Happy new year, Sparkpeeps! I'm actually pretty excited about 2013. Maybe it's because things are going fairly well these days. It inspires optimism. I hope the new year has good things in store for all of us.
I recently took a short vacation, my first in quite a long time. My husband and I went to Wichita, KS, just after Christmas to visit his family. It was a quick trip, but we made the best of the time we had with family. It also marked the first time I purposefully had an active vacation.
We went to Las Vegas a few years ago, and there's so much to see there that we walked around all day, every day. I got a ton of walking in during that trip, but I wasn't yet on SparkPeople and I wasn't tracking anything or even thinking about exercising at that point. This time was much different.
Even packing for the trip was different. I first packed all of my running clothes and an empty water bottle, although I decided not to take my HRM or iPod to save a little space. But the running stuff was the very first thing I made sure was organized and packed.
We also looked up walking/biking trails in Wichita to see where people liked to run. My husband was never active when he lived there, so this was new to him, too. It was going to be an adventure!
We woke up the next morning and threw on some running clothes. Here's the thing...I apparently didn't quite think things through. I took my normal running clothes...and I live in San Diego. The weather in December is a bit different in San Diego than it is in Wichita.
So, it was DEFINITELY going to be an adventure for me! Or maybe inspiration to run faster?!
It worked out OK in the end. I wore a jacket to run, which I don't normally do. With the wind in our faces, it was miserably cold. My face was frozen in a grimace. My husband complained every step of the way. But then we turned around and with the wind at our backs, it was actually OK. I even took my jacket off - and received a number of wide-eyed stares from people driving by.
But it was a great way to see the city from a new perspective. I had seen this area before, driving in a car or stopping at a business and glancing around. But now we ran beside the buildings and my husband provided commentary and history along the way. I had a great time and it makes me want to explore other cities this way, too.
(Wichita Riverwalk and Keeper of the Plains statue)
Our next run day was an even bigger adventure. It snowed!
Neither one of us had ever run in the snow before. I was nervous about slipping because it was slushy snow and I wasn't confident in my footing. Once again, I was under-dressed. I forgot my jacket but at least this time I had a fleece headband to keep my head a little warmer. I obviously don't plan well.
We decided to run around his mom's neighborhood as it was quiet and had very little traffic. We only saw a few people outside, mostly those who were shoveling their walkways. The best part was when two little boys bolted out of their front door, all bundled up in puffy snow jackets. One yelled, "IT'S SNOWMAN TIIIIIME!!!" You have no idea how badly I wanted to join them! I've still never built a snowman.
Anyway, this run was less enjoyable because it was difficult to navigate the slush and cross the streets and find a solid place to run when the sidewalks disappeared. It wasn't bad, just different and a little stressful. I think having done it once, I could do better the next time knowing what worked and what didn't. It was a very slow run, but I also stopped a few times to snap photos.
(My husband looks very Silence of the Lambs, right?)
I was happy that I got both of my planned Couch to 10K runs in while I was on vacation. On the way home, we had a 3-hour layover in Salt Lake City, so we walked each of the concourses. We probably could have done it twice! It's not a huge airport, but it did provide a warm place to walk around and get the blood moving. This was New Year's Day, and I felt like it was a nice way to start a new year. It may not have been super active or anything, but I was happy to be moving rather than sitting at a bar or at the gate for a few boring hours.
A goal I have for myself this year is to be active at least 10 minutes every day. I know that with training for a 10K and doing other things, I'll get more than 10 most days. But this is a good reminder for me that I DO have 10 minutes to make myself a priority each day.