Monday, February 27, 2006

Cold Weekend

Friday was a rest day, so I did an ab workout and about 20 minutes of rowing. Nothing much.

Saturday was scheduled to be a recovery/easy run. As it was starting to snow, I headed out to Fresh Pond. It was a bit cold, but apart from getting snowflakes in my eyes (forgot my sunglasses), it was quite a nice run. Fresh Pond was frozen over in places and so the snow-covered ice contrasted with the water. It was a nice easy-paced 4 mile run. I should have written a haiku after that run.

Sunday was absolutely frigid! OK, it just felt that way to me. I went out for my medium-long run around 8:00 a.m. and it was about 15F with a wind chill of 0F (wind gusts dropped the wind chill to -4F). I was OK for the first 6 miles, but I knew I was going to pay big time. I could feel the wind at my back all the way out along the Charles River to the Science Museum. Just after the Longfellow Bridge, I passed a large group of runners going the opposite direction (against the wind). They looked miserable. Once I turned back and headed West on the Boston side of the river, I felt their pain. I really could have used a full face mask/hood. (I have one, I just didn't think it was quite that cold. It was.) I was wearing a shirt with sleeves that pull over your hands, and I was wearing gloves underneath the sleeves. But after 6 or 7 miles, the sweat from my hands, wicked away by the gloves, froze on the sleeves. Yeah, the ends of my shirt sleeves were frozen solid. I kept trying to pull my shirt collar up around my face (it wouldn't stay). Also, as it had snowed several inches the day/night before, I was wearing my Yak-traks. So there was additional effort in trudging through snow. I was quite tired after 14 miles and when I finally got home I discovered a rather large sweat icicle hanging from my hair, and my cap was frozen to my hair! That was a new one.

The miserable run did not provide one of those zen moments, so no haiku today. But I did complete the entire week's scheduled workouts -- 40 miles total.

Monday was a rest day. Again, I did an ab workout and rowed for about 20 minutes. Tomorrow should be a little bit warmer, and I'll be back out on the roads.

C-Ya

1 Comments:

Blogger craig said...

That's dedication. Congratulations on getting the miles in. Purchased The Lore of Running and it has been tremdously helpful. Thanks for the recommendation.

2/28/2006 12:55 AM  

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