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Mileage Monday: The Next Chapter

Good morning, 2017! I have a few tricks up my sleeve for you this year, as I’m sure you have for me as well, no doubt. While I’m usually an idiot, I’d like to take a moment and write down something meaningful, as it wouldn’t be right to just dive into a new year without some sort of pause. So, to 2017, I say this:

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

And if She doesn’t? I’ll just run more. Right? Ha.

So I reached 3,512 miles for 2016. I don’t think I have every tallied up my year’s worth of miles, but man oh man am I curious to know how 2016 compared to say, 2011 when I was consistently logging 80-100 mile weeks while training for my ultra.

This past week I actually went over 50 miles. I think I hit 57? Something like that. I didn’t get to 60, so I still feel like I’m in the okay range.

Monday– I got up early with Callum and when Andrew came downstairs I took off to meet Lora for a windy and cold 10 miles outside. We got back in time before it started snowing AGAIN. GAH.

Tuesday– Super slow 8 miles on the treadmill while I listened to some podcasts and chill tunes.

Wednesday– I got up early to drive Jake to work and then headed outside for a slow 8 miles. Everything has melted for the most part but there were still a couple of icy patches. Then later on, Andrew and I went for a 3 mile run while I pushed Callum in the stroller. Andrew’s slowly getting back into this running thing, and he’s doing great.

Thursday– Just a super slow 6 miles on the treadmill after I dropped Jake off at work.

Friday– Well, it looks like I’ll be going over 50 miles this week. I ran a slow 5 miles this morning at 6am because I couldn’t sleep and then I jumped back on the treadmill this evening for 8 miles with the last 2 at 6:40 min/mile pace. I had to deal with some residual stress. I just got out of a hot bath and I feel worlds better.

Saturday– I got up at 5:45 to drive Jake to work and then ran a slow 5 miles outside. It was icy so I had to stop and walk a lot but I was listening to an incredible podcast so I didn’t mind at all. It’s a podcast about philosophy and religion, the existence (or not) of God, or our idea of God, etc etc. It hurt my brain but in a good way, like sore muscles after a hard workout.

Sunday– I really had to force myself to get out there this morning. I got up at 6 and bundled up to run 5 miles in the snow. Again, I had to take a lot of walk breaks but it was magical. Nobody else was out there. Just me. Even though we got a lot of snow last night, it was safer for me to run through than on the ice from yesterday morning. It was definitely tough to navigate through, but the extra effort made up for all my walk breaks. It was only zero degrees Celcius (that’s 30 F for you guys down south) but I bundled up like it was -30. Tee hee. I always tell my Saskatchewan friend Jen that it’s a “wet” cold here. She thinks I’m pathetic. She’s right. Jen’s always right.

How cold is it where you are right now?

When you run in the snow, do you stick to the sidewalks where the snow is deep and it’s tough to run through, or do you try to stay on the paved roads even though they could be slippery?

Have you ever fallen on the snow/ice?

Hot baths?

I like getting into a smoking hot bath, sitting in it until my skin turns red and then I get out. It’s a giant waste of hot water so it doesn’t happen often.

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  • meredith (The Cookie ChRUNicles) January 1, 2017, 8:28 am

    happy new year 🙂 it’s actually not cold here right now in ny – in the 40’s!! I hope it stays this way until spring lol

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 1, 2017, 8:39 am

      This is the winteriest winter we’ve had in years! Last year and the year before it didn’t even snow. I think one day it did, and barely dusted the ground and then melted right away. I hate it, but I’m white-knuckling a positive attitude about it. I hate being mature more than I hate snow, but maturity doesn’t melt, so I should probably just let it win before I slip on it.

  • Jen January 1, 2017, 10:03 am


    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 1, 2017, 1:12 pm

      I thought you’d like that one!!! It’s on my Instagram story too.

      • Jen January 4, 2017, 7:59 pm

        I do so much enjoy being right. 😉

  • Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home January 1, 2017, 10:37 am

    All our snow has already melted and we are heading into spring. Ha! I wish. But we are enjoying some pretty nice weather right now. I’ll take it.

    Wiped out? Hello? Do you even know me? Yesterday I was working on my jumping, because I’m foolish like that, and I tripped on the landing and fell to the ground. Whenever I do that, I always look around to make sure no one saw me. Because jumping is normal, but falling is weird…

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 1, 2017, 1:12 pm

      Falling is not only weird but just NOT good for this old body of mine. I notice that I don’t recover from wipe-outs the way I used to be able to.

  • Gretchen January 1, 2017, 10:51 am

    You are so amazing suzy! I can’t believe how many miles you did. Super woman! I would always rather do snow than ice. I hate ice more than anything else.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 1, 2017, 1:10 pm

      I spent so much energy focusing my eyes on the sidewalk and the road to look for patches of gleaming ice. I do NOT want to fall. I am WAY too old for that shit.

  • Susie @ SuzLyfe January 1, 2017, 12:26 pm

    Happy New Year lovely! I don’t run on snow, generally, but when I do, I wear Yaktrax and look for wherever it is most packed.
    Today, it is GORGEOUS. Later this week is supposed to be icky.
    And we didn’t naught NY it last night. We got home late. #whompwhomp

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 1, 2017, 1:09 pm

      I tried Yaktrax once but I felt like the snow could only be an a couple of inches deep otherwise they’d end up collecting way too much snow and be pointless. Today was gorgeous here too. Katie, Callum and I headed to the park to play in the snow. It’s only 1pm now and Callum is already half asleep beside me on the couch in front of the fire.

  • Lisa @ Mile by Mile January 1, 2017, 4:09 pm

    Happy New Year! You ran alot of miles last year, I can’t imagine how many you ran in years before that! Its not too cold here right now, and we dont have snow. I would rather run in a few inches of snow than risk slipping on ice! Glad you got in a nice run even though you were forced to walk a bit.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 1, 2017, 5:01 pm

      I’m really curious to know what my biggest mileage year was. I wonder if Daily Mile has record of that? I’m going to see if I can look it up.

  • Megan @ Meg Go Run January 1, 2017, 4:24 pm

    Happy New Year, Suzy! What did you guys do last night? We went out for sushi and then I came home and read murder blogs to help me fall asleep. 🙂

    I try not to run if I think I am going to slip… I reallllly don’t want to hurt myself. But I feel like the snow would be a better bet than the icy road! I have run trail in the snow before and that was really fun.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 1, 2017, 5:00 pm

      I hung out with Callum and when I put him to bed, I sipped on a Bailey’s with coffee (not to be confused with a coffee with Bailey’s) and worked on my book. I also texted my other 3 kids, made sure Jake was safe, and then I went to bed at 10! I was so tired. Callum and I woke up at midnight when we heard fireworks but went right back to sleep.

  • Amy Lauren S. January 1, 2017, 5:38 pm

    My run this morning was 50 degrees. Most people thought that was cold, but this is Charleston after all.

    If there is snow around me, I am not running… at least not outside. And I am not willingly at that location, either. I live in a warm climate for a reason.

    I really love hot baths, though! Especially with good bath products or epsom salts. That is great.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 1, 2017, 8:16 pm

      I need to try epsom salts. I heard that stuff is great for the skin! I really belong in a warm climate. I am ALWAYS COLD. I hate it. It hurts.

  • Allie Capo-Burdick January 2, 2017, 5:26 am

    It’s been so long since I’ve been able to get up early and run outside. I have to wait until the boys go to school and the sun is way UP! I miss those dark, cold, wet, mornings because you just feel more accomplished when you get back!! It’s cold here but minimal snow so far… Thank God I have yet to fall and bust my ass on icy roads, although I’m sure that day is coming…

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 2, 2017, 11:44 am

      When I run across ice I kinda brace myself but then I think that’s worse. Like when I went into a soccer tackle, whoever had more fear ended up more hurt. I can’t help it though!! I’m so freaked out!

  • Laura @ This Runner's Recipes January 2, 2017, 6:58 am

    Happy New Year! It’s icy here and super cold this week, like in the 20s and low 30s! You ran so many miles this year but you also had the huge accomplishment of finding the mileage that worked best for you. Here’s to an awesome 2017!

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 2, 2017, 11:44 am

      I think we have pretty much the same weather as you guys. It’s so cold and windy here today!

  • Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets January 2, 2017, 11:09 am

    The serenity prayer almost become my mantra in 2016 basically because I had no choice but to accept I was no longer in control. Instead a tiny human took charge.

    I want to lounge in a bathtub without the tiny human. 🙂

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 2, 2017, 11:46 am

      It’s a simple but super effective prayer. Like a spiritual reset button. I hope you get that serenity bathtub sesh!!!

  • Ana January 3, 2017, 12:47 pm

    Happy New Year!!

    do you use anything on your shoes to keep from slipping? that has to be my biggest fear, to fall on my butt on snow!!

    I think right now it’s around 45 or so, but it’s raining a lot.

    • suzy.suzyheather@gmail.com January 3, 2017, 4:52 pm

      Once a long time ago I screwed super short screws into the bottoms of an old pair of runners and that worked like a charm, way better than Yak Trax. Just an idea!

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