I don't make New Years' resolutions, but I have been trying to make an effort to get back into running again since mid-January. I was doing really well last year and then pretty much stopped all of a sudden at the end of November. Now that my schedule has settled a bit, I'm trying to get back into running at lunchtime 3-4 days a week. I can tell it's going to take a while to get back into shape, but I am making progress and both yesterday and today felt especially good, even though I wasn't able to run at anywhere near the pace I had worked up to last year.
Running today under the drizzly skies of North Carolina made me think back to my trip to the Mexico resort in January. Every day I was there was a beautiful sunny 80 degrees. The palm trees and lush green grass were everywhere, and there were wide, pleasant sidewalks to run on all around the resort area. I took advantage of the locale I was in to help kick-start me back into the running schtick. After all, when you've got weather like that and courses like the one below, how can you NOT want to run?*