Sooooo…It has been a while, huh?
I could make up lots of really good excuses as to why I haven’t blogged since January 1. No computer, new job, busy, busy, busy.
I might be a little (a lot) behind in reading my favorite (your) blogs.
As in I haven’t really read one for 3 weeks. Trust me, it’s not you, it’s me.
But I am back. For good this time.
I love my new job.
It is going to be a real challenge and I work with some outstanding people in a program that I really believe is great for private landowners in Maine. I have a lot to learn but am looking forward to the challenge.
This new job has also forced me to juggle my schedule in my Ironman training. I need to leave the house for work by around 6am most mornings and I get home sometime after 6pm most nights.
What this means for my training is…if I run in the morning, it is dark. If I run after work…it is dark.
I like to get my workouts done in the morning so that they are not taken away from me later. It seems in the afternoon and evening, things come up, people come over, and my workout gets pushed to the side.
So I need to get used to the 4am wake-up (I usually am up at 5am). I need to get used to running in the dark cold mornings (or dark, cold nights) again.
Out comes the reflective gear, the headlamp.
The 4am wake-up.
That one kind of kills me so I feel the need to mention it twice. 5 am isn’t a problem for me, but for some reason, 4am seems to sting a little. But if I want to be ready for Ironman Mont Tremblant, I need to make some sacrifices, the 4am wake-up is just one of them.
This year most of the streetlights on the Caratunk Treadmill have gone out. Or even better, they kind of flicker and then go out as you run underneath them.
Which is…Awesome when you have an over active imagination and the coyotes are howling.
But my headlamp works pretty well, and I am a firm believer that you can dress for any weather (even the -15 we had this morning! Brr)
And as I do my laps back and forth under the lights my head clears a little and I feel more ready for the day to come.