OK, I admit it. I am one of those weird people that loves winter. Most likely I make you want to punch me in the face as I complain about it not being chilly enough or not having snow.


But, after living in Florida for two years, I learned that I don’t mind chilly weather and definitely don’t mind snow, especially if I don’t have to drive in it. This winter has been mild, if not overly warm (it was 60 degrees a few days before Christmas after all!). But this morning, there was a nice chill in the air, which was refreshing (even if I forgot my headband to cover my ears…).

Since it’s officially taper phase, I had a quick five miles to do this morning. I feel like I had great energy levels, despite getting up at 6 a.m. for the first time in about two weeks.

Luckily, I’ve slowly been convincing my body it needs to become a morning person. I will never be the person that springs out of bed in the morning with a smile on my face, but at least I can now get up without trying to kill people with my evil looks.

The one habit I do have, though, especially on early mornings, is to surf my phone for five minutes before actually getting out of bed. In doing so this morning, I came across this quote, which is too good not to share:

‎”You have to forget your last marathon before you try another. Your mind can’t know what’s coming.” – Frank Shorter

So very true. I have had those moments in the marathon where it’s like, “why in the world am I doing this? This isn’t fun” (usually around mile 17 or so, after I’ve had an intensely weird craving for Coke). But yet, afterwards, I’m like “oh my gosh, that was the best 3 1/2 hours of my life, when can I sign up for the next one?” Definitely a love-hate relationship.

Are you a morning person? Do you find that you have a love-hate relationship with racing, especially running marathons? 

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