I love North Carolina. I like most of the people, despite the huge influx of Yankees and I love the weather. I am a hot house flower and the summers of over 100 degrees and humidity into 90% are a little slice of tropical heaven to me. I even run in it and much prefer it to running in the cold.
Imagine my horror at the SNOWMAGGEON that nature inflicted onto NC last week. We get snow (an inch is a lot) maybe twice a year. The world as we know it stops for days - no school, no leaving the house, sometimes no power... it's a zombie apocolypse minus the zombies. But, last week, it came so hard and fast that Raleigh was literally gridlocked for hours.
It went from a few flurries at noon to 1 inch sticking to the roads at 12:30pm. My daughter was at a friends and we tried to go get her, but traffic was at a complete stand still. She ended up stranded there until the friend's Yankee dad (with front wheel drive - I guess this is good?) and Vermont driving experience brought her home on Friday. People were abandoning their cars all over town and this photo of Glenwood Avenue happened just about 7 miles away from my home. Yes, that is a car on fire, and no, none of that pic is photoshopped. No one could make it up that hill and people just left their cars and walked to hotels. CRAZY, right?
I should not have let the kids being home from school for FOUR DAYS interfere with my training. But, I did. UGH. I did do my Chemistry so I am perfect for my 100 days on that goal. Working out, not so much. And then it was an endless buffet of comfort foods while we were snowed in. Mac and Cheese? Oh yes. Valentine's chocolates? More, please! How's it going on the "no microwave popcorn" front? Very poorly indeed.
So, as the snow melts and I see the beautiful Carolina blue skies again, I gotta shake it all off and get back to putting training as a priority. No more excuses. I may or may not be prepared for this Half Ironman in June, but I have until April 17th to figure that out. I will lose about $200 if I pull out, but I just can't go into something that big under prepared. I don't know... gotta figure it out.
I WILL run today. <--- my commitment to you. Because you read my silly crap and I really appreciate that! So for you, I will run today. Maybe tomorrow it will be for me, but today it's for YOU. Thank you for leaving comments and encouraging me. Thank you for making it through the posts that aren't all chucklefests. Just thanks.