Month: November 2014

Running in Foot Deep Powder

Today was a great day for a trail run. I went trailrunning this morning at -1F (according to the weather channel). Accuweather had it at -13.

Nothing like a little negative F to kick off the morning trail running
Nothing like a little negative F to kick off the morning trail running

I went out on the deck and it felt more like the weather channel had it at -1F so I dressed for that. It was snowing pretty hard and there was at least 8″ of new snow on the ground. I wore a minimum of clothing, in spite of the cold. It’s better to be slightly cold and dry, rather than dressed really warmly but sweat too much. That sweat will chill you if the wind hits it.

Dressed lightly for a winter trail run at -1F
Dressed lightly for a winter trail run at -1F

I wore my Pearl Izumi Trail N2 with Kahtoola microspikes. I’m glad I did. The trail was really bumpy with icy spots under the powder snow. You couldn’t see under the snow so it was good to have the extra spike aggressiveness. I had thought of wearing my Hoka Stinson with the screws in the bottom.

Winter Trailrunning Video on Vimeo:

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I wore Salomon hybrid top and bottom. When I say hybrid I mean a thin athletic fleece with wind and water resistant panels. I wore the loose tights without a base layer. On top I had on an Arctyrex mid-weight base layer. That’s it for clothing. For socks I wore thick wool mountaineering socks. For gloves I had on bike commuter lobster mitts from REI for my hands. On my head I wore a buff, a mid-weight helmet liner, and a swag Salomon baseball cap I got at a race.

The snow was light and fluffy and dry so I didn’t really need to worry about my feet getting wet. When I turned around at the 2.5 mile mark the wind was pretty cold on my chest. I had a thin insulated vest in the UD Pack, but in a few minutes I was warm again so it was worth waiting before I got it out. It ended up I didn’t need it.

Winter Trailrunning GPS Track:

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Slapping Motivation Upside the Head with a Wet Noodle

Recently a friend of mine posted in a social media site something about how food is the fuel that runs your body and you don’t want to be starving your body of the nutrition it needs. I thought this was pretty good motivational commentary, so I added the following paraphrase of a Brian Tracy classic:

“Imagine you’ve just spent $500,000 on a race horse. What would you feed it? Would you cut corners? The cheapest stuff you can find? Your body is even more valuable.”

Almost immediately there were a few demotivational comments. Something along the lines of crippled old horses needing good food, something along the lines of can’t afford good food, something along the lines of a calorie is just a calorie. etc….

So I came up with the following:

If we break down the analogy into the smallest simple parts with the intent to destroy it and excuse our lack of progress, then yes, if you were to use aviation fuel in a Lamborghini, it would fly down the road. If you were to pour that into your 1978 Ford Pinto, it would explode when you turn the key.

 

Eggs, brown rice and salsa. Inexpensive healthy meal choice.

Sometimes motivation is hard. So is eating good simple healthy food. That doesn’t make it untrue. It also doesn’t excuse you from some simple facts. Yes, donuts and diet coke are the nutrition of choice for the Pintos out there. But you do have a choice. You can choose to spend your money more wisely and eat good healthy foods. Even Walmart has good inexpensive organic and natural foods, made by the same companies as those trendy very expensive stores that hold their employees under the guillotine of profit. Not that that is bad or anything …