Last year I had my plans for all the major holidays mapped out. Then life intervened. So I had to change them. On Christmas morning I decided I would run a marathon distance around the loop in Liberty Park, the park across the street from where I live. (I seriously love this freaking park. Made a video of it HERE. Yes, it is schmaltzy on purpose.)
When I move from Salt Lake City, I am going to total up the number of miles I have run on this 1.5 mile loop. It would surprise me none if the total was over 2,000. It is convenient, safe, clean and flat. It is absolutely perfect for me. Some people think the idea of doing 17 loops (25.5 miles plus the .75 of a mile total from my doorstep to the start and back) sounds monotonous and boring. Which is fine because I find some people boring. So it all evens out. But the loops of Liberty allows me to just zone out. No stoplights to worry about and no street crossings - just the occasional idiot drive in a car not realizing they need to slow when they enter a pedestrian place and lots of time with one's own thoughts.
Last year I was clipping along at a very solid pace when I realized that I was actually going to run a solid marathon time for a simple training run. I ended up running 3:24. I had a few people pop in for a few laps which really warmed my spirits on a chilly day. Christmas this year looks like it will be more of the same - quite brisk with a light covering of snow.
I have no idea what I will run this year in the Second Annual Dane Rauschenberg Memorial Christmas Mid-Morning 26.25 Marathonish Distance Classic and it really doesn’t matter. It is about embracing the ability to exercise and having fun while doing so. Even though it is Christmas morning and I would rather be spending it with my family and friends, burning off 3500 calories, enjoying what should be by then clean air and spending time to think about those I cannot be with is not a bad replacement.
So starting at 9 AM (ish - again, it's Christmas!), you will know where to find me for the next 200 minutes or so. And if you don’t see me, stand in one spot and in less than 12 minutes guaranteed I will go running by.
Merry Christmas everyone! Love you, Mom and Dad!