What a run. Never knew it until this weekend but wearing a mask in the state of Virginia is a Class 6 Felony. Oops. Hope they decide fix that because I wore two today! Well, one balaclava and a Buff that worked pretty much like a second mask. It was cold as shit out and I'm thinking I'm finally on board with getting a treadmill. But damn are they expensive!
Anyway, I plodded through the fluffy snow with my hands, nose, and toes frozen. They eventually thawed but my face was still damn cold the entire run. Had some wind (and wind chill) to deal with but I survived. Saw a ton of tracks, animal and human, so it was nice to know I wasn't alone out there.
Oh, and this was my first run post-flu.
Swamp was pretty frozen.
I was pretty frozen.
Somebody wrote HARRY POTTER in the snow. Along with a few smiley faces.
Temps were 16F when I started and warmed to 17F by the end. Winds were light at the start but picked up on the way back to more moderate 15mph to 20mph. Sun was out in full.
Fluids and Fuel:
Pretty much nothing. Had a dentist appointment before my run so I didn't eat breakfast. And I forgot about my spare applesauce in the car so I had no fuel on the run. I did have a bottle of plain water which eventually froze with half a mile to go. Drank most of it before it got to that point but it did make it interesting. Recovery was Hammer Recoverite mixed with water and rice milk.
Aches and Pains:
Chest was on fire from breathing the cold air and from not being able to breathe as well as normal thanks to last week's flu fight. Aside from that and the being cold part, the run was fairly normal. Did have some serious fatigue at the end but that was likely because of the lack of running and lack of fuel.
Wore shorts, pants, shorts, thermal shirt, t-shirt, long sleeve shirt, wind breaker shell, balaclava, winter hat, Buff, Altra Lone Peak shoes, and SmartWool socks. I also wore two pair of gloves. Thankfully the Buff, socks, and wind breaker saved my ass from freezing to death out there. I also took along my cell phone and knife.
Couldn't see it since I was wearing my snowboarding gloves which go way up my arm. But I'm pretty sure it was way too high.
Mile 0.8 - 12:23 (AVG HR 142)
Mile 1 - 14:29 (AVG HR 150)
Mile 2 - 21:02 (AVG HR 157) (includes camera work)
Mile 3 - 14:59 (AVG HR 161)
Mile 4 - 14:54 (AVG HR 159)
Mile 0.8 - 12:19 (AVG HR 150)
Finish - 1:30:22
MIN HR - 76
AVG HR - 154
MAX HR - 180
RHR - 58