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Yesterday at the track, today rest

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Yesterday before procrastination set in . I wanted to wait for the sun to burn off clouds before I left but I I layered up and headed out into the cold fog On the way after a mile and a half the sun broke through. It quickly got warm and I tied my jacket around my waist. As I neared the track I saw a couple of runners doing their rounds, I filed in behind them. One of them was going really fast, though I did get to pass him on a straight. He returned the favor several times passing me effortlessly.

My workout felt good. I did 2 miles of straights & curves which worked out to 16 HR intervals for the sprints on the straights. I did them all strong up to the last lap (though I was fading at the end). My HR was pretty high for the intervals but I was able to get it down to 144ish on the way back. I ran the canyon hoping for no mud. There wasn’t much on the trails, pretty dry for the most part.

Oh, I almost forgot. I wore my other new pair of shoes for the run (Asics gel kayano 16), again breaking the golden rule of doing a short break-in run first. They were also 2E, which I have never done before. I always thought I might want to try a wide shoe thinking my feet might like the extra room (especially on the side I wear my lift). They were actually reasonably snug and I think I like the wider shoe so far.

I had lots of work today and it just made sense. Made it a rest day. My mileage is pretty high for the week already – 18 mi. I’ll do at least 14 more before Sunday is done.

Cold runs

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

As is typical for the winter runner, I have been trying hard to get my runs in with the cold weather. Last year the coldest day I ran featured temperatures of 22 degrees F. Pretty darn chilly. The cold air is hard on the lungs and even tougher on my skin, particularly my lips.

Here is my typical running wear for those extra cold days:
Lip balm
Regular running shirt followed by a cold-weather long sleeve
Heavy log sleeve insulated running shirt
Tyvek-like running jacket
Balaclava (or bandanna for slightly less cold days) topped with my running cap
Compression shorts topped with running tights and finally my running shorts
I am still wearing ankle socks, cold ankles seem to have less issue with injury but I hear wool socks are great as well (my running partner swears by hers)
Gloves (plus wind shell if windy or extra cold)
Beard

All this makes for a pretty large load of laundry after only a few runs, price we pay for insanity eh?

I haven’t had an issue with the cold air this year. Last year I remember dealing with a cough after being sick. The cough would get worse in the cold air and I would find myself having to periodically stop and cough a bit before going on. It got especially difficult when I would stop at corners for traffic, if I kept running it didn’t seem to be an issue. This year I have managed to avoid catching a cold so far and my breathing has been fine. I find that wearing the balaclava and breathing through the material helps, but it is hard to keep doing it especially with foggy glasses.

One of the difficulties I find with NW winter running is frozen puddles especially those hidden under leaves. The dreaded black ice can be treacherous as well. All I can say is watch out for it and make sure you are landing on stable ground.

Running in snow can be interesting. Slow but exhausting as you end up having to high step through it. I tend to avoid it as much as I can, walking through it is enough for me, but I have seen lots of people try it. The quiet serenity of a snow run seems to be worth it.

Running in the cold

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

Last night in a brave attempt to beat the cold and our dwindling weekly runs my running partner and I hit the roads for a six mile evening run. We even unbeknown to either of us, celebrated the holiday season by bedecking ourselves in red and green blinking lights. Off we went to stave away the 22 degree night, me with five upper layers, she with three.

We tried for a slow pace and were successful, ending up doing a 10:10 pace. At about four miles into it as we started to cross the west bridge over the Reed canyon and onto campus. The run started getting tough for me. I have been battling a chest thing that is annoying but hasn’t affected my lower lungs and has allowed me to keep running (except for the last two days). But I kept with it and pushed through. We slowed down a little for our climb past the art dept and through the east field up to Woodstock. Both of us are doing this part stronger now, we have yet to walk any part of it.

So my five layers tonight. I started out with a tight breathable shirt made out of “rubber band” material (as my friend calls it). Good for the cold, bad for public… Then I added a cool max running shirt, then a thin fleece shirt, next my warm weather running shirt. Lastly I wrapped all of this in my running wind jacket, bright orange reflective fabric to aid out holiday display.

Tops weren’t the only layers I had. I considered wearing two sets of tights, but settled for one for which I was really glad as halfway though the run I felt like I had too much on as it was. I only wore one pair of running socks, but my running partner donned two including a wool pair which she really likes for keeping her feet warm. I did layer when it came to my gloves wearing a breathable pair of Manzellas under a wind shell pair. My hands were fine the entire run. For headgear I wore my balaclava and a hat (to which I attached my green blinking light. She wore an ear-warming band and a fashionable buff. We were sufficiently bundled, but I think I had a few too many top layers on. Halfway through I could have easily stripped off the fleece (or left it home) but it was too cold to stop and remove layers to get to it. Next time I need to think more about removal strategy!

We ended our run at a great local restaurant for a drink and dinner partly negating the caloric benefit of our run (the cake I had after I got home really did the damage). Our trip home from Toast was super cold, damp clothes and full bellies adding to the 19 degrees it was by that time. It was a great run, (and I am giggling to myself as I actually type this) a courageous run (maybe outrageous is a better word.) Feels good to brave the extreme cold every once in awhile, but I couldn’t do it everyday.

Did I get up this morning for another? Um, no.