up for one or even because I’ve found ANY in the area, but because when I don’t have a training plan, apparently I don’t run. And I don’t want to not run.

  • Deanne December 19, 2012, 11:49 am

    It’s so cold out! Makes my lungs burn and then I have a nasty cough for a few days after. I get really warm when I run but I run to the gym so that I can do my physiotherapy workout. On the way back I have cooled down and am freezing. I end up wearing my reflective vest simply for an extra layer of warmth, although I am also paranoid about getting hit by a car. Now there is snow and freezing rain, and it’s dark from 4pm to 8am. Don’t trust myself to run in the snow and ice while its dark out. Then yesterday night I pulled a calf muscle durning a midnight stretch. So no running for me in the next little bit, my first 5km is in 2 weeks :S

  • Sami December 19, 2012, 1:04 pm

    hahaha. totally did the same thing this morning. only, i wimped out and turned around after a few blocks.

  • Rachel@Running Daze December 20, 2012, 3:11 pm

    I’m taking a little break from longer runs and just do some lower mileage since my half marathon. I think after the new year I’ll be back into it though!

  • April January 21, 2013, 8:59 pm

    Just found your blog. I was an avid runner before having my son, 8 months now. Every time I run, I remember how much I miss it, but then I go weeks before running again even though I’m doing strength training. It’s just easier to do a DVD in the living room while baby is crawling about or in his exer saucer. How do you find the time to run by yourself?

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