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Looking forward to tomorrow’s 3 mile race

Posted Oct 17 2009 10:02pm

After last week’s face plant/yard sale run, I’m looking forward to tomorrow.  Lis, my running partner from last year,and now friend, and good luck charm, is running it with me. We don’t know how this happened, but I’m 1317 and she’s 1318 – they have the numbers posted online. Too funny!

By the way, in case you’re wondering or missed this beautiful image I posted on Twitter, here’s what my ankle looked like on Tuesday morning.  It’s still a bit black and blue toward the lower part of my foot (where you see that lovely stripe) but it’s not swollen anymore, thank God.

The ankle the day after the face plant

The ankle the day after the face plant

 

Kinda gross, huh?

I agree.

I tested it out on Friday morning, ran a whole whopping 3.4 miles but it held up.

Oh, did I forget to mention that those 3.4 miles were in 34ish degree weather? Cold enough that my sports beans were getting hard (WTF?) and it was snowing. Yep, you read that right. Snow.

It was only October 16th, for christsake!

I am NOT ready for this. I was wearing my warm base layer, a rain jacket and long pants.  Oh, and gloves and my warm winter running hat. (Hey, I’ve not acclimated yet.)

My last few morning runs, I’ve done without headphones, so I could enjoy the beautyof the silence and being out there so early.  Friday, I did not need to be reminded with every breath of how miserable it was outside, so I put on the headphones and blasted the music.

At first I almost didn’t run.  After all, let me say it again – it was SNOWING. But once I warmed up, I have to admit, I smiled once or twice while running my laps around the lake.  Something made me think of Lis and I running a race in the snow in February, and how, around here, you just have to grin and bear it, or you’ll find yourself on a treadmill for more months than you can count. And I’d rather be shot in the head than run inside on a treadmill like a hamster, for months on end. Been there, done that, no more, thanks. Not unless it’s speed work.

Speaking of speed work, I think, if we can swing it financially, I want to join indoor track again this winter. I really enjoyed it. In the winter I have to run alone so often. It’s nice to be with people again. Even if it does mean running around a track where 11 laps make a mile.

So, the weather report for tomorrow’s race time goes like this:

Rain and wind. High 43F. Winds NNE at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall around half an inch.

So glad to not be doing the Baystate Marathon in that.

I know, you’re all spitting mad that you can’t run in crap like that like I am, aren’t you?!

:-)

Posted in Training Workouts Tagged: ankle test, paddys pub road race, running in snow
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