15 January 2009

What a run!


  • -6 degrees Fahrenheit. Not sure what that is in Canadian.

  • 23 mph wind. What is 23 mph in Canadian?

  • A complete distaste for treadmills.

Add them together, and you end up with me dressed like this...






...and end up with me, 10 miles later, looking like this:


I'm not drunk. My eyelids are actually frozen together a bit. This brings my weekly total to 22 going into the marathon this weekend, which is right where I was hoping to be. I'm pretty excited! I am looking to use the indoor marathon as a great barometer for HR training. What HR can I sustain for 3+ hours? I remember reading Adam's post last year about how he knew what kind of HR he could sustain for a certain amount of time going into the Chippewa 50K. Since getting my Garmin 405 at Christmas, most of my runs have been from 155 to 170 (and, by the way, have dropped in time per mile from over 8 to a 7:20 average tonight, despite the conditions). When I had my HR checked last spring, my aerobic threshold was 181, so I'm training pretty close to where I want to. We shall see this weekend!

What else may I see this weekend? A world record, of course! This post shares that the world record for an indoor marathon is 2:44:20...and set in 1909! I find this odd, as Michael Wardian has run a marathon on a treadmill in 2:2o-something.

Anyway, back to my run tonight. You may be thinking, "Ellie seems pretty normal. Outside of the fact she married the goof pictured here and here. Why in the world would she let him run 10 miles outside in those conditions?"

Great question. Answer: she wasn't home! Ha! Ellie had a birthday party to attend and is on her way home as we speak. She was close to not going because The Office is new tonight, and she was going to be pissed that she would miss it and I would get to watch it.

I returned home from my run tonight at 7:58 CST, just in time to flip it on. But did I? Nope. I'm that good of a husband. I decided to wait for her and watch it together over the intertubes. Now she CAN'T be mad at me over my Tundra run tonight!


Post-Post Addition (8:38 PM) : I'm devastated. I just got off the phone with Ellie. The friend, who she was going to the birthday party with, had car troubles. They decided skip the party and instead hang out at the friend's home...and they watched the damn Office. Unbelievable.


Post-Post Addition #2 (Friday morning): Check out this link for a video on the Indoor Marathon! One interviewee notes he doesn't expect to get any spikes to his calf. Apparently he doesn't realize I'll be wearing my screw shoes for the run! Muahahahahahah!

15 comments:

Melanie said...

23mph is 37 in Canadian... or kph. Glad to see that your HR training paid off as this is my new focus. Good luck this weekend!

Joe Gunn said...

The best I've done is an 18 miler in a -18 windchill. (The winds were 40 mph and I ran with them the entire way.) Kudos!

The Laminator said...

I have to admit...I'm quite impressed with your run. But then I shouldn't be, given that you're freaking going to run a marathon indoors! Omigosh!

Have an awesome run this weekend.

Xenia said...

You have an interesting fashion sense.

You're also crazy insane to be running in that kind of weather. And for choosing to run an indoor marathon. Dedicated, but still insane. :)

KimsRunning said...

I complained when I did a 5K in 42 degrees with major windage. I also blamed those facts on my finish time being an extra minute.

You are a madman. Oh, and a chiropractor!! That makes up for you being crazy!!! =P

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

YOU F*CKING B@ST@RD!!1!

I couldn't even finish this post because I used that exact same Canadian joke in MY post this morning, which I JUST NOW UPLOADED!

So now people are going to think I stole it from you ... except Canadians, who will laff again because of their National Short-Term Memory Issues.

Teh 'Bride posted the other day telling me, yet again, not to be mean to you, but FORGET IT, 'BRIDE!1!

P.S. Who says you can't look sexy in a burka? Because if you can manage it, anyone can. You'll make a wonderful wife for some lucky fundamentalist Muslim ...

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

Okay, calmer now ... deep breaths ...

Way to go, Ellie! Your joke-stealing b@st@rd super-runner husband doesn't deserve to see the Office!

And furthermore, good luck On Teh Carousel this weekend, Dr. Nic.

Jess said...

Wow, you're a trooper for running in such conditions!

Do you not have a DVR or TiVo? That makes life much easier.

nwgdc said...

No DVR. No TiVo. In fact, the one TV we own is the one I purchased for my then girlfriend (now wife) our freshman year of college (1999).
this disaster, however, may push me to getting one!

Rachel said...

Kind of wierd when you read that someone was at -6 and you wish your temps were that high right now. LOL. We'll get there. Kudos to you for that run in the negatives though!

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

Hey, I just noticed Marcy "forgot" to wish you luck this weekend. Either that, or she's rooting for you to crash and burn ...

No, no, try not to think that latter thought. I'm sure it was just an oversight.

Man, what if she's p*ssed at you? I'm sure she's not, but what if she is? Man, I wouldn't want to be carrying that kinda bad ju-ju into a marathon.

But then Marcy loves me, so I'd never have to.

Still, I'm sure things are cool between you two and it was just a "mistake" on her part.

BTW, I'm a bigger b@st@rd than you, in case you haven't grokked that by now.

Nitmos said...

Enjoy turning back the hands of time.

Good luck with your marathon!

joyRuN said...

Good luck this weekend! Echoing everyone else's sentiments - you're crazy.

Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

This may just be the hit of XTC I took talking but ... Seriously, kick butt tomorrow, brother.

Grellan said...

I know you have the endurance but cnn you count to 95.4. Best of luck.