Lake Michigan at Sunrise

Lake Michigan at Sunrise

Monday, December 9, 2013

Picking it up for the Holidays

I had the pleasure to experience three very different types of run, each providing me their own challenges, but in the end I love every bit of it.

Friday: Dreadmill. 8 miles. 1.5miles warm up at 8:30 pace, 5 miles between 6:40 - 7:04 pace, 1.5 cool down. I wanted to give myself a small test of my breathing capabilities, how my legs were really doing after a rest day, and a little bit of mental confidence that I am on the right road to redemption and not perdition.

Saturday: First run back on the Lakefront Path! I got out around 5:40am. My plan was to do a slow recovery run after my first push on my legs on Friday. I figured 6-7 miles or an hour at a slow pace would be fine. It was a chilly one, I think the windchill was around -1 and the temperature was somewhere between 8 to 11. I dressed warm... a tad too warm.

I had a pretty pleasant run, I saw some normies I had seen many times before, a total of 8 people, they all said hello. My legs were very tired, but I was in no rush. I looked at my watch to turn around at the 30 minute mark, as I couldn't remember my current mile markers from my new place of resident. Once I got home, I saw that I had messed with my stopwatch and pressed the wrong button. I ended up running about 8 and a half miles, woops.

Saturday evening, I went to the Lincoln Park Zoo with some friends from out of town, it was a very frigid evening! Here are some photos, we had fun!












Sunday: First double digit run, about 10 and a half miles. Mid 20s, windier than Saturday, and snowed for half my run. My legs were not very pleased to be huffing around. I had no push to my run, I was pretty sore and just couldn't pick up my pace to my normal long run pace. The wind was giving me a bit of extra discomfort to my deeper breathing, so at my turn around point, I stopped for a puff of my inhaler to play it safe and returned home on my merry way with snow gracing my face.




Sunday Evening I got to visit a galaxy far far away with some fine friends of mine and some six sided die.

What do runners do when they aren't running?

We role play....
Many of you may be saying:



And rightfully so! It was a fun experience I hope we build upon, we have a filthy crew playing out the adventures we could only hope to do.

Although, my first adventure wasn't very fruitful, as all my "rolls" were pretty much as useful as this:

Fun times! I hope you all had a great weekend! What were you up to? Are you in the holiday spirit yet?

18 comments:

  1. Nerd.


    Those are some brutal cold temps, way to get out there. The lights at the zoo look cool too, didn't know it was still open this time of year.

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  2. It's so weird seeing runners doing non-running things! It's like I've looked behind the curtain at the Wizard, or something. I know that's not nearly a geeky enough reference to keep up with you guys. Sigh.


    The wind yesterday morning was really bad! I just ran a giant 3 mile rectangle, but still, every time I turned, the wind seemed to go with me. Glad to hear you're on the road to redemption anyway :)

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  3. What kind of role playing is this??? Where's the leather???

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  4. This is one of our characters http://images7.alphacoders.com/330/330529.jpg
    can you guess who is playing her?

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  5. I am so happy you are getting back out there for some runs!

    I may need to check out zoo lights! It looks so cool and I have a guest coming who may enjoy it :)

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  6. Pete B lakefronttrail.blogspotDecember 9, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Our ship can only have a filthy crew. It's a requirement. Even our Ewok had fun in the bar trying to get Nina out the backdoor. Like the 8, 9, 10 progression on your runs. Did you do 11 this morning? :)

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  7. Give me back my lunch money! Zoo is open all seasons!



    The weather itself I don't care about, just feeling out how long it will take my lungs to act normal in the coldness (which I'm guessing is still summer for Canada!)

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  8. You mean up the Wizard's tunic!

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  9. Thanks!!
    Go see the lights! I heard the zoo is offering free admission to bloggers :)

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  10. Progression resets! so like 6,7,8, rather than 5,6,7.
    Recovery miles today! don't want to be hasty... like my Star Wards Character

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  11. Glad you went out for a run Saturday. I could not get myself out of bed that day.

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  12. The cold air can be rough on the lungs, everyone worries about me running in the cold (you know, the people that can't run a mile in ideal conditions worry about my health...thanks for caring). Have you tried a running scarf or balaclava? They can help to maintain some moisture in the air you take in. I have a nigh collar on my jacket that can cover my mouth in extreme cold but the cold air doesn't generally bother me. i also don't run before 6am in the winter (or EVER) though...

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  13. Runners doing non-running things... I'll have to invite you up to Palatine to watch me lose my mind at my co-workers playing goalkeeper in soccer. It's my hour of cathartic rage.

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  14. We need to build the RPG into marathon training...maybe on our general aerobic runs you, Pete, and I can pull Mr. Game Master in some sort of sleigh?

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  15. If my beast-riding skill isn't needed in the next round...things might get ugly(ier)

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  16. Oh my goodness but that picture of what's his name (cannot remember it) with the snow made me laugh so hard!!!

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