Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Let It Snow!

I set out for my boring 16 miler Monday afternoon around 3pm.  I did two 8 mile loops around town.  I stopped halfway to use the bathroom at home.  I considered ending my run then, but that would have been inexcusably lame.  To spice it up a bit, I did my second loop the opposite direction (wild and crazy).  Ten of those miles were supposed to be at Marathon Race Pace.  I finished the run in 2:13:13, an 8:16 pace.  My pace for my last marathon (Mohawk Hudson River) was 8:17 so I'm thinking I did this last run overall too fast.  I need to slow it down a notch.

We had a little snowstorm yesterday on my day off.  Whoo hoo!  Oh, but today wasn't a day off... boo! I wore my Uniqlo heattech turtle neck, an Old Navy thermal shirt, my Avalanche pullover, my Mizuno leggings, and my Yaktrax over my sneaks.  I didn't bring my iPhone because it was 10 degrees out and I didn't want to break it.  It was chilly, but I warmed up after the first mile.  I ran on the streets if they were packed down with snow, otherwise I took to the sidewalks which were mostly shoveled.  Early on a man shoveling laughed when he saw me approach.  He shook his head and said, "You're crazy."  I agreed with him.  Around Mile 4 another man clapped and said "Die hard!  Nice!"  I would be lying if I said I didn't feel like a total bad ass.  I enjoyed listening to the crunch of snow under my feet with each footfall.  The scenery was a beautiful winter wonderland.  My only complaint was that my face felt frozen throughout.  I didn't see any other runners, which is unusual in my town.  I didn't incorporate the scheduled 10 x 100 speed work because of the ice.  I finished my 8 miles (no time) feeling completely invigorated.  Antarctica, here I come!  (wink wink) (not really)

Yaktrax:  Yes, I think I put my left one on inside out.
So what?!




12 comments:

  1. BAD F'ing ASS!!!!
    I am not worthy ::bowing low::

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    1. You're chock full of bad assery, as well. You're out there in crazy weather, too! On hills. At the butt crack of dawn.

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  2. You are so hardcore! I didn't get a run in at all yesterday but I did manage to walk three miles in NYC before wiping out on the sidewalk near Times Square. I could have used YakTrax. Anything would have been better than black Oxfords. I slammed my elbow but miraculously, no damage.

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    1. Yikes! First of all, how were you walking the streets during the actual storm? Did Elmo or Cookie Monster help you up? Thank God you didn't break anything! I like my Yaktrax. I went out again today in icier conditions and they worked great.

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    2. I'd almost reached Penn when I hit a patch of ice. I wish one of those creepy giant muppets were there to break my fall.

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    1. Seriously? It's pretty the first day, then I'm done. I'm much rather be running in 70 degrees.

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  4. Haha - this is GREAT! I went out for a short run on snow day in DC and people were giving me strange looks. It wasn't until I passed a fellow runner I felt so monstrously bad ass! Good work :)

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    1. Ya know it! Don't mess with us!

      (Thank you.)

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  5. OMG, I live in Long Island as well and I have pics of myself running after the 2 snowstorms and it is crazy how cold it was! Just in case you want to see my blog is runnermamablogger.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks for sharing your blog! I saw the pictures. When will it end? Ugh. Spring can't come soon enough!

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