Eight Miles on an Old Route

by - Tuesday, March 19, 2013

After having several days in a row of seriously beautiful spring weather, Mother Nature decided to go back into winter mode this week giving us a bunch of bleak and dreary days.

I don't think I've seen the sun once since Saturday afternoon.

Easy three miler on a sunny and gorgeous day! #fitfluential
Sunshine I miss you!!!

It certainly didn't peek out on my eight miler on Sunday.

Before going to bed Saturday night, I set out my planned running outfit: Under Armour capris and a Champion long sleeve top.

But when I got home from church Sunday morning, I knew I'd need to go back to winter running gear: gloves, ear warmers, tights and a running jacket.

Took my new Saucony #virrata shoes out on their first run today. Love them! #findyourstrong

The temperature had dropped at least 10 degrees and the wind had kicked up.

But despite the lack of sunshine, the run didn't totally suck. In fact, it was pretty awesome. I ran an old route I hadn't visited in a while, and it reminded me how much I love using running to explore fun neighborhoods in DC.

The run also served to remind me how much I love running long, and how much I miss it now that my schedule doesn't really allow for it.

I know I'm not going to be perfectly trained for the Nike Women's Half in April, but Sunday's run was a good reminder that I can at least have the endurance to get myself across the finish line.

It won't be fast, and I'm sure at parts it won't be pretty, but my endurance is coming back and for now, I'll be happy crossing the finish line with a smile on my face and enjoying the heck out of every minute of that race.

And until Mother Nature decides to bring us spring for real, I'm painting my finger nails all sorts of summery colors to remind me that warmer weather isn't toooo far off.

This nail polish color reminds me of summer. Perfect for a bleak and dreary day.

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  1. I'm soooooooo done with this winter stuff. the breeze is blowing a little warmer when the sun was shining last week, but now it's back into the $##*@&@(%&*@ing 30's again. blerg.