Okay got up this morning to run - checked the temperature and saw that it was a balmy 32 degrees so elected to wear a short sleeve technical shirt with my wind jacket. Then I got outside and discovered two things; one, it was windy which drives the temperature down and two, it was slippery, really slippery once I hit the trail. But I got the run done and I wasn't the only one out there. I saw a gentleman walking, a bicyclist and one other runner which is pretty busy for Mopac at 5:30 a.m.
On my way to work, I stopped for a bagel downtown and saw that according to Ann's display in the window of her store; I was on the naughty list because I didn't stretch after my run. It is always easier to get my miles in but difficult to do everything else I need to do to be a good runner. This marathon season I will try to be better about stretching, speed work and cross training. Speed work will definitely be a new one for me, but I would like to get faster because one of my personal goals is to field a team for the Market to Market Relay in the fall of 2013 and you have to be able to run a mile under 10 minutes.
On the reading front, I finally finished a book this week! December is my worst month for reading; life gets so busy with family, friends, baking, wrapping etc. that I don't get as many opportunities to read. I finished The Girl Who Would Speak for the Dead by Paul Elwork which was a historical story about a young woman who had similar abilities to the Fox Sisters who were part of the Spiritualist movement; it was okay, not great but interesting. There are several young adult novels that involve the Spiritualist movement and even a couple that take place in Lily Dale, a community of mediums in upstate New York. Although I'm a skeptic, I do enjoy reading about such things.