I can’t believe it either and I think this has happened maybe only once before? I just had too much to tell you and I have a lot of good stuff coming next week, too so I didn’t want to wait until then!
First of all–> some cool running things that have been floating around the web. The first is the Boston Marathon finish line. This picture has been floating around my facebook feed all week, and since I know that alot of you aren’t from around Boston like I am-I wanted to put it on here:
(photo credit: Phillip Hillman)
It was shoveled out by Chris Laudini, a Boston bartender at the Back Bay Social Club. His good deed went viral- My Twitter and Facebook feed were blowing up with this image. Says Laudini about his good deed:
“The city was pretty buried, and the finish line is my favorite spot in the whole city, so I wanted to go down there and dig it out because I don’t think it deserves to be covered in snow. Obviously, it holds a special place in everyone in Boston’s heart.
“To me, it was more about the spirit of the Boston Marathon and the incredible amount of encouragement and positivity that surrounds the event and just how much people, including myself, love the race.”
I saw this on Runnersworld this morning. I have hearts for eyeballs for this!!! I just bought this book and haven’t had a chance to start reading it yet. I loooove running movies and i’m pretty positive that THIS one will NOT disappoint! Every person I know who has read this book has amazing things to say about it! Its next on my list, And the fact that Matthew McConaughey is playing the lead won’t exactly be stressful on my eyeballs 😉
In other news…Rita is officially out for any racing in 2015, and will not be allowed to compete again until 2016. Serves her right. I think she should be ashamed of herself for doping. I personally think the 2 year ban is too short: She should be banned FOREVER. Anyone who thinks cheating via doping isn’t a serious offense should pay the price. For more, you can go here.
Yesterday, I ran my last long run before Hyannis. I can’t believe that time is already here! CRAZY. It was FREAKING FREEZING outside. This whole run HURT. I kept thinking about how our paces vary because of temperatures. I found these charts online and combined them into one little graph for you to look at.
The running/pace obsessed geek in my finds it SO interesting that pace can be affected so much by temperature changes! Yesterday was HARD. I felt like I was cross training by running with resistance-A ton of roads weren’t fully plowed yet and this really affected my stride. I had to plan a route that was really safe and wide because there are NO SIDEWALKS anywhere right now, and jumping out of the way for a rogue vehicla really isn’t an option either because the snow banks are 4-5 feet tall on any given sidewalk. SO that’s fun. And it was REALLLLLLY REALLLLLLY cold outside. REALLLY COLD. If I hadn’t been stuck inside all week long from the snow, I definitely would have been a baby and treadmilled it. The thought of doing a 20 miler, especially my last 20 before Hyannis, on the treadmill made me want to cry. SO I bundled up and off I went.
(three layers on my top…and also not pictured- I wore gloves, heating pads, and sunglasses. I didn’t wear sunglasses because it was so sunny-it was actually to block the wind because I was afraid my eyeballs were going to freeze!)
The “real feel” was spot on accurate. It was so cold, the degrees were taken away from me. BLAAAAA. Someone made a comment on my blog facebook about how I ran more miles that degrees-HAHA, so true! At some points, the fresh powder we got Friday morning blew up from the roads and created a funnel cloud around me-like a snow tornado. It was brutal. SO brutal. My camelbak hose froze over solid by mile 3-4 ish. Not cool, winter, not cool. I kept thinking back to the Jingle Bell Marathon in December. It was really cold that day, and raining and snowing during most of the race. That day is like SPRING compared to Saturday! HA! Every time the wind blew, I fibbed myself into thinking that it was a nice cool breeze on a ridiculously hot day. HA. So silly. It is actually kind of amazing how your mind can trick itself into thinking that it is having so much fun and the wind isn’t that bad. (it was “THAT BAD”. At one point, i got blown into a snow bank because it was that strong!) I ended up with 11 miles outside and 9 inside. Since I was properly layered up, I definitely felt that I could have stayed outside for those last 9-but i didn’t want to get dehydrated, so I called it a day.
(The total time for combined runs)
So…This is one of the coolest things ever. My SIL has an amazing friend, Michelle, and she bought us a surprise present.. HOW AMAZING IS THIS???
I cannot WAIT To wear it ! I decided that I need to be more like Michelle…Random acts of kindness. So get ready, world, I’m gearing up for it in 2015!
HAPPY SUNDAY!!! I’ll be watching our boys play tonight… GO PATS!!
Anybody run outside in the horrific temperatures?? Ever run in weather worse than that? Brrr…..