Looks like I made it

athleta 001 224x300 Looks like I made it

Last day of the year--in a skirt--yes!

Eight weeks back to running–the final eight weeks of the year.  And I made my childish goal of not wearing full-length tights until 2012. I’m pretty darn excited, I have to say!

Coldest run in nothing more than capri’s–one early morning down around 24 degrees. It really wasn’t bad, though. I’ve discovered through this little experiment that as long as my knees are covered, I’m pretty much good to go.

The weather has definitely worked in my favor throughout this. Today it was already in the 40s when we started, for instance. Next week, however, is finally bringing us some really cold temps–early mornings are predicted to be in the high teens, so I think I”ll finally cave and break out those tights. Good thing I have a new pair from my field trip to Athleta in DC yesterday, as well as a pair from Lucy that I need to review (and yes, there will be a givewaway, so stay tuned).

I can also say I’ve made it back to running some fairly decent mileage. Today I tackled 13 on a truly hillacious course. It was tough, but I did it. Next week my total mileage will be around 30, so I’m getting there.

The last piece of the puzzle will be getting my speed back. I still feel slow compared to my friends, which sometimes gets me down. But I have to keep it in perspective–I was on the DL for the better part of a year. Today I am running, and running respectable distances. That’s a good enough reason for a glass of champagne tonight if you ask me.

Happy New Year!

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  1. Congratulations! Eight WEEKS back to running at the end of the year is something to be excited about. Glad you’re gearing up for a great new year.
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  2. Happy New Year, Miss Zip!
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  3. Congrats on making it thought the hillacious 13! Not tights here yet either (-:

    In fact it was 72* when I went out to run this morning. Freaking ridiculous actually.
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  4. Woo Hoo for skirts on December 31st! Great run today – awesome way to cap off the year :) Hope you have a great NYE!
    Karen recently posted..Buh Bye 2011 you were a good one…My Profile

  5. Congrats on the 13 miles and being back to running! Champagne well deserved I say and a little chocolate too.
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  6. Great job getting back to 13 so quickly, and 30 next week. In 8 weeks, that is definitely something to be proud of. I’m struggling to maintain that balance too, and hold myself back enough to ensure full healing, but not completely avoid challenging myself either. Enjoy your champagne!
    Laura recently posted..2011 Year in ReviewMy Profile

  7. Congratulations on battling your way back! Cant wait to see what 2012 brings.
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  8. That smile of yours is gorgeous!
    Angie Bee recently posted..Three hundred mile Aqua Lite review.My Profile

  9. And you look cute doing it!

  10. Happy New Year to you and yours xx
    Lara recently posted..Saying GoodbyeMy Profile

  11. Congrats on running the 13 and an even bigger congrats on the running skirt! Great to have a fun goal to lighten things up a bit.
    Penny recently posted..Will run for Eggplant Parm!My Profile

  12. I ran in shorts and calf sleeves today. It was lovely out there!

    Great job on getting back up to decent mileage that fast.

    Happy New Year!
    MCM Mama recently posted..And that’s a wrap…My Profile

  13. Great comeback!! You must be thrilled to be in the double digit runs again :)

    Nice springboard into 2012 for you!
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  14. WOOO congrats!!!
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  15. Great job!!! Have a great New Years!

  16. Great job on getting back up in the mileage! Definitely a good reason to raise a glass (or 2)! Happy New Year!!
    Michelle @ Running with Attitude recently posted..New Year’s PlanningMy Profile

  17. Definitely a good glass is half full (of champagne) perspective. Yea for a successful return to running, meeting even silly goals, and looking forward to a great 2012. Happy New Year!
    Kate recently posted..2011 recapMy Profile

  18. If I had a cute outfit like that I would run 13mi hills too. :)
    So glad to hear things are going well for you. Soon you will be zipping :) passed other runners. I think you have earned even two glasses of champagne.
    Ewa recently posted..My New Year ResolutionMy Profile

  19. Happy New Year! May it bring you much speed, prosperity, and fun!

    Btw…are you wearing PureConnects in that pic?? Just wonderin’

  20. You are on your way!! Congrats and Happy New Year!
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  21. That’s enough for *2* glasses of champagne!
    And at 24 degrees, I would be in full tights, gloves, hat and who knows what else…I am such a wimp.
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  22. Yay for 8 weeks and amazed that you made it so long without wearing tights
    Christy@My Dirt Road Anthem recently posted..Goodbye 2011, You were a great year!My Profile

  23. I agree, cheers to 8 weeks!!
    Way to get out there and get after it.
    Happy New Year!
    Missy recently posted..Hot swim on a magnificent dayMy Profile

  24. I ran in shorts and t shirts also today…ha I am so funny right?

    hey happy new year to you and your family!
    HEALTH and lots of Joy!
    Caroline recently posted..2011: July-DecemberMy Profile

  25. your speed will be there probably faster than you think…..happy new year
    feener recently posted..a new yearMy Profile

  26. Woohoo for getting your mileage back! You have gone through so much, so I know how exciting this must be for you! AND, I am sooo jealous that you haven’t had to whip out the cold weather gear yet. It’s been COLD here in CO and I’ve already been in my full winter garb!
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  27. 13 hilly miles are a very good workout; more speed will come very soon but I am sure you are already fast.
    Happy New Year to you and your family.
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  28. Happy New Year – way to rock the skirt in less than optimal temperatures.

  29. Cheers to running again! All the best in 2012 MZ!
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  30. YAY!!!!! HAPPY NEW YEAR! I’m saying 2012 is the year without stress fractures!
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  31. It boggles my mind that someone can be sidelined for a year and then come back and within a few short weeks be where you’re at! I always feel like I’m starting from scratch when I take just a few days off! You’re a rock star, lady! Here’s to a happy, healthy, INJURY-FREE 2012!!!! :)
    Pam recently posted..The Obligatory Year-In Post – 2011 EditionMy Profile

  32. 13 hilly miles after only 8 weeks back?!?! You rock! I wish you all the best for an injury-free and happy 2012!
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  33. Do sleeves count? I hope you weren’t wearing calf sleeves with the capris and long socks…Not sure if that would count ;)

    Enjoy every hillacious mile you run!!
    RunningMoose recently posted..2011 in review and 2012 goals (revisited…)My Profile

  34. It continues to make me happy that you are running again. happy 2012!
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  35. Woot! You’re making me cold just thinking about it! I was wearing thermals under my tights on my last sub 20 run (and had NO sensation in my thighs afterwards). Hmm, maybe I wasn’t running hard enough …
    Way to get those miles up!!! Go, girl, GO!
    Kathy Reed recently posted..2011 Running RecapMy Profile

  36. Awesome!! You are such an inspiration to me!

    Happy New Year! Enjoy your champagne!
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  37. I hate full-length tights too, but I’ve definitely had to resort to them a couple of times. You’re right, though, that capris will do it in all but the coldest weather.

    Your speed will come back…and I can’t wait to read about it when it does.
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  38. Im so so so glad we’ve found each other this year!!!
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  39. I have got to admit, this warm weather is creeping me out!

    You are doing amazing haven been on theDL for a year. The speed will come back. Just don’t push it! Caratunk girls orders! :)
    Mandy recently posted..Welcome 2012!My Profile

  40. Way to get thru the 13 miles.

    I know that you have the patience and will be smart about not trying to go to fast too soon since you put up with this injury and did not push the recovery.
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  41. I love that you are rocking a skirt when it’s “cold” for most people! = 1 tough cookie! :)

    Happy new year!

  42. You were lucky, it’s been a pretty mild winter so far! :)
    Kim recently posted..2011 By The NumbersMy Profile

  43. Hubs had a similar goal of wearing shorts all the way to the end of 2011, and he made it… with a few close calls requiring bare legs in sub-freezing, snowy weather!

    Congratulations! ;)
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