Janathon envy

I’ve been experiencing Janathon envy lately. After finishing out 2012 with a Holiday Run Streak, I couldn’t see plunging into another daily fitness project without a break. But reading other bloggers’ Janathon experiences makes me see how cool it could be — especially if the emphasis is on fun rather than New Year’s resolution-driven boot camp.

Here are some patterns that have emerged in my workouts this month that I hope to build on next year during my own version of Janathon:

It was fun to get out for a run in the snow on Friday. I only went a couple of miles, but on the unplowed road it felt a lot like running on sand at the beach...

It was fun to get out for a run in the snow on Friday. I only went a couple of miles, but on the unplowed road it felt a lot like running on sand at the beach…

— If the Holiday Run Streak is a time to focus on getting in a daily run, then Janathon feels like a time for fitness exploration. Who knew that getting back into the calorie burn game and exploring virtual hiking trails would make hopping back on the treadmill so much fun?

— Now that I no longer feel compelled to run every single day, the opportunity to run in the snow feels like a blast — a middleaged mom’s inexpensive foray into a tame (yet hardly lame) version of “extreme sports.”

— Having discovered a new route to the closest store — a little over 2.5 miles away if I follow the railroad tracks — made me think that would make for a fun winter hike, especially since I could tromp there in boots without worrying about snakes or poison ivy. I hope we run out of milk in the next couple of days so I can “walk to town” for supplies.

— I’ve basically parked my bike since our early November 90in9 project, and I’m not inclined to get my road bike out now because I don’t want cars skidding into me on slick roads. But why not see if Ben can fire up my crappy garage sale mountain bike so I can try riding along that railroad corridor or on local trails?

— Finally, I’m hoping to check out my first yoga class this week. My increasingly stiff neck, site of a pinched nerve last year, can hardly wait.

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