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Starting Off 2019 Well

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I signed up for the half at the New Jersey Marathon in late April.  Looking forward to hanging with Loopster friends new and old.

In order to get ready for it, I put together a training plan.  Its pretty conservative since cranking up the mileage too fast never leads me anywhere I want it to.  Slow and steady is more my plan.  Anyhow, I was supposed to run 7 miles this weekend.  Yesterday was supposed to be one of those crappy cold (mid-30s) and rainy days, so I ran a few miles inside on the treadmill with the intention to run outside on the rail trail near my house this morning.  Last night I selected all of the clothes I would need to run in the forecasted 30 degrees but feels like 20 degrees windy weather.  Got up around 7:00, got dressed, had a banana, and was out the door.  10 minutes later, I was at the trail stretching thinking everything was going great.  About to start when I stepped from the gravel parking lot onto the paved rail trail and immediately noticed the thin sheet of ice on all of the asphalt.  Oh crap!  😮

I took a few steps and quickly slid off.  Looked both up the trail and down the trail as far as I could see and saw nothing different.  Went back to the car, checked the temp - it was 32.  Hmmm, if I drive back into town and get gas, maybe in the 15 minutes that takes me the ice will melt.  Yeah, I didn't think there was much hope for that, but I needed gas so why not try?  Of course, when I came back, it was shockingly exactly the same as when I left.

I was running out of time and couldn't think of any other outside options so I went home to run on the treadmill.  (On the way home, I saw the roads were no better than the trail but I guess cars are heavier than people so there was no cars sliding on the roads).  

I got my run done on the treadmill - fortunately there was something to watch on TV, unfortunately it was a 'greatest NFL games in history' special on last year's Super Bowl that my Patriots lost.  ☹️

When I came upstairs, thinking I had about 15 minutes to shower and grab something quick to eat before leaving for church, DW says " I've got to go [somewhere] and DS1 needs to be picked up in half an hour at [somewhere]."  OK, so no church for us today, eh?  I guess I could have waited for the temperature to go up and the ice to melt, and then run outside.  Oh well.

Kind of a odd way to start the day, but I got my 7 miler in, so that's a good thing.

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At least you got the 7 miles! I'm excited to meet you in NJ! Happy training :) 

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Yay - so happy you are training for a race again! Glad you had options to get in the run. I certainly don't envy the icy conditions you Northerners have to contend with this time of year. Yikes!

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That ice would have put GA in a state of emergency for 2 days. Kudos for not bailing and getting in the mileage. 

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7 hours ago, Carissa Liebowitz said:

Yay - so happy you are training for a race again! Glad you had options to get in the run. I certainly don't envy the icy conditions you Northerners have to contend with this time of year. Yikes!

It’s a challenge. I prefer to run outside, but luckily have the treadmill in the basement when necessary!

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Hmmm. I wonder why the special didn't focus on when the Pats lost to the NY Giants. That would have been much more entertaining.  

Nice job getting the run done.

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9 hours ago, Slow_Running said:

Hmmm. I wonder why the special didn't focus on when the Pats lost to the NY Giants. That would have been much more entertaining.  

Nice job getting the run done.

Ouch! Those are painful memories, especially when the Pats were undefeated... 🙁

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23 hours ago, SIbbetson said:

Flexibility is king in winter training!

Absolutely!

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