After falling several times on the trail during a run two months ago I have not been back to my beloved mountain trails. I wanted to wait until the leaves had all dropped and along the way I became lazy and busy, not necessarily in that order. Instead, I’ve been hitting the pavement near home for short runs a few times a week. When faced with rain and snow and ice it’s so easy to shrug my shoulders and put the run off for another day but is sure does feel good to get out there despite my slower pace these days.
The only problem is that my distance is short and the runs are inconsistent, proving to be a failure at any attempt to lose weight. If I can ever climb back to a decent distance within the 5-6 miles range four times a week I may have a shot at ridding myself of these disgusting fat cells. Not wanting to be a New Year Resolutionist who shows up at the gym for the first two weeks of January and then suddenly forgets the resolution they made, I have been trying to hit the gym a couple times a week since early November. I’m not going to lie, it’s painfully difficult. I would rather sit at home and bang on my guitar or meet up with a friend for an afternoon coffee. But this self-hate of my body is not going to end if I don’t act.
Now that the holidays are over it’s time to get back into a regular routine, including a regular exercise routine. I kick off each new year by participating in the local running club’s New Year Run. For the past couple of years I have not been able to do the hellacious 5-mile hill run so instead, I join the crowd and document it by taking photos and helping out at the champagne stop at the top of the mountain. After the run everyone heads over to the fire hall where the club hosts a luncheon. It’s such a great day and perfect way to reconnect with the running crowd. It also helps light the fire for me.
With a snowstorm on the way I decided to get out and run before I lost the desire. Right now I’m at the point where each run is tough but I know that if I can get over this hump they will get better. It’s amazing how much better I feel once the run is over.