Thursday, January 31, 2013

Back in the Fifties Again

I dropped Weight Watchers a few weeks ago. I was not getting anywhere on it. Logging my food was just too time consuming.

 I do think WW is a great program. But not for an endurance athlete running one plus hour daily. It is more for a sedentary person, who is just trying to hopefully get more active out there.

 Have I changed any of the way I have ate since quitting WW? No. I haven't. I have eliminated my melba toast crackers, one of the few processed/premade foods I snacked on daily.

 Now I have been eating homemade beef or venison jerky for the saltiness that I crave.

 I stepped on the scale this morning and was ecstatic to see 159.5.  FINALLY back to the 50's again. I gained about five extra pounds during my ugly August, and have finally gotten them back off. Which still leaves 10 pounds-actually 9.5 pounds-to still lose. I am never going to be one of those skinny runner chicks, and I am good with that.
Run for Regis pic, NOT today!

Today was my long run of the week, a 15 miler.  I had been looking forward to hitting trails, but with all the rain we've had the last two days, I knew that would be pure mud.  So I cobbled a route around the neighborhood here, but it only came up to about 12 miles.

This was a very difficult run.  The wind was sustained.  It blew and blew.  I was wearing tights, then my wind pants over them.  A wool shirt, and my eVent Jacket over that.  A breathing mask and a merino wool Buff on my head.  Gloves and my $30 dollar windbreaker mittens over them.

I felt like I weighed 200 lbs for the first 4 miles of this run.  (Which was kind of interesting, as I weighed less this morning than I have in months..)  I felt slow, but I really wasn't when I glanced at the Garmin.

The wind was kicking my butt. Depending on what direction I was going, sometimes it was full force against me, or sidewise.  I did kind of "warm up" around mile 6 or 7 and felt like I was having a decent run.  But I started to stiffen up, both my back and hamstrings. I think that was due to the wind, and I was bracing against it.


So, only 12 miles.  I couldn't face doing an out-and-back in this weather.  It was an okay run, I'm glad I garbed up and got out there.  Several hours later, my back is very stiff, and I am sure that is due to the run.

I've already forgotten about those balmy runs (in 65 and 58 degrees) of Tuesday and Wednesday..

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

I survived January!

I survived the tough month of January!

I think the month of December was harder. There were more runs in the dark in December.  By the time January rolled around, we had gone through the shortest day of the year and have started building up daylight.

December miles: 225
January miles: 209.  Slightly less, but due so with a recovery week after the training weekend on the Massanutten Trail.  Still, more miles than I have ever run before. Consistency, consistency, consistency!

I had many carrots in January, to look forward to.  That made it a little bit easier to get the runs in knowing you had a "reward" at the end of the week.

First was "Run for Regis" where I got to run trails and see lots of friends.

Then was MLK Training weekend, where I got to travel to Virginia, see old and new friends, AND get miles in on the Massanutten Trail! (Okay, I had been looking forward to this since..December..)

February Carrots:

Arkansas Trip:  Well, I'm not so sure about the carrot, but we are travelling to a friend's wedding in Arkansas. I'm already fretting about how to get at least one run in on my three day weekend. I hope we do not encounter any tornadoes whilst there.  It probably is good for my running schedule that this is the week before:

Reverse Ring! The Last Weekend of February:  Well, I have been looking to THIS since missing The Ring on Labor Day Weekend.  I will strive not to do that again.

Only one rule: stay on orange

Some of the Reverse Ring 2012 Starters

Snow Squall on Signal Knob

Kimba almost to Woodstock Tower.  A little wind burnt already

To me, it's always good to have these "carrots" or "treats" or "events" to look forward to.  Heck, this week, I have been looking forward to a 15 mile trail run on my day off.  Since we've been in a deluge for the last 3 days, and the trails would be a "cold mess"  I am going to do my 15 miles on my back roads.  That's okay now, given the weather conditions.

But it's good to give yourself little things to look forward to: like an unexpected run in January in 65 F ; an early hour out of work for another daylight run; a trail run; a run scheduled with friends, albeit the distance.

This is how I get through my winter of running. And hey, Massanutten is now 106 days out. But spring will be here before that!

Twenty Eight Day Blog Challenge

Okay, it's another blog Challenge!  This one is greatly needed, I think.

Katy Widrick has organized this. "It’s time to commit to building a better blog and creating community — so come join the 28-Day Blog Challenge! It’s the shortest month of the year but you can have a big impact by taking small steps each day in February. We start on February 1 and whether you’re just beginning your journey or are a well-established blogger looking to become even bigger, everyone is welcome. I’ll make recommendations of 28 things you can do." 

You may see some changes, additions, improvements to my blog. Or I may manage to break it completely-if that happens I would hope someone will let me know!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Back to Training!

I've been writing this blog for a long time. Sometime I'm going to go back and see how many posts were titled "Back to Training!"  I bet there are quite a few..

I have actually still been training. Never stopped, in fact.  This just happened to be a low volume, recovery week from the big push in the Massanutten Mountains last weekend.

The cold snap hit here when I returned home. So my three recovery runs during the week were on the treadmill.  I could not see garbing up and venturing out into 10 degree F weather when  I was only going to do four or five miles.

I did get out yesterday for 4'some miles, and today returned to my normal "10K" (6.4 mile) around the block and felt fine.  I was pretty tired, on and off, last week, so was fine with low mileage.

Now I am back, with a two week schedule of runs planned! (Last week was pretty low key, 'run as I felt'..) and hey! Monday is an off day from running wooT!! 

Of course, TPTB (the powers that be) have seen that my 15 mile long run on Thursday will correspond with the dramatic dip in temperature from Mon-Tues-Wed here in Ohio...

Sunday, January 27, 2013

De Cluttering

"Heck, all ya need is a pair of shoes to go running!"

Who ever said this was apparently not an ultra runner, and not an ultra runner who lives in my house hold.

It started out very innocently. I wanted to re-organize the plant room and install another rack for seed-starting.
Then I decided I would take the table out of the plant room, and put that in my office for my desk.

Then the husband wanted to know if I wanted to move the white rack out of my office (where all my running gear is stored) and put that one in the plant room, and then he could install two smaller racks in my office.

So we are currently 40% through this project.  The table and first rack have been moved.  I am up to two garbage bags of "stuff" that I am getting rid of.  Now while he installs the two racks, I'm going to go through yet more stuff.

This is a good way to get all my running gear re-organized organized for the year.  Pics to follow when project complete!

 I have my Philly Flower Show posters framed.  I also swapped out my old door on sawhorses for Grandma's old 1950 table.

 Got all the running gear re-organized and threw some stuff out.

 I don't know why the plant room pic came out so dark.  This is where I will start the seeds soon.  I use regular shop lights, and adjust the lights up and down via the chains.  The cardboard box is our homemade dehydrator than Dennis makes jerky in:

AND I did get my run in!  I got out at 230 pm, kind of late for me on a weekend, but I wanted to get the run in.  Felt very good, ran my loop in 1.15 without any extra effort.   I am getting quicker!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Virginia Training Day Two

Training Day Two was to be the "Gap to Gap" training day, but the park service closed Crisman Hollow Road early, so the start/finish was now "Rt 211 Parking Lot to Rt 211 Parking Lot".  We did the same amount of miles, but now not in the proper race sequence.

Speaking of miles, I had decided on Saturday to cut back on the Sunday miles.  It had more to do with the drive home on Sunday after running, I didn't want to be unsafe on the roads.  I also had to work on Monday and didn't want to get home at midnight.  So I cut off the bottom loop, or the Bird Knob loop section.

Intersection at Waterfall Mtn

For the first part of the run I ended up in the Team Gaylord Posse. I had not met Bob Gaylord before.. he is quite the character.

Bob paid me a started out like this "..don't take this the wrong way.."  uh, oh, what's coming? 
"You are one tenacious bitch!!"

I laughed. I thought that was pretty funny.

This section, which is around mile 88 in the race, was my low point in both 2011 and 2012. So I wanted to get on the section again, and get more familiar with it.  Was it as bad as I remembered?  Was it as long as I remembered? Could I do something different, calorie/hydration wise, to get through this section?

You leave the Rt 211 parking lot, try not to get killed crossing the road, and start up the white connector trail.  This is a wide, almost jeep road, exposed to the sun-of course not a problem in January.
I was tired, a bit sore and stiff overall, and my throat hurt due to all the cold air breathed in Saturday.  I couldn't find my mask for Sunday, it was somewhere in my vehicle.  So starting off this section tired and stiff was perfect! Just how I feel in the race at mile 88 (except I would not have drank about 5 beers 8 hours prior..)
We get to the intersection at Waterfall Mountain and head up the orange blazed trail.  I'm in the lead of the current group I am in, and feel I am moving a bit too fast, but whatever.  There is not as many switchbacks over the creek as I remember.  It is a good climb, and I am getting pretty sweaty, even for January.  So the memory of the climb is correct.  We climb up the creek bed, which is pretty dry today.  Before I know it, we've hit the top and started that nice long downhill which leads to Crisman Hollow Road. I check my Garmin when we hit the road section-it's only about 5 miles from Rt 211 to Crisman Hollow Road, it's always seemed longer than that.

It's about two miles down the road (actually the turn sheet says 1.4 miles) to the Gap Creek AS.  There is no aid here today, because of the road closed.

Now we start up the infamous Jawbone Gap Trail.  This is the only section of the MMT course that you travel over more than once.  You first hit this aid station at mile 69.  You climb the 1.2 miles to the ridge.
If this is mile 69 and your first time through  here, you turn left on the orange blazed trail and travel Kerns Mountain toward the Visitor Center Aid Station Eventually.  If it is now mile 97 into the race, you still climb up Jawbone but now get to go straight and down to Moreland Gap Road on your way to the finish!

Jeff and Tom at top of Jawbone

Since I didn't wear my windbreaker jacket at all on Saturday, I didn't even bring it with me on Sunday. Which was really stupid, because there was a good wind blowing, and we had Kerns Mountain to travel over.

I ran through this section with Jeff and Larry at different points, and we chatted the whole time.  In fact, we came across the wide open section known as "Q's View" rather suddenly.
And what this signals is, you get to Q's View, and you are almost done with Kerns Mountain!  There is a short section of runnable dirt, and then you will be on the road for the run down to the Visitor Center Aid Station.

I stopped when I got to the Visitor Center parking lot, as that was conveniently where my vehicle was, getting 15 miles on the trail. I had another very good run on the trail on Sunday.  I got to go over the section that has been my low spot and I do remember more of the details on this section now.  That really helps me out during the race, to remember how long-or short-of a climb or a particular section is.

Now, less than one month to more MMT miles, the Reverse Ring!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Training Weekend in Virginia

What a weekend! Saturday was the first of the Massanutten Training Academy Runs, sponsored more or less by VHTRC.  There is a series of 5 runs over the course of 3 months, which will cover most (or all) of the course.  These are all FREE events, with registration usually opening for newbies to the MMT Race course, then allowing veterans to sign up a few days later.

Allison and I drove down from Ohio and enjoyed the hospitality of Portobello Friday night before the Saturday Run.

Saturday was a 50K: From the Race start, follow the course up the west side of the mountain, and cross over to Elizabeth Furnace.

For the nit-picky, we actually start on the road-Crisman Hollow Road, where the race course takes you through the campground at Carolina Furnace.  And at the end, we actually end in the Signal Knob parking lot rather than crossing over the road to Elizabeth Furnace.

So's a nice cold start, about 30 degrees out. Some runners have abandoned their cars and have already ran up the road, but a good group of us waited for the Run Director, Brian McNeil's last minute instructions and admonishments.

Then we are all off, and running/walking/jogging up the road.

The road section is kind of an enigma race morning.  It is all uphill, a very gradual slope. Do you run it? Walk briskly?  After all, this IS just the start of a long day.

I did both, running, walking when I wanted to.  I realized I had not used my inhaler prior to the start, but I also didn't want to stop and remove my pack to get to it.  AND I was talking so much to people, I didn't have my Hannibal Lechter mask over my face.

So we get to the trail section, and start on the Short Mountain Section.
There is a good little climb up Short Mountain, and then you just hit the rocks on top of the ridge line. 
It is easy to get into a conga line  here, where it is difficult to pass.   Short Mountain has many sections of boulder hopping.  There are also many PUD's-pointless ups and downs.  You come off the ridge line, then start downhill, only to climb back up to the ridge again.

This section did go quickly, and we were at the aid station at Edinburg, at mile 12.  Right out of the Aid Station (same as race) there is a real good climb up Waonaze Peak.

There is a repeating theme of MMT Aid stations-they will be down low.  There is usually a good climb out of the AS.

You can actually see the Fire Tower at Woodstock Tower.  I believe that is the first time I saw it..

The oxbow view of the Shenandoah River

This is the hang glider spot, this is why the area is so clear.

This is a good representation of the MMT course.  The trail is across these rocks.

The section from Woodstock to Powell's Fort (after the big climb) is very runnable, so no pictures.  Then the trail turns into a nice downhill, and you are on a camp road.  Probably a nice feeling after so many rocks, but it is still difficult to run all of it.  I played the game "run to that blaze."  "ok, walk to that rock, then run" over and over.
Then you have the infamous turn around Meander Reservoir:

Around the reservoir, back to the camp ground, and less than one-half mile, you see the blue blaze of the Tuscarora! This is your cue to start looking for the right hand turn, where you abandon orange, and now follow blue over the mountain.
I caught two guys right here.  I was feeling really good now, and passed them quickly. 

I even pulled my phone out on the climb to check in with the husband, as there is cell coverage on the ridge, but not on the valleys.   
This is a rather steep climb up, but then there is about a 4 mile downhill to the Elizabeth Furnace Aid Station.

I was feeling really good when I got to the top of the climb.  I felt like I could go for another 10 miles at that point. I hammered the downhill, catching Shelly and Diane, who had been in front of me all day.  I think I surprised them a bit, but my "style" of ultra running is that I start out slow.  I don't really start out slow on purpose! But I do. And then I gain strength, warm up, and generally have more energy later in a race. 

Fueling-I calculated how long I thought this 50K would take me.  Then I calculate using about 200 calories per hour. (Your stomach can absorb 200-300 calories an hour-I use 200 because the math is easier).

I carried all my calories that I would need for this run.  I took in: 
800 calories from Malto dextrin
100 calories from 1 gel
400 calories from EFS Liquid Shot
200 calories from 1 package of Cliffbloks
400 or 500 calories(?)  from aid station cookies
Total: 2000 calories

 I ran this in 8.43. So call it 9 hours. 9 hours x 200 calories=1800 calories  Very good call on the food intake. I think I had one gel left, which I probably should have taken at the top of the ridge before the 4 mile descent to Elizabeth Furnace, but I kept thinking I was "almost there."  I will have to remember race day, even though it's only 4 miles to the aid station,  I should continue to eat through here.

It was good to get back on the rocks again before Reverse Ring, body got a little bit of a shock with the bonus MMT miles!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Run for Regis Half Marathon Report

This was the 9th annual Run for Regis Event organized by Tanya Cady.  This run is to honor Regis Shivers Sr, who was a local trail/ultra runner who passed away several years ago to cancer.

Regis was very local to me.  He, along with Roy Heger, were my first running mentors.
Kim & Regis, Grist Mill, Mohican, 2006
All proceeds from the event go to a cross-country runner scholarship at West Lafayette High School and to the Fisher House.

It's called an "event" because Tanya doesn't give awards for first, second third.  Everyone gets the same swag, whether you run 5 miles, 13, or 50K distance.  You can change distance through out the race.  You don't get your swag until you finish your distance and report you are done to Tanya.

This years swag was a Patagonia back pack, and a Buff!!

The 2012 Run for Regis was 7 degrees F.  This year, it was 65 F at  the start.

The schedule called for me to "only" run the 1/2 marathon.  I was pretty happy about that.  One, with all the ice melted on the trails, it would be a mudfest later in the day for the 50K runners.

The National Park had made Tanya change the start to a "staggered start" of 50 runners at a time.  This years course consisted of a 5 mile loop and an 8 mile loop.  1/2 Marathoners started on the 8 mile loop while 50K runners went to the 5 mile loop first.  This was helpful in keeping down congestion on trail.

I started in the third "wave" and actually was about the tenth person back, on purpose.  I knew the trail would quickly hit a downhill, and I can run downhills fast, and I didn't want to get to get stuck behind more cautious runners.  I had worn my screwed shoes since they can also help with mud situations.

I ran the first downhill hard, and just continued to run hard.  It felt good to be able to just run fast on a trail!  After this past week of caution, slipping, sliding, slogging through ice and snow.  I felt lots of this loop was very runnable.

I finally looked at my watch and was surprised to see I had already run 4 miles.  Wow, that seemed to go by effortlessly!  I should probably take a gel now!

The 1/2 marathoners were kind of spread out and I didn't know any of them that I either passed or passed me. (Most of my friends were running the 50K on the other loop...)  This was also good for me, as I didn't slow down to chit chat, I was out for a run!

Back to the start/finish, drink a cup of Coke, grab 2 cookies., now just a 5 mile loop to go.   I had just run on all these trails a month or so ago, so it was good to be familiar with the area.  I had a sick headache going, I think due to overheating!

I came into the finish area, told the officials  I was done at 2.42.  I didn't remember until afterwards it was the 'staggered start' time so my time is really 2.38 or so.  Very pleased with this effort today.  I ran hard when I could, power-hiked/stomped up some slick muddy hills, and ran down all the hills.

I got to see many friends out there today.  With this great weather today, I feel like this was our little "reward" for the last few weeks of training in the snow/ice/dark!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Winter Respite

After the snow and ice buildup from the day after Christmas through the New Year, Ohio has now been hit with a warming trend.  The temperatures today soared into the low fifties.  Much of the snow except for the north slopes are now gone.  Lots of ice on roads and trails have melted.

My schedule called for a seven mile run. Even though it was short, I thought I would go to Salt Fork State Park and run there.

It began raining heavily as I drove there.  The temperature, per the cat thermometer, fluctuated between 42 and 47.  Hey! Where was my fifty degree day?

It stopped just as I arrived which allowed me to change into my screwed trail shoes, and get my windbreaker with hood on.  Then the rain continued!

The bridle trail that I started on was just a stream.  Wow, my feets were very very cold.  I continued, though, figuring my feet would warm up.

It's still raining heavily.

I hop over to a  hiking trail, which is more up on the hillside and draining much better.  Then I absently continue to follow the blue hiking trail, and come to a huge tree down on the trail, pretty much blocking it.  I look around. This area was hit hard by the freak derecho storm of June 29.  Many trees are snapped off at the same elevation.  The park has been cutting trees here, and there is a faint logging trail, so I go off piste and start up the logging trail.
That was a mistake, since I sink in soft mud with every step.  There's no running or fast walking here, it's post holing through mud.  But it leads me to the campground road, and I stop at the restroom to refill my water bottle.

I notice a sign behind the restroom/showers that says "Main Trail to Beach".  Huh! I've never seen this sign before (I don't usually stop at this restroom.)  So I resolve to follow it.

It's more of a clearcut powerline down to the beach area, I recognize it immediately, I pass this on a trail at the bottom of the hill.   Now I have lost momentum with my run, so I go downhill. It's very steep. This may be good for hill repeats but I am thinking the small bushes are probably very thorny as they grow.

I splash through a big culvert, and am now on the beach road-where my  vehicle is parked at the end.  I decide to run over to the beach at Salt Fork. I've never been over there before.

I follow the concrete path till it ends, then I cut over, on the beach.  I run along, on the beach.  There is a little fog, with the rain hitting the remainder of the snow, causing heavy condensation.

Even with my beach detour, I'm only at five miles, but I decide I am done, I can't see what two more miles is going to do for me this day.

Today (Saturday) is a scheduled day off from running! Tomorrow is the "Run for Regis" event.  I am running the 1/2 marathon (as opposed to the 50K).  I am pretty happy about running the shorter distance, with all the melted snow and ice, it's going to be a slogfest out there!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

This week/Last Week

I started out with an epic birthday post but never got around to finishing it.

A pretty low key birthday.  It was Sunday, I worked all day, and was really tired.

My husband made me my birthday dinner Monday, my day off.  I got a trail run in, and was not productive other than that all day.

The huge porterhouse steak put me in a food coma and I was out early.

I was also out early because I got up at 445 AM to go run.

I had six miles to run and an 11 hour work day.  And with the people who were working with me that day, I knew it would be busy and draining.  So there was no way I was going to go run 6 miles at 730 PM.

So I got up early and ran them on the treadmill. At 515 am.

I watched the part of the second episode of this year's "Biggest Loser".   The doctor guy was talking to one of the contestants, and while I don't think really highly of the doctor, something he said to the contestant really resonated with me.

To paraphrase, he asked the contestant "if you had a lymphoma, (cancer) would you take two hours out of your day for a chemotherapy infusion".  The contestant said of course.  Then the doctor said something about taking care of his obesity disease (or something like that) why wouldn't you take care of that disease?

Really, think about it. We would have radiation treatments or chemo treatments that take 30 minutes or one hour to treat a cancer in our body.  So why wouldn't you spend one hour treating your body for that obesity disease on/in your body? 

Back to the last week/this week.  I  always recap my week of running.  As last week happened,  I thought I was having a real lackluster week. In fact, I would have given it a C+.  But once the week was over, I was pretty pleased.  I nailed all my workouts. I didn't give up due to the snow/ice/cold/dark. Sure, my long run was kind of a stinker, but I guess not *all* runs are good. (It's just most of mine are..)

This week so far has been good.  Really good.  Even the 5 am treadmill run.  I am finding my speed HAS increased just through my consistency in training.  The treadmill is not my favorite, but it is a good marker for a pretty impartial rating of my running.  There's no light/darkness/ice/snow/heat/dogs that impact my normal neighborhood loop.

I'm pretty stoked for Sunday's race..or run/event.  It is the 9th Annual Run for Regis Event.  When I am around for this, I usually run the 50K.

This year, the schedule calls for just the 1/2 marathon..because the following weekend is the MLK MMT Training Weekend!  Which calls for a 50K on Saturday and marathon distance on Sunday.

I'm kind of looking forward to "just" running 13.1 miles.  I can then change clothes and hang out for a bit and have a bit of a social life for a change.

AND, it could be in the forties or perhaps even the 50 degree temperature range...for January, in Ohio?  We can only hope!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Attitude Adjustment

 I am downstairs on my treadmill, just past mile 7 of an 8 mile run.  I'm running slightly under a 10 minute per mile pace, which I have maintained for the entire treadmill run.  I am getting this run in ahead of working a 10 hour work shift.  I realize I have jumped over (well figuratively, it's hard to jump on a treadmill) a hurdle.

It's amazing how you can move past mental obstacles, with just a little push. 

In the past, I rarely exercised on my "weekend to work".  It's tiring to work on your own for two shifts.  I am tired toward the end of the work day, and at home at night.  So I have in the past just not bothered working out.  I'm doing enough by working, right?

 Now I have a running schedule, which has me running 6 or 7 days a week.  Which includes my weekend to work.

I figure out how to do it. What time I need to get up, have my lunch made ahead of time, stuff ready to go.

I find it is not "that hard" to do.  I CAN get up early, and go run.  I just had to step over that mental speed bump. 

I also wasn't sure I could maintain the running pace that I did for the run.  I did! 

Do you need to give yourself a little mental push???


Friday, January 4, 2013


I mapped out today's run using the gmap-pedometer website.  This allows you to trace a route over roads, so I can cobble together enough mileage.

The plan was to run the regular dirt road, but then take 1st Horseshoe Bend Road, over to Rt 258, then hop onto 2nd Horseshoe Bend Road, and run my "normal route" in reverse.

The run started out just fine.  About 24 degrees F, exactly what I ran it in last night, about 20 hours earlier.
Prettier in the daylight.

So the route in red is what I was supposed to take.  The green line is where I went.

I essentially took the first "right" instead of the second "right".


But I haven't been up First Horseshoe Bend Road in, over a year or so.  I had a couple landmark houses and curves in the road, so I kept running, thinking I would come across those, really soon.

Then I came around a bend, saw this spectacular barn, and knew I was not where I wanted to be!

But where had I blundered off the road? Had I missed the side road?  (At this point,  I had not realized my mistake.)  How does one get lost on a road??

I even stopped and turned the "location" feature on my phone on.  But since I was out in rural Appalachia, the phone didn't pick up a signal right away, and I decided to just retrace my steps.

Back on my original "route"  I laughed out loud as I realized I had not even got to First Horseshoe Bend Road yet.

Despite the gorgeous day out there, I was not feeling the love. My upper body was very stiff and sore.  I think this was due to the night run of Wednesday. I tend to hold my upper body still, and I think the ice covered roads tenses me up quite a bit.

I also didn't have much energy, even though I had just eaten lunch prior to running.  Maybe it was due to the night run just too soon, or maybe I should have eaten a bit more.  I was pretty fatigued and sore after this run.  It only came up to 12 miles when the schedule called for 14, but I didn't want to run on the state route, with the snow piled high.  When the cars come by, there is now no berm at all, just snow banks.

So, it is what it is. 12 instead of 14.  I did enjoy seeing that blue sky against all the white snow out there.