This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.
There now I can get back to our regularly scheduled programming. No more end of year reflections, goal setting or should I say not setting goals, now it is time to just start running again. I don't have to worry about how many miles I will end up with or what my overall numbers look like.
It is the new start, a new beginning, a new year and all is right with the world. Okay, Harold you are getting a bit overboard in your dotage.
It is simply another day, today is Friday, which seems to always follow Thursday and comes before Saturday. Yeah, we got to take down the old calendar and a new one was hung on the same nail or you use the arrow icon to move to the next month in Google Calendar - not really a big deal.
However, my spreadsheet has been changed to a new sheet and The slate is re-set and all the numbers have been set to zero.
Geez Harold, you sure are turning into a long-winded old bastid who loves to hear himself talk.
Yep, no doubt about it.
Well get going to the run or everyone is just going to click out think all you do is yak about imponderable crap.
Our first run of 2016 appropriately was down-back. The road down there was quite passable, but at the same time, where the tire tracks are the snow has been packed down to white ice and if you didn't pay attention, you could end up quickly on your ass.
So it was a slower run than it would have been otherwise.
Otherwise, it was pretty uneventful, oh there were some people out hunting with their dogs, a few trucks trying out their 4WD's and a flock of turkeys that took flight when Bennie announced himself to them.
I did have to laugh a little though from the bottom of Stevens' Hill to the tar, Bennie was either barking to encourage me to run faster or barking at me out of frustration because I was running so damn slow. Either way, he got just a little annoying with his bouncing and barking.
Once we got to the tar, he stopped the shennanigans and started to just run again. Maybe it was because I actually had decent footing and could pick up my pace a bit :-).
We finished up with a pretty good final push. It was a tougher run than I expected, not because of the pace, but the lack of traction on ice made me work a lot harder. My N1 Trails did great as long as there was a little snow for traction, but on the white ice, unless you have spikes or something they just do not work well.
I was happy with my first run of 2016 and hopefully it is a harbinger of good things to come for the rest of this year.