I'm here, I'm here, I'm here!
That was a long stretch of radio silence I had going there...yikes! But have no fear, I'm still running, albeit in a much more watered down version.
Ah, winter, it has officially, totally arrived.
In the wee hours of the morning on December 4th, Geof and I emerged from the warmth of the Double Door, after witnessing a seriously amazing show by my brother's band, How Far to Austin, to find that the city was hushed by a thin layer of fluffy white snow...oh glorious winter!! My ears were shot from standing practically IN the speakers for much of the night, so stepping outside into the snow was positively deafening. And beautiful. Old man winter was making his presence known.
This morning was our first truly frigid and wintry run, and it was great. I felt a little like a fish out of water; the cold is so much earlier than last year it seems. We bundled up, unsure of what to expect once we got outside. The temperature read 12 degrees, with a windchill factor of -2. Yowza! Since I am paralyzed with fear when it comes to ice these days, I opted to wear my trusty Sporty Cats, the originals, and just go into rigor mortis as soon as I saw any patches of anything resembling ice before proceeding along the path behind Geof. I really don't want another spill!
We opted to stay on the upper section of the path, and it was mostly free of ice patches, save for a few sketchy random spots. Somehow I managed to stay upright :) We squeezed out five glorious miles, misfired snot frozen on my cheeks and my mouth frozen in a smile. As uncomfortable as bitterly cold running can be, it sure is rewarding. Kinda makes you feel like a rockstar.
Though, I'd be lying if I said I wish I were training for a hundo in this weather :-) Geof and I were just picking the training up right about this time last year, getting ready for Rocky Raccoon 100M. I had a dream over the weekend that we were running Leanhorse 100. Hmmm, interesting.
I'm looking forward to breaking my fear of ice this winter. Or at least acquiring a pair of Yaktrax to make it slightly less paralyzing. The ol' screw shoes will certainly make a few appearances as well.
I love snow :)
2013 Races & Wishlist
Moab's Red Hot 55k (UT - Feb 16) 6h:25m:35s (course PR)
Antelope Island Buffalo Run 50M (UT - Mar 23) 8h:47m:24s (4th F, 3rd AG)
BoSho Trail Marathon (UT - April 13) 5h:50m:30s (not last!)
Pocatello 50M (ID - June 1)
Bike MS Utah (UT - June 28-29) (100 mile bike ride)
Speedgoat 50k (UT - July 27)
Jupiter Peak Steeplechase (UT - Aug 3)
Mid Mountain Trail Marathon (UT - Sept 7)