Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Running into 2021 with a different goal.

My final run of 2020 was a night run and pushed me up to 1,600 miles for the year.  I also got 77k feet of vertical gain in elevation. My goal for 2021 will be to reach 100k. This is a tall feat for Central Ohio where it is so flat. That means finding more hills on trails. This ultimately means less wear and tear as well from running on pavement. I didn't set a mileage goal because, as 2020 taught us, some things are out of our control and if I get an injury then it is not worth overloading other months go get to that running mileage goal. I can hike hills without running and I can still reach that climbing goal. (Running is faster though 😉)
My wife woke me up just before midnight to ring in the new year with her and instead of going back to bed for 30 minutes, before work, I ran in the new year.  One of our neighbors was still shooting off fireworks. Glad I was running toward the fireworks at first because if I was running away and heard the firework then I may have tripped. HAHA. The best part is that this run ended my running streak.  It was my fifth year doing the Runner's World Run Streak.  It goes from Thanksgiving to New Year's day and you just have to run, or walk, 1 mile a day. This was my fifth year doing it and it is so easy to throw in the towel during the holidays, but this keeps the motor going. So I did this run early on Friday then no running for Saturday. Rest day!
The rest day was also nice to rest up before my weekend long run on Sunday morning.  Foggy, chilly, and perfect running weather! I got to see some bison while running at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park.  Metro Parks requires masks while at the park, but I only passed about 7 people for the 3 hours I was there. I did take off the mask from time to time when I was way out in the open away from anyone.  BOCO Gear had a clearance and they make some performance masks that actually are not that uncomfortable to wear while running at an easy pace.  I did need to take it off after trying to blast up some of the Strava segments. 

We are staying cloudy and chilly for most of the 7-day forecast. However, if you want to look at it positively: temps are staying near normal and roads are staying dry. Plus, we are gaining 1 minute of daylight each day! Let's dive into the details... Cloudy today with a few flurries and highs in the upper 30s. Staying cloud tonight with low temps around 30, so frost possible. Cloudy again on Thursday with maybe a few breaks in the clouds. We will be watching a system pass by to our south late Thursday into early Friday and Southern Ohio has a slight chance to see some light snow showers. Most of Ohio will be staying dry. Cloudy again on Friday and a few more breaks in the clouds with highs in the mid 30s. Partly cloudy on Saturday and mid 30s again. A few more clouds, mostly cloudy, for Sunday and Monday with temps in the mid-upper 30s. Partly cloudy on Tuesday with temps nearing 40. So yes, we stay in this quiet, chilly, cloudy, dry pattern for the next 7 days, but enjoy it! The long-term forecast models are indicating the polar jet stream shift and bring more active weather back to our region. That means some colder air later this month along with some snow returning by mid-late January. Have a good one!

Andrew Buck Michael

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