So far I have been using my last days off of work wisely, which means getting lots of things done around the house (which is not so fun) and getting some running done (which has been fun and challenging). As for the latter, it feels pretty good to be back in my running shoes – specifically my trail shoes.
On Wednesday afternoon (New Years Eve) I made my way over to Claytor Lake State Park and completed my final run of 2014. I ran 4 miles on trails, which was refreshing but also pretty tough. It was a really crisp day, with the temperature hovering just below freezing. My legs actually felt pretty good, but my lungs were having a tough time. It just felt like I couldn’t get a deep breath in, and by the end of the run I was coughing a lot and wheezing both when I breathed in and when I breathed out. I think it’s mostly a combination of being out of shape and the cold air.
Nevertheless, the trails were beautiful as always.
Yesterday afternoon (New Year’s Day) I met up with Kim to ring in the New Year with a run on the Dora Trail. Technically this does count as trail running, since the trail is crushed gravel after the first 0.8 miles. Probably not the type of trails I’ll see during the RNUTS series, but miles are miles and I need all the miles I can get. We ran a total of 5 miles and it felt good.
I’ve got plans to meet up with Kim again today for a short run. This weekend, Barry and I have plans to do a longer mountain-y trail run. It’s been quite awhile since I’ve tackled elevation like that. I know it will be tough, but I’m also really looking forward to it! I hope everyone had a great New Year’s and that 2015 is off to a good start.
How is 2015 going so far for you?