"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming -- WOW-- What a Ride!"

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Rain + Cold = ??

What do you get when you combine rain and then cold?

Time to break out the microspikes.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Hello Winter!

Dear Winter,

Nice of you to show up finally.  You were only a few weeks late.  Please don't get too comfortable.  Spring is coming in March and you will need to be gone by then.

Yeah, so winter finally showed up with all the snow and cold those of us in northern climes expect.  To top it off this is my busiest time at work.  It has been a struggle figuring out my routine to get my runs in between working, eating, sleeping, shoveling snow and spending time with my family.

A quick review of January so far:

Week 1 - Ran just over 40 miles.  Weather was decent.  More autumn-like than wintery.

Week 2 - Ran 41 miles.  Weather was OK.  Started to turn wintery towards the end of the week.

Week 3 (so far) - Winter hit us full blast.  Miles were down due to stormy weather and busy work schedule.  Decided this would be a good time for a cutback week.

We finally have enough snow to break out the snow shoes and we're going to do that this weekend.  I hope the kids enjoy it.  I know as a kid I always thought it was fun to feel like I was floating on top of the snow.  It's fun, easy, good exercise and will teach the kids that just because it's winter it doesn't mean we are trapped in the house.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

2011 Boxscore Edition

Looking back at my 2011 running boxscore:

  • 2011 was my first full calendar year as a runner
  • Ran 1,280.3 miles
  • Best month was December with 158.8 miles
  • Worst month was May with 56 miles
  • Average miles per month was 106.7
  • Races completed:  4 road 5K's; 1 trail 5 mile; 1 trail half marathon; 1 road half marathon.
  • Coldest run was 2/8/11 at -7F air temp.  I didn't record the wind chill that night.
  • Warmest run was 6/8/11 at 84F air temp.  Wind chill was not a factor ;-)
  • Shoe mileage:
    • Nike Air Peg Trail - 491 miles (494 total miles), most likely retired due to excessive wear in the heel area
    • Asics Cumulus 12 - pair a - 528 miles, still going strong
    • Asics Cumulus 12 - pair b - 179 miles
    • New Balance 876 - 82 miles, took the Nike Air Peg's place