attempting to get in miles while fighting my schedule and an impending snow storm means i had to run 10 miles today split between 3 separate runs.
3 miles in the morning followed by a 2 mile lunch run and 5 more while odin was at hockey practice in the evening.
felt great ( could have done 20 if only more time ), but i can’t figure out if this is 10 miles the easy way or the hard way
i haven’t made an official decision yet, but part of me is thinking about running an ultramarathon. and to do that i’ve got to get back up to running 40-50 miles a week which is a little rough with my schedule. so, i’m sneaking in runs when i can which is why i’m going for my third run of the day at 8pm in a hotel after traveling to minneapolis and eating dinner
i woke up this morning and part of me didn’t want to go for a run and whined about it being too cold and windy.
soooooo, my jerk face running brain took over and said, “fiiiiiiiiiiine. it’s not too cold and windy ON A TREADMILL! FOR 10 MILES!”
after about 7 miles the view actually becomes quite meditative.
the weather forecast called for 0.5″ of ice followed by rain, but what fell last night was mostly sleet.
now, with 30F temps, it makes for a sloppy, soaking, cold mess of a 6 mile run even if i try to stick to running in tire tracks on the side streets.
i’ve learned the hard way that these conditions are just right for a slip and fall after your feet get a good soaking in icy water, start to go numb and your shoes get sleet packed into the treads.
and to make matters worse, i have to run the last mile on top of this crap that the snow plows kicked over onto the sidewalk. it’s 4-6 inches of slippery, semi-compacted sleet.
fun times when your legs are tired and your feet are numb and there’s traffic coming at you at 45mph 😢
thankfully, innumerable slips but no falls!
most days i can’t remember what i had for breakfast, but drop me in a dozen locations around the country and i can remember half mile markers for runs even if i haven’t run the route in years. here’s one on a 5 mile route.
note the green grass on december 26th in grand rapids, michigan. very unusual!
frida so, so, so, soooooo very much enjoys running with me, especially as the temps get colder. she can easily do 10 mile and under runs and gives me a “wait – what? we’re stopping?” look every time ( no surprise really since malamutes frequently make best running breeds lists ). i’m pretty sure she could easily do a marathon. it makes me wonder what sort of training regime she’d have to do to not get injured.
i don’t want to check a bag so i have to fit everything in a carry-on. but packing layers for cold/rainy running weather crowds out the space for street clothes. hi. ho. i have my priorities and am thankful that i work for a company where i can wear the same outfit for four days and nobody will think less of me