Wednesday, December 06, 2006


What happened to my so called fitness? It's only the 2nd week of the new training regime and already my old body is throwing up little warning signals or is it more like the white flag of surrender? Perhaps a little exaggeration there but I'm not looking forward to the rest of the week's plan of attack. There are no real injuries or specific sore muscles but just a general tired feeling where it's even a bit of an effort to just sit and you just want to lie down and go to sleep. Now there's a good idea!

Schedule for the week: 2:45+, rest, 90, 60 completed and 60,120, 60 to go with no specific paces yet, just time on my feet and miles on the body.

You've already heard about the long cold run and our failed attempt to turn Marc into a popsicle. My rest day was a nice break and I had no desire to run all day until... later in the day we had our 1st snowfall. I love to get out in the fresh snow but was able to resist today and instead just took a few pictures of the winter wonderland.
It was getting dark but you get the idea.
Here's a shot of our fish pond with a night light for the fish. It provides just enough heat to keep an air hole melted so they can get the oxygen they need.

Of course the Christmas lights are now on welcoming visitors and friends.

On Tuesday I was able to give my shoes their 1st taste of the snow and salt for the season with a 90 minute jaunt around the golf course followed by a trip around town. It's perfect cushioning when there is a 2-4 inch layer of snow on the grass and with little black ice on the cartpaths there was minimal slipping and sliding around. My only problem was forgetting to bring some water as I got thirsty as the run went on. I need to remember that my runs are getting longer now and water will make the runs a little easier. Total of 11+ miles at 8:20 pace and ended feeling pretty good but just a little tired and thirsty.

I ran today at lunch for an hour and it felt like a 2 hour run. I'm not sure if it was a lack of sleep, not quite 24hr recovery, or lingering dehydration but this was a real slog of a run. Even going slow, slow didn't help the heavy legs to feel any better as I trudged though 7.5 miles at 8:25 pace. It was also a relief that I wasn't facing further humiliation at the hands of the twins today and was able to run quietly on my own. The temperatures were cool but I've now got the layer thing sorted out again and was comfortable in the -8C conditions with a light wind.

Tonite I'm just feeling t-i-r-e-d but nothing a little ice cream and bagels can't fix.

Take care out there!


Andrew said...

Once the fatigue stops increasing, it will level off like background noise. It will be there but you won't pay it mind.

Welcome to the club.

Mark Bell said...

always like your photos!

UMaine Cooperative Extension said...

You're tired. That's good. And it will become just as Andrew describes.

Is there nothing that ice cream and bagels won't make better?

Still waiting for the snow here in the foothills. Passed a lot of folks this morning that were heading up the mountain to ski.

[rich] said...

Lovely pictures :-) It's just wet,cold and windy over here :-(

Jamie Anderson said...

Great job on the run, and also the picture taking. I can't wait for the first real snow. At least our lakes are starting to ice over though.

Love2Run said...

I'm looking forward to the leveling off. Today was a better day but more on that later. Glad you folks like the pictures.

Phil said...

There is something magical about the first two photos. Thanks for sharing.

Sounds like you're tired. You are still running great!

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