He's been MIA waaaaaay too long. :-) Also in attendance was my friend Kathy Carlson from the St. Cloud River Runners, my other running club. She fit right in and I was so glad to have her there. That's her on the right in the photo below.
Just a few braved the temps and actually ran: Dave P, Roger, Pete, Katherine, John R. All in all, a very successful morning.
Emails had been flying for a couple days regarding running both yesterday and today. Some decided to run inside before coming for lunch, and Dan and Trevor decided to run outside after lunch and I decided to join them. Dan had decided to run 13.1 yesterday and another 13.1 today. Well, I'd already put in 1.5 hours on the Stairmaster this morning, so I probably should have reconsidered, but I really wanted to run. So run we did. By about 10.5 miles into the run the guys were about a city block ahead of me. My legs were tired (no surprise). They ended up running a couple of extra cul-de-sacs and we finished at about the same time. I was toast. And I'm going to try really hard to take it easy this week before the marathon. It's so hard for me to taper. I just hate it. The temperature was a balmy -6 when we finished. Actually, it wasn't bad at all and I was a little bit overdressed. I had 3 layers on and that felt like one layer too much. At one point Dan said he'd finally figured out how to get me to slow down, or something like that: get me to wear enough layers that I can't move, and get me on a cardio machine before starting the run. :-) Such a funny guy. Actually, he had an extra gear today. The guys ran well. Afterwards, they came in for some lunch leftovers. While we were sitting there, Dan spotted the 8-point buck that wanders the backyard.
Amy was telling me about a delicious-sounding recipe from Cooking Light that she'd tried. Butternut Squash Lasagna. This is definitely on my "must try" list. I even have a butternut squash, and some provolone in the freezer. I need to get the spinach and ricotta, though.
I had a couple of requests for my calico bean recipe today. It's on my recipe blog (http://ramblinrecipes.blogspot.com/) on the main dish page.
Being it's early January, I'm thinking I should make a few resolutions/goals for 2010. Here's what comes to mind:
- Get more sleep. 5-6 hours per night over the long term isn't healthy. I pretty much spring out of bed each morning with a things to do list for the day just waiting to be tackled.
- Learn to say "no" when appropriate (especially to myself). Much as I'd like to, I can't do everything. (This goes hand in hand with my first resolution.)
- Take a day off each week (or two) from exercise. This will be really tough. (This goes hand in hand with my second resolution.)
- Not be such a packrat.
- Try an Olympic distance triathlon. (Notice I said "try". I'm still not convinced I'll not end up getting hauled out of the lake on a kayak ...)
- Run a marathon I've never run before. (Barring some unforeseen circumstance, that will be Lake Wobegon Trail Marathon on May 8.)
- Run a 3:35 marathon.
- Visit a state I've never been to before.
- Read a book each month. Get back to reading the newspaper every day.
- Say "thank you" more often.
- Say "I love you" more often.
Quote for the day: "Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man." ~Benjamin Franklin
Here's to 2010.