03 February 2008

Cheesy Eastbay Shirts

Remember back in high school, when your team, whatever the sport, had the opportunity to buy some shirt that had a (cheesy) slogan on it like this? Or this? Perhaps this one...truly a classic:



Well, today's run made me think of one of those slogans: "Championships are won in the postseason, but earned in the offseason." That was pretty much the theme of my day--I want to run a BQ in May, and runs like today's will get me there.
I wanted to run faster today, but the conditions weren't conducive to that, yet I stuck it out and had a great run.
My Furgdon schedule called for a 15 miler at an 8:00/mile pace. I had mapped out a 10 mile loop (very hilly) and then a 5 mile loop (also hilly) in the Kettles--a very scenic but challenging area just outside of Plymouth. There wouldn't be much traffic outside of CC skiiers and the roads included some great training hills. I hoped to run the first 10 at the required pace (8 min miles) then pick it up for the last 5 miles, hopefully averaging 7 mins a mile. Then came the weather.
At about 29 degrees, it wasn't all that cold out (I know this is relative!) but there was a constant snow and slippery roads to complicate things. Less than two miles into the run, slipping with every step, I knew I wouldn't be hitting my goal pace. I finished the first loop (10 miles, 1:24, 8:24 pace) and got ready to head out for the second loop hoping to get under 8 mins a mile...
Unfortunately the roads had not improved (probably deteriorated) but despite that I got the last 5.1 miles done in 39:51! My last mile included two serious hills that I've attempted 4 times in the past but never been able to run completely to the top. Today I did! I'm gonna be a little sore, but I really loved every second of the run today, and it's really a shot in the arm moving forward in the training.
Some pictures from today:
Gotta love the Lafumas with the gaiters--comfortable feet all day! This angle was inspired by Keith In Training.

Just tire tracks and my footsteps...

Approaching the final hill. Sure doesn't look like much, but it is, especially without Yak Traks!


I meant to write a lot more about this run as it was fantastic. In retrospect, it seems impossible to really capture the moment in words. I guess I'll keep it as my own little gem, with the understanding that runners will know and have experienced what I've failed to explain here...

Week total: 40 miles

8 comments:

Reid said...

I love runs like that! If you can run like this in the snow and ice, I can't wait to see what you can do when things thaw out a bit!

Jon and Molly said...

WI or AK?...wow...I didn't realize that WI had snow like that. Love the post buddy...wish I was out there with you.

Marcy said...

OMG I am LMAO at the "Girlfriend or Baseball" shirt! My o my!!

Dude, you are freekin hardcore. I have no doubts you'll be BQ-ing. Fo sho homie! ;D

Doug said...

Runs like those are the best. They make you feel really hardcore, as Marcy so kindly put it (stole my words).

I used to have one of those cheesy shirts in highschool. It said "Don't worry, I got you sweatin' so bad nobody can tell that you're cryin'!"

With the words "I got you cryin'" in a different color. It was pretty sweeeeet!

keith said...

You'll be getting more of that white stuff shortly. It's a blizzard here this morning!

Those Lafuma's are cool...seems like they're hard to find, though.

Non-Runner Nancy said...

Oh my, you made me jealous of the run, but so glad you got it. At least someone did. I'm venturing back out today after that stupid joint virus. I'll take half that good and be thrilled. :D

Nitmos said...

Lately, it's been like running on a sandy beach...except it's not sand, it's snow. And that's not a nice refreshing lake but a pool of melted, dirty ice. And that's not a...well, you get the point.

Shilingi-Moja said...

Love the t-shirt but the designer has obviously never run with me on a 70°+ day!