Thursday, October 18, 2007


Run 14 miles

Run 8 miles
Bike 9 miles
Lift 16 lifts
-3 sets of 12 reps.

About once a week I do a run that I plan a day or two ahead and have a pretty specific distance in mind that I'm planning to go (the rest of my runs I just head out and see how I feel). Hardly ever do I not go at least as far as planned on these runs, and often I'm feeling good and stretch it out a few miles further than planned. Sometime yesterday I decided that I would do about 20 miles today. The plan was to head out the Treadwell Ditch Trail for 90 minutes and then back. I only made it 60 minutes out though. I was feeling great but the weather was horrible and I wasn't so sure it was safe for me to continue on for the full 90 minutes. It was 37 degrees and raining very hard when I left home. As soon as I gained a bit of elevation the rain turned over to snow. The trail was a mess and I was slipping and falling all over the place. I didn't mind that though. I kind of enjoy running trails that are hard just to stay on my feet. The cold was too much for me to deal with though. Within 20 minutes I was completely soaked from head to toe and then the wind kicked up. My feet and hands lost almost all feeling after 30 minutes and by 50 minutes I was getting concerned about hypothermia. I pushed on for 10 more minutes but couldn't bring myself to stretch it any further. I knew it was going to be very tough just to be out there for 2 hours and I wasn't sure I'd make it out there for 3 hours. The worst thing though was the first 15 minutes warming up when I got back home. Jill was out biking when I got back. I'm glad she was. I think it's best that no one saw me pacing around the house, nearly in tears, talking to myself, trying to find some way to ignore the pain of bringing my body temp. back to normal. I guess it's time to start dressing a little warmer when I head out on days like today.


FixieDave said...

My ice clmbing buddie like to call them the hot barfies when your body's trying to get back up to temp.... I feel that discribes it pretty well for me =)

Dave said...

The screaming barfies, maaaan!!!

Dave said...

That is a unique discomfort for sure and I seem to go through at least a couple of times per year. I just went through a couple of weeks ago so I hope I am done for a while.

Jill Homer said...

Um ... I don't know what the words "hot barfie" would describe exactly.

To me, the whole warming up thing feels like acupuncture gone horribly, horribly awry.

Of all of the cold weather I've experienced, 30s and raining is as bad as it gets for trying to keep your body temperature normal. Add the kind of wind we had yesterday, and it's nearly impossible. I'm thinking about buying a dry suit. Do they sell them around here?