- -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!