I didn’t get to run as much as I would have liked this week, but I’m already at about 179 km so far this month which feels good! It’s funny, a lot of people struggle to get outside this time of year but January last year was my highest mileage month ever with a total of 371 km. I must feel refreshed and refuelled after Christmas holidays.
I started off the year not with a hangover, but with a local grassroots ultra, the Club Fat Ass New Year’s Day Fat Ass 50K & Freeze Your Fat Ass Off Swim. It’s an unsupported, un-timed 50K mainly on urban paths and trails in Vancouver, BC. The event is held as a fundraiser for the club and costs only $25. I tagged along with a group of friends as a sort of mobile New Year’s Day party.
I started off the year with a bang by doing the Club Fat Ass “New Years Day 50K and Freeze Your Fat Ass Off Swim.” But technically that didn’t happen this week. It was a slow, fun run having to navigate slippery conditions and stopping at a couple Starbucks along the way. I recovered quickly and had a fantastic week following it filled with lunch runs and trail time.
I typically get my weekday mileage in during my lunch break, but every now and then I decide to forgo the bus in favour of running to/from the nearest SkyTrain station for part of my commute. Usually this happens in the summer, but yesterday I decided to give winter run commuting a try.
As we ring in the New Year, a common topic of conversation is upcoming plans for the year, especially among us runners. The icy streets and freezing temperatures have many of us daydreaming about all the spring, summer, and fall races and perusing Ultra Signup with a glass of wine and a credit card.
But not me.