Sunny and 78 degrees today. It’s supposed to be 80 tomorrow.
Never mind that it’s still in the 40s first thing in the morning. I still got up this morning and CHEERFULLY put on a short-sleeved polo. As soon as I can find time to get a pedicure, I’m going to start rocking skirts and sandals. This brings me so much joy! I am SO over wearing a coat. And sweaters. And socks.
I ate lunch on the patio at Blue Coast Burrito and finally got to crack open my March issue of Runner's World. (I've been a little busy, so the magazine reading has fallen by the wayside.) It was lovely. And can I just say that I LOVE Kara Goucher? I mean, I probably only love her in the same way I love kittens and chocolate and flip flops, but still...
Since the weather is rocking my socks off, I ran 4 miles at the park today. (Technically, I did wear socks. I can’t run in sneakers with no socks.) With a half marathon coming up on Saturday (that I’m running for fun) and another half in a few weeks (that I’m running as a pacer), I know I need to run outside as much as possible. I think acclimating to the heat is 100 times harder than acclimating to the cold, and I want to get as used to it as I possibly can. Tennessee weather is fickle, and it could end up being 50 or 80 on race days in the month of April. One can never know for sure what to expect.
I also signed up for a 10K next weekend… as if I don’t already have enough going on in my life while trying to clean stuff out and pack up everything I own to prepare for my coming move-in date at the new apartment (fingers crossed I know what that date will be sometime this week)! But in some ways, having these races on the calendar is what’s keeping me 1) sane and 2) motivated to keep running in between so that I don’t get too out of shape.
Basically, I’ve got a race on 4 out of the next 6 weekends. I’m happy about this decision. I think it’s going to be good for me, even though I’m not really racing any of them. I’m having fun. I’m remembering why I love running and racing in the first place. Sometimes it’s really nice to not care about the clock and just enjoy the atmosphere of a race. After a fall season full of goals and PRs, I’m really enjoying this season of running where my only goal is to enjoy myself and have a good time in the running community.
Eventually I’ll start stepping it back up. I’ll add some mileage. I’ll get more serious about my pace. Hopefully I’ll do more cross training and yoga, something I have had zero time to do lately. I know I won’t really be able to do this until I move and get settled and find a new routine, and I’m ok with this.
Lots of things are still changing, but I’m feeling really secure in the changes. I’m getting more settled in my new job and feel confident that I’m absolutely where I need to be. I’m excited about making my move and can’t wait to get everything unpacked and decorated so that I can start feeling settled in a new home. It’s going to be awesome to be living in the thick of Nashville and closer to my running and social circles. The sun is shining, and I can’t help but feel like my life is kind of shiny right now. It’s not perfect by any means, but I’m feeling content about all of the changes that have been happening.
As I ran the last little bit of the greenway to head back to my car today, I found myself smiling. Life is good today.