Thursday, January 24, 2008


I think the hardest part about adding cross-training into the mix is getting over writing a zero in the log book. Seriously, for an analytical, numbers-oriented type guy – right, wrong or otherwise – there’s a lot of satisfaction derived from adding numbers into my log book. And with the addition of skiing, I went from averaging about 1 day off of running per month to about 2 days off per week. Maybe I need to develop some type of cross-reference tool that converts time spent skiing into running “mileage”.

Or maybe I should stop worrying about my log book.

Yesterday I had the entire freshly groomed golf course near my house all to myself and I skied for an hour.

This morning I woke up, turned on the TV, saw -12 degrees, and went back to bed. I was hoping to get in another hill workout, but I’ll opt for the treadmill tonight. The good news is that this is supposed to be the last of this cold stretch.

I still haven’t decided whether or not I’ll run the Winter Carnival Half Marathon this weekend. I’ve probably run this race in each of the last 5 years. It’s always a nice benchmark for where my base training has taken me. Again, for an analytical, numbers-oriented guy, that can be a catch-22. While it’s nice to run some of the same races every year, it can also affect the confidence level if this year’s results are up to snuff compared to previous year’s results. Looks like it might be a “game day” decision.

Finally, it looks like someone lit a fire under the Team US Minnesota in order to get them to update their journals. It looks like four or five of them have been updated, so I won’t bother to list them individually.

Quote of the day;

“Every year after I’d been skiing, I’d come into the spring with so much strength work, I’d usually be ahead of the game by May. But the great thing is I wouldn’t get tired the way I think you would if you put in all those hours on the roads.” – Bob Kempainen


Joseph said...

Come on out on Sat. It's going to be such a nice day. The negative temps I hope are gone for good this year.

On my way out now for my 2 deg lunch run.

Adam said...

I hear ya Chad. I now run quite often on some trails near my home and I get about 60% of the miles per hour as on the road. I finally quite worrying about it and just focused on time spent at my designated HR. Depending where you live you should come out to EP sometime and run these trails.

Anonymous said...

Since its too cold out to run and don't know how to ski, I'm planning to watch "sprit of the marathon" movie and have few beers before that, love carb loading when nothing else is going on.

Hopefully its a good show, since its sold out in TC.

Anonymous said...

The movie was actually far from sold out as they added a 2nd theater. The movie was very good and definitely a great reason to get together with running friends. They are showing it again on February 21st for those that didn't get to see it tonight.

MB said...

Good to hear you mixing in the X-C skiing in preps for Boston. It's so easy to get caught up in the mileage game.

Looking forward to your progress to Boston.