Cngratulations! You are getting a nice collection of medals! This particular race should have an extra one for not slipping and falling. Jeez. I walked a quarter-mile in snow/ice/slush just to the train stop and it was treacherous.. and not nearly as cold!
I am relating to your realization about the relationship between getting faster and pain. I just figured out last week how to swim faster, and I'm going to need to do it, but it's going to hurt. Only at first though..
A few weeks back someone from the West Philly Runners told me "it never hurts less, you just get faster" -- which isn't exactly true, but close enough. you keep pushing to that limit and the limit expands but the effort doesn't.
I'm also always amazed at the dudes who run past me full tilt on ice & snow. No idea.
Yay buff! They're awesome. Generally, by the time I'm warm enough to not need it on my face, I'm warm enough to need my hair off my neck and it makes a nice headband.
Did you and Peter perchance high-five when you passed one another?
I failed at my New Year's Resolution, and didn't start the one I had thought to maybe do in February. But I do intent to sit down with my trainer, discuss all the crazy things that may be happening to me in the next year, and come up with A Plan.
We did Hi-5!
As for resolutions, you can start one any day. Make it your Monday resolution.
"This is not a fitness blog, but I just ran 13 miles in the snow" Uphill, both ways, one hopes? (Sorry, I couldn't resist). Well done!
It was flat as a pancake BUT IT WAS IN THE SNOW!!!
Winter is the time that sensible people, as opposed to driven, obsessive runners, go indoors for exercise. We let folks like you enjoy all that snow and slush and cold, and cheerfully give you our entire share of it. Congratulations on the shiny new medal, though. You must have a huge collection by now! Me, I'm looking forward to spring and summer when it's warm enough for big babies, such as myself, to go for long, interesting walks about the town.
Edited at 2014-02-16 11:33 pm (UTC)
the hardcore runner peeps know that running in 15 degree weather is MUCH BETTER than running in 80 degree weather. it's a secret that we keep in order to have the trails to ourselves for three months though.
From your description of layering and warming up as you go, I can well believe that. But you can still have my share!
I'm glad you survived. Dog bombings can be very serious.
Maybe he was busting his ass so hard because a) he has to stay an hour faster than Paul Ryan, who has greater reason to feel personally inadequate than Peter Sagal, b) his runner number was not as palindrometastic as yours.
In all seriousness: please run because you enjoy it. don't work too hard to make your time better, no matter how much you might enjoy bragging about your Sports Related Injuries.
eeek, i don't enjoy it, i enjoy having done it when it's over, but it's not so much fun while you're doing it. going faster means the hurt lasts less time :)
I knew I was getting somewhere the other day when I was jogging because I was tired and didn't want to get out there at all and still did 28 minutes of solid jogging. I haven't been jogging as much because I keep getting horrible itchy rashes from the cold weather (a problem I had when I lived in Minnesota but chalked up to bad water, but now I've noticed the actual trend) and have no idea, as a mostly Southerner, in how to take care of my skin and stay warm while exercising without overdoing it. But, I've also noticed that, as I keep jogging for longer than 20 minutes at a time, that my time is getting better, and I'm traveling farther.
You have arrived at that wonderful and inspirational place which is "no longer beginning".
some cold weather people put vaseline on their exposed skin, but there's probably other stuff that smells not as bad.
I'm not sure how my body would react to Vaseline. I'm kind of allergic to a lot of things that other people are not allergic to. During one bad case at a Halloween event where I was getting paid to scare people, I took off a latex monster hand and found out that my skin was peeling off in the places where my skin was touching sweaty latex. That's how I found out I was allergic to latex! Added scare!
I've always wondered - where do the outer layers & gloves go when runners run & de-layer? Do you drop them & go back later? Was there a sea of clothing around mile four? If you have to go back do you drive or does that defeat the point?
some people bring disposable stuff and toss it when they start. i want to design jacket gromets that will let you lock your jacket to a convenient tree & come back for it later, since i don't have much disposable clothing. but most big races in the winter are littered with clothes along the first quarter mile which are rounded up and taken right back to the thrift stores they just came from. some people make ponchos out of trash bags. some people just gut it out.
Thank you! I've always been curious!