Needed rest day
Track workout at Curtis Corner w/ Muddy, Jonny, Mike G (he is alive!), and Ben. It was a frigid 24 degrees. Jonny joked that my winter running gear apparently consists entirely of shorts that are 1" longer, a hat, and gloves.
Difficult to run hard in such cold temperatures that I haven't yet acclimated to.
4x200: 37, 36, 36, 30 (the first 3 at "glider" pace, the last one hard)
4x400: 52, 51, 50, 56 (I thought we were done after 3, so I put my effort into that one, and had nothing left for the 4th. Thanks Galoob!)
2x200: 37, 34
Cool-down on the Spring Forward trails.
Winter storm run. The weather got progressively worse throughout the day, and by my next opportunity to get out a run (late afternoon), we were in the middle of a Nor'easter, 34 degrees, 30 mph winds, pouring rain with some snowflakes mixed in. Out we go ...
Other than a quick jaunt out to the pond via the short trail in Lathrop Wildlife Preserve, I ran entirely on the trails in Champlin Glacier Park. It was my first time in there since Hurricane Sandy; I ran most of the trails, and the trails were in amazing shape. Just a few places that could use a saw; I may contact the WLT and see if that's OK.
By the time I finished up, the temperature had dropped to 32 degrees and the mixed precipitation had changed to all snow and was sticking to the ground. I came in the house soaked to the skin, cold to the bone, spattered in mud, and dripping water and snow, and proceeded to ask each of my family for a hug. The response:
- Mark told me I had rabies (apparently I was foaming at the mouth as well?) and to stay away.
- Jana just gave me a disgusted look, as if questioning (again) why she ever married me.
- Matthew not only me took me up on the offer of a hug, but then proceeded to come outside to throw a few football passes with me on the lawn, in the soaking wet 32-degree weather, dressed in short pants, short sleeve T-shirt, and for some reason socks but no shoes. Yeah, I am worried that the boy may have gotten a few too many of my genes!
Wimped out on running in the morning for a second run in the winter storm; then no time left rest of the day.
Li'l Rhody course recon w/ Mike B for the first few miles and Muddy for the full. Car breakdown and delay of start turned out to be running out of gas due to a faulty gas gauge - could've been worse.
Back onto the Li'l Rhody course with today's clean-up crew (Mike B, Mike C, Lennon from RINEMBA). Got heckled for wearing identical outfits with Mike B; although Mike C and I also turned up with our new matching green saws. We sawed through the carnage of trees and limbs and made mince meat out of them; see pics on WTAC web site. The trail is now clear for the race next Sunday! Yes, a few detours and jumps over trees, but this thing wasn't passable a week ago.
After another day of heavy clearing, I am SORE! Legs, hips, back, etc. No running today; hope I'll be back from Avondale 5K Sunday.
Avondale 5K. Separate write-up shortly.
Weekly mileage totals: 29
On the downside, I am very sore tonight after multiple clean-up efforts. Mike B suggested taking Aleve, which I did tonight, only mine had an unusual spelling: TANQUERAY. I'm sure it's the same painkiller. No physical activity for me tomorrow; hopefully the soreness passes quickly as I ready for Li'l Rhody next Sunday.