I had made my peace with my decision to sit out Philly – until I got my bib and corral assignment email Friday night. 😥 Skipping the race is the right choice, and I know this, but I’m still not completely okay with it. I know it’s not worth the potential long-term achilles injury. But it still kinda blows.
I had hoped to get out for a run yesterday, but due to way too much time at the mall that just didn’t happen. Today was my usual Sunday trail walk with the beast. The best part about going out in the cold? No problem finding parking! There were four cars in the lot – two of which belonged to me and Aaron. It was overcast and pretty chilly (41 degrees), but we certainly won’t the only people on the trail.
We ended up going over 6.75 miles (my mom went out this morning and ran/walked 5 miles with her running buddies – I couldn’t let her do more than me! 😉 ). Beast was, as always, a well-behaved dog – that is, until she decided to snag some road apples for a snack on the run :-X Ugh… dogs can be so gross. She looked so happy after her not-so-clandestine snack, though…
I’ve decided that since I’m not running Philly, I am doing a Turkey Trot (courtesy of a local Rotary chapter!) and am using that and Celtic Solstice to springboard me into winter training season. This time frame will be used to build my base back up gradually and to focus on strength to help stave off injury. I’m on the fence about putting my name in the hat for the NYC Half Marathon (March) but am planning on racing the Brooklyn Half, assuming I can get in, late in the spring, followed by a fall full marathon. I’ve got a lot on the line this year – I really need to focus on safely building my base and adapting my body to the new challenges it’s going to face this year.