I wanted a bit of speedwork but not too much (since I have a 20 miler tomorrow and had that killer 16-miler on Wednesday), so I did a warm up, 3x1200 with 400m rest intervals, and then a half mile cool down. My goal pace range for the 1200s was 6:08-6:26, and I did them in 6:00-6:18 (times of 4:40, 4:36, 4:30). It was hard to check my Garmin in the dark, so I ran a lot by feel. I was pleasantly surprised to see my times since these didn't feel too hard, although there were only three of them.
After the short track session I joined my running club for an easy-paced six mile run. There was a small turnout today so Josh and I ran together and it was a really wonderful run. We visited at the end of the run a little bit with friends and then headed home to the kids and for breakfast.
|Back at home, after the run|
|With my dairy allergy I couldn't eat this cake, but Josh and the kids sure did enjoy it!|
|I always make the kids try things on and model so they returned the favor....|
My sweet Des (14) "gave" me a song that she found on Youtube. How sweet is that? You can see it here. Love it!
I haven't let on much here, but it has been a difficult few weeks for me lately and this week has brought the beginning of a new year and a new chapter for me. It has amazed me the last few days how when you unburden yourself of things that have been weighing you down emotionally and face them and work through them with people that love you and are truly there for you always, that you feel so much lighter physically.
I am grateful for my very many blessings and this truly wonderful life I am living. I am grateful for Josh, our kids, my parents, my brother, our families, and our friends. I am grateful for my faith. I am grateful for a renewed sense of love, security, and happiness. I am grateful for my running.
I am grateful for a new year (for me!)
There are good and exciting things ahead.