Friday, February 26, 2010
The forecast is for a nice beautiful weekend, could mean so many things, but I think it is going to mean that the mukluks are done for the season. Unless it is -2oC I don't see them out for a run again.The mukluks have been fantastic this winter and they are still my winter boot, although for running I think I need a smaller pair. The leather has stretched and unless I am wearing my awesome thermal socks, the left boot wants to come off. So maybe for next winter I will finally find someone to teach me how to make a pair!
Back to being apprehensive.... this will be my first minimal shoe half marathon, my first winter (crazy people) half marathon, and the lead run into the next level of training for a full marathon.
The week before last we celebrated our running of new distances with cake and schnapps, as we carried ourselves through a 14-15 miler! Did I mention that later that day we met up with another crowd and G ran another 3 miles, as I walked 2. (did I mention we are crazy?) Moving onto new distances and being grateful that I have been able to get this far is so totally incredible. (this is where I have to give God the credit because I'm not of the belief that I am able to do all this myself!)
I am looking forward to what lies ahead, and am anticipating some great learning experiences as I get to travel a new road. This is where another pocket of apprehension lies, the unknown. Exciting and overwhelming, yet...? Who knows......., let's stick with exciting!
So I am wishing all those out Sunday morning for the half marathon a great day. Enjoy the run!
Monday, February 22, 2010
We plan to run 17ish miles across Lake Winnipeg in a few weeks where there may or may not be any supplies for the runners. Last Sunday I made Gatorade cubes in anticipation of this upcoming event. It seemed like a good idea seeing as our water freezes up anyway and figured I can pack a lot of cubes in the pack. The consensus was they should be about 1/4 size of a regular ice cube. I think it should work ok as long as we aren't hypothermic. And we shouldn't become hypothermic unless we get lost or left behind, so it's unlikely. Right?
Please. Someone reassure me!
Sunday, February 21, 2010
scientific research have both come to the conclusion that a period of enforced rest before racing significantly increases the athlete's level of fitness and boosts his performance by an average of 3%. For marathon runners three per cent boils down to being about 5-10 minutes faster over their racing distance. http://ezinearticles.com/?Running-Advice---The-Importance-of-Tapering&id=484591
Many runners fail to realize that one of the most important aspects of marathon training
is the taper phase. Reducing weekly and long run mileage during these final two weeks is vitally important so that you will be fully recovered from previous workouts while at the same time, be completely rested for the big event. http://www.marathontraining.com/marathon/m_taper.html
So this is all I need to convince myself that today's run was still considered acceptable and that I can continue on with the long distances. I enjoyed the articles above knowing that the professionals do this as well. Although I'm not as worried about timing as I am working on distance, with a realization that there are time limits to the runs that I would like to do. So this week I am going to take some of this advice and attempt some shorter runs at a higher intensity (intervals I believe) to see how this helps me next week.
And with all that being said...... Check out this sunrise!
Have a fantastic day!
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Monday, February 15, 2010
Another mile and a half and we get to the trail we were looking for. On our way to Fort Whyte! I have to say that I have been wanting to run some trails to see what that is all about, and after this run, I see the differences! The road running is way more predictable. Trail running, and this was only a small taste of what is out there, varries in texture, windchill, sunshine, wildlife..... and the list will go on as I discover more.
We are imagining that this is what running across a lake is going to look like>
A vast expanse with poles as markers along the way to mark a trail.
Seeing wildlife (at a safe distance) always makes me smile. There really are a couple of deer in the trees, although they had no interest in the local paparazzi!
Next it is time for a stop. A snack, as G is great at proving motivation for getting somewhere. Yes, that is cake!
Some more sights. Neat to see the bison!
Then heading home, stopping for the morning coffee on the way!
So on to train more this week so that next Sundays adventure will bring us more memories to add to our journey.
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
G and I have been looking into and dreaming about the marathon distance and further.... So here we go. We have heard about a run that is about 30km, which works into about a 20 miler. Sounds like a great training run for some distance building. So I decided that we should start some serious distance building this week. I am building in some shortcuts into our long run in case there is a need, but that is after the 10 mile marker. This 20 miler is at the end of March so I believe we can work up to it with confidence, as we are running a half distance in two weeks.
So I will see you all on Sunday morning, let me know your thoughts on a 16 miler starting at 6am! (besides, I haven't had a lesson in humility for about 2 weeks now...)
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
This routine works for me:
0C to -20ish with cleared pathways:
Thin layer of socks, Gortex socks, followed by wool thicker socks. Swim shoes.
-25ish ( depends on the windchill) and Colder OR running in lots of snow without cleared paths:
swimshoes inside a big pair of socks, mukluks ( so they fit better). Take a big piece of leather lace and wrap it up the calf of the mukluk to prevent pom poms from moving around, and reinforces the mukluk from slipping down the calf.
Wet Weather +2ish:
When your run consists of constantly running through puddles from all the melting snow, running shoes are best. They elevate your foot giving you a better chance of staying dry. Don't forget the Gortex socks. This kind of weather doesn't usually last long so in a few days you can be back to running free again.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
- G has received a ribbon for third place in her category for the frost bite run! Congratulations!! (I guess I had better get my but in gear!)
- I realized last night that there are only two weeks left until the Hypothermic half! (I guess I had better get my but in gear!)
- Upon waking up earlier than one should I could not return to sleep, even though I tried desperately to ignore the running gear calling out to me. It has been too long and life has been terribly busy, but for some insane reason I woke up early.... (I guess I had better get my but in gear!)
- I guess I have to note that there was NO windchill this morning. (I guess I had better get my but in gear!)
So I got my but out there.
Now it's time to get in some serious mileage. I'm not sure what that would be but there are only so many hours in a day and I've been unable to add the miles I would like, so here it goes......
- Back to the training plan. (must find that plan)
- Back to trying to get to bed early enough to get up early in the morning.
- Back to eating well enough that I can run whenever the opportunity presents itself.
Can't wait to see you out there.