Saturday, December 13, 2008

Just call me a "girly man"

I arrived at Afton at 5:15 this morning hoping to bang out a whole loop before I met up with Carl, Jim, and Zach (and Chris who I just met today). I was glad to hear Jim Wilson will be running Leadville this year. Make sure you mention that to him if any of you ever run into him.

I knew there was a little snow, but I fared well on my screw shoes last year on snow and ice out there.

I guess it was a combination of being a real slick snow (unlike the packing, sticky snow), or my inability to kick ass today, but I got my butt handed to me.

It took me almost 2.5 hours to get to the bottom of campground hill, before the long stretch on the river. It normally takes me around 1.5 hours.

When I met the gang, I was beat.

Karen joined us too, and I had a tough time keeping up with her as well. You are in great shape Karen! Don't question yourself.

I bailed with Karen after about 16 miles banked. Well over 4 hours. Tore off part of the heel on my shoe.

I don't think I will be running out there much until the snow goes away.

I somehow managed to get 50 in this week, and will get 6-10 to wrap up another good week.

My black toenail from Superior is finally deciding to fall off, but wants to hang on for dear life. I hope it goes soon. The whole toe hurts.

I don't think I have any running gear on my Christmas list.

I guess I will just wish for World Peace.............. and the option to run a couple of ultras next year.


Runnin-from-the-Law said...

Jeez - you're still hurting from Superior? Is the toe nail the last of it?

You've had a few solid, decent mileage weeks.

bryan said...

I know exactly what you mean about the slow, slidey snow. Make it stop.

I'm sure your toenail will be happy in the great blood-blister in the sky.

Andrew said...

I can't believe the mileage you are racking up. Are you going to rest at all this winter?

I got two nails that fell off as a result of the Afton night run this summer. I was unprepared for the dew that night. Not sure if one of them is going to grow back at all.

arah said...

If it's any consolation, I got my butt handed to me at Pike Island (Fort Snelling) yesterday, as well. And it's FLAT!

After that experience, I'm not surprised that none of the loops there are labeled for runners- they're just seasonally labeled for (or against) walkers, dogs, or skiers.

SteveQ said...

It must be the season for nails - the nail on my busted finger's grown out enough that the blood finally drained.