Winter Training, San Fran Fun and the First (of Many) PR’s in 2013

With the new job starting back in early December, I’ve found training a bit more difficult than expected.  Long days at the office + short Winter days + the allure of wine and Pete time = lack of training motivation.  I will say, however, that the recent acquisition of a treadmill has been quite a savior (thanks MoHo!).  I’ve at least been able to fit in some shorties at night and get in some more substantial runs on the weekends.

I’ve also had a couple of great opportunities to head up to the mountains and get some great training runs in at altitude.  They were cold (think -10 degrees), snowy (think whiteout conditions) and absolutely fantastic!  Hopefully those runs will supplement a bit of the lack of training on my end during the week.  Thankfully the days are getting longer and warming up enough to get me excited for Spring conditions.

Here’s a couple snapshots of the past couple months:

Christmas at the Hodges'

Christmas at the Hodges’

Pete's first Bronco's game!

Pete’s first Bronco’s game!

Grandpa Hodges passed away on January 22nd - he gave us this beautiful sunrise the next morning

Grandpa Hodges passed away on January 22nd – he gave us this beautiful sunrise the next morning.

Training runs at altitude in Silverthorne.

Training runs at altitude in Silverthorne.

Absolutely INCREDIBLE run on some trails and the beach near the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco.

Absolutely INCREDIBLE run on some trails and the beach near the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco.

Playing hooky with Pete at Breckenridge!

Playing hooky with Pete at Breckenridge!

Regardless of my lack of significant training, I (at the last minute) decided to compete in Colorado Runner’s Snowman Stampede 5 Miler.  I had initially planned on running the 10 miler, but the mileage wasn’t there, so I decided to do the 5.  While I wasn’t necessarily happy with my results, it was still a great race that gave me a good benchmark as to where my fitness is at.  Heck, I even PR’ed without realizing it (I don’t run many 5 milers, apparently).

Snowman Stampede 5M: 38:47

Snowman Stampede 5M: 38:47

With all that said, I have quite a bit of work to do leading up to the Canyonlands Half Marathon in Moab in (GULP!) less than a month.  Here’s to lighting fires – I’m heading out now!!

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