Friday, February 15, 2008

20K Goal today, but wait isn't that Donald?

In honor of Jules Verne week over at Passamaquoddy I decided that if the weather became agreeable this week I would attempt a 20K.

Well temps today were in the low teens with very little wind.

I decided to go for it. I went out with the intention of heading out 6.2 miles and then turning around. As I approached the 6.2 mile mark I thought about Kates recent blog and asked myself if I should check in on Dewey before turning around. That is exactly what I did. Once I reached Dewey I did take a short walking breather. From there I did pretty well up until the 11 mile mark. The cold air was beginning to work on my lungs as I headed into a slight breeze.

The final 2.1 miles were a wog. But I did it. 13.1 miles in 2 hrs 17 mins.

I will say that I quickly realized how spoiled I had gotten on the treadmill. The road works your body in a whole different way. So be sure to mix your future training with road work once conditions allow in your area.

I had ice rimming my glasses and hanging from my beard. Here's a picture that my wife took when I got home.

I was exhausted but man it felt good when it was over. Looking forward to much warmer days here.

Hope you are all doing well.


mgreene said...

Jeff, great job - especially not letting the cold stop you! Your comment about being spoiled on the treadmill is what I've been saying concerning Jonathan's training. It just isn't the same. 20K is almost a half marathon, looks like you're on the right path for next January!

caballerofan said...


I do hope Jonathon reads this post.

Prior to joining SNAP all my running had been outside. I was a bit surprised when I got back outside yesterday. It seemed like my left foot was rolling differently every time I planted it. Eventually it began to feel better.

And to reach that half marathon goal of 13.1 yesterday was amazing. Today I am resting my legs. They are very sore. But in a good way.

Thanks for the support,

Rae! said...

Great Job Jeff!!! I am very proud of you!!!! That is a great picture. I will have to refer back to it for inspiration.

Craig - said...

Great job. I know I have been avoiding running in the cold. Have only done treadmill running since we started in January. I skipped a 5k this past weekend because race temp would have been about 20 degrees.

DebWDW said...

Wow, impressive!! You inspire me!

MikeF. said...

That pic is priceless. I have one like that over at Rae's blog. Jeff I just visited Donalds Door for the first time yesterday and it felt great to do it. I have to agree about the treadmills. I have been training outside this hole time. When I went to the world in early Jan.'09 I used the treadmill at the onsite facilities. When I came home I got shin splints on my first run! My advise to anyone STAY AWAY FROM TREADMILLS. Plus doesn't it feel good when you are able to run in the cold. Keep it up Jeff.

Joggerblogger said...

The road is an unrelenting mistress ;-) the treadmill isn't she tricks you!

Good going my freeze! I run outside as much as possible, the mill hasn't been touched since last year.

Keep up the great work!