Oh my, this training is a lot... a lot of running, a lot of getting up early, a lot of aching muscles, a lot of time, a lot of ice cold baths and steaming hot baths. Just a lot. I am still liking the training and not "over it" yet but on the other hand I do look forward to not having to think every day about running in one way or another.
Over the last months I have run in a lot of different environments: the hills of Austria, the streets of Portland, the beach in Mendocino, the avenues of Paris, and most recently the sand trails of the local desert.
We spent a few days before Thanksgiving out at the desert near El Centro camping in our RV with some friends. Aiden rode his motorcycle, did a little BB gun shooting and we all relaxed a lot. And, of course, I ran. I love running in the desert. I got up fairly early, 6:30ish (much better than 4:30), and ran along a straight road. It was still cool but not cold. The sunrises were beautiful. I saw a few trucks go by towards the nearby shooting range but otherwise it was just me and my music. By the time I got back to camp everyone else was up and ready to enjoy the day.
|This year's table|
|Last year's table|
Thanksgiving was super simple and quiet this year. My mom was out of town in Hawaii with my brother and his family so it was just Kelly, Aiden and me. And I didn't feel like making a big meal so I ordered a fully prepared all Vegan Holiday Meal from Jimbo's. It was great to be able to eat everything on the table instead of just a few things on the other hand the food was not quite as good as homemade. We had a nice day riding our bikes before dinner and then watching Maleficent on TV after dinner. I don't think I would want all my holidays to be as small but for this one it worked just fine.
|Selfie on our bike ride|
So, now we are in December and Christmas is just around the corner. The house is decorated, most of the presents are ordered (online is the way to go), and Christmas cards are ready for pick up. We still need to get the tree, put up the lights, wrap presents and buy a few more gifts.
|Kaylie and Kyle at the game after Thanksgiving|
Soon after Christmas is my 50th birthday and then The Race. I have a lot more running to do before then. This Sunday I will run 16 miles, my longest so far. I am not sure what will be the longest distance my coach will have me run before the big day. My body is holding up so far and for that I am super happy.