Monday, February 12, 2007


Last week was a rollercoaster of motivation regarding running. On Wednesday, I really thought I was going to get back to the 80 mile range for the week. However, things went downhill in a hurry. I only managed 49 miles for the week.

Wednesday night I ended up staying up till midnight trying to start my brother-in-law’s car. He and his wife went on a trip and left their car at our house. We ended up getting it going, but not until I “lost” 3 hours of sleep. I made half of that up by not running Thursday morning.

No problem, I’d just run in the evening. Wrong. I’ve been unmotivated about getting on the treadmill in the evenings lately. By 8:30 I was asleep. That means I put a big goose egg in the log book for Thursday.

Friday I was able to get out in the morning, but only managed 6 miles. No problem, I’d just add another run in the evening. Wrong!

Luckily, everything was lining up for a nice, long solo run on Saturday. I’ve wanted to get back in the 18-20 mile range and Saturday I had the time to do it. I just didn’t have the desire and I’m blaming it on the weather. Due to family commitments I had to start my run at 8:30, when it was still 10 below. I’m getting so fucking tired of 10 below. I read that we’ve had like 12-13 days in-a-row where morning temps have been below zero – the longest stretch in 8 years. I’m to the point where I can only handle 8-10 miles before going crazy. Saturday it was 8.

Sunday afternoon it actually got up to 20 degrees, but it felt like 50. So what did I do? I ran for 2 hours. ON THE TREADMILL. Don’t feel bad, I was watching Track & Field, along with highlights from the national x-c meet, so the 16 miles went by fairly quickly.

Speaking of the national meet, congrats to Elliot Heath for winning the junior race – the same day his brother broke 4 minutes for the mile - and Jason Lehmkuhle for securing the final qualifying spot on the world team. My favorite male and favorite female runners just missed qualifying. Andrew Carlson just missed qualifying too, here he shows how muddy the course was – in case you couldn’t tell from the previous photos.

Finally, here's a photo of Katie and two of Jason that were sent to me for posting. Thank, Heidi.

Quote of the day;

“There is always room for improvement, you know – it’s the biggest room in the house.” – Louise Heath Leber


Peter said...

Chad, I can totally relate to your comments about the cold weather. Now it's warmed up a bit, and we're getting snow every day!

Hey, I'm wondering if you can contact me about tips on how to format my blog that I just started last week (maybe there's a link since I'm signed in differently, but if not, here it is:

I'd like to fingure out how to post pictures, how you di the linky things you do, etc. I'm a complete novice and have no clue what to do. Anything you can do to help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks,


Chad said...

I sent you an email.