What a crazy week this has been. I had mentioned that after the race I didn't feel well. It turns out that the kids and I had H1N1. We had all of the symptoms including a very high fever, but we all made it through okay. The kids missed some school but didn't have any complications. I had to go to the doctor with a sinus infection that I developed along the way. After some antibiotics I'm feeling like myself again.
This morning, I woke up and there was a dusting of snow on the ground. I couldn't believe it! I know this is Minnesota, but come on. I had overslept and had to rush to get ready to meet a friend to run. This was my first run since the TC 10 Mile and since I had been sick, so I was excited to get back out there but also a little nervous about my energy level. I quickly threw on my twenty degree weather uniform: my trusty running tights, a technical short sleeved shirt and a quarter zip top. We ran an easy 5 miles and enjoyed the snow covering the trees still showing their fall colors. Strange! The cold air felt surprisingly wonderful and I ran just fine. While I like running in the winter, I hope fall returns for a few more weeks.
The wrapping up of my race schedule and the changing seasons has me thinking a lot about what goals I'm going to set for myself. As I mentioned, I'm going to try to get into the NYC Marathon 2010, but that is very far away. I want to roller ski and cross country ski, but I want that to compliment my running this winter, not take away from it. Usually, I lift weights twice a week but I haven't been very consistent about that the last couple of months. I would like to work on that so that my legs are strong enough to pick up the marathon training when it is time.
All of those plans are great, but I need a race close enough that I can plan around. I think I need a half marathon on my schedule. Maybe a race in December like the Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon? Doesn't that sound like fun? Or maybe an early spring half marathon? Any suggestions?