My excitement is only quelled by the winter temps that just won't release their grip here in northern Michigan but I'm pumped to have acquired a running partner to do a bunch of long trail runs with this summer and fall. She's a little faster than me but with trail loops we will just set a time to meet back at our cars and then go for brunch. She is also a forester that works for our state natural resources agency and lives about 50 minutes from me. We see each other at meetings and other work tasks and talk running when we are supposed to be paying attention.
She is doing a 50K trail race (her first 50K) in October so it should be fun to log lots of trail miles with her a few Saturdays each month. Luckily, the longer miles/hours on the trails won't happen until July starts and the voracious bug population reduces in the forest.
My plan is for 6 miles tomorrow morning before my mom arrives to help me paint my kitchen cabinets. We'd rather be outside working on projects but the ground is frozen solid so no yard work or fix-it projects can be started yet. My fix-it list is lengthy - it sure is rewarding to have my own home to invest time, energy, and money into again after 12 years without that option.
Sunday is going to be a bunch of running drills for form, some strength, and practicing jump rope and box jumps along with an easy/slow 3 miles.
What is everyone else doing to stay focused during the "winter that won't die"?