Winter Solstice begins tonight at 11:30 pm. So what did we do to celebrate? We ran. What is my favorite way to celebrate any occasion? Running
and drinking. I ran with the F’N Running Club then they went to the bar and drank. At least it was 50/50 success ratio for me and the “celebration”.
Tonight/Tomorrow marks the climb up OUT OF THE DARKNESS toward daylight and spring. The shortest day of 2011 will soon be in the done column and I’m happy about it. Although it has yet to get cold and nasty in the CHI, and we have not had any snow, the darkness just lingers. In fact, according to the numbers we currently have 6 hours and 6 minutes LESS daylight than during the Summer Solstice in June. It certainly is nice to think about June right now but the current reality is darkness. Most of us get up, go to work and come home in darkness. Unless you are retired, or a SAHM
with an awesome friend/family member to help out with the kiddos, most of your runs have been in the dark. I hope you broke down and bought the KnuckleLights or goaded someone into buying them for you for Christmas!
Most of the F’N Running Club does have KnuckleLights, head-lamps, flashers/blinkers, etc. now for safety so we were back at it tonight for our usual Wednesday Night Run. We tried to make it a Christmas Run but not everyone had festive attire. That’s okay, 8 people showed up to run in the dark…… Me, Susan, Jeni, Brian P., Kathy, Vera & Maggie.
I picked up those festive socks for $5 at Target. Lots of different styles!
The group ran between 3 and 5 miles
and then headed to the bar at varying paces. We really enjoyed our visitor from Boston, Vera, who is a long time friend of Maggie‘s. Had to get a pic of them together. Those long-lasting friendships tear me up really rock! Love the hat too, Vera!
4.0 miles – 34:51 for me, no stops other than for traffic at road crossings. This will be my last run until the NYE 5K in Matteson. I have decided that it’s in my best interest to give my right foot a rest. Although the orthotics and cortisone shot have done wonders in eliminating the heel pain, I have noticed
now that the heel pain is gone I also have some other issues. The outer bone on my right foot is shooting pain when I walk or run. Although it probably didn’t help that I fell down the stairs with Michael in the dark on FRI this is a set back, I need some time off to evaluate if this is just an aggravation in conjunction with Plantar Fasciitis or if it is something independent. So, no running til NYE, then we will see how the foot fairs after a fast 5K…..at least I hope it’s kinda fast.
Think happy thoughts for me and my bum foot! I shall return. Big things for 2012 and I want to be healthy.
Cheers! Amanda – TooTallFritz