Last Sunday, I volunteered at the Mid-Winter 10 Mile Classic in Cape Elizabeth. I worked both the 3-mile and 8-mile aid stations. It was really cool to see a race from the other side, so to speak. But, it was something else that really struck me. Now, this is a 10-mile road race in the winter, primarily contested by Mainers. Granted, it was a cold day, but not a brutally cold day by Maine standards. I could not believe the way some people were dressed to run: fleece jackets, puffy jackets, puffy jackets over fleece jackets, giant woolen mittens, scarves. Oh, and don't forget the extra jacket tied around your waist. We live in Maine, people. Haven't you run outside before when the temperature is below 50 degrees? Do you only run on the treadmill from October through May? Seriously, stop watching the Weather Channel and go outside.
In a totally unrelated story, I had a fairly craptastic week of training/not training. In part, this was due to some mysterious bowel wrenching ailment. Probably a small dwarf.
Onto the numbers:
2/7, Sunday: 4.5 - 36:22, 3x Mt. Ararat HS Loops. Didn't get out until late in the day. Somewhat disinterested in the proceedings, but I got the miles in.
2/8, Monday: 5 - 43:44, Topsham Snowmobile Trails. Energy a little low.
2/9, Tuesday: 3.5 - ~35:00, Nordic Meisters at Great Glen Trails. 7 minute warm up on snowshoes. 2 mile snowshoe course: 18:40. 10 minute warm down on the road. Fifth week of Nordic Meisters. Had a bit of a hectic day, so I was really just squeezing it in and didn't have time for my full warm up. Ran my fastest time yet, but it seemed to hurt more than it should have. The new ice cleats worked great, and they were necessary.
2/10, Wednesday: 3 - 26:53, Powerlines. Blech. Felt off, and my stomach troubles were just beginning.
2/11, Thursday: Off. Considered logging the mileage to and from the bathroom.
2/12, Friday: 3.25 - 27:30, 2x Mt. Ararat HS Loop w/ D and the Little Lady in the B.O.B. Fun to be out on a run as a family. Stomach still felt off, but I didn't need to make any pit stops.
2/12, Saturday: Off. Stomach still not right. Had hoped to race at the Horse Hill 7k Snowshoe Race, but since we live north of the Mason Dixon line, it was postponed due to lack of snow. My other alternative was the Polar Bear 5k in Portland, but I opted not to go. Instead, I stayed home all day with a very cranky baby, which took a lot of energy out of me.
Lame. So, as good as I was feeling last week, it's the total opposite this week. Granted, I've been ill, but the cancellation of multiple snowshoe races has really hurt my motivation and mojo. Just not feeling good. Based on health, I certainly could have raced yesterday morning (most likely), but I just wasn't motivated. I could have run yesterday evening, but just didn't. A lot of "could haves" don't add up to good results. As I write this it's after 3:00pm, and I still haven't run yet today. I need to get it together.
Not going quite as far back this week:
"I'm doin' laundry..."