This weekend I ran on both Saturday and Sunday. I did the Marathon Sports Saturday group run and the MRC Sunday Long Run.
Saturday we ran 5.6 miles with a group of 10 runners, including Jon Barachowitz of Marathon Sports in Melrose. We ran up hill to the Mt. Hood Golf Course and hit many of the hills there. It’s Melrose, that’s what we do.
My knee was acting up so I tended to gravitate to the back of the pack. My buddy Don Keren hung back with me for most of the run. Even with all of the uphill the group managed to keep a pretty lively conversation going.
The friendly banter is part of what makes a group run so much fun. Instead of dealing with the noggin committee you get to talk to real people. Runners always have so much to talk about and always seem to have a few good laughs to share.
It makes the miles tick away quickly and before you know it you’re reaching for your watch. Having the miles slip by is nice.
Social engagement and getting to know people is a healthy activity. Probably as good for you as the running is. As you get to know runners better the openness and candor grow.
All of us have personal issues ranging from children to work to deaths in the family or of pets. Sometimes just saying something out loud to another person is enough to feel better. Listening is a priceless gift.
My runners high
After Saturday’s run I felt that state of euphoria. As I drove home I felt very content and satisfied. I hadn’t done anything special, it was just a run. Somehow my body and mind were tuned in perfectly to receive the gift of the run.
A great thing about the runners high is that there is no crash. Unlike too much coffee or sugar there isn’t a descent into lethargy. The feeling simply fades away, back to where it came from, and the day continues.
Sunday Long Run Week Three
This Sunday was a drop-back week. We ran 12.1 miles last week on a hilly course. This week we ran 11 miles on the Lake Quannapowitt loop. It was mostly flat with a long, slow hill up Main Street into Wakefield.
With the storm in the area we were expecting more wind off of the lake. Much to our delight the wind was mostly non-existent. It was a sunny day and an enjoyable run.
I ran mostly with Don Keren and Brian Sarro. After running on Saturday I really didn’t have much juice. Brian slowed down and ran with me and Don was ahead for most of the run.
It’s been many months since I’ve run two days in a row. Even Saturday’s 5.6 miles is a bit of a long run for me in my state of fitness.
I treated my knee Saturday and it was in pretty good shape for the Sunday Run. It was a little stiff but wasn’t too bad until the last two miles or so.
Sunday was a classic winter run. There was slush and often berms of snow to hurdle on the sides of the road. The mostly cleared sidewalks often had a few inches of partially packed snow. We stayed on the side of the road for the most part since the packed snow made it difficult to run on the sidewalks.
When I woke up Sunday it was 17° F. I wore three layers, top and bottom and a tech hat. For my hands I wore Craft mittens. My Saucony mittens from last year were wind proof and did not need much insulation to keep my hands warm. Unfortunately, after one season the seams were all pulled out and they are mostly useless now.
The Craft mittens seem to be better designed and constructed. The top of the hand area has a nice thick layer of insulation and they seem to be wind proof. My hands were sweating the first mile out!
On my feet I wore my “Darn Tough” socks and Brooks Adrenaline ASR 10 GTX shoes. The “Darn Tough” socks have shrunk a little and are tight on my ankles but still keep my toes warm.
Best of all, my feet stayed dry! Many times I felt one foot kick up slush that landed on my other foot. Time after time my feet stayed dry. The Gortex® liner didn’t let any dampness through.
Did you have a Sunday long run this week? Did you have to deal with the storm? What is your best winter running tip?
Run well my friends!
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