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13.1 miles total today – brings November total to 201.8 miles – highest month ever! Tough running today though

Woke up this morning to see that the temperatures were showing as -36C (-32.8F) with wind – and with a 20 miler planned I realizedĀ could not get that 20 miles done outside safely. I also couldn’t put that kind of stress on the treadmill (I’m still waiting for parts for my big one and our old one would definitely break down if I tried it on there).

I thought about a few different ways to get in the run but never really found something that would work for the family schedule today. But I did get a ray of hope from the weather forecast – it is showing much, much, much better temperatures for next weekend – that weekend was scheduled to be relatively light – so I made the decision to let the 20 miler go for this weekend and do it next weekend instead. I would then swap in 13.1 miles instead (broken into 2 runs) for today.

I got on the treadmill and did 2 light miles (17:08) and then got on with the rest of the day (which included getting the Christmas tree up and some of the decorations).

Then this afternoon, once there was time, I put on many, many layers of winter running clothes (up to and including 2 pairs of gloves) and headed out into the cold (it was -32C (-25.6F) with the wind when I went out). I quickly realized that I made the right choice not doing the 20 outside this morning – I almost went over on an ankle several times in areas that hadn’t been cleared from the Friday/Saturday snowfall (3-6 inches) and they were still clearing the neighborhood so the clear spots I did hit wouldn’t have been clear this morning (increasing the danger). I also realized about 5 miles in that some areas that were under even 3 layers of clothes were starting to get the tell tale cold burn – I finished off a shortened lap and got inside. In the end I got 6.4 miles in 58:47 outside – considering the cold and rough terrain that was a decent time.

I then dropped several layers of clothes, switched running shoes and got on the treadmill. I finished out 4.7 miles in 40:03.

That brought the total for the day up to 13.1 miles. Not quite what I had planned but I salvaged some good mileage and most importantly came out of it healthy!

That run then brings my total for the month up to 201.8 miles – my highest mileage month ever and my 3rd month ever over 200 (all 3 this year). So a great month for mileage…but can’t seem to shake a bit of disappointment for the month though.

I did not get in the speed work I wanted (damned treadmill parts) and I actually had 12.3 more miles on the schedule than I completed for the month (it was always an ambitious month in the schedule). I think my biggest disappointment is still missing the 20 miler today though – always hate missing those.

But still doing very good and I am looking forward to going into my last month of training for the Dopey Challenge!

Wow – just checked mileage for the year so far…1803.859 miles…can I hit 2000 this year? I hit 1400 last year so that would be a hell of a jump!

18.1 miles in 2:52:23 – a bit slippery out there – can tell it really worked the stabilizers

With the 18.1 miles done today I am done my first true Dopey Challenge dry run for the races in January.

Thursday I did 5 miles, 6.2 on Friday, 13.1 yesterday and 18.1 today – total of 42.4 miles in 4 days as opposed to 48.6 for the actual challenge but it shows I am in a good place with 46 days until the challenge begins!

I felt very good on the run today and could have kept going quite easily but I have a 50 mile week this next week as well so I need to keep something in reserve. Plus I have to go spend some more time outside in the cold putting up some Christmas decorations.

Weather today was very good (for winter in Winnipeg) – hovering right around the freezing mark with no wind – dressed properly it was gorgeous out there! I’m glad I got it done when I did though since the weather is supposed to take a big turn for the worse in the next hour or so (high winds and deep wind chills and a couple inches of snow – might have just had my last really good outdoor long run until spring…)

Being right around freezing there several slippery ice spots and some loosely packed snow that can be very unpredictable – I almost fell once but otherwise it wasn’t too bad. Still I can tell it really worked the various stabilizing muscle groups in my legs and in my core as well. That is one positive about winter running – your legs do get stronger all around.

Very happy with the run today and how well I did. My confidence and conditioning for the Dopey Challenge is definitely there – but it is still way too early to start to taper. Lots more running to go!