Friday night we got 4 inches of snow, surprise! I had a 1:45 run on the schedule and the temperature was warm enough I could do it outside. I ran some of it on the local trails. They were treacherous with snow covering rutted ice. I had to go slow and was worried about twisting my ankle. I had to run slow but I was running outside (instead of the dreadmill), it was pretty outside, and I was out of my funk! After some trail running, I ran through several neighborhoods. It was tricky, slippery, but nice to be outside. Then things got interesting. I stepped in a couple ice cold puddles back to back. Brrr! That isn't good. I turned to run home knowing my toes would be frozen by the time I made it back but a funny thing happened. My Smartwool socks warmed my toes back up within a coupe minutes. They were like magic! I kept running. I did stop about 45 minutes in to the run and bought a bottle of water and ate a Gu. My run time was 1:50 and I felt decent.
|The trail that runs past my house|
|A little further down the trail.|
|An old water tower in the older section of town.|
|A new tunnel they are building under a busy street. We are lucky to have such a nice trail system.|
My plan called for a 3 hour ride Sunday. Not only is this the longest ride I've done to date, I did it on the trainer. My plan was to watch a movie for the first 2 hours then TV after that. I also planned to stand on the peddles and stretch my back and calves every 30 minutes, eat every 30 minutes (offset from my stretching by 15 minutes) and take a drink every 15 minutes. I watched Arn, The Knight Templar. It was pretty good. I was worried at first because it wasn't in English at first and I didn't want to have to pay close attention to the movie. It switched to English soon enough, so all was good. Once the movie ended I switched over to Superbowl pre-game. The last 30 minutes were a bit rough so I stretched a few extra times.Overall it was a really good ride. I can't imagine doing it for six or seven hours like people training for Ironman do, but then again, last year I couldn't imagine doing three hour training rides.
I'm a big Steelers fan, so I was a bit disappointed about the game. Congrats to all you Packer fans!