After the exciting evening of getting engaged, soon enough it was the winter break and I had 11 days IN A ROW off from work. I ran every day pretty much and worked out like a mad dog in the gym. Slept, ate, layed around, went skiing, I truly relaxed during that time; in between activity! Now it is 2012 and Umstead 100 is rapidly approaching. I am trying to really put the miles in and still hit the boxing gym 4-5 days a week. This is why I am so tired. Although last week we had a big snow storm here in Seattle and the gym was closed most of those days. What's a person to do? Run more! So Owen and I ran every day in the snow with screws in our shoes to keep from slipping. It's much harder to run in the snow but I do think that it helps with technique. Without really utilizing your core, you will slip and slide, even with the screws. You hardly get a push off so it feels as though it takes more effort to move forward. The snow didn't melt by Saturday, the long run day. So we ran at the local Discovery Park which has a few different loops, the longest being just under 5 miles. So 7 loops we did running the slush, ice slush water, some snow and mud and some pretty intense wind when you hit the path near the water. Without the good friends we saw there, it would have been a long boring day in the slush. But other runners were in the same boat, not being able to make it to the mountains because of all the snow. So glad we were able to still knock out some miles and see some good friends. I had my biggest week in about 3 years, 85 miles! And after 85 miles for the week, I was still temporarily stumped as to why I am so tired and why I cannot stop eating....silly me.