Sixty in December

On the first day of winter, the temperature in Connecticut reached a remarkable 60 degrees. This is, to say the least, quite uncommon. Last Monday, for example, it had a low of 6 with a high somewhere in the mid-teens. This is quite a change, although certain to not last more than a day or two. I’m heading for an outside run and will return after that run.

A couple of weeks ago, I determined that my existing treadmill-only shoes were long overdue to be replaced. Using Dailymile, I track the mileage and saw the mileage over 450 miles on those shoes. Since 350-500 miles is the recommended replacement distance, I knew it was time. So off to Fleet Feet in West Hartford for another pair of Brooks. While there, I tried on a few other brands but went back to the comfort of the Ghost series of shoes used many times in the past. The Ghost shoes are neutral, cushioned shoes and feel great on my feet. My outdoor shoes are Ghost5 so moving to a Ghost6 for the treadmill worked.

While at Fleet Feet, I also spotted a new flavor Gu – salted caramel (with caffeine). I can only hope that it’s as delicious as other salted caramel items I’ve tasted in the past – with the Dunkin’ Donuts Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate coming quickly to mind. Yum. Filled with both calories and flavor, it’s great during a long early morning drive when coffee just won’t do.

So I went running outside Sunday for the first time in a long while. While the temps were high, the snow was not all melted so the trails through the park were sloppy and wet. I didn’t mind the cold, but after three miles of running through slop, it was enough and I was done. Too much time on the treadmill has made me soft, I suppose. SInce I was on vacation, I opted to run inside on Monday, but only got in two miles before needing to leave and head to a doctor’s appointment with my daughter. So it was a slow, low mileage week but I’m on vacation for the next 11 days or so, so expect to get back into my routine on Thursday (tomorrow is Christmas Day), and for all of next week. I just don’t need to pull myself out of bed at 4:45 in the morning to do it.