Speaking of running, we are still running the higher miles for our long runs as we prepare for our next half marathon on January 26th. Which meant that we ran 9 miles on Saturday - yes, three days after all the Christmas food (and let's face it, there were delicious leftovers consumed in the days afterward). It was a rough go, especially from mile 6 onward. I started to feel a blister forming on the ball of my left foot at that point, and I swear, just as I was thinking "these last three miles are going to be difficult" Amy said it out loud. Sometimes, all you can do is get through a run, which is what we did. I was really sore all day afterward, which was (literally) a pain, but it also spurred me to kick up my mileage during the week (oh and EAT BETTER, too) so these long runs don't kill me.
I had one running goal for 2013 - to get rid of the mental block/anxiety/feeling of failure I had when I ran long distances. Happily, I can say that I succeeded with that! Sure, I'm tired when I run long, but I don't feel bad about myself, and overall, 2013 was a much happier running year for me. I ended up doing 15 races and my mileage total for the year was 482, which includes the "land workout" walking I did (and enjoyed) over the summer.
My running goals for 2014? Again, to enjoy the run, which includes not suffering through stupid-hot races - I'm going to be a little pickier on which races I register for and pay more attention to the start times and weather predictions for each one. I'm also going to work toward running an entire 5K (no walking intervals), just because I used to do that, and I'd like to get there again. Which leads to my other running goal - to take care of my body by doing stretches before and after each run, getting occasional massages to work out small issues before they become big problems, and to strengthen my body overall (I know I say this every year, but after my random hamstring injury, I REALLY mean it). That's it!