Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Slushy Repeats

Why do I do this?

That is what I was thinking today, as I willed myself outside while slivers of ice fell from the sky and splatted the ground at my feet. 

I didn't want to be here. I wanted to be inside my warm dry house. I wanted to be anywhere but shivering alone on the side of Pleasant Pond, looking down the empty road contemplating mile repeats in the sleet.

My hands were cold; the ice was hitting my face and landing in my ears.

I sighed. I pulled down my hat and pulled up my hood. 

Might as well get warmed up.  I started walking.  Then I slowly started jogging, hiding my hands in my now drenched and semi-frozen rain jacket.  The jacket is well worn and completely soaked through.

This sucks.

I started walking again.  Who says you have to run the entirety of a warm up?

But when the sky isn't sure if it wants to rain or snow, it is warmer when you run. So I started running again.

This isn't so terrible. I am almost warm after about 20 minutes - in that I am actually kind of cold but might as well tell myself I am warm kind of way.

I guess I am ready for the mile repeats. I only have to do 2 for Pete's sake.  Suck it up. 

I start out slow and build to a solid tempo pace, the icy sleet stinging my face as I run.  As I pick up speed I begin to feel better about this run, like it was maybe worth it to leave the warmth of the house to head into the cold, wet outside.  The first repeat complete, I run easily for a few minutes before starting the second repeat.  This one went much like the first, except I think I am faster and feel more solid. 

I almost wish for another one. 

Almost.

I run a cool down instead, sticking to the plan.  I prepare for drills.  As my body starts to cool down, the pull to just get into my truck and skip the drills is compelling.  Ice, snow, and water are running in my eyes and mouth, and now down my back because I heated up on the repeats and took off my hood. Not the brightest move.

I am cool again, not shivering, but on the edge.  Tell myself, I am almost done.  I will myself to keep going.  This is crazy, it hasn't been an hour and I am wanting to quit?  SUCK IT UP.  I hop, skip, kick, and sprint through my drills, concentrating on doing them well, but really just wanting to get this over with. 

Then I am done.  I stand there for a minute, looking down the empty road.  It strikes me that in the hour I have been here, not a single vehicle has gone by.  The sleet has coated the trees in a thin coat of ice; the road is covered in a slick of slushy ice and snow.  I listen for a minute to the wind whipping across the frozen pond, to the ice balls falling from the sky.

I start to shiver.  I put my head down and walk back to my truck and head home to dryness and warmth.

34 comments:

Aimee said...

LOVE THIS! You are so awesome! And, like I've said a gazillion times before, you are so much more hard core than I will ever be! Way to get out there is those conditions and get it done! Woohoo!

Julie said...

You captured that one! WOW! Thanks for your superb athletic/life storytelling today!!

Now I'm going to quit putting off my swim and GET.TO.IT!!!!

Emz said...

OK
THIS
is
awesome.

Yes, even this indoor - treadmill loving - girl "gets" the AWESOMENESS in this.

You are the awesomeness.

Ironman By Thirty said...

Wow! Awesome post! I totally have a mental picture of this workout in my head. It belongs in a magazine ad for how bad ass runners are.

Way to kick butt!

LB said...

When I try to blow off a workout because of bad weather, I always think of you. Hope spring comes for u soon!

DRog said...

great job way to SIU!
anything is better for both YOU and ME with where our running was at last year at this time:) we will take w/e conditions we get b/c we CAN run:) :)

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JohnP said...

Harden' The f*ck Up - WIN!

You rock! :)

RockStarTri said...

Those who train, train in the rain. Those who have a race they want to crush, train in the slush.

Well done.

Chris K said...

Hey, didn't my tweet provide that extra motivation and support that pushed you over the top to get out there? Shouldn't it be me who gets all the credit here?

Molly said...

way to SUCK IT UP.

and side note, since we're both on the weight loss track, I read that it takes more energy to warm your body up during cold weather workouts, so you automatically burn more calories.

BONUS! : )

Lindsay and James Cotter said...

thats because you are BADASS! I would have wussed out the moment i felt a slush.

Michael said...

You are so AWESOME!! Seriously, I don't know how you did/do it. I hate the cold weather and when it's bad out it doesn't take much for me to move the workout inside. Hopefully some warmer weather is on it's way to you soon!

Kristin @ Lazy Marathoner said...

Nice work, way to not let the weather get the best of you!

Matthew Smith said...

Wow! You ROCK! I felt like I was there running alongside you, but I probably would have been in the truck with the heat on listening to the radio. You're awesome. Thanks for the inspiration. Keep up the good work!

P said...

I absolutely LOVE this post! There's nothing IMLP can throw at you that you won't be completely ready to take.

Laura Wheatley said...

hardcore!!!! I'll remember that!

TreeMapper said...

Wow! Major mental mojo going on there. Way to bring it Mandy!

I would have been on the couch with a cup of cocoa......

Matty O said...

Yeah... and come IMLP I will have to say that out of every single person there... you have had the hardest time training... meaning, your weather sucked, it was bitter cold, it was lonely, it was an hour drive each way to the damn pool, it was booby popping out of your swimsuit embarrassing, it was "I am sorry Bailey we can't cuddle I have to go get drenched in the freezing rain"....

Come race day, take a minute to reflect on your 6 months prior. I think you will get goosebumps and strength.

Loved this post, Totally feel you, although, I think we finally hit spring this week ;)

CouplaHounds said...

Awesome post!! I, too, think about your psychotic dark and cold runs this past winter to give me a yardstick against what I am in. Don't get me wrong...Ottawa and Tremblant winters are COLD, but knowing it doesn't stop YOU somehow helps ME get out the door!! I was with you in spirit yesterday as I was out as well in some mixed precip.

Good job!

Christi said...

This is a great post! You are a rock star!

One Crazy Penguin said...

I love the writing on this. Well done.

Also, you're a badass. That is all.

Maria said...

Why do you do this?

'Cause you are the BADASS FIRST LADY OF THE ARCTIC TUNDRA! That's why!

Also, you're pretty much my hero because I would have went home.

Jeff - DangleTheCarrot said...

BADASS!!!

Glenn Jones said...

And I try to find an excuse when it drops below 60 degrees....

She said I need a goal said...

OMG and holy geez and NOW I feel like a wimp, I didn't run last night cause it was 'too cold and windy'. When I grow up I wanna be just like you.

Jason said...

I F'N love this. I LOVE THIS. I want to run through a wall for you right now.

This is why you are an Angel and a Ninja.

OMG when does Austin 70.3 training start. I am ready to go right now.

IMPL BABY!!!!!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

You are freaking hardcore!!!

Team Hardcore, thats what us northerners will be called from now on, because the things we do in the tempatures we cant control do. Rock on

Colleen said...

You're one tough cookie... that's what I love about you! :)

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

Hardcore... I will never again complain about running in 90 degree heat (oh who am I kidding, yes I will), but you are still an inspiration to get your rear out the door!

Jamoosh said...

I hear Spring is finally coming to you folks up in the Northeast - in June...

Teamarcia said...

Beautifully executed and beautifully written. It's times like this youll remember when youre standing on the starting line. WTG!

Black Knight said...

Brava, nothing can stop you!
If you want you are welcome to Italy: here it's warm and sunny.

*~* *~* Tracy said...

Great post. I could totally picture the scene.

Your English professor would be very proud of you!

Great job of getting out there and getting it done. You are a hard core bada$$!

Kat said...

Simply. Awesome.