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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

End of Year Challenge: Day 1

Seriously, I went to bed at 9:30 last night.

It was awesome.

After a wonderful weekend of friends and gifts, I returned home with a bit of a head cold. It wouldn't be so bad were it not for the pressurizing fun of flights, which has left my ears feeling like they're underwater for the last two days. As a result, I went to bed super early last night, ensuring that I would be able to wake up nice and early for my run this morning, with plenty of time to write my post and have breakfast before work.

Not so much.

What I forgot to take into account was just how nice it feels to be in your own bed. I wanted that feeling to last as long as possible, so I stayed there a little later than I meant to, which meant that the posting had to wait until the lunch break. Not too bad.

The good news, however, is that I did manage to get out of bed and hit the road this morning. It was all of 37 degrees when I left the house, and I forgot to wear my gloves, which was not the most pleasant realization I've had. Fortunately, I had fun new technology to distract me. I got me an IronMan watch.

This wasn't specifically a Christmas present, since I bought it for myself, but I found it online for a third of its usual price, and I really couldn't pass that up. It's even got the pulse monitoring system, but I think I'll wait until it's a little warmer before I start attaching metal things to my body. I've seen A Christmas Story too many times to make that mistake.

I didn't watch it for my pace, necessarily, since it was hidden in the sleeve of my shirt which I was trying to use as a substitute for gloves, but it worked like a charm. The distance reading was within .05 miles (over an 8 mile stretch) of what I had planned from MapMyRun.com, which gives me confidence in the GPS. I really can't wait to use it in a race capacity and track my speed that way, but that's a ways down the line as of right now. Today, I just wanted to see that it worked, and I was not disappointed. Even managed a decent time, though that wasn't the point either.

Mostly, I just wanted to get the miles in. It's great to have a short-term goal to finish out the year. We'll see how all this goes, and if I'm feeling up for it, I might take a crack at the Austin Half-Marathon in February, but again, I'm not looking too far ahead. For now, I had a solid run today, and I hope to have a solid run tomorrow.

After what I expect will be another early bedtime.

Tuesday's Run:
37 Degrees, Sunny
7.924 Miles

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