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A few weeks ago the fates aligned and I ended up doing a simulation run for the upcoming Dopey Challenge. With the race a little more than a month away, I knew I needed one more crack at the four-days-in-a-row run, or a scaled down version of it at least, prior to the wrap up of my training all too soon. Well, the fates gave us a couple days of snow and with it gave me some forced off-time due to weather and road conditions. As a result, and because a bit of rest before such things is always a good idea, it looks like this upcoming weekend is my Dopey simulation, take 2. Thursday, despite the chilly forecast, I’ll do 5. And then it’s a Friday ten, a Saturday fourteen, and a Sunday thirty. Yikes! Monday, I just hope I don’t fall asleep at my desk!
While many folks will tell you that you can’t really honestly convert your training miles based on road conditions –that a klick is a klick is a klick no matter what’s under your feets– after twenty seven klicks on the sloppy trails yesterday morning, I beg to differ. Yeah, many of the walks had been shoveled or plowed, but this merely meant that conditions ranged from anything including (a) that thinly glazed lightly pebbled ice that is nearly invisible on a seemingly clean sidewalk, (b) the not-quite-even trail through a foot of snow created by a hundred previous pedestrians that seems like a path but really isn’t, (c) those I’m crossing the street for a few steps at an intersection and navigating between ruts, slick, sludge, or puddles while watching for oblivious drivers, or (d) the we plowed the roads after we plowed the sidewalks and the roads won mess of uneven dirty clumps with no other route around kinda snow. I fell asleep on the couch waaaaay too early for it to have been anything but a tough run.
I ran for the first time in over a week last night. After pausing for a confluence of Halloween and an out-of-country vacation, it added up an 8-day-break. I feel a bit guilty. I also feel a bit frosty: it snowed during that 8 days, I we went from mildly chilly to bitter-cold with icy sidewalks. To get back into things: four days of consecutive running to fractionally-simulate my goal races. 5 last night, 10 tonight, 14 on Saturday morning, and 29 on Sunday morning. How about a big sarcastic huzzah for the weekend, huh?
I don’t mind winter running, but it’s the transition BACK to it that sucks. According the the radio this morning the forecast for Sunday morning (just at the same time when my long runs start to get into those really daunting distances again) is a hair above zero degrees Celsius and snow. That’s right: Sunday’s looking to be twenty long kilometers through light flurries with a good chance of long pants, mitts, warms hats, and shoes with extra grip. That coffee at the end is going to taste extra good but I guess summer really is over. Next question: who’s coming with me?
My second week of back-to-back runs, running a long-ish distance both Saturday and Sunday, is over and done quite successfully. I went out on an eighteen klick run with three gals who are busy training for the Las Vegas half marathon — remember Vegas? — which takes place in just a few weeks. We dipped into the Whitemud Creek trails (the window on that route growing smaller and smaller as the snow approaches) and looped around Fort Edmonton Park before wending back into the local neighborhood for our final stretch of distance. I was still feeling yesterday’s 10k dash into graffiti land, but I was in good company for the pace and distance.
I was just going over my training plan for the next 12 weeks. I made the mistake of summing the planned distances between today’s upcoming nine-and-a-half klick jaunt and the taper runs leading into New Years and the now-upcoming race. Total? Over six hundred klicks to run between now and then. Technically that’s more than I ran in all of 2011, and about half of what I ran in all of 2012… in a quarter the time. Or, put another way, roughly an average of 8 klicks per day for the rest of the year. I suppose I’d better get started, eh?