Monthly Archives: January 2009

Faster

Another treadmill workout for me today, as we got about 2 inches more of snow and it’s still coming down. I drove by the high school track today, to scout it out for a potential long run on Sunday, and it’s untouched! Nobody has been out on it! That might be to my advantage, spend a few laps getting a path beat down in the snow, and then get some miles in!

Back to the treadmill. I walked a mile, and noticed that I was able to walk a bit faster than my normal speed. Hmm. Is the interval treadmill work helping? I’m noticing when I push it, at a pace faster than I normally go at, bumping up the pace doesn’t adversely affect me.
So I did some interval/incline preprogrammed work on the treadmill, then walked another mile. 15.11 for me. Now, that may be really slow for you, walking, but that’s been at a speed where my short little legs (29 inch inseam) has had to break into a trot. Am I improving my leg turnover? Is this endless treadmill season being beneficial to me? It seems like, YES!!!

Quilt

Isn’t this awesome? My mom made this for me, a combo Christmas/birthday present!!

45 minutes of various interval programs on the treadmill for me today.

Chilly Run

Today was supposed to be a 20 mile run at Lake Park, on the bike trail, in Coshocton, the town that I work in. As I loaded up my vehicle with my supplies, I noticed my sidewalk was pretty icy, since it was back to 20 degrees. I threw my trail shoes with the screws in at the last moment-smartest move of the day.

When I got to Lake Park, I switched immediately to the trail shoes. While the bike trail was pretty free of snow, all that water from the awesome warm day of Friday had frozen, making patches of ice all over the trail. If I hadn’t had my trail shoes the run would have been impossible.
There was one person walking their dog when I started, and then I had the park to myself, just me and the ducks.
I started out in a windshirt and a knit cap. By one four mile rotation through the trails, I was sweating. I stopped at the vehicle and removed the windshirt and cap. I started up the trail again and got right into some wind, and then went back to the vehicle and added another long sleeve shirt. That seemed a little better.
As I ran endless rounded in Lake Park, changing up the course, I reflected I’ve become a little mentally tougher with repetitive routes. In my training for my first ultra, a 50K in 2004, I ran almost exclusively here in Lake Park. I became sick to death of the place and would dread doing the same loops over and over. Now, I just simply deal with it. It doesn’t really bother me to do the same route again and again. It’s just another thing to deal with, if you don’t make it a big deal, it won’t become a big deal and a detriment to training. Lake Park is a good, safe place to run at, especially when the bike trail is clear.

This was interesting. (And I didn’t spot it on the previous 3 runs past it.)

This big black bird, motionless in the tree. A crow. How did it die? In the tree? Yes, it’s stuck up there in the tree. Natural causes? Did it hit a plane? Was it an old crow and just it’s time to go?

I wasn’t running as fast as I wanted to. The icy sections were slowing me down. There is a bridge that I use to cross the Walhonding River, which was about six inches of pure rutted icy. This was a walking section through here!

(bridge in warmer days)

As I continued my run, I checked my watch and saw I wasn’t going to get my 20 miles in my allotted time for the run, and I decided one last loop out past the softball fields and I would call it good. Although the temperature was about 20 degrees F, the wind was really nippy. My upper arms were really cold for some reason. I didn’t want to lose my core temperature to the wind though, and stopped at 13 miles. A good workout in the cold temperatures. I’m really looking forward to spring!

Mood Enhancement!!


I don’t know if the temperatures got this high or not, but it was still in the 40’s when I exited the hospital promptly at three thirty. To my surprise lots of snow was gone. I was happy to see the bike trails at Lake Park were actually bare. I made the decision to do my long run there on Saturday instead of the high school track as planned.

I ran a mile on the bike trail, then crossed the road and got back on my beloved little trail!! In the first thirty feet, I scared up three deer that were bedded down not two feet off the trail. They didn’t go far. In fact, one deer was lame, and only hobbled about ten feet away from me. Of course I didn’t bring my camera on this run!

On this side of the hill, the snow was melted off more. I scared up six more deer as I climbed up toward the golf course. Then, as I rounded the hill, I was then on the north side, with considerable more snow fall. This was actually hard to walk uphill in. The snow was very slippery, and I really had to dig in.

I cross the golf course, which is on the top of the hill. I paused and looked around. The sun was shining at this moment; not a soul around. The white golf course was only marred by the hundreds of little deer trails criss-crossing the course. I savored this beautiful midwinter moment, grateful for the respite from our two weeks of cold.

I haven’t been on this trail since November. There were several huge tree blowdowns. Some had been cleared from the trail, others I had to detour around.
The biggest detour was around a bridge. A bridge had been built across a very steep ravine. A tree had uprooted and crashed down the hill, taking the bridge with it. I had to do a careful crawl through some mud to get across the ravine. A bridge down doesn’t stop a trail runner!!

This was a greatly needed run. Although I had just run a 50K trail on Sunday, that seemed like so long ago. Maybe it was also the warmer temps today that really put a great spin on this run!

Cross Training!


Finally my husband deemed the pond frozen through for me to skate on. This was the first time I’ve been on skates in 12 years or longer.
The first steps were kind of wobbly, but I quickly got the rhymthn back. I didn’t accomplish skating backwards; I could kind of do it, but need a little more time on the skates for that.
The triple axel will have to wait until next week.

Buckeye Trail 50K Report-Life is Good

I woke up at 315 am-“this was a dumb idea”. The dumb idea was getting in some extra miles before the 50K race. Of course, staying in the nice warm bed was the good idea..but I was out the door by 430am. On the radio, Joe Walsh came on singing “Life is Good” and was back to ready to get on the trails.

I got started about five am. I started on the Pine Lane Loop because I knew that trail better. A few more inches of snow had fallen, but not enough to really change the trail conditions. The trail was well covered and rutty. I knew the trail would evolve over the course of the day due to the temps and the hundred or so intrepid runners out there.

We had gotten *lucky* and the race started in the 20’s, and it didn’t move from there. I ran the Pine Lane Loop and almost got back to the Boston Store for the start of the race. As I ran through the line I was about five minutes past starting time. I started down the “easier” loop (The Brandywine Falls) and tried to catch up with the 50K runners. I wasn’t sure how long this loop was.

The runners started to come back at me, Dave Peterman in the lead with a close pack just a few minutes back. I whipped out my camera to snap some pics of everybody while everyone was still fresh!

I never did catch the 50K runners, and headed back to Pine Lane. On this loop the aid station was open (I was too early on my early start) and I shot the breeze for 5 or 10 minutes with Bob, who owns property down my way. Then I decided I really should get down the trail!

As the day went on I saw more and more tired faces out there. The very slow trail conditions were tiring; the trail was uneven, you really had to watch your feet. I realized my neck was very stiff and my back was stiff. I tried to straighten and not hunch over so much, but I was still trying to get the best possible tracking.

As I hit the Brandywines Fall AS for the second time, I realized I wasn’t going to be able to get any extra miles in. With the time limit of 430pm, I would be good to get another Pine Lane Loop in, and that would be my 50K!

As I was heading back toward the Boston Store, Dave Peterman passed me, going in for his win. Then, just a few minutes back, was my neighborhor, Gabe Rainwater, chasing Dave down!

There was few folks left on the trail. Some would stop at the marathon mark; others I knew would go on for their 50K race.

I felt good out here on this run. I ate well and hydrated. I really wasn’t too tired nor did my ankles ache as bad as they did on the Buckeye Trail two weeks ago.

I finished up and got my AWESOME finisher’s jacket and some equally awesome chili!

Big Thanks to Tanya Cady for another well run and organized and caring race. Thank you to all the great volunteers for giving us their day and staying out in the cold weather all day!

I have some good pics to upload, I will get to them tomorrow!!