Winter Run Challenge Update

First I want to give a shout out to my sister.  She is 7 weeks into training for Way Too Cool 50K and was injured yesterday.  Like, had to be helped by mountain bikers who called a ranger to get her off the mountain hurt.  I remember how excited her and her husband were that they both won lottery spots into this race, and she instantly put together a training plan/schedule and has been doing great. 

If thinking positive/healing thoughts were enough then she’d already be 100% better and able to run today.  I know it doesn’t work that way though, but still I wanted her to know I’m thinking of her and hoping this is just a “needs a few days of rest” type of thing vs a “needs a few months of recovery” type of thing.

You may remember I posted about a Winter Run Challenge HERE and let me tell you, so far it’s going great!

By the way, it’s not too late to get in on this if you need a little winter running motivation.  I’m not much of a joiner, I like to fly solo, but I have to admit that committing to this, and let’s face it posting it here for the world to see, has kept me accountable.  I have over achieved on miles every week and am having fun doing it.  There have been a few times that I just have lacked motivation but knowing I still need X number of miles to make the goal for the week has gotten me out the door, so it’s working! 

I’m finding that the earlier in  the week I run the more likely I am to get it done and get extra miles even.  (Sort of like blogging, if I don’t get up early before Sky and do it, lets face it chances are it isn’t happening.  I have been sleeping in more and more the last few weeks,  hence the hit and miss blogging as of late, I’m back on track though!).  

I had a great run last night with the group!  Michelle joined me, I may have twisted her arm just a little – it’s just more fun running with her than without, for adidas night last night!  It was the end of the first session of Winter Warriors.  Fleet Feet runs a winter incentive, and every group run you attend over a certain period of time enters you into a grand prize drawing.  It’s another way to stay motivated to run when it’s cold, wet, and dark out.  I didn’t test run any shoes, but I did get to pick a prize from the adidas box.  I would totally post pics but the backpack (for me) and hat (for Mark) I got are in the room and Mark is still asleep.  

February is my get (more) real about running month for sure.  Several races open up for registration and my race calender will go from “what I’m considering” to “what I’m committed to doing” in a hurry.  Plus, training for the Whidbey Island 1/2 starts next week!!!  I’m so excited to have a set running schedule again, and tons of Elya running time!  Also excited we resolved the lodging issue and found a camping cabin we can afford!  We were considering bailing on this race because lodging on the island is really expensive, but fellow Half Fanatics helped us out with suggestions and it’s full steam ahead to the first 1/2 of the year!   

Enough about running…a few Sky pics from the last several days for you:

 Dance Party and I love the Steelers shirt!!
 Frog n Kiwi play time.
 Reading to herself. 

 She loves to “cook” soup…it’s her favorite thing to do lately. 
 
How do you stay motivated for winter running? 
Do you register for races early, or are you a register last minute type of person?
Opening day…I want the best price possible!
How far out do you plan your race schedule?
I’m not registered for all of them, but I pretty much know what I’m running through Dec 2014.  
Have a great Wednesday…only 4 1/2 more days until SB!!!  Not my teams, but I’m still way excited!
 

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