I’m SO behind on my runs…
A little over a week ago, on Saturday, was my last run. I was supposed to go out there and run 8 miles. I got the mileage covered, but I STILL have not gotten my endurance back, so had to take tons of walk breaks. This weather and snow are really ruining my training. If it wasn’t for all the snow, I’d be back in form by now.
Did I mention I was running during the snow? I went out for a run with Karl, leaving from our place then catching the Mt Vernon trail in Crystal City. It was snowing quite hard, but it wasn’t sticking, so the ground wasn’t slippery as it should be, but it also wasn’t as nice and peaceful as the last time I ran during a snow storm, when I could hear the shush-shush of my footsteps, and everything looked so white and pretty. This? Was just like running in the rain, wet and cold. Not fun.
We got home right before the storm really picked up, and the snow started sticking. That weekend, we got over two feet in the ground, and even went around town to eat (the restaurants nearby were open, yay!).
Worked got canceled for Monday. We had plans on leaving for Seattle on Wednesday night, but another storm (ARE YOU KIDDING ME?) was coming our way on Tuesday. We quickly changed our flights to Tuesday morning, and headed over to the airport at 5am for our trip. (Work was later canceled for the rest of the week, only reopening on Friday.)
I had good intentions, really. I packed both cold and warm running clothes in my suitcase. I brought my running shoes and my five fingers. I had my Garmin and its charger.
But although Seattle wasn’t nearly as cold as DC (it was anywhere from the 40’s to 50’s — while DC was in the 20’s), Seattle was raining. EVERY SINGLE DAY. It’s one thing to run in the rain during the summer. But running in the rain on 40 degrees weather is asking to catch a cold (plus, it’s miserable…).
So I’m back in DC, with still no predictions of when I’m able to run again. Because the trails? Have not been plowed. The sidewalks are even worse than the trails, as Arlington County did a great job of clearing the streets and throwing ALL the snow on the sidewalk, so we’re dealing with 4 to 5 feet of packed iced over dirty snow on sidewalks, forcing people to walk on the streets.
I’m a month away from the half marathon, and having difficulty of running 8 miles. I’m screwed.
Onto brighter news, I met Karl’s family for the first time, and they seemed to like me. On Thursday, he took me out to dinner at the Space Needle and surprised me with this:
(Ignore my old lady-like hands)
We’re planning for a November wedding in Rio de Janeiro. We met in DC, got engaged in his home town, and will be getting married in my hometown. Sounds perfect to me!