February 13, 2018
Yesterday it was so cold that there was a nice blanket of snow covering the ground when I awoke in the morning. Even though it was all melted by the afternoon, I was afraid that it would snow again and this morning would be my first snowy run. Fortunately, while it was not snowy it was very frigid to a solid 20 Degrees this morning. Brrr!!
My bed groaned my name at my insistence on getting up to go pound my feet on the pavement for a 3-mile run, maybe that was Husband. . .
As soon as I went outside my lungs felt pains shoot through them and I just wanted to roll up into a ball and cry the pain felt so sudden and sharp. This run was one of the hardest runs I have had to face so far because with every step I could feel that pain reverberating through my entire body. My ears and nose felt like ice cubes. And while my clothing is breathable it was certainly not keeping the cold out very well. By the time I got finished I was so exhausted, sweaty, and cold
I was a running oxymoron this morning. Sweaty, but chilled. Running as fast as I could possibly go to get it over with, but still ending up with one of my longest average per mile pace. Hungry, but not wanting to eat. What a morning.
This is not something I wish to repeat, but I know that it is inevitable.
How do you combat the cold runs? Any tips or tricks to making it through them with the least pain possible? Any horribly cold runs that went absolutely wrong?
See you on the other side!!
February 11, 2018
Today started out later than usual for me since the alarm didn’t get set before going to bed last night. Sleep was glorious though! Even though it was a late morning, I still went out and ran my six miles. Some people would go crazy without music for that long of a distance, but it was quite refreshing just to let my thoughts wander and be free.
When I do my running I try and vary my route so that I’m not doing the same thing every time. Even though the area that I live in is relatively flat ground so almost no elevation at all. And there is construction going around in three separate, but substantial locations within a 3-mile radius of my house.
Still an average of a 10 minute per mile pace. While is a good thing but I want to get it faster.
Also, looks like the scheduling for the 2019 Dopey Challenge will be ready to register April 17, 2018. Get ready!! I’m not going next year, but I plan on training up until the event as preparation for what is to come.
See you on the other side!
February 08, 2018
Life throws those curveballs that can either make or break a person. I have to break it to you that unfortunately the Dopey Challenge has been slightly changed. I’m taking a slight detour and postponing the finale until January 2022. You read that correctly; two years later than the original goal.
This decision was not made lightly. With any journey, it is a good thing to make sure that it is feasible for everyone involved. The reason why is mainly financial. It just isn’t going to be financially possible.
2018 is so that Husband can finish College
2019 and 2020 are to pay off debts.
2021 is to save for this journey
2022- Dopey Challenge
With the postponement of this journey, there is more opportunity to save for a grand adventure. Plus, on the good side, the boys will be 8 and 10 so they can do the 5K and possibly the 10K with me (or at least Monster can) and Husband can run the Half Marathon with me.
I have more time to train properly with more running, eating, and sleeping. All three things I absolutely love to do anyway, but I want to make sure I don’t hurt myself. More time to prepare my body for the rigorous stress it’s going to endure.
Another plus is that my niece and her guardians are going to plan on coming with us as well in 2022. In a house full of males it would be nice to have a manicure/massage with another female or two. . . All the possibilities.
Not giving up, just another detour.
See you on the other side!
February 4, 2018
I just got back from my long run for the week. 6 Miles. And some even better news I got a couple PR on this training run. Distance, duration, calories burned, and average pace per week.
This is quite an accomplishment, IMO. Even though this is a relatively new year so there are going to be some adjustments made all the time for improvement. I have to say though that the average pace looks mighty desirable for when I accomplish that Dopey Challenge in Walt Disney World in January 2020 and it is finished in under 4.5 hours. But lots of planning to do until then.
After the run, I felt so much more relief because Husband and I got bad news yesterday causing both of us to start stressing. Until the issue is resolved I’m not at liberty to discuss it. But it looks like we might have to pay some $$$. We will see how it goes. Setbacks are bound to happen.
What about all of you? How are your PR going? How did you feel when you broke that record? Tell me about it in the comments.
Guess how many miles I’ll run by the end of February, I only ran 36 in January as a reminder.
See you on the other side.