WILL I KEEP UP MY RUNNING DURING THE HOLIDAYS? YOU BET. Not only do I have 44 miles left to get to 1,000 by year’s end, I have 2012 goals that I need to stay in shape for. And my local running group doesn’t like to break routine, either. At last Saturday’s run I asked Coach Marie if there would be a run the following Saturday (the 24th). Initially she said no, but back at the store she asked who would be up for a Christmas Eve morning run, and at least half of us raised our hands. So it looks like we’ll have one, probably short (6 miles or so) and just for fun.
I will also continue my tradition of running on Christmas morning, just 3 miles or so around the neighborhood. It’s unusually quiet and peaceful; with no cars on the road and no one else out running or walking, it’s like I have the world to myself for half an hour. Maybe this year, though, I can talk one or both of my daughters into joining me out there. New Year’s Eve I have my choice of an 8K run in Flint, or a special class at the Genyokan Dojo that starts at 11 p.m. and carries over into the New Year. Or both. Most likely, I will do another short neighborhood run and join close friends for our traditional year-end party.
Finally, I have to plug our local lululemon store. After Saturday’s run, they gave everyone a free pair of socks (something I can always use). Not that I’m ready to buy a $90 pair of pants in return, but it was very nice of them.
P.S. Tuesday the 20th was my father’s birthday. He would have been 80 years old. Rest in peace, Dad. You are greatly missed.