One day at the end of last year before it started to get stupid cold outside, I was poring over my usual race listing websites in search of a half marathon. I’m not going to start really focusing on my full until March and wanted to find something that would keep me motivated through the the dreariest of months. Unfortunately around here winter races are slim pickings; there’s not a whole lot to choose from outside of cheeky “Baby it’s cold outside!” themed 5ks. So when I heard about the Moms RUN This Town winter virtual, I was all in. There’s even a medal involved and I adore everything about it right down to the Sailor Jerry-inspired tattoo font.
Seriously nice job on these, MRRT. I can’t wait to see it in person!
This would be perfect. I signed myself up for the half marathon that would need to be completed at some point in the month of February and the knowledge that I have this coming up was definitely a little extra motivation to not sit around on my butt hooked up to a wine and pie IV during Christmastime.
Recently though, our weather has kind of tanked a little. As in this is shaping up to be a record-settingly chilly winter. Here is what’s happening outside RIGHT NOW:
My favorite part is where Weather.com has pointed out that this is “Very cold”. I had no idea that Captain Obvious was a meteorologist. I’m firmly in the “Ugh!” category and anyone that would cast their vote for “Love!” gets the big ol’ side-eye from me. I want to run this half marathon outside and February is historically just about as cold and often even more snowy than January around here. This seemed like such a great idea in November. What was I getting myself into?
Well I’m happy to report that all my worries are washed away. Sort of like the ocean washing sand away from the beach I will be sitting on in a little over 4 weeks.
I’m going to FLORIDA, y’all!!
I am so excited to be spending the second week of February in South Florida with my mom and daughter. It’s my first vacation since my trip to Northern California in 2011 when I was pregnant with Betty and it will be her first experience on a plane outside of my belly. She will be lap-riding which has the potential of going terribly awry, but hopefully I can distract her with enough snacks and episodes of Bubble Guppies on the iPad that it won’t be too painful. If not, I guess we will be one of those families you hear about on the news that got kicked off their flight.
And one of the best-of-alls is that I GET A BREAK FROM MISERABLE WINTER RUNNING! Yes I am yelling because I am absolutely that excited about it. I am actually going to be able to run around outside in shorts and obviously I will be completing my virtual half while I’m there. The timing could simply not be better. I’m ready for you, 80 degrees!
In fact, I think I’m probably going to have to run every day I’m there just because it would be a shame to waste it.
Do you have any upcoming vacation plans? Have you flown with a (very fidgety) toddler? Do you have any tips?
To be honest, I’m a little scared. Luckily planes have wine.