Thursday, January 24, 2013


Time and distance are approximate but close enough. Went out in this ungodly cold weather to freeze my kibbles and bits and it turns out my cheeks and nose were the cold body parts. Thanks to a tip I read online, I was reminded that my summer shorts work great for adding another layer to keep my manhood warm while still providing some airflow to keep my legs cool. Lesson learned. Layers work.

Anyway, I was all alone out there today and was reminded, gently, that I really need to start letting people know where the hell I'm going to go for a run. And when I'll be back. It's not like I think I'm invincible, I just don't feel like bothering people with boring crap like "I'm going to run here" and "I'm done running." But, seeing all those pointy roots and rocks in below freezing weather reminds me that one tiny slip can send me into a world of hurt. One of these days I'll grow a brain stem.

If you look closely at the driftwood in the water, there's ice on it.

Temps were about 25F. It may have warmed to 30F but I doubt it. Winds were a steady 15 to 20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. The sun was out but you felt no heat from it.

Fluids and Fuel:
Pre-run fuel was yogurt, oatmeal, and half an iced coffee for breakfast. That was followed by a 40 minute nap. During the run I had just a bottle of plain water. After the run I skimped on the recovery until I got home where I had leftover orzo salad, vegan chili, two slices of pizza, and an iced latte.

Aches and Pains:
My cheeks and the area right under my nose was freezing by the time I finished. I didn't realize how cold it was until I started to warm up and those areas began to hurt. Not a good sign. But nothing fell off so I guess I'll survive.

Wore RUEZ underwear, tights, and shorts over that. Wore a thermal shirt, short-sleeve shirt, and my Brooks windbreaker. Wore gloves, hat, and neck gaiter (which eventually became a second hat). Wore my new Altra Superior shoes (nicknamed BOOGER).

Codename - Booger
I have so damn many shoes, it's hard to keep them all straight on DailyMile. I halfheartedly gave nicknames to my first pair of Altras (my silver Instincts were Spaceman Spiff shoes) and another pair (my black Instincts were Vader Haters). But I never put much heart into it. Until my latest batch came through when I decided my green Superiors would be formally known as BOOGER. My new Instincts will be SILVER STREAK. Makes it so much easier to keep track of that way.

I'm not bothering with them. But I did try very hard to run UP the hills I ran today. It felt like I was flying up them despite being slow as fuck.
Finish - 52:15

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