Birthday Week

Happy Birthday TO ME! My birthday was this week, so I’m taking this moment to celebrate me on the blog 🙂

I was able to celebrate with the family last weekend – we went out to dinner, had a mini-staycation in a hotel, I got a manicure, and I got lunch with a friend. I also was able to get in a snowy birthday run! Would I have rather it been 50 degrees and sunny during my run? (That’s a rhetorical question – you should know the answer by now) But it was snowy and somewhat pretty/not slippery yet (it was FRESH snow), so it really wasn’t that bad. And, it’s exactly how I would want to start my birthday!

Here’s what this week looked like: 

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Lots of Inside Time

It’s always in January that I start to get tired of winter. We’ve been lucky to have a mild winter so far – our average snow fall is down! – but this week, almost each morning had something that made it difficult to run outside. Between heavy snow, melting snow/thus ice, and rain, it was a less-than-ideal week for running weather-wise. I’m thankful for my treadmill. Is it too early to start a count down to spring?

Here’s what this week looked like: 

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On the Mend

For those of you following along, you may recall that last week our family came down with COVID. Luckily it has been mild, and our quarantine is over! 

But, I’m still recovering. It has pretty much been like a cold, but as with any cold, it’s hard to breathe at times and I’m TIRED. So, it has been hard to get out of bed this week and I haven’t been able to workout or go for as long of runs as I would like. 

I’m happy to be still running, but can’t wait until my lungs/body/everything feels better and I can get in a longer run and faster run again!

Here’s what this week looked like: 

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Starting off the New Year positive

Well, 2023 didn’t quite start as planned. For all of you that started off the new year with new goals and are still going strong – congratulations! Our new year started off positive – but in a different way. It started off with sickness and then positive COVID tests for our household. This is our first time catching COVID (yes, we made it three years into the pandemic somehow), and luckily it has been mild for us all. 

That said, it still has thrown off our schedule, workouts, and everything else this week. With all the kids home thanks to our quarantine, plus trying to work full time, I knew I had to get in some workouts this week just for my sanity. 

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Negative Twenty Plus Degrees Is Cold

I can’t believe that it’s almost Christmas!! The holidays are my favorite time of year, and I am so looking forward to seeing my family tomorrow. But before that, I enjoyed a few nice runs this week. This week, I got the pleasure of sleeping in! Since FW didn’t have school, I was able to get up at 5:30 (yes, that’s sleeping in on weekdays) and get in a few miles later than usual. It was realllly nice and that extra hour or so of sleep made all the difference. That was before the storm came though – the week started out mostly nice, with a few days of slight snowfall that had melted by lunch. But then, the storm came, and my workouts had to adapt … here’s how the week looked:

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Buhbye Snow

Another week has come and gone and we had barely any snow! The sidewalks stayed clear and I was able to run outside every morning. I cannot stress how much of a difference this has made in my outlook.

We did have some cold weather return, but overall, it stayed in the 20s-30s in the mornings and I was able to bundle up, get outside for a run, and not have to employ my Yaktrax or worry about slipping and sliding.

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A Taste of Spring

I think that all my complaining about our never-ending winter paid off – we finally had a taste of spring in Cleveland!

It was just that though – just a taste – as of course after our 2 days in a row of 40s and even 50 one day we were in the 20s again. But, those 2 days of warmth, sunshine and just a little snow melting was all I needed to start getting my running mojo back.

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300 Days of Running and a Never-Ending Winter

I feel like each week I say the same things – this winter is never-ending. I am so ready to be able to run outside without Yaktrax and/or just without a foot of snow.

But even though winter is still here, I’m still running, so that’s something to celebrate. And this week, I hit 300 days of my running streak! Here’s what the week looked like:

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Is It Spring Yet?

As you likely heard, Punxsatawny Phill saw his shadow, which means we have more winter coming our way. I know he’s not the most scientific source, but based on the way our weather has been, I’d say he was right. I mean come on, each day this week it either was frigid cold or it snowed. Or both. And, my Yaktrax broke (even more) one day while I was running. So, after a few days outside and a few more days on the treadmill, I am definitely ready for warmer temps, less icy sidewalks and sunshine.

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