So far, I have been super busy with school, work, running, and I have been doing the best I can to spend as much time as I can with my amazing girlfriend, Ashlee.
Last night I ended up running late like around 10pm. I took my flashlight and set out of the door with the crisp chill in the air. I ran out along the mainstreet of Homer and out to the bridge leading out of town. It was such a peaceful run and throughout it, I envisioned myself winning the Cayuga Trails 50 miler. I picked up my pace drastically the last 5 miles feeling the strength in my legs take me the ultimate distance. I pictured myself coming up the last final hill, passing all of the top competition such as Sage C. I felt strong and finished the run well. Night running is something that feels almost out of a dream. You go through the motions and almost feel like the world is asleep while you are out there trekking in the outdoors. I finished my nice 11 mile run and got ready for bed.
Sunday Feb 17---Freezing cold morning run up the steep hills of Blodgett Mills up to Greek Peak. I ran the right slope section which is a quad-buster. I ran pretty controlled and was able to almost fly up every section until the last steep up. I remember Jim Johnson talking about side-stepping up a slope at Loon Mountain last summer and I tried that philosophy and to my amazement, it works really well. It was funny, I was laughing as I side-stepped up the hill running a solid pace. I then came back and refueled. THe wind on the way out was nonexistent but on the way back it was a brisk -4 degrees which I had my Inov 8 face wrag that helped keep the wind at bay.
Feb 18----1 hour and 25 minute run out along 222 and out through the winding hills of Groton. It was a nice relaxing run though my Karhu's have a slight irritation point on them. Got in a solid 15.
Feb 19--Morning run out along to Blue Creek Road and the loop up to Wolf Road through Homer back home. Got in a nice 11 or so in 72 minutes. It is warming up out there. My Karhu strongs also have a nasty irritation point on the outer overlay of the shoe and it has been killing my pinkie toe. I am thinking I could use a foam cushion to help the toe out.
Feb 20----Morning run in the snow--Out along East River Road. The visibility got really bad by half way and I managed to slug through the rest of the run in my La Sportiva Vertical K's because my Karhu shoes have a internal frayed seam that allows for the overlays of the right shoe to cut my pinkie toe into oblivion. I ended up with 78 minutes and about 11-12 miles I would approximate.