From the Back of the Pack
I might always be in the back of the running pack, but I'm addicted to it! When I miss more than a day it affects my energy, attitude, and the rest of life in general! I have had a lot of "character" building runs in the deep snow, extreme nose hair freezing cold, ankle high rain, and gale force winds over the past twenty five years and find some of those days to be the most peaceful rewarding outings of all! I'm one of those runners who is slow and steady, but goes forever and ever without ever getting tired.
January 15, 2009: Cold weather and the Lungs question
I absolutely love this cold stuff...yes, I'm the odd one out. I did move to Duluth for colder winters, more snow, and cooler summers though! If dressed appropraitely cold weather is nothing...warm weather, now that CAN kill because you can only take so much off!
I have been out running every day in this eyelash freezing weather and it's been great! Park Point's beach is absolutely beautiful!
I always cover my mouth when it's below a certain temp because of my asthma. When it drops below zero, (the actual air temp I mean because windchill means nothing when you run in the woods out of the wind), I have often wondered if you can have lung issues. I have heard stories in the past, and heard that nothing can happen.
Does anyone have any information on this that they can back up? It is seriously my only concern in the cold weather. At least if you blink enough your eyeballs can't freeze!
January 1, 2009: Thanks Lisa!
Big thanks to Lisa for organizing the New Year's Day run and food! For those who missed it...Shelley made some really good bars, Kandi made some good spinach dish, and there were other homemade goodies and more!
The trail was suprisingly nice for running on! The surface was grippy from the new snow and level most likely from the bikes and snowshoes! The only places I felt unsteady were on the downhills and that was due to the pooch...and on the invisible bridges...if you stepped a hair too far over it was quite a deep foot plant!
The temperatures were very pleasant too! A few of us started out late so Laambeaux would allow us to run at our own pace instead of that of those in the lead. We ran into a few who were turned around and assisted them in finding their way out of the Hartley maze.
Hope to see more of you there next year!
December 14, 2008: Where to run??
After a snow storm it's always interesting finding places to run. I'd like to have this Blog as a "clear places to run" blog for at least the next week!
I did run at Park Point yesterday and am guessing it will be pretty packed down again in a few days...I know the streets near my house are still unplowed and drifty...
So...if you find a clear route, please do share! If you find a packed down trail...please share that too!
November 25, 2008: DARK, DARK TRAIL RUNNING?
Does anyone know if Lester will be lit this year prior to the snowfall? In past years when I have asked the city I have gotten a wide variety of answers and mostly confusion.
Tonight I attempted to run Chester with a very dim headlamp and Laambeaux pulling me...probably not the brightest thing I've ever done...the scariest part was crossing back over the field in the pitch black and having her look to her left and growl at something I could not see!!!...The lights used to be pretty good in the field...I'm kinda wondering if they are permanently off with all the other "good and healthy" options that used to be available in the city??