Day #81 March 11 2019

Weather: Sunny and warm, squishy footing

Minutesaverage hrtotal heartbeatsKMbeats/km

Today I rolled some chores into my run, stopping at the Canada Post office to pick up a package, then hitting the pharmacy.

Crossing the lake the first way, I tried to put a good time down. (I’ll check how I did in a minute)

I think I did well, but spent it, (and the return fartlek) thinking about how to add speed. It feel GREAT to push harder, feel the lugs on my trail shoes digging in and clawing at the ground, but it doesn’t add nearly as much speed as falling forward, hips-first.

I did dig in a few times, because it feels good to power through things, such as swerving off the packed trail to pass someone, but I focused mainly on falling into the run.

My prediction is close to a PR on the first crossing, and a bit poorer performance on the return segment.

I checked just after I wrote that. Pretty much exactly as I expected. I felt extra-good doing it though, because I have a new, brightly coloured jacket, which clashes nicely with my bright blue backpack.

Training Tip: Favourite gear – Sealhide gauntlet mitts

My winter running mitts

I made these a few years ago, with a pattern shared by a pal of mine. She picked it up when guiding in the Nahanni area, so that is probably where the pattern comes from.

Whatever the case, they have been on nearly all of my cold runs so far. They are a bit much for warmer temperatures, like -10C and warmer, but I still bring them along a bit more than I need them.

At temperatures below about -20C, or with higher winds, they are an overmitt, fitting over my normal, modern runner mitts (Craft or Saucony, currently) They are easy to pull out of, freeing my fingers for photos or whatever, and easy to get back into, and warm back up.

Close-up showing a bit of wear, and my clumsy stitching

Just about every day now, I wear them, soak them sweaty, lay them carelessly to dry, then do it again the next day. The material, sealhide, is truly a marvel. This abuse has gone one each winter for three years, maybe more. They, are showing wear, but aren’t failing in any way.

This is nearly all due to the high quality of the design, rather than the craftsmanship. I’m not a very good sewer, but still got years of service and durability. So far.

Same mitts, running across Great Slave Lake, January 2018