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Whether you workout before work or after work, chances are if you workout outside you'll be working out in the darkness or very dim light.

And one of my major pet peeves is to see runners or walkers or cyclists or really anyone out and about who doesn't make sure that they can be seen.

Because the majority of my workouts are before Hubby goes to work, and usually I'm solo, safety has always been a priority for me. And when I say that I won't run outside in the dark / low light/ fog without my Noxgear, I'm serious.

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Thinking Ahead to 2016

I've debated whether to put this out there - because once I say it out loud - well it's so official. And honestly, I've really struggled with my self confidence in running for over a year now. It's no secret that I've struggled, but I don't think many people really know just how much of a struggle it's been.

I've never been 'in this place' with running where I have zero confidence in myself. My nagging hamstring injury is still there. I've found that it really doesn't like speed, and when I attempt to run faster, I pay for it in the long run. But if I listen to my body and rest as needed, modify as needed, I am able to run - and I have been - it's just at times sporadic.

But as I got back on the trail a couple of weeks ago, the excitement of the unknown, the thrill of nature, and the views really just gave my heart a nice happy sigh.

And I realized....

This is where I want to be ... 

This past weekend, I went online to Running In The USA and looked up trail races for 2016. I think that this upcoming year is going to be the year of trail running for me. And I have some big goals in mind.. as in a 50K for April which means training needs to start.. um... now :) 

However, I'm planning on approaching this upcoming year different than in the past. When I was marathon training, it was all about that one race. I put off other races for fear of getting injured. I couldn't do this or that due to a training schedule. My entire life and running life revolved around one event. It drove me crazy and in a sense it broke me both physically and emotionally. And the reality is I'm not 100% over it. 

So this time I'm taking a different approach. I hope to listen to my body and not freak out over missed miles or where I feel I should be in regards to training. I don't plan to allow one event to dominate my life or my running. I plan to run other trail runs maybe a road race or two in addition to attempting the 50K. 

And most of all, I plan to have fun.. with training and with racing.. 

Do you have any current or upcoming goals? 

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  1. This looks a lot like Big Boyd Tree Conservation State Park!!


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