By The Beard
(is wearing Arm Panties)
2018-01-04 8:54 AM
5.2 miles for me this morning. My weather app said it was -3 but it felt a lot colder.
Yikes. I told my friends about your pic the other day.
Oh, and you crushed me.
Managed to get in 5 miles at Green Lane last night before sunset on lightly snow covered trails and the frozen tundra along the frozen lake. It looks to be pretty solid ice at this point. Wonder if they will get any ice fisherman this weekend? I often thought it would be fun to run across the lake when it's frozen but do not have the balls to venture out there. I could make some new loops that way though, combining trails from both sides of the reservoir.
No run today. The weather is foul. Light blowing snow and wind. At least we are not on the coast. Perhaps some gym action later with the resolutioners.
2018-01-04 10:32 AM
Are you nervous about running across the lake because of not knowing if it's frozen all the way across? That is always my hesitation about snowshoeing on lakes - I stick to the edges: more likely to be frozen solid and less risk if I'm wrong.
Yes, I know a few spots I definitely would not try unless we had been in the icebox for months on end. Plus, there really is no reason to run across the lake other than the fact that it's frozen and it's tempting to pop over to the other side very quickly. It's just a few hundred yards across in most places.
I would be very cautious about running on frozen lakes or ponds unless you are certain the ice will hold. Is there someone you could ask, like a ranger?
They typically post signs at the trailheads, stay off ice, though I did not see those yesterday. And yes.. I've been cautious. Never attempted it in a decade or more of running the trails out there!
Not yet. I do have an old pair of Altras I might prepare for winter running. Just snow right now, not so much slick stuff and trail shoes work fine.
Yeah I would stay away from frozen bodies of water too!
Let's send some ice fishermen out first to test the ice. They're vying for a Darwin Award anyway
-3 and felt colder? Brrrr. Good for you. Is 5.2 the distance of your regular route, or do you have a number of routes that happen to be the same distance? Or is it a time thing?
2018-01-04 11:07 AM
Is that a running temperature PR this winter?
2018-01-04 11:33 AM
Yes it was cold but your arm panties kept you warm, right?
at -3 aren't you fairly close to numb no matter what?
At some point, does it really matter what the temp is? I get that way in the Texas summers.
2018-01-04 10:31 AM
2018-01-04 11:05 AM
Indoor bike to nowhere workout today. 30 min - 1 hour depending on my boredom tolerance level.
It's 23*, snowing, with winds gusting to 25mph, so I am not leaving the house unless I have to! It's hard to see across the street with all the blowing snow. Thank goodness for my boss letting us work from home in these types of situations. Accumulation is supposed to be 3-5 inches, so at least we aren't getting walloped.
Last night I ran 3.1 miles. I had intended on 4-5, but I got cocky since it was 30* warmer than my previous run (and no wind!) so I only wore 2 thin layers on top, 1 layer on bottom, and only 1 pair of socks. But it was still only 24*
and my feet froze immediately and I had trouble warming up, so I cut my run short.
What a maroon.
2018-01-04 10:30 AM
That sounds painful - trying to run on cold feet. You made the right call cutting it short.
I also have Reynaud's (fingers and toes turn blue and white as the blood runs away from them when it's cold), so that doesn't help either!
2018-01-04 12:07 PM
I have reynauds as well and up to one point it was only in my fingers. I finally had a reaction in my feet and it didn't occur to me about the reynauds in my feet so when I took my shoes/socks off and happened to glance at the bottom of my foot I freaked as it looked like colorless wax. So freaky.
Mine is mainly in my hands but this winter has been so cold it's hit my feet hard too. Love the look of dead toes!
Great that you can WFH. Hope you brought some of the pet food inside!
Ugh on not being dressed adequately. At least you got a 5K in.
maroon, moron or even moran
It hurts to run on cold feet!! What a maroon
I only wear two thin layers at 24*, but I have much more in my torso to keep me warm!
Burr! One of my running friends was complaining about her feet. She wore a thicker pair of socks today. I need to ask if they helped?!
Wool socks are great in the winter. I typically just use one pair.
Pretty steady snow falling here right now. We seem to be just west of the 6"-12" forecast and within the 3"-6" zone. There's a couple or 3" on the ground now but it's supposed to let up within an hour or two so we'll see. I'm on for teaching indoor cycling class at 6pm so if the gym remains open that, and snow shoveling, will be my workout today.
it's 23 degrees here now and that's 20 degrees higher than our forecasted lows for tomorrow & Saturday
2018-01-04 10:30 AM
Wow, you're really getting a dip in temperatures!
Hope the gym stays open. Are they likely to close it?
The storm itself likely won't get worse & the snow should stop fairly soon. Much higher winds and lower temps are coming in behind it but I'm not sure conditions will get worse for them to close the gym. However, I have been getting notices from the gym's app on my phone as classes are being incrementally cancelled
I've been in email contact with my boss and she will let me know if they decide to cancel the evening classes, including mine.
2018-01-04 2:57 PM
Nope! Gym closing at 5:00pm. Just as well, may have been the first instance of having 0 riders show up to my of my regularly scheduled classes!
2018-01-04 11:01 AM
What's the wind like for you ? That's what really eats up my will to live. Hope you're spared the worst of the storm.
2018-01-04 3:01 PM
Wind gusts up to 20 mph but it's not that bad right now. Snow has stopped. Dramatic temp drop is coming but I don't see winds over 18-19mph in the forecast. Of course, when the low is forecast to be 2 degrees ANY wind is a bitch!
Be careful with that hip when you are shoveling!
2018-01-04 3:07 PM
In a preemptive move a year ago I got a Snow Joe Hybrid
for Christmas 2016. Not as strong as a gas powered one but with no garage I have to keep it in the basement and I really don't want gasoline down there. Also helpful was my next door neighbor making one pass up & down my sidewalk with his gas powered one a short time before I got out. My hip is so good I didn't even think about it for the portions of today's task when I did have to use the shovel!
Hope you get to teach your class AND that people will be there!
No class, center closing an hour before it was scheduled. It very well may have been a nobody shows up situation so all good. Unfortunately the Italian pizza restaurant II usually meet up with my (former) running buddies for pizza & beer every Thursday is closing early
so we had to scrap those plans for tonight.
Got some good food at home?
2018-01-04 5:52 PM
Leftovers! There's now much more room in our fridge!!
Got in 10.8 yesterday. The moon was really cool. Very low on the horizon which made it look huge, just past fullness and a gold color.
Hoping for 6 or 7 after work. Some light snow falling but not windy yet and still relatively warm.
2018-01-04 10:30 AM
Will this be your third day in a row of running? The moon sounds gorgeous!
Yes. I usually run 6 days with Friday as my rest day.
Evening run, I take it? Nice supermoon run!
I run after work during the week usually getting out around 4. So this time of year, it's light when I start and dark when I finish.
2018-01-04 11:00 AM
The moon has been amazing the last few days.
We got to watch the moon rise last night, and it was a real treat. Although we didn't see the moon this morning, we did see our first sunrise in about 10 days and boy was it beautiful!!
We have been too cloudy to see the moon.
Very nice! I was able to see the moon yesterday while running but didn't see it last night. It was beautiful!
Cool that you saw the moon. It was spectacular the other day as I saw it pop up on the horizon on the drive home on I81. I ran too early yesterday to see it on the trails. I think it was rising about 7pm here.
We cannot relate to the cold in the rest of the country. 50s here. (I guess low teens in C?) RN hauled out again this morning, we were a little late starting because her elderly dog took his time in the back yard and she has to let him out and bring him back in before running. We made it for 3.2 miles. My runs with her are usually faster paced than my solo runs in the morning.
2018-01-04 10:52 AM
It's great to get variety in pace - and nice to have someone to run with from time to time.
2018-01-04 11:00 AM
Good to have a running buddy to push you every once in a while.
Do you always run at ungodly early hours of the day?
Most days yes. I leave the house at 5:15 and catch the 5;36 bus, so it's 4 AM or no outside run.
About 3-4 days a week I go to the gym at lunch and pound out a few more treadmill miles.
It's good to have someone push your pace every once in a while. Silly old dogs!!
I love having my partners push my pace.
Nice! Glad you got to run with her!
2018-01-04 10:41 AM
Gym workout yesterday: did my normal Tuesday evening strength-and-cardio thing, only it was Wednesday, which is contributing to my general sense of not knowing what day it is anymore.
One of my cardio intervals was 500m on the rowing machine, which was set to counting calories rather than elapsed metres, as it usually is, so I got to find out that rowing 500m burns all of 25 calories, the equivalent of four almonds.
After the workout I wanted to take the bus home, but I was only at ~9,100 steps for the day, and I'm on the forum Step Challenge and couldn't let my team down, so I walked home instead, which popped me to ~13,300 for the day, over the 10K mark I need to get a point on the step challenge. Phew!
Half-hour run this morning with the pups. I was trying to get a photo of them running with their new glow-in-the-dark high-viz running collars
but my iPhone was set to default to using the flash, which ruined the photo attempts, and having my gloves off long enough to wrangle the phone into submission (ie turn the flash off) made my fingers angry, but they eventually warmed up after I put my gloves back on, and I did get a decent photo, so all was well.
Yay for the step challenge being met! And for putting the pups in high visibility collars. Do they need sweaters or booties as well?
2018-01-04 10:50 AM
I don't bother with sweaters or booties - I'll take Perfect Puppy out in any temperature down to -32C, which is my personal cutoff, and she has never seemed cold. SheltieBoy doesn't go out past -20C - he gets ice balls in his paws past that temperature. Booties would certainly help with those, that but I don't think he would like wearing them - he's pretty skittish - so it's easier to just leave him at home.
I like the dog light! What color did you get? I have tried to put one of my blinkies on Bogey but could never find a good way to attach it.
2018-01-04 11:16 AM
One dog is in blue, the other in green. The collars can be cut to size and apparently the batteries are replaceable - which I like as I hate throwing things out.
There's a woman in our neighborhood that RN and I refer to as Greyhound Lady, because she is often running with one or both of her greyhounds, and she puts blinky lights on their collars. I think she uses those clip-on lights and slides the clips over their collars. Not sure you can put a headlamp on a dog very easily!
Those collars are great!
On behalf of my DH who just joined Team 2 of the Step Challenge (hagelb), Thank You !!
Nice work! And good for you on walking and getting your steps!!
Cool collars! I don't do much night running with the dog but I've put a blinkie on her several times. Mostly so I keep an eye on her wandering.
6 miles with the speedy group. We waited until 9:00 to run so it could warm up. It was 7* but at least there was minimal wind.
At least tomorrow, we are supposed to have 30* for the first time since December 21. Yippee!
2018-01-04 11:17 AM
30 degrees will feel great!
30 will feel like beach weather!
Even 20 is feeling warm here.
Today we finally got a break from the wind. Finally!! You've had a nasty long stretch of cold
No wind is a special treat!
How often do you run with the speedy group?
Every Thursday. We usually have from 3 to 8 runners.
Woohoo... short sleeve weather tomorrow!!
Today must be a belated Christmas gift!
White out conditions and high winds closed the schools today, and all my dog walking clients cancelled- not that I could have driven to them anyway. So I slept an extra hour and a half
, then ran 8 miles (7 @ MP) on the treadmill followed by a 30 minute HIIT spin class. Then I took a long, hot, soak in an epsom salt bath and got right back into my PJs and robe.
I am planning on doing nothing at all today, except for some cupboard reorganizing. Maybe tonight we'll start to dig out the driveway and sidewalk. Maybe not.
Oh, it is!
maybe / maybe not -- savor the choices you get to consider today
Oh, believe me, I am!
This made me think what my MP is these days.
If I were to be more accurate, I'd say DMP (dream MP
Since I don't care what my marathon time is anymore, I certainly don't have a DMP!
ENJOY your day!
Oh, I have! Thanks!
On her days off this winter, Mrs. Rob has embraced wearing her PJs most of the day.
Great minds think alike!
5.4 miles this morning. The first few flakes of snow began to fall just after I finished. Quick trip to gas up the car and get a few grocery items, and now I’m hunkered down as we’re getting pummeled by snow.
My 2 younger kids stayed at friends’ houses last night, so it’s just me and the “grumpy dinosaur” (a.k.a. my older daughter). It’s remarkably quiet as she sort of holds up in her room and occasionally comes out to eat or shower. During those rare appearances I usually try to make some conversation with her, and she usually responds with some snarky comment and then holes back up in her room. She’s a very accomplished kid, never in a lick of trouble, stellar grades, very personable to the outside world, but at home is where she vents all her stress/anger at me and her siblings. Thus the nickname “grumpy dinosaur.”
How long has she been on the grumpy bus?
She’s had a bit of a condescending attitude towards her younger siblings almost since they were born. She’s always been a very mature kid and been easily annoyed by her immature adolescent peers. Gets along great with teachers. The grumpiness increased significantly after her mom died via suicide. A lot of that anger (at her mom) gets vented at me.
I remember my neighbors being crushed by how one of their son's acted toward them at that age.
I was wondering if/how your wife's suicide might be affecting her behavior towards you. What you say makes complete sense though it's gotta be tough.
I doubt the grumpiness will go away over night, especially in such dismal weather, so here's hoping you each find good coping mechanisms and endure
You know my DD lives in beautiful Roxbury
she said the weather forecast could best be described as "Boston, you're f*&%ed."
2018-01-04 12:52 PM
We’re enduring. She needs to head off to college and get some independence. That should be happening in the Fall.
Nice job getting things done first!
Hang in there with the grumpy dino. I hope it's a phase towards you.
Thanks. I hope so too. So far neither of the other 2 kiddos has displayed signs of grumpiness. Fingers crossed.
Blazerboy has evolved into a grump. He has been much less so with his sister home from college, so I am dreading her leaving.
Is blazerboy off to college next Fall?
Yes. He will either be an hour away or four hours away and NOT at the same school as blazergirl.
UNT or UT......he is going to major in RTF (Radio, TV & Film). Two best programs in the state and both are in the top 10 in the country. He has an academic scholarship to UNT, but of course, UT is his first choice.
He is not an "automatic" at UT.....which is now top 7%....just on the cusp. The tipping point could be the fact he is an Eagle Scout, but there are a ton of them running about. Blazergirl is an Aggie, so this could be a THING.
Oh, that would be a huge rivalry! Gig em!
Very cool for him! I'll be excited to hear what he ends up doing.
I suspect he will be Mean Green. We will find out in about six weeks.
1 whopping mile today on a TM at the gym as a warm-up for a workout with DH and his personal trainer. It was
I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. I really liked the PT we had before, but of course, he got into a PT program which he completely deserves. It was clear he was much better qualified than the work he had at our gym. He's a tough act to follow. We did not get off to a good start because after introductions, he just started my husband's workout and said I should do the same exercises, just after DH had finished his set, so my exercises served as DH's recovery times. There was no discussion of goals until DH stopped after the first set and say "Wait....we don't always need to be doing the same thing. You haven't even asked my wife about her workout goals." Nice of hubs to say it. I should have said it at the outset (or the trainer should have asked) but I was reluctant to go to training in the first place. Lesson learned. The guy seems interested in helping, but I don't think he has a clue what a 60-something female runner needs compared to a regular 60-something guy. Real talk, there's not a lot of either kind at our gym
Anyone have some sources to recommend on the subject?
You need a trainer like the Mean Trainer who makes me cry during circuit training on Friday mornings. He works with NFL & college players in the off season.....you are the same caliber of athlete in that you are one of the best 60-something women runners in the US. Before you pooh-pooh that thought, please recall what blazerboy said when you placed 5th in your AG at Boston a few years ago......."That is like being the 5th best IN THE WORLD!"
Yikes, that was a pretty sorry attempt at getting you on board for training. I feel like he should've started with asking you your goals and then tailoring a workout for you.
My recommendation? RUN
2018-01-04 12:21 PM
I feel like a jerk. I'd planned to attend RickG (aka nooner?)'s fathers viewing this morning (i couldn't go last night) and the snow threw me off and I forgot until I was headed down in the direction of the funeral and I passed the hearse headed to the church
I was in no way dressed to attend and felt it would be disrespectful to go in as I was so I ended up just driving home after I did what I was down there for. Rick if you see this, I am so sorry
I am running an easy 3 miles and will move my easy trainer to today from tomorrow just because it's snowing and I can't really go out and do anything else.
I am 1000% positive, Rick appreciates your good thoughts.
It's such a terrible feeling knowing there was something you were going to do today, something really important......
Oh Jen. I think the fact that you made the effort on such a yucky weather day speaks volumes!
Aw, it happens. I know Rick would appreciate the thought.
7 miles in Texas cold (27 degrees) this morning. No wind and 5 miles with one of my skinny blondes made it a great run. I toddled the first 2 miles on my own and she made me run nearly a minute faster a mile the last 5 miles as we discussed important issues of the day.....her meeting her daughter's new boyfriend, her son getting his wisdom teeth pulled, and this great sausage/cabbage recipe I found. I will go to boxing class tonight. Both the blazerkids have gone with me the past two nights which was fun, so I hope they repeat it again today.
Seven years ago today, we rescued our big dog and she joined our family.
Tonks is THE BEST DOG EVER!!!
Aw, happy Gotcha Day to Tonks!!
The no wind was very nice today! Good job!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TONKS! I hope you get to chase some rabbits or other stupid critters today!
2018-01-04 3:14 PM
Tonks rescue day coincides with my wife's BD today!
Tonks is a great dog! But I'm not sure Fang would agree on her being the BEST dog...
good job BC!
Stuck inside today, with blowing snow and high winds. When husband gets home, I will do my At Least A Mile on the TM and my 30 min of yoga. Currently P is wandering around holding a wine glass and eating chocolate chips. Only 16 months old and she's already got snow days figured out. She hasn't embraced the nap all afternoon part, unfortunately.
Kid takes after her mom, all right!
Seriously!! Why do you think there was a wine glass in the TV room at 1pm???
Currently P is wandering around holding a wine glass and eating chocolate chips.
Just snow days? That could be me most days!
Me too... I'm hoping she has a few more years before she becomes a total wino though.
My kind of girl!!
I loved the toddler years!
2018-01-05 12:25 PM
Short bike ride. Found a trail I never knew about. Ride was a test of new cassette and derailleur.
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