Back to a Running Routine!

Another Monday down, and another 2 days off of work…life is going to be pretty hard once all of these great holidays are over. I am however ready to get back into a running/not eating dessert for breakfast, lunch, and dinner routine. I think 2014 is going to be my year to run a 1:30 half and run my first full marathon! I am ready to train! I’ve also decided that I need to be more realistic in the races I run, location wise. I unfortunately do not own a money tree (yet) and with travel and hotel fees on top of the race entries it just isn’t possible to do all of the things I want to do. I think I am officially decided on which marathon will be my first though and it feels good (it’s also close by).

finally got to go for a run today with my new best friend, Garmin Forerunner 620. I don’t know if it was the excitement of running with my new watch, the weather or what but I had a smile plastered on my face for the entire run which has not happened in a long time.

New errything. (Headband, watch AND shorts!)

New errything. (Headband, watch AND shorts!)

GarminI ran during my lunch at work so I could make sure to take advantage of the warm(er) weather we are having this week. I ended up doing 4.2 miles at an 8:58/avg pace. I was definitely not thrilled with my pace, but I opted to run on a snow packed trail so it was still a great workout regardless. It is also going to make for some great times when I start running on roads that are not snow packed. I also ended up with negative splits which I haven’t seen in months, literally, so that was a nice unplanned surprise!

I, again, got a little caught up in the picture taking while I was on my run so…sorry :) The one bad thing about experiencing all of these awesome things up here in the mountains is that pictures never do it justice. I’ve said it a million times when I’m trying to take a picture to share with my friends back home but it is just not possible, no matter how hard I try! So, if you think these pictures are pretty – come see it in person, you’ll be blown away.

Snow pics! photo 1 photo 5

I’ve always seen this little kicker that someone built going down the hill onto the rail trail outside of my work and I’ve always thought it was really cool. I ended my run by going down the hill to the ramp and I had the bright idea that I really wanted to go get a sled and play on it.

Wahoo!

Then I got to the bottom and saw that it was covered in blood. I changed my mind.

Ew

That’s how I’ve decided to end this post. With a bloody pile of snow.

Hope you all had a great Monday!

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