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Dashing Through the Snow

 

Dashing through the snow, with my Brooks Cascadias on my feet, praying not to fall.  Okay so I admit that I am not a song writer but since out first real snow fall of this winter season here in Michigan running has become a little more interesting.  Two weekends ago we received some snow and ice, but the trails were actually easier to run because the little snow that we had covered up the dirt of the trail.  Running on the sidewalks was more like skating without skates on and praying that you did not fall flat on your face.  I guess that is why you do your shorter runs around your house so you do not have to craw that far back to safety when it is icy out.  This past weekend we were blessed with over 6 inches of snow during the night which made Sunday morning my toughest trail run yet.  Yes crazy me, and a few others, braved the trails again.  I have to admit the snow made for some beautiful scenery but running through it is rough!  After completing the normal 10 mile loop my legs were screaming from plowing through the snow and I seriously felt like I had just ran 30 miles and not 10.  It took us a little over 2 hours to complete 10 miles on the trails thanks to the snow.  Along the way I was told that running through all of that snow was good training or something like that.  

 

Well currently I am on schedule with my training for my next 50K on December 29th.  Two Sundays ago I completed my longest run before the event of 28 miles and I have to say I did not feel like death afterwards.  So now I am currently attempting to properly taper before the event which for me seems to be very hard to follow.  The temptation of running more miles than I am scheduled is a big mental game for me that hopefully one day I will master.   Now all I need is for a warm spell to melt the snow by December 29th so that we do not have to contend with that obstacle.  But it is winter in Michigan so all of this snow melting by then is wishful thinking that more than likely will not come true. 

 

Two good quotes that were passed on to me recently that I wanted to share.  Do they sound like someone you may know?

 

"Any idiot can run a marathon.  It takes a special kind of idiot to run an ultramarathon." 

– Alan Cabelly

 

"His IQ drops 50 points every time he laces up a pair of running shoes." – Unknown

 

I want to close by wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Remember the real reason why we celebrate Christmas and remember to give thanks for all of the gifts you have received this year.  I am very thankful for all of the blessings that have been sent my way and thankful for all of the people in my life, old and new, that have changed my life in 2007.  The ones that have touched my life in a positive way know who you are and I hope that I have retuned the favor also.  Thanks for supporting me, training with me, running races with me, and keeping me on the right path.  Even if that path involved mud, rocks, a scary downhill, or never ending pavement, it was all in good fun.  God Bless all of you and I look forward to a great 2008!  

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December 18, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments