Yesterday at the office I had a backpack with runnning stuff waiting for the moment I finished with my last patient. I was going to change and head up to the high school and run in circles at a fast pace (3 miles, 5:45/mile).
As I started to change, I checked my voicemail to hear Ellie was just heading out to shovel the driveway (yep, it snowed again). Obviously, if I want to have any chance of winning such a prestigious award, I cannot allow my wife to shovel our driveway on her own. So much for the high school.
After spending about 5 minutes getting my door un-frozen in the parking lot (and falling flat on my you know what), I was home.
After using 20 minutes of shoveling as my warm up and then actually warming up with a cup of hot cocoa, I did 3 10-minute Lactate Thresholds on the Treadmill, at a pace of 5:45/mile. It felt great not only to run fast, but also to sweat. I even increased the grade to 5% on the last set, then brought it down .5% after every minute, for ten minutes. What a run!
Edit: I ran another 4 on the treadmill tonight (2/19), sweating profusely, finishing in 27:10.