Monday, December 28, 2009

Oh, I got a white Christmas all right

First, I know that I am about 140 blog posts behind. I haven't had internet access for the last week or so. I've been missing getting caught up on everyone's goings' on so much that I've started to get the shakes. In fact, as I type this, I am sitting (wearing my underwear) in a hotel room in Kansas City trying to download all of the updates offline. I'll get caught up tomorrow with everyone - promise.

I have said for the last month that I would love to have a white Christmas. Oh, how mother nature is ironic. Turns out, while in Iowa I was "treated" with snow every day that I was there - starting off with a solid 18" on Christmas eve. *Insert crude length related joke here*


Even though there was snow on the ground, life goes on....and I gotta get in my run.

16 miles, 9:12 pace

On Saturday, I went on my longest run since my stress fracture - 16 miles. The roads were pretty icy, so they slowed me down about 30 seconds a mile. But, honestly that was probably a good thing as I am not sore at all two days later. Ice: 1. Adam: 0.

I feel like I bundled up fine for the ~10 degree weather but I didn't really anticipate the wind! Turns out, northwest Iowa is the newest hotbed for wind energy - now I know why. To try to get a little more traction (and stay away from horrible HORRIBLE drivers) I decided to run on country roads outside of town. Unfortunately, this meant that I was no longer guarded from the wind.

The result? It was cold enough that, around my ears, my hat froze into a solid sweat-cube and rubbed against my ears for the second half of the run. I think that I got just a touch of frostbite on my ears - either that or some serious rug burn from my hat. Two days later my left ear is still a little sore. Ice: 2. Adam 0.

My wife took this picture immediately after my run. I can feel the cold radiating off of the computer monitor.


My eyelashes kept on freezing shut (and apparently my nose was wet like a dog's).



T-3 weeks until Rock and Roll Arizona! I think that I just may be ready.

14 comments:

The Sean said...

Epic!!! Nice Adam... Don't worry though, soon enough you'll be back to the oven...

Jamoosh said...

Frozen snot - up close!

Razz said...

You win.

Ulyana said...

"starting off with a solid 18" on Christmas eve" - that's what she said.

The snow is just soooo pretty. Good job on getting out there... and I'm so happy your running is going well.

Pat said...

I don't think I would have been running with 18 inches. My wife wouldn't have let me leave the house. (insert applause).

Seriously, I'm impressed you got a long run in up north.

I do have you as team member #3 for the AZ vs. Michigan challenge. We still need two more members. Let me know if you know of anyone.

Morgan said...

Seriously... W.T.F?!?!? How on earth do you people run in this weather?!?!? I DON'T UNDERSTAND! Frozen eyelashes?!?! Frozen ears?!?!?

But seriously, good job getting out there and getting it done! AZ here you come!!!

jeffg said...

You da man!! I didn't go out today and it's about 60. Had some cheesecake instead, hope you don't slip in my vomit at RnR AZ.

Rio said...

That is seriously cold! Beautiful...but cold! Good job on getting a run in in those conditions. You are hardcore!

RunnerDude said...

Frozen eyelashes and frozen snot! You are da man!

Amanda said...

Oh, I was in central IL running...in the country. Had that same cold ass wind. Funny. I never thought I'd be wishing for hills.

RunnuRMark said...

That's worse than we had it. And I let the ice defeat me yesterday. I managed about 7.5 of my desired 14 miles. It's like nobody wanted to sit behind a snow plow for 12 hours straight on Christmas weekend...come on, slackers.

BrianFlash said...

Only problem - you are blowing any heat acclimation you may have built up ;)

Mel-2nd Chances said...

That pic makes you hardcore! Great job getting out there.... so whatcha gonna ask for next year? heehee.

OhMyLaughter said...

You run on Ice?!! That's insane.