By The Beard
(is wearing Arm Panties)
2018-01-02 8:21 AM
5.3 cold miles for me this morning under a full moon. Very pretty.
6.6 cold miles with two of my teammates. Roads were slippery so we cut it a bit short.
Nice you had company for the run!
2018-01-02 8:52 AM
4.50 miles. -10 degrees out.
6.50 more tonight and should be around 8-9 degrees. Will seem down right warm.
Good job getting out there.
Enjoy the heat on your 2nd run!
Nice job and nice insta pic!
Sounds beautiful. We've had nothing but cloud cover for easily a week.
The moon has been beautiful and the sky as well.
2.0 easy embrcadero miles because I celebrated the New Year with an interval workout and needed to recover. I have an unhappy achilles. Also was pleased that I maintained my wieght over Christmas, now the goal is to lose 10 by Big Sur in April.
0.0 which made sense since the temperature was also 0.
Recovery week after my marathon on Saturday and I am gladly resting when the temps are this cold.
Mini Race Report: It was a fairly miserable day to run; about 25 at the start and 20 degrees when I finished. (it was getting colder as the day went on). I went in holding out hope I could beat the 3:14 I ran in November. I came through the 1/2 a little over 1:37 but instead of a negative split, I went the other way. My hammy's were really tight or maybe they were frozen.
I did manage a 3:24:30 and won my age group.
I hung around the finish waiting for the results so I could get my AG award and get to the showers. After waiting several minutes the shivers started so I went and sat in my car with the heated seats and heater blasting. After I stopped shaking, I went into the results tent and discovered they had soup. Score! That chicken noodle soup may have been the greatest thing I have ever eaten! Finally I got my plaque and went to a local health club for the free shower. Well, I thought the soup was the greatest part of the day until I took an excessively hot shower.
When I started the drive home the temp had dropped to 12 and I bet there were still some runners on the course.
Nice job on the AG win!
By The Beard
(is wearing Arm Panties)
2018-01-02 9:19 AM
(100 Mile Stud)
2018-01-02 9:51 AM
Congrats on the AG win, and for going sub 3:30.
i signed up for my first marathon in many years,
takes place in April.
doubt i can break 4 hours anymore...
Congrats on the AG win!
blah, blah, blah.....SOUP.....blah, blah, blah
Yay! I think one of the things I like about running is how good showers can feel or food taste after grueling events..or how comfortable a bed or just sitting can feel..
Yippee!! Congrats on the win!
I'm so impressed... those temps sounds just brutal.
wow, great AG win and way to go, racing a marathon in that cold! I bet the soup tasted AMAZING. I ran a mary in the mountains in western NC the first weekend of march (several years ago) and just about froze my hinie off. Conditions were similar and there was ALSO hot soup at the end! We all almost froze waiting to start, brrr.
Shivers after a run are no fun at all. Glad you were able to enjoy a long, super-hot shower. Congrats on the AG win
Be careful with that hammy now!
Congrats on the time & AG win! Wasn't this the marathon with loop after loop after loop?
Yeah, 8 loops each about 3.275 miles. It was kind of a figure 8 with the start/finish at the top and the aid station was in the center. So you passed the aid station twice in one "loop."
Congratulations on the AG win! Where was this race?
Springfield, MO. I live in the Kansas City area so it is about a 3 hour drive.
Congrats on the AG win! 25 at the start? That's bikini weather around here, lately.
There is nothing better than a really hot shower after a cold run like that!
Congratulations on your AG win! Maybe late December is not the best time for dropping your marathon time? I'm already tired of cold weather.
-1 here now. WC is -17 and the sun is out so we’re going out at 1000 for some food shopping. We’re getting a big storm early Thur into Friday so I’m going off the island on Wednesday so I can get to work without stress. It’s my last weekend before vacation, anyway.
For several days we’ve had sea smoke along with the frozen ocean. You know how clouds and fog are atmospheric in origin? Sea smoke happens when the water temp is very cold and the prolonged air temp cause a weather phenomena where evaporation can’t occur quickly and a “fog” forms on the water. In extreme cases huge cloud banks form offshore but unlike atmospheric fog or clouds you can see over it. It’s very cool. Today with the sunrise the sea smoke/clouds were pink.
With few exceptions I’ve at least managed to get in my 10K steps daily but running isn’t happening just yet, at least until we can get a trail carved out with the snowmobile.
The sea smoke sounds so pretty!
By The Beard
(is wearing Arm Panties)
2018-01-02 9:20 AM
I've been following a Duluth photographer on Instagram and a lot of sea smoke pictures have been showing up lately. It's really pretty.
Based on your description, I think I saw Pond Smoke early last week. The pond had not frozen yet but the water temp had to be close to freezing. That morning it was about -3 and there was a big fog bank just sitting on the water.
I also saw a Kingfisher that morning and I thought "well you are going to die when everything freezes solid."
Yes! It can form over any body of water if the air is cold enough and the water isn’t frozen. It’s been a few years since I’ve seen it and we’ve had it daily for over a week.
Just getting the steps in is great when it is that cold.
Sea smoke sounds really neat
Wow, that sounds beautiful!!
I hope you're planning to go somewhere warm for vacation
The sea smoke sounds really pretty. I'd like to see it, but that would be I'd be cold, so maybe I'll pass.....
Sea smoke sounds very interesting! And gorgeous when tinted by the sunrise.
That was a very cold post.
I hope you are able to run soon.
Our cold snap has broken! The temperature has skyrocketed to -4C, with a forecast high of 0, which translates to 25F and 32F respectively. It's amazing.
Not sure what I will do today. I took today as a sick day from work due to my cold, but think I could comfortably run - my congestion is all in my sinuses/nose; my lungs are fine. Think I will wait until daylight to make the attempt, though - I do enough running in the dark that I might as well enjoy the chance to see the sun for a change.
Congrats on the heat!!! I bet a nice little run will help clear your head.
Enjoy the sun and warmth!
Sweet! 20's feels quite reasonable today.
Hope you got your run in!
Break out the swim suits and enjoy the warmer temps!
I hope you get that cold beat soon
I would definitely write it down as a health day and run in daylight.
That is a stark contrast to what you've been having. Hope you can get out and enjoy it.
(100 Mile Stud)
2018-01-02 9:54 AM
It's bitterly cold here, and my right leg is messed up, so I've got lots of good reasons to not run. Maybe I'll go give blood, since I might be laid up and not needing my red cells for anything important for awhile.
(100 Mile Stud)
2018-01-02 9:59 AM
Oh...the runners in AZ doing Across The Years (ATY), the six-day, will soon enter their final 24 hour stretch. A 78 year old man I consider a friend holds 4th place male. A 73 year old woman I've never met - German, I think - is 2nd place female!
needless to say, i'm in a bit of awe at the moment
2018-01-02 10:06 AM
I love older people!
By The Beard
(is wearing Arm Panties)
2018-01-02 11:10 AM
I'm sorry to hear that. Rest well.
Oh no! Sorry to hear about your leg.
Sorry about the messed up leg.
But thank you for donating.
Rest. At least you are not missing any "awesome running weather".
Good lord, do we post or reply? I'm still so confused
Happy 2018! Chilly here but I'm loving me some real winter. I'm SO glad global warming is a myth.
So far I'm keeping up with my at least one mile a day for all of January!
2 miles today, 2 miles yesterday, and yoga both days. Will try for 4-5 tomorrow.
That is good goal for January!
Nice running streak!
Keep that streak alive !!!
I get confused about whether to post or reply, too. The important thing is to get it out there. We'll figure out what to do from that point
I post. Others reply.
Good for you for the runs!
Congrats on your streak!
Only 29 days to go?
Could only see the moon through a veil of cloud, but it was still pretty and there was a lot of light between the moon and what was reflecting from the cloud.
Warm here today, high 50s (about 12-13 I think in C), and the thick cloud cover is trapping the heat. But it was getting windy also. We would love rain but the forecast is not hopeful. I did 3.2 this morning on one of my regular routes and packed a nice healthy lunch. Edamame, tangerines, I have vegan burgers and vegetables in the office freezer.
Sounds like a great lunch.
Nice run and yummy lunch!
My favorite lunch is a container of flavored reduced calorie Greek yogurt and 2 frozen pancakes. The yogurt with the protein and the pancakes give me my carb fix.
My workout will be a half hour or so in the bike to nowhere after work.
Yesterday I ran our town's First Day 5k. I finished in 27:36 which was 30 seconds slower than last year.
It was -4* with windchill so maybe that had something to do with it. The entire time I was running I kept thinking about how 5ks suck and how much I hate them, especially in the winter with all of the layers of clothes. Then yesterday afternoon I signed up for a winter 5k race series that starts in 2 weeks.
It's 4 races and runs through February, so at least I will have company on some of my miserable runs this winter.
I agree that 5Ks suck! That said, my marathon PR came after a summer of the the weekly, 5K Hell series.
HA! Maybe you'll like them more after that?
I agree on all the damn layers. At one point yesterday, my half zip was up on my neck and restricting my breathing.
er, I would say the weather contributed! How can one run fast enough/5K speed when muscles are so cold? But hey... it sounds like you didn't hate it TOO much if you're doing 4 more! Great goal to motivate you.
That's a good point, I did ZERO warmup for the race aside from jumping around in place at the start to stay warm.
I agree with you: 5K suck. That said, one of my biggest PR's came after a 5K series. Coincidence? It's a great way to force yourself to do the speedwork. Will the venue be the same for all four races?
2018-01-02 3:44 PM
That time is good considering the weather & no warmup! One MUST warmup for a 5K!
5K was my favorite racing distance
2018-01-02 4:08 PM
Embrace the suck!
<---mostly laughing at you
5Ks can be miserable at the best of times. -4 with windchill is NOT the best of times.
One of my NY resolutions is literally to forget about the 5K and focus on the 10K and 1/2. I have seen the most actual and potential improvement in longer distances. Would you not agree that you are in the same category? You are right about 5Ks- they do suck and I hate them too.
I definitely have seen the most improvement at longer distances, and that is what I'm focused on. My coach actually recommended the 5k series as a way to get in more speedwork in the winter, which makes sense but I will still be miserable the whole time.
I guess that might make it easier to live with to think of it that way.
I got a babysitter and went to yoga.
That's probably going to be it.
2018-01-02 3:59 PM
Better than many people are doing this week!
Fist bump on the yoga!
45 minutes on the elliptical, will go to boxing class tonight.
Posting separate RR on the half marathons I ran the past two days.
I was telling some people on NYE about your back-to-back half marathons, and surprisingly everyone thought it was cool and not crazy!
Good stuff! Will go read your report.
I can't stand the elliptical for more than 20 min. So I do that for 20 and ride the bike for 15 when I go to the work out place..
I watch Netflix on the elliptical. Perhaps when I finish binging Scandal, it will hate the elliptical more.
Maybe I need to go elliptical so I can finish up on some of my Netflix.
I am so impressed with the back to back halves.
You are a braver woman than I am to do that long on the elliptical.
Even though I had a week off, it felt like the week went fast (last week)..
Went home (Buffalo) for Christmas for a couple of days..
Fun watching some of the celebration videos after the Bills win last weekend
My last run of 2017 was a nice 10 miles at the state park on Sunday. No one else there. A nice cushion of squeaky snow and towards the end, a Pileated woodpecker at work on a tree. I almost never carry a phone when I run, but I did this day because it was so cold and I figured no one would be around and if I somehow hurt myself, might be good to have a phone. Anyway, got a good photo and video of the pecker.
I only did 3 miles NY day because I had to finish getting things together for the open house. It ended up being pretty good with about a dozen or so people showing up. They did a good job on the soup and chili I made though I also sent a couple of folks home with goodie bags so I didn't have leftovers. I had fruit and veggie trays too and mimosas and bloody mary's..Neighbors got the beer that was left. Kinda mixed feelings.. I liked that people enjoyed themselves and it was really good to see people and have people at the house, but I felt on edge wanting to make sure everyone had what they wanted and making sure I was spending a little time with everyone. Didn't feel relaxed if that makes any sense (until everyone left
). Maybe people who are natural "entertainers" have a different experience? Kinda curious about how others handle it?
Feels relatively warm today.. Hoping for 7 or 8 after work.
WE have a big party at Christmas time and I always find it challenging trying to talk to everyone as I know that is the hostess' obligation. My husband worries about people having a good time. When it comes to that, I believe that if I invite fun people......who may or mat not know each other......and provide them with food and refreshments, it is their own fault if they don't have a good time. I am sure your guests had fun!
Glad you went with the open house!
I feel the same as you when I have people over, I am in constant hostess mode until everyone is gone and I can relax!Anyway, got a good photo and video of the pecker.
Oh good, I wasn't the only one who spit diet Coke on the monitor...
Sounds like a good week!
I'm the same way. I love the idea of hosting but unless it's a small group, I feel like I never relax. It's much easier to attend a party when someone else is hosting.
2018-01-02 4:09 PM
Nice wildlife sighting! Those are beautiful birds.
With a really big party you may not get a chance to talk to everyone at the party, and with a smaller one you may not be able to talk as long as you would like. But it can be fraught to entertain, especially if you don't do it often. If it's something you do all the time it gets easier.
I don't think people are "natural" entertainers necessarily, but it is much easier if a) you have had practice and b) you're not too worried about the inevitable glitches. Remember, people aren't critics. They came to your house because they wanted to see you, and usually people are pleased to be invited. I'm sure they had a good time, and yes it is more relaxing after they leave and you can think "oh good, that went well!"
I feel that way in big groups. For me personally breaking off in a small group and talking to a few people is most satisfying but then later I realize I did not get a chance to talk to various people and wish I had taken the time to seek them out. When I go around to different groups and mingle, it gets kind of overwhelming trying to keep all the different conversation threads straight. I know I ask "dumb" questions because I am still thinking about or even 1/2 listening to the last conversation I had when someone else is talking to me. It's hard to relax unless you are a social butterfly or natural entertainer as you call it.
Congrats on taking the plunge and hosting thought!
9 miles here. Weather is still awful by our standards - mid-30's with north wind, and NO SUN !!
I think my biggest complaint is the lack of any sunlight. It's like the sun hasn't risen for the past week
I had such a tough time getting myself out this morning. I liked the idea of running something like 4 miles, but I could not bring myself to face the 8 miles I need
I dinked around for a really long time and finally went out over-dressed
. After 2.25 miles, I ditched my wind shirt and soldiered through 3 x 1-mile repeats. They weren't impressive, but at least it was a stab at a quality run and the effort helped redirect my focus away from the stoooooopid wind. I decided to do mile instead of half-mile intervals because I would have fewer starts and so fewer opportunities to abort the workout. On the way back I had to add some extra distance to get that shirt I'd hidden in some bushes. I thought about asking DH to go get it for me, but by that point I was feeling pretty badass and figured I should be a big girl do it myself.
I thought of you a lot yesterday as I had to layer up my gloves for my race. Even though the two pair I decided to wear ended up being ok, my hands were SO COLD the first mile. Cold hands always make me think of you!
Ha! My comment to DH this morning was that I need to wear better gloves. I usually just wear some knit gloves, but today I was thinking I need to bring out my asics gloves that blazergirl gave me for Christmas a few years ago I love those gloves so much, I hardly ever wear them because I don't want to lose them.
Funny, I thought of you on my 5-miler Sunday because my hands were sweating profusely but they were warm! A while back you mentioned wearing rubber gloves over regular gloves when it was raining or something, and I asked if your hands sweat, and you said you didn't care as long as they were warm. Sunday I was wearing fleece gloves with waterproof shell mittens over them, and my hands were so warm they were sweating, and I completely understood where you were coming from with that comment! It was super cool when I took off the outer waterproof mittens, there was ice on the fleece gloves where my sweat had frozen.
But my hands were warm!
I decided to do mile instead of half-mile intervals because I would have fewer starts and so fewer opportunities to abort the workout.
This sounds like logic I would use. Nice job getting in the workout!
I'm so ready to see the sun. We did get some yesterday so that was nice!
Did I tell y'all about the run where I ditched my gloves? I came back to get them and they were gone. I was so upset because I'd cut my run short and had to walk in and my hands were freezing. Anyway, I even drove over there later to see if maybe I just missed them. Nada.
THEN the other day, there they were!!!
It's pretty amazing you got them back! When we were in Big Bend last month, I left mine on the hood of the pickup so I'd be sure to see them when I got in.
Maybe a mile from camp I remembered and looked and they were gone. We turned around and found one pretty quickly in the middle of the road. We continued on back to our camp and found the other one stuck on a post next to the road. It was near the camp of a family we'd met the day before at a spot where we watched the sunrise together. I had offered to take a picture of the family and had to remove my gloves to do it. I guess they recognized the glove because when we drove by, the dad pointed to the post and gave me a "thumbs up."
I hate losing my gloves and do it waaaaay too often.
That wind sounds brutal. Where are you, San Antonio?
We live in the Rio Grande Valley, near McAllen, which is just over four hours south of San Antonio. We're less than 10 miles north of the Mexican border.
You had me at NO SUN. I hear you.
Tempo today. 5 total miles, with the middle 3 at tempo pace. Temperature was -2 degrees Fahrenheit. I didn’t look at my watch once during the run - hands/wrists would have been too cold. Instead I went completely old school and did the tempo based on perceived effort. Post-run I looked in the mirror and I looked like a cross between the Abominable Snowman and the inside of an old school freezer, with my beard completely covered in frost.
I bet you looked like TheBeard.
I’m finding I have way too much in common with The Beard these days. I was even dating a woman who grew up in Minnesota (just across the border from Wisconsin) for a while. If I start playing with Star Wars toys or going on Honda owners’ forums, please schedule an intervention.
Nothing wrong with Honda owners forums if you have a Honda and have a question about it.
The Star Wars toys, OTOH...that could be cause for concern.
I didn’t look at my watch once during the run - hands/wrists would have been too cold.
Those are awful conditions
Amazing you managed tempo
Lots of frosty beards, hair and balaclavas out there today I'll bet.
1 walking mile...loops & loops @ the gym, shoulder & hip exercises, 1200 meter swim.
It's still COLD
! ...not the bejesus cold as some here experience but cold none the less!
How many laps to the mile at the gym?
2018-01-02 6:23 PM
It's a not quite square, 2ish "lane" route around the fitness floor.
Cold is not my favorite. We are so lucky to have gyms.
2018-01-02 4:06 PM
I lifted. I'm starting on a New Rules of Lifting program, "Strong." I made it through about ⅔ of the program last year, but then along came summer.
Dogger's agility class was canceled because of the cold weather.
It's indoors. Buy your dog a sweater or something! We went outside to train because we are tough, and then I spent 5 minutes prying ice balls off her paws.
Oh, and the lad's quest for 112? He's gained 2 pounds. DH and I have both lost 2.
They cancelled an indoor class?
I think there are some wusses there. And they're not the dogs!
Sorry Roolet if he is trying to lose and has gained. Careful, though, wrestlers trying to make weight can do some misguided things, especially when they're 16.
Dogs don't understand goals very well (unless there is food involved).
Cold weather cancellations don't make sense unless the participants are walking to class.
2018-01-02 4:26 PM
That worries me because of a Boston area friend of my mum's who is nearly 100 and housebound. This is not good for Ethel.
Last winter was supposed to be terrible and ended being mild. This winter is off to a great start at being cold.
8 miles this morning, followed by a non-stop day of dog walks, grocery shopping, shuttling kids, cooking dinner, a late dog walk, finally got home to eat the dinner I cooked at 7:40pm. Hot beef borscht with horseradish, I felt the blood of my Russian ancestors.
It was good stuff!
This is where I wish I'd put something in the slow cooker.
At least dinner ws already cooked and you didn't have to go again.
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