It has certainly been a long time since I posted anything. I guess it's because I haven't done much running this summer. My work schedule has been unbelievably crazy since last March. We were working 60 to 70 hours a week. It didn't seem to matter if our work week was five or six days long, the hours stayed pretty much the same. We also spent about half of the summer working out of Fargo Glass & Paint's Minot office. The oil boom out in western North Dakota has created a building boom as well. While I liked the paychecks I was getting, I didn't have much time for anything but work. That has now changed. My work schedule is back to normal, and I'm getting back into running. Yay!!!
Summer is also a difficult time of year for me to run in. Most days I work outside in the heat. I just don't have the fortitude to go running much when the weather is so hot. I am much happier running in subzero weather. I guess I should look at late fall as the start of my training season.
I'm struggling a bit with the whole getting out of bed at four o'clock to get my weekday runs in. It feels soooo good to finally be able to sleep in until five thirty or even six some days. I know that soon I'll have to become more disciplined about this, but for right now I'll settle for running some evenings.
Today is long run day. I drove over to some bike paths that run along the river and was able to get in my scheduled five miles. My tired legs caused me to struggle a bit the last half mile. I know that building stamina takes time. I'm happy for the way things are going, but I really am looking forward to the LONG long runs. You know, the fifteen to twenty milers. Ohhh someday soon I'll be there again.
Since I didn't accomplish any of the goals I had set for myself this last spring/summer I will carry these goals forward to next year. I was able to defer my registration for the Fargo Marathon and am planning on running this in May. I am also planning on running the Trail Mix 50K race in April.
Lynette was gone today visiting a vineyard with some co-workers. This gave me the opportunity to have lunch somewhere we normally wouldn't go together -- like Passage to India. Man, I was really craving the Indian food and made a pig of myself. Their Paneer Tikka Masala is wonderful! I'm going to be running at least part of that off tomorrow.