Hope everyone had an excellent Christmas!
My blogging and blog-reading has been sparse due to some spotty wireless connections here in the ‘burbs – I’m kinda itching to get back to reality in the city!
But I must say, I no longer feel quite so cool talking about the snow in Buffalo with the “snowpocalypse” going on in NYC and much of the east coast right now.
I guess I can still feel a little badass for running in subzero degree wind chills though, yeah?
Because it was zero degrees this morning and I think icicles began to form on my eyebrows during an early 5.5 miler. It was even hard for me, psycho morning person, to get out the door for that one!
Running is a great holiday stress reliever though (the holidays stress out you too, right?), and luckily for me, the Niagara River and Erie Canal are close to my Buffalo ‘burb, and they both have decent running paths.
My plan last week was to get in a good double digit run on Christmas Eve, and an easy Christmas morning run before holiday chaos ensued (which usually consists of fighting with my sister to turn off the 24 hours of the “Christmas Story”, pretending to like gifts from certain relatives, cooking and consuming mass quantities of food and spending
way too much time with loved ones.
There’s definitely something about a 12 degree windchill that really helps with a fast-finish long run! Here are the splits from my Christmas Eve 10-miler.
I was really pleased with this run – the miles felt easy, even though I couldn’t feel my face, lips, hands or bum by the end. 🙂 It gives me some great confidence going in to my second marathon training cycle very soon (more on that later!).
Some nice, warm banana bread with peanut butter greeted me when I got back home.
Since the area I’m from seems to be lacking in runners (especially this time of year), I was completely alone for the entire run. It was so quiet compared to Central Park, and with snow surrounding me as tiny white flakes dropped from the sky, it was so peaceful.
I’ve also been enjoying a seasonal favorite for lunch – warmed sugar plums, walnuts and honey over Greek yogurt
I think I’m finally getting back into the swing of relaxing after the past month of crazy busy-ness, and besides running, here’s what has helped me chill the eff out:
- Seeing friends and family
- Laughing at stupid things
- Laying off the internet and Blackberry (ok, this one has been tough!)
- Two words: Food Network
- Waking up to no alarms whatsoever!
Question: How do you relax during the holidays or after a stressful time? Thoughts on running in wind chills??