Weather: Stunt run!
Water is still hard. Wind is, too. The only soft things out there are the freshly chewed skidoo trails, and the bits of me that aren’t frozen yet.
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Running these trails is very rewarding, in a few ways. I’ve been enjoying watching my seasonal totals build into substantial blocks of work, and seeing substantial shoes pounded into floppy socks.
Both are featured in the image above. My winter shoes (Saucony Peregrine 7 Ice+) are well beyond the 500km mark, but because of the snow treatment, they look pretty much as they did the day I won them. They are noticeably worn though. At least from the inside.
Training Tip: Athlete to follow – Rhonda-Marie Parke
First off, I want to point you to something she wrote. The best blog post I’ve read.
In that post, she describes what might be the toughest race she has done, but what got my attention was earlier, when she ran the Bruce Trail.
The whole thing. Over 800 kilometers of craggy, shiggy trail.
She claims that she was sober when she decided to do it, and that sounds a bit unlikely, but the more you look into this athlete’s achievements, the more unlikely things get.
She earned a prestigious ‘DNF’ in the Barklay Marathons, and maybe most impressive, has ran down one Mr. Parke. Ran him down so well, in fact, that she got to keep part of his name.
Another elite athlete I haven’t yet had the pleasure of meeting. Maybe she’ll be at the Calgary 50k this May…a guy can hope, right?