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Running Toward a New, New Year’s Resolution

Written by Amy Miller O'Toole on . Posted in Outdoor Rec and Nature

I have my New Year’s resolution planned out, do you? Last year was to run a race every month. This year is to run at least 1,000 miles for the year. This, I hope, will make me run more during the summer. I was probably at about 900 miles this year.

I can continue with my resolution, because the world didn’t end today. It’s Dec. 21, 2012. Thanks goodness. And tomorrow it will start getting lighter out. It’s hard when it’s dark when you get up, and almost dark when you get off work. Especially as a runner. I will count myself lucky that I can leave work at 3:30 p.m. if I don’t have any meetings. And I don’t have a commute to speak off. So I can get home and changed and out the door for a run by 3:45-ish. This allows me a quick three to four miles before it gets dark.

This time of year is rest and recharge. Try to keep some mileage during the week and get a longish run in on a weekend day. And keep a balance with family time and household chores. It is funny how sometimes I leave work and think, “Brrr, it’s so cold out,” but then remember that running in cold is better than running in the rain — I don’t like to run in the rain. The snow is OK, but the rain just kills my mood. So I go home change into my winter running gear and head out. Then I get warm and wonder why I thought it was so cold. And I remember that winter is so peaceful and pretty outside.

I am trying to be good about just wearing that darn reflective vest (see photo). Even with a short three-mile run on my way home all the cars have their headlights on. I don’t want any kind of negative thought from drivers. I generally try to give every driver a friendly wave, especially if they slow down and move over. I really appreciate the conscientious driver. There are few sidewalks where I live so I have to share the road. I try to follow the rules.

Another way I stay active in the winter is by skiing. This is my first year in 12 without a season ski pass. I know, I know, I’ve been lucky and the passes have usually been the big Christmas present. This year my husband’s dad gifted us Bash Badges to Smuggs. (Thanks Mike!) But now that I am not tied to a mountain, I’m kind of excited to maybe ski some different mountains. Or actually learn how to skate ski, as in, take a lesson somewhere.

So my resolution is to run 1,000 miles. What’s your resolution?

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