Running in Circles

An 8 mile run was on the schedule this past weekend. Problem was, the temps were going to be in the single digits — for the high. Hello Minnesota winter! Luckily, there are some options for indoor running that don’t include a treadmill. A couple people from my Team Challenge group met at a sports dome to do an indoor run on Saturday.

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It takes about 4.8 laps around the track to equal 1 mile. I wasn’t sure I’d be able to do all 8 miles, but once I got going it wasn’t too bad. The track was turf, so it was a bit softer to run on than pavement. Felt good to get in another long run, even if it was in circles. 🙂

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Where do you run in the winter? How cold is too cold for an outdoor run?

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Stepping into 2016

Took a little blogging break for the holidays, but I’m trying to get back to it in the new year. I’m 8 weeks out from my first race of 2016 – the New Orleans Half Marathon with Team Challenge! You can read more about why I’m running the race and raising funds for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America on my Team Challenge Personal Page.

It’s been a process to work up to longer mileage. I took most of October off after the marathon.  November was about slowly getting back into running and building a base. In December I officially started half marathon training. I had a 7 mile run this past weekend, and it started to feel like I was getting back into a groove of long-distance running. I’m looking forward to tackling 8 miles this weekend.

I spent New Year’s Eve hanging out with friends — just the way I like it! I dragged my butt off the couch on Jan. 1 for a run to kick off what I hope will be another amazing year for running.

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2015 was certainly the year of the marathon, and my #2015bestnine proved that! Can’t wait to see what 2016 brings!

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What are your goals for 2016?