Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Brief Running Update

Let's start with what happened this morning. My toenail FINALLY came off. That thing had been troubling me for weeks. So today I finally mustered up the courage to pull it off. 

Yeah, I know it looks like I'm wearing toenail polish. So what. I'm just happy to be able to run without my big toe talking to me. 

Speaking of running, for the past 3 days my legs have been aching. Not in the "soreness" sense of the word but in the "we-can't wait-to-run-again" sense. It felt SOOOO good to be running again. 

I forced myself to stop after 5K, though I could have kept going. Mind you, I realize full well the importance of recovering fully after a marathon. But honestly, I've felt great since Saturday's race, and other than some mild soreness on Sunday, I feel like I'm fully recovered. Which, of course, means that I need to start planning out my 2022 race schedule. I love having goals to propel me forward. Right now the only race I've got on the books is next Thursday's Turkey Trot in Raleigh. I've signed up for the 10K. I also also want to get in some miles on my bike now that the weather is perfect for cycling. 

Overall, 2021 has been a great year in terms of running and cycling. I am overwhelmingly grateful. I will always treasure the miles the Lord and I shared in 2021, whether on the trails or in a race. I am what I am because of him. He took my very ordinary life and added a delicious dose of sass, humor, spice, and excitement. I am thankful for every single step he allowed me to take this year. I couldn't have done it without him. 

What's next? Not exactly sure. But "I want to live life so fully that when death comes like a thief in the night there will be nothing left for him to steal" (Alan Thicke).