Something about this time of year…

Now I’m still young enough to enjoy living in the Midwest and experiencing all four seasons.  But I continue to get those winter blahs that January and February bring.  Oh I still manage to get what needs to be done by running almost every day.  I think that my last two coast-to-coast adventures have spoiled me a bit.  The breathtaking views of running along the Pacific coast in Monterey haunts me quite a bit.  I never thought I’d be a fan of California but after visiting and running along the serene trails, I contemplate going back frequently.

I’ve done a few races and plenty of runs mid-winter around here and dressed accordingly so I know I’m able to do cold runs.  Looking at my running times over the last few years, I’m seeing where I’m strongest and more effective.  Surprisingly, the intense heat brings me my best!  Maybe it’s because I hydrate properly or maybe it’s because I’m a firefighter and used to incredible amounts of fire.  It really shocked me as the times were noticeably better.

Having certain goals seems to be helping with these blues as being signed up for a race gives me something to look forward to.  I find myself starting out looking for a local race but veer of course and look for races out west or south.  Hmmm, maybe my destiny is to be out of the Midwest and somewhere more scenic.  Time will tell…

What looks more enticing?

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