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Saturday, February 17, 2007

More fun in the snow!

As promised, here's what I did after my mini-vacation...

We had an 18 mile training run scheduled for today to train for the Clinton Trail Race, which I also thought would be a good training run for the North Pole Marathon if I end up at that (I should hear about that by Monday). We drove out to Allerton in a steadily falling snow (although nothing nearly as bad as Tuesday's blizzard), and were presented with the following on the trail
Looking out on the Allerton Schroth trail
That's roughly mid-calf deep snow, with a completely ungroomed trail when we started.
A view of the Allerton Schroth trail
The plan was to run 3 loops of the 6 mile trail. The depth and density of the snow disagreed strongly with us on that...

A little over 2 hours after the start, we finished the first loop of the course, and were pretty much done for the day at that point (the loop was described by the organizer, who ran >200 miles at this year's Across The Years, as "pretty damn tough...I don't think anyone considered a 2nd or 3rd loop"), and rather snow encrusted...
Post run icebergs on shoes
We stopped at the Red Wheel for breakfast afterwards, and I had my traditional post-run breakfast (The Shea-Stack - three buttermilk pancakes, no butter, with three eggs over-easy sandwiched in the pancakes)
The Shea-stack special

The wind had picked up a bit by the time we left the restaurant, and conditions on the road were not great on the way back home. About half way back to Champaign, the truck I was in decided that the day would be more exciting if we spun around a couple times on the highway, ending up in the middle of the median, pointing in the opposite direction to our intended travel, in snow deep enough that I had trouble getting my door open to get out. The other car of runners was a few minutes behind us, so they were able to stop and help us get dug/pushed out. The unpleasant (and somewhat amusing in retrospect) part was the fact that I was standing directly behind one of the back wheels pushing, which resulted in
  1. being repeatedly pelted with snow/ice in a very sensitive place
  2. looking like this by the time we were doneGrrr

Came home, took a hot bath, and now I'm resting up for tomorrow's cycling time trial

Update: Kathleen just pointed out that I left out how I felt about today's run (probably due to focusing on the epic nature, and my run-in with the snow goblins flinging snowballs at my crotch)...I had a blast - do I wish I'd gotten 18 miles in? Of course I do, but I had a great time on the run, and can't complain about it as training for the North Pole Marathon, that's for sure.

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Monday, January 29, 2007


That's the only way I can describe my day yesterday - 5.5 mile training run @ 8:20 pace, very cold and windy. The wind chill during my run was -3F. And the scary thing is, I had a blast! The only complaint that I really have is not so much due to my glasses fogging over from the face mask as much as said fog then freezing solid on my glasses

Last weekend is best described as epic...Saturday, I ran one loop of the course for the Clinton Lake Ultramarathon - 10 very hilly miles, in pretty cold weather (not nearly as cold as yesterday, but at the finish of the training run, I saw someone with a sizable icicle hanging from one of his sideburns). Ended up finishing the run at about a 10:40 pace, which put me at the front of the mid-pack or the back of the front-runners. Grabbed a quick breakfast (my new traditional post-training/race breakfast - 2 pancakes, no butter, no syrup, with 2 over-easy eggs sandwiched inside). Rested up for most of the rest of the day, devoured the entirety of a large vegan pizza (I recently discovered that Papa John's will make a pizza with no cheese), and slept like a baby. The following day, I set a new PR for the 10k flat indoor time trial at Champaign Cycle I got my time down to 17:30, shaving 21 seconds off my previous PR, and increasing my average wattage to 255!

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