Friday, December 31, 2010

Holiday Blizzards

It seems that 2010 isn't going out queitly. In fact it is like Fargo is attached to another object by an incline plane wrapped helically around an axis (that's right--screwed). Okay, I stole that line from The Big Bang Theory sitcom, but it's funny and gets the point across.

Today has been spent trying to dig out from yesterday's blizzard that dumped about five inches of snow on us. The wind which gusted up to fifty mph has blocked roads and sidewalks with drifts several feet deep. Today's temperature is three below zero with wind chills of thirty below. Almost all businesses in town are closed including the gym where I had planned on completing today's run. As a last resort I spent a little over an hour on my eliptical machine. At least it was a workout.

We are now bracing for another blizzard that is supposed to hit us this afternoon. We could be getting another ten inches of snow by tomorrow night. Hopefully I can get to the gym on Sunday for this weeks long run. I'm shooting for 9 to 10 miles on the treadmill.

Okay, enough whining. I hope everyone has a great new year's eve.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Registered for Fargo Marathon 2011

Well there's no turning back now. I finally registered for the Fargo Marathon. It falls on my birthday, and I figure it makes a great present to myself. Last year on my birthday I ran the 5K which was my first race. I have been running consistently for the last year and I'm having a blast. I figured it was time to ramp up my training and what better motivation than a marathon.

I've just completed week five of a 26 week marathon training program. Today's long run was eight miles and turned out to be quite draining. Many of the sidewalks have a thick layer of compacted, rutted snow making it difficult to run across safely. By mile seven my legs were like rubber and my pace became sort of a fast shuffle. I'm just happy I reached the goal for today. Here's a short video of today's run.