Today is the last day of winter! And the past week or so has certainly felt more spring-like. It seems like overnight I no longer need my winter coat. The flowers and trees are blooming. The sunroof is open during my drives and the windows are welcome to stay raised in my home. It’s time for winter to go into hibernation…we’ll see you and your snow, ice, and chill colleagues in about eight months.
A friend joined me this morning for an 8.5 mile taper run (race day is next week). Out the door a little after 8:30 am and we were off. It was quite a beautiful morning–a little windy but there was no need for a long-sleeved shirt. There were lots of people out on the trails enjoying the opportunity to stretch their legs be it through running, walking, biking, or rollerblading (it was the second time in a week I’ve seen a roller blader…maybe a sign that I need to pull mine out again). My legs felt strong as I pushed myself at the end to speed things up a bit.
As I gear into my week ahead I have a few plans for getting the best out of next week’s race. Beginning Monday I am going to do my best to abide by the following: no alcohol, fried food, candy or desserts; eat a balanced diet and get plenty of sleep; do at least two shorter runs, one day of lifting weights, and one cross-training workout; and have fun on race day! Sounds like I am really limiting myself but in all honesty I think the sweets are the hardest thing for me to pull away from; however, I gave up chocolate for Lent and that is helping to curb my sweet tooth to a large degree.
Now that spring has arrived (tomorrow) I am excited for the newness that comes with this time of year. All is right when the world comes out to play and embark on new adventures–running is my adventure.