After my 100-miler, I took a week off from major physical activity to try to keep from getting sick (because of a reduced immune system after such a long event). I've been skirting on the edges of getting a cold for the past 10 days, but have somehow avoided actually getting it.
Last week I got back into my gym/weight routine, and started running again on Thursday night. Saturday's run was in zero degrees F, with a little breeze to bring the windchill down to minus 8 or so. Four of us ran at SM Park for 11 miles or so. Luckily, we didn't have any "useful or important parts" freeze and fall-off because of the cold weather. Sunday, six of us ran a 10.35 mile (hilly) loop at WyCo Park, in a relatively warm-ish 15 degrees F. The ground was harder and more screwed-up than normal, and all of us wimped-out decided to do just one loop, except for Kyle (who had a bad cold and was hacking like a TB victim). We took down some more course markings from the race last week.
Last night (and after dark), I did a decent 2-loop run at SM Park with the Trail Nerds. We did the first 4.6-mile rocky & hilly trail loop in 42 minutes; (we went slow because we had a newbie with us). We dropped the newbie off before the 2nd loop. We ended up doing the 2nd loop in 34 minutes. It felt good to run at break-neck speed on trails, again. I'm officially back into my 100-mile training regimen! I've got a 50-miler coming up in about a month.
I find ways to enjoy life as much as I can. Also, life's too short to treat people poorly.
I'm into long runs in the park, consuming salt, popping blisters,
eating roadkill & tree bark, and burying whiners in shallow, unmarked
graves. I also enjoy designing trail race courses that would make the
Marquis de Sade blush.
A fun time for me would include banging muddy shoes together, setting
broken bones with a machinist's vise, and duct-taping-down any part of my
body that is bleeding or just flopping-about uselessly.
What helps me to be an active trailrunner and grandpa?
1) Daily sponge baths with bovine stem cells;
2) Copious amounts of delicious & nutritious homebrewed beer; and
3) My secret elixir...Bicarbonate of Figleaf.