I know, I know, I haven't posted in quite a while. It's not that I haven't been doing anything (well, actually, I do lead a pretty boring life) but I just haven't been moved to write about it.
Christmas was pleasant. I spent the day at my aunt's with the family. As my uncle was a French chef, the food is always excellent. I didn't get any really special gifts - a check from the parents (always appreciated) and some clothes. The interesting gifts are still promised. My sister is sending a wicked pair of running/biking sunglasses and my friend, Chelly, is constructing a scrapbook of our New York/Nike Half Marathon experience.
The running has been a little lax. Since Thanksgiving, I'm probably only averaging 10 miles a week, and the bulk of that is usually my weekend run. The lack of running, combined with the increased eating, has led to the gain of a pound or two. I have to decide on a running goal for the new year. I'm sure I can get myself motivated if I find something special to aim for this year. The knee is not bothering me on the shorter runs, but I'm a little nervous that going longer will make it go again and that is at the root of my reluctance to plan anything big.
In other news, I'm now officially the runner's rep and webmaster for my running club, the Alley Pond Striders The two jobs are separate. The webmaster bit is something I really wanted to do. I finally got my hands on the website this weekend and I've got something up and running. I'm a total beginner and still learning, so it isn't beautiful, but it is current which was my first priority.
Runner's rep involves gathering the racing results in a column for our monthly newsletter, trying to motivate the runners by planning/finding activities and races to participate in, contacting other local clubs and fostering good will/competition with other local runners and, finally, attending the club meetings. I'm letting this stress me out a bit. Quite a bit of those duties are social and I'm not a terribly social person. Unless I push myself, I would probably spend the majority of my time in front of this computer screen, on the couch in front of the television or curled up with a book. This is why I join clubs. Belonging to a club forces me to be social and I know that this makes me a happier person. Otherwise, I would be one of those people you hear about that lives in an apartment surrounded by their stuff until it falls on them and kills them. And no one finds them for months.
On that happy note, I hope everyone has a wonderful New Years. Here's to a fantastic 2008!