See the snow coming down in this picture? I took it on Monday, December 31...while I was out for my LAST run of 2012!! It was a killer run. . .not because of the snow, but because I hadn't been out running for 16 days. I could feel what the the lack of exercising and the the addition of Holiday Poundage did to my legs as I closed out the year.
New Year's Resolutions were swirling in my head.
The snow was beautiful and it felt so neat to be running in it! However, as time went by, it started to accumulate on the streets, so I stopped at 2 1/4 miles and called it the end to a very interesting running year.
I stopped to chat with a neighbor on her porch as I was heading to our house. . .and didn't realize, until I got home, and removed my visor, that it had snow piled on it! :) I wore it beneath a stocking cap to keep the snow off my glasses. . .it worked like a charm!
A motivational approach I'm going to use this year is called: my "workout tips" jar. I saw the idea on line and decided it might help to keep me motivated to exercise. . .especially the core part. I really do not like doing those workouts, but, as I found out this year. .. not doing them consistently really hurt my running. It's all connected.
So, I am going to pay myself $1.00 for every workout or run. As of tonight, I now have three dollars in my jar. Yesterday, I exercised with the fitness channel on our cable. . . concentrating on core work. I earned $1.00 for that. Late this afternoon, I ran 3 1/2 miles. . .and it was soooooo cold I wanted to quit several times. But, because I hung in there, I gave myself $2.00. :)
Since last summer (after I tripped on an uneven sidewalk.. .while running . . .and broke a bone in my left hand) I have been very aware of what the street/sidewalk I'm on looks like. . . trying to avoid hazzards that could, once again, cause me great pain . I try not to run with my head down , but rather to look ahead of me. However, while increasing my awareness of the pavement, I also increased my awareness of objects in the street that could end up in one of my tires.
As you can see, 2012 not only helped avoid a few flats, but also made me a little extra money, too! Another reason to get out there and walk or run! :)
THE STONE RABBIT has decided to start a little running hopping group with some of his local concrete yard buddies. He also wants to use the "workout tips" jar for himself! I love it when I come up with a plan that motivates him. . . because he's usually the one who motivates me!
Happy New Year ! I hope 2013 will be one filled with good health and happiness for you!
Please visit Beverly's blog, HOW SWEET THE SOUND, for a long list of bloggers who also have New Year's or PINKS to share with you this week!
Beverly, thank you so much for making 2012 an outstanding Pink Saturday year for us!