Dragon and I finished up a long training block yesterday with a run back and forth across the Presidential Range in New Hampshire’s White Mountains — earning a 1000 mile badge from Run the Year 2017 and racking up a classic 8-week progression.
Never before have I cherished an upward trending graph so much. 🙂
This week will see something of a decrease in mileage and vertical feet in preparation for Saturday’s Mount Washington Road Race. I’ve completed this race 4 times before, and I’m cautiously optimistic about my training this time around. Now it’s mostly up to weather, wind, and hydration.
After that, it’s 4 weeks until wheels up to Scandinavia!
I celebrated my run with Dragon by making a little video 🙂
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Five days into the New Year (and barely a week into “winter” here in the Northeastern U.S.) and I’m starting to adjust to a new training routine that balances running and skiing (and gym workouts) with all the other parts of family & work life.
For example, I couldn’t get out to start my long run on Sunday until after 5:00 pm. It was, of course, already dark, and snowing pretty hard. I put on the microspikes, harnessed Dragon for some canine companionship, and set out for a slow and steady 12 miles.
Slower than usual in part because of the double (& triple) workout days I’ve been logging this past week to take advantage of the new snow and keep ramping up the running mileage.
Stretching the training hours through the darkest days of the year and in all sorts of conditions has also given me plenty of time to think about being named one of Vermont’s Top Ten Athletes of 2015 by Vermont Sports Magazine.
It’s a huge honor–and pretty humbling–to be on a short list with athletes including Kasie Enman, Andy Newell, Kelly Clark, and Hannah Kearney.
Being on this list has also challenged me to think about what it means to be an athlete (and father and husband and teacher and more…), and it’s given me the chance to share the story of Climate Run and the idea of climate resilience with everyone from skiers to college students to 13-year olds studying climate science.
As much as I cherish all the hours I spend running, skiing, and training for the coming year’s adventures, even more important are the many conversations I’ve been able to have about endurance, vulnerability, resilience, and our individual roles in the face of climate change.
A few miles on the slopes of Mount Mansfield yesterday evening…
My dog Dragon and I sat nestled by the woodstove on the couch one late fall evening on the week before the solstice, listening to a fresh access of wind that caught against the house a moment. I had put off (I would say we, but that would make Dragon equally culpable in my procrastination…) the day’s run, waiting for the gray sky to lighten before the winter evening begins to settle down.
The weather chose, though, not to abate, and, soaked with day’s heavy rain, it turned the trails into sluices running with slush. So I added a headlamp to my rainproof coat, gaiters, and microspikes, and we set off into the winter dark.
Once we started out and stepped off the short stretch of gravel road leading into fallow pasture and up a hillside of second and third growth forests, what little light there was sloughed off and pooled in the valley behind us. Apart from our resident turkeys and a handful of deer, our’s were the only prints in the wet snow.
It was dark and wet and wild.
It was magic.
No doubt everyone has weathered the oppressive weight of many days of rain on end. And even if the rain, as it occasionally can for me, persists within despite the sunny weather outside, sometimes there is nothing better than to get kitted out and charge into the rain soaked night–avant moi, le deluge!
Fantastic training run across some of the Franconia Ridge in New Hampshire’s White Mountains today!
A run on my favorite 5-miler at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center trails with Dragon….with a few extra hills mixed in. Soon we’ll all be skiing this same stretch of trail, but for the time being, it’s a great end-of-day workout ; )