Ah, the challenges of training through a New England winter continue. After attending to all of the snow maintenance duties that last night's 4-or-so inches of snowfall triggered I only had time for a 30-minute workout this morning. And despite my best efforts to make it a short-but-fast one, the snow-slick backroads limited my pace to 7:10, which was good enough for only 4.1 miles.
My resolve and commitment to stay positive through the winter training is slowly starting to peter out. I have been buoyed by the longer daylight hours, but the sub-20 temp's in the morning and all of this snow (which has stubbornly refused to melt) is starting to take its toll. On the bright side, I have been able to stave off this sense of winter training despair much longer than I have in the past.
As the U.S. government desperately attempts to stimulate the economy, I have passed my own training stimulus bill by switching my primary focus from Boston to the Colchester Half Marathon which is slated for 2/28. It seems that Boston is still too far off for me to get overly fired-up about it and I need to get fired up about something now (please see the "despair" pity-party above) or I am in danger of joining the other half of the team who is on the DL, except that I would end up on the psychologically disabled list.
So...my training log has been re-named the "Colchester Half Marathon Training Log" until March. By focusing on the CHM there's a stronger sense of urgency. Plus, since I'm still in solid shape from my Disney training and it's a local race, I'm going to assume that I may have an outside chance of scoring a "W" (if not in the overall category, then at least in my age group, maybe), which is always a nice motivating factor. Can't quite say the same thing about Boston.
Anyways, 196.9 CHM training miles and only 23 training days 'til C-Day!