Hey all - sorry for my extended absence. Getting settled into my new house and finding a new normal to life was harder than anticipated. Things are going good with my house - only a few bumps in the first month. On the day I moved in it rained in the living room and the steam boiler quit. Roof issue was found and fixed and Rick, my boiler repair guy, got Gertie (the steam boiler) up and running after 2 visits. That was 2 months ago and Gertie is running well despite the -14F air temp this morning when I left the house. She's actually not old - just around 12-15 years in age. It's just she's unusual because steam boilers are rare these days.
Running.... I'm thrilled to report that my new little city clears the sidewalks with a tractor driven snowblower every time it snows. All the side streets and main streets in the city limits get cleared regularly. It's amazing! I don't have to go slip sliding down the streets and worry about sleepy early morning drivers seeing me. The sidewalks are amazingly clear and footing has been great so far. I have a well lit and safe 3 mile route for pre-work/pre-dawn mornings. I go right by our famous Goodale's Bakery and the smell is intoxicating at 5:30 am. It is a bit tortuous, though.
Like the rest of you, trying to get out for some miles has been brutal due to the weather. Seasonal depression is looming and at times I fail to recognize the signs in myself and that makes it a challenge to get my butt in gear and put in a few miles a day. I'm doing my best to get out there every time there is a break in the weather. Things look good for me to get out X-C skiing on Sunday. I haven't been on my skis yet this year due to a busy holiday schedule and then the ridiculously cold weather that descended from Canada. I'm really anxious to get on the trails with my skis.
I'm struggling to wrap my head around some goals for 2018. I have 2 big ones but they aren't running goals. 1. pay off debt 2. Drop weight. I have specific targets for both of those but I won't elaborate. My first goal impacts my participation in any Loop gatherings for a year or two and I also won't be registering for any races due to both of those 2 goals. So that leaves me with a feeling of being lost - I need to find a way to set a running goal or two. I won't set a distance goal. I've gone as far as I want to go until I achieve goal 2. I can't ideally set a pace goal because goal 2 means I'm slower than ever and will get faster but I'm not at a point to see vast improvement. I'm still enjoying going to Crossfit 2-3 days a week and that's keeping me strong in ways I never imagined along with keeping the discs in my back and neck happier than ever.
Deep thought is needed to set a running goal for myself in 2018. Any ideas are welcome! (I've done roads and trails. I don't have any interest in obstacle course type races.)