# I love, love my long runs. The longer the better. I love to run them alone now. I love to be able to listen to my podcasts, music, etc, be anonymous, able to observe or space out!
# My training plan works. I am getting faster. My comfortable pace is getting faster. It's happening again before my brain can fully understand this, and I feel a bit shocked to see my times on the Garmin. Gosh, last year around this time I was thrilled with 20 milers at 9 min/mile pace. Now I am running them sub 8, with less pain, minimal or no muscle soreness. Last year around this time my knees and feet were killing me, and now I am pain free. I guess my body is getting used to the load... Feels great.
# I love winter running and racing. I love not having to wake up at 5am to run before it gets very hot out. I love that my face is tanned in the winter and people keep asking me whether I just got back from somewhere warm. I love that winter does not get to me. In New England, most people I know get tired of winter by February. I don't. I love when my cheeks get red from the cold, when I smell fresh cold air, and warm up with a grande latte afterwards.
# I did not make it into the Half at Hamptons Half marathon. I did not register on time. Bummer. I wanted to run a flat and fast half, but I'll have to wait until spring/summer. I did register for the Bedford Half marathon. This one is hilly, but perhaps a better prep for Boston. I am still planning on PRing there.