long cold runs...

02.02.2007

long cold runs...

So I'm having great luck increasing my mileage as I train for the Endurathon, and WHAM! We get hit with sub-zero temperatures. For the first few days I pretended the cold didn't exist, and it worked; I actually fooled myself. I started to wonder why more people weren't outside, because "it wasn't that bad".
Then Wednesday on mile 6 of an 8 mile run, although it is 18 below zero (wind-chill) all is well with my core temperature. I'm pumping warm blood to all of my extremities just as I had hoped. Right at that moment of reassurance, I turned westward and everything changed, as the frigid wind began cutting into me like a brand new set of knives. Over the first part of the run, I had formed ice sickles on my eyelashes and my facial hair. I realized it had happened for a reason, because there was enough ice build up on my face that it actually was shielding me from the harsh winds. While I was in disbelief and appreciative of how my body was working in synergy with Mother Nature, I had a few body parts which began getting really cold. It was starting to feel like the time I lost my stocking cap when it blew off on a winter ascent of an unnamed 13,000 foot peak in Colorado. As I increase my speed, through the icy build-up on my eyes, I can barely see curious eyes gaze at me through a half-defrosted window of passing car. “Who’s the nut running in this weather?” is what I saw them thinking.
Rather than second guess what I was doing, I remembered how important every mile is for me right now. If I don’t log miles, I don’t reach my goal. Over the next 69 days I need to teach my body how to respond to the heavy demand I am beginning to put on it. So far my body’s response has been good, and with the help of an organic diet, an intense focus on sustainability in health, fitness, and environment I will succeed.

I’ve been receiving an overwhelming level of support for the Organic Endurathon and I want to thank everyone who has sent in mile pledges and product donations. My support team and I will do our best to create the largest impact possible for the betterment of general health and well-being, and the preservation of our sacred environment.