The first week of December in Portland was incredibly cold. I'm not sure if the weather was ever above freezing, and many days it was under 20 and some had negative wind chills. I learned that among the obligation to train (this should be fun!), cold weather is not my thing. Lack of proper attire (capri's only) was a factor, but it doesn't get cold enough here usually to warrant tights. I fretted over a 12 mile week. A cut back week is actually good for the body, but along with everything else, I decided to cut myself a big break and focus on the positives -- and relax!
I have kept up with my long run on Saturday's though. Back in November I offered to pace a group for the winter at a slower pace than what I'd usually run, and overall it's been a really nice experience. Since it's a purely volunteer gig, everyone is really thankful and it's gratifying to help others get through a long run, as well as put in a few miles myself. We're up to 14 miles right now and last week was run at a 11:07 pace. I'm a-okay with that. It was kind of neat that it only took a couple weeks to get used to the roads again, though the first few runs were torture. I really am looking forward to hitting the trails again though.
Race schedule is being finalized, and all in all this year was full of surprises. I certainly pushed myself further than I thought I would, and next year will likely be no different. Accept all of 2013 and move forward. I've never cared for resolutions, as I have general goals and they're always evolving. I'm usually determined enough to make things happen, but if you're a resolutions person, then go for it. Make a schedule, a plan, a list, whatever you need, and start the year off right. Live your life with a purpose... even if that purpose is small, a little annoying, and likely somewhat self-absorbed (if you're a runner, ha ha!).
Happy New Years!