Friday

My Run for November 28

Trailside Selfie
Running outside has become a habit this summer but it hasn't always been that way. Until this Spring I'd been running only indoors on a treadmill. My weight, I felt, was always too heavy to risk injury by putting the miles on the road. That's what I'd tell people anyway. That's the official reason. The real reason I lingered on the treadmill so long is a much deeper subject. Lets just say that sometime around April, 2014 (after 8 months of training and a forty lb weight loss) I decided it was time to run outside. If I were to be successful with my goal of running two sprint-distance triathlons in the summer of 2014 I would need to get right with the road. And I did. I ran, and ran well, all summer. 
Now I have a new problem - cold. Not so much cold but cold and wind. The combination is beating me up. Despite the lack of winter running gear, I'm fighting to stay outside. Not so much because of my mental toughness, but out of a strenuous desire not to return to the treadmill. 
Today was a great six mile run in the Canal Ponds Park. The temperature is 28 degrees F with winds of 10 mph. Not bad overall, but brutal when running in the open areas. I'm wearing all recycled gear (except for my new Saucony Ride 7's) that includes a long sleeve 1/4 zip polypro shirt, a tech shirt over that, then an old full zip up fleece (complete with burn holes from years of camping). On the bottom we have a pair of lycra pants (20+ years old) and wind pants. A pair of army surplus wool gloves, an old hat, and sunglasses. 

Cold but good for the mind and body

Wednesday

My Run Today

Today was one of those runs that makes all the training and goal setting worth every minute. That's important because the last few weeks haven't gone too well and I needed a good session.
Todays run almost didn't happen...a cold, misty rain started to fall as I walked out the garage door. My wife was leaving for the store at the same time and gave me a supportive "do it anyway" grin. 

There I was, sporting my new Sauconys, shorts, hat and gloves, and an old zip up fleece over a tech shirt - looking more like I just crawled out of a clothing donation bin than a runner. I'm used to it. 

I clicked "start workout" on my iPhone app starting the thirty-second countdown...pulled on my gloves and walked to the street...5, 4, 3, 2, 1 - and synced my watch to the app and started running. By now the rain had mixed with ice pellets that stung my cheeks and made me blink as they hit my eyelashes. I kept on going. The wind started up and blew the freezing rain in my face. Within a few minutes I couldn't feel my legs...keep going.  

How far am I going to run today? No clue, just decided to run until I decide to stop. I need a good workout to get out of a bit of a slump. I've been paying the price for increasing milage too fast and not replacing shoes when I should have. 

Running with music helps sometimes. I amazed at how my iPone knows what to play. Todays "random" selections came from U2, The Clash, Adam and the Ants, and Van Halen. I can imagine how I must have looked: running dressed as I was, in the snow, and singing. It was at that point that I realized how fast I was going and how well I was running...and how thankful I was for being able to do it. Mile one, then two a little faster. Feeling great at 3, strong at 4. Decided to push a little on mile 5 and 6. Nearly sprinted the last half mile. Finished 6.5 miles with a smile. 

Monday

A Morning Tempo Run

Took off for a scheduled 5.5 mile tempo run along the Eire Canal in Greece, NY. Stiff winds cut through my shirt and staight into my chest. The first mile was a hard one. Later, with the wind at my back, I eased into pace. MapMyFittness app hicuped at some point and lost some data - kind of a bad news, good news occurance. Not having miles and pace dictated provided a certain freedom. 

I turned the music off in favor of the rhythm of my stide and breathing. The miles sailed on by. I could "feel" my pace. 

Let your legs run and your mind run free...