Day #21 January 10 2019

Weather: Stunt run!

Warmer than yesterday, but still cold enough.

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Tonight’s run was a bit tough. I had just finished clearing snow, and while I was eating dinner, some ass-hat put it all back.

My sealhide spats, and the matching pair without them

Made running pretty but a bit tough. I lost the trail several times along the Marylyn Robertson Trail. Not more than a few feet, but it’s enough.

There wasn’t a lot of snow, but with the wind, the exposed sections of trail get covered quickly. Where that happens, it’s easy to step off the path a bit. That means it goes from 1″ deep light snow, to knee deep snow. Not too much trouble, but it slowed me significantly.

Did I mention that this is worst in the most wind-exposed areas? So the places with the worst footing were also the places I was compelled to run the hardest.

Season shaping up well

Since I’ve had this experience a number of times, I was prepared (thanks, extra undies!) but it still felt pretty rough. Maybe I am affected by the cold a bit more than I admit.

Training Tip: Progressive (bi or multi-focal) Glasses and Trailrunning

I wear prescription glasses. They are multi-focal, and for years, owning only one pair (due to high cost) I wore them for everything.

When running, it never really made a difference. I would take them off if I sweated too much on them, or if they were frozen or steamed, but other than that, they were good.

I ran into a new problem when running trails – I have to see my feet.

With progressives, glancing down at my feet means looking through the bottom of the glasses – where they are ground to focus on ‘close focus work’ (such as reading, or sewing etc.). This means the view of my feet wasn’t good, so I would roll my head further forward, which brought the good part of my glasses into play, when I needed to see the ground.

I didn’t notice at first, what this was doing to my running, but it was like this – I would run into a trail, and whenever trying to look down, rolling my head further forward would change my form, and speed me up more.

It was a subtle problem, but one which interfered. I would run a lot harder into trails than I intended, pretty consistently.

After finding a really cheap source of glasses, I looked a bit more, and decided to purchase single-vision glasses for running. It’s a bit tougher to see my phone or my watch, but everything else is fine.

Also, with the MUCH cheaper single-vision lenses, I am able to have a pair for night running (clear lenses) a pair for sunny day running (dark sunglasses) and a pair for runs that are day and night (yellow lenses)

These being so cheap, also help keep my fancy pair safe. On the trail, the glasses I risk losing or breaking are around 20 bucks. My fancy pair are hundreds of dollars.

Give your glasses a thought if you are going to run trails. You might also choose a different fit for running, vs everyday use..

This is why I call that section 'Marylyn Robertson Trail'
One of two plaques I have seen on my favourite trail, remembering Marylyn Robertson. This is why I call that section ‘Marylyn Robertson Trail’.

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