Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Drag days of winter

I never thought you'd hear this come from me but this stupid winter is for the birds!! In the last week we've had 2 snowstorms, there have been 3 snow days for Andrew and the temperature has barely improved one iota. Yuck! And the slippery, slushy roads are driving me crazy too.

Positive note: received my confirmation acceptance card from the BAA today. (55 days to go)

Back to the rant, Sunday's long run was a slog fest from the get go. It was snowing when I started and snowing when finished but it did let up during the run. On the positive side it wasn't -20C with a crazy windchill and my ipod was charged up with a few podcasts to keep me occupied during the run. Negative side again; roads were very greasy and required the Yaktraxs for the 1st 15 miles of the run. I only took them off during the final push home along the highway as my feet started to complain about being cramped in so much. Anyway 20 miles mostly a steady easy paced run but got very tired over the last few miles. Then literally collapsed on the couch for the rest of the day. Enough said.

On Monday we had another storm here with schools closed and very high winds with blizzard conditions. Work still went on as normal though... so I walked the mile in across the field instead of venturing out with the car. Today with the roads still snow covered and 1/2 plowed I decided to take it easy and use the treadmill option again. It's not necessarily always an easy option but at least you don't have to work about getting hit by snowplows or falling and risking injury. But I did just take it easy with an hour of running at recovery pace.

Hang in there winter runners, only a few more weeks till spring.

9 comments:

Michael said...
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Michael said...

I know it won’t compare, but for what it is worth is snowed here today… so much for an early spring.

Sorry, I had to remove my earlier comment as I ended up with butterfingers and managed to type the word verification into the text of the message, don’t ask!

Mark said...

it is inevitable Spring will be here soon. . .

Jamie said...

Ah, spring. 'Nuff said.

Marc said...

Very nice picture Mike.

Glad to hear you got the long run in on Sunday despite the conditions.

Spring is in the air here in Farmington with sunny skies and 32F!

Hope to see you again soon for another Boyden Lake run.

olga said...

Aw, the birds look so pretty...just like home!

Phil said...

I remember when I first started reading your blog during the warm days of summer. I didn't have a clue what you did during the winter and was anxious to find out. I never imagined that you just worked your way through the brutally cold weather. When I'm complaining about running in 35C conditions this summer, could you remind me about what you went through this winter?

DawnB said...

so it was you and thomas!!!that sent it our way!!!Hang in there Mike it will end!!!

robtherunner said...

I am hoping for one more dose of winter here in the PNW before it is gone for another year. I could use another snow day or two. I hope it clears up for you. You can send it our way.