* The historic cold blast arrived barely a week after the Holiday Running Streak ended. The six-day difference between the 2012 and 2013 streaks saved my buns ... or my whole body ... or my streak's existence ... or whatever it would've cost to hop along to a friend's gym on a guest pass ... or the people in the skywalk from seeing a weirdo run a mile through the skywalk.
* Post-holiday parties — friends who felt bad they didn't spend enough time at my place over New Year's made a return visit.
Because I made them wait an extra 30 minutes to see me to finish off the streak on New Year's Day, I luxuriated in NOT making them accommodate a hobby they respect my interest in but would really rather never participate in.
* Our household grew! A 9-year-old tabby named Ringo has moved in, and it's taking him a few days to adjust.
|An excuse to post cat pictures? Guilty as charged, and unashamed.|
Though I have to be honest and point out two reasons hibernation came at a bad time:
* The latest issue of Runner's World arrived recently, so not only do I feel guilty about not running, but I also feel guilty that I haven't used my spare time to even read about running.
* Holiday leftovers.