You must do the things you think you cannot do.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Monday, November 01, 2010

Headlamps are our friends

This weekend was another action packed couple of days and in order to get my run in on Saturday, I had to hit the road by 6:30. Thankfully Jake was once again willing to tag along with me so I could run on the nice flat C&O canal towpath.

In the picture below I have both a flashlight and a headlamp.  The last time I ran with just a headlamp, my batteries were dying so it didn't provide as much light as I would have liked.

Saturday, as I was running I kept thinking how glad I was that I brought the flashlight since my headlamp didn't seem to be doing any good at all. Then I had an ingenious thought - perhaps I should check to see if I have even turned it on. You guessed it! It was off! 

I asked Jake why he didn't tell me it was off and he said something about how I do lots of weird stuff so
it didn't seem strange that I would wear a headlamp and not turn it on. Smart kid, eh?

We stopped at the turnaround to fuel and take pictures. After he took a couple of pictures, I told him I didn't like my triple chin so let's try a different angle. "Um, Mom I think you just have a big chin." He just gets smarter and smarter doesn't he.

The chin monster!

I felt really good the whole run. I think my body prefers arctic temperatures for running because I didn't feel like I struggled much at all.  I find running in the dark a little disorienting, especially on a trail. Is that dark spot grass or a mud puddle? You have to be mindful of rocks and small holes or dips.

But I like it because it makes me stay focused. Whenever I felt sluggish, I would concentrate on my form and straighten my core (which had usually begun to slouch). I find whenever my mind starts wandering I start to crumple up, get slouchy and then start falling apart.
My splits were: 11:08, 11:10, 10:44, 10:28, 10:18, 10:17, 9:30 - I guess I was in a hurry to get back!

My overall time for 7.01 miles was 1:13:40 with a 10:32 average pace. I'll take that!

I snacked on a tri-berry Gu starting at mile 3.5 but I probably should have started a little sooner to enjoy the benefits of it. Heck maybe my last 2 miles would have been 9:30's if I had! Ok, I doubt it but a girl can dream.

My frosty gloves

 Another good thing about running in the dark is the quiet and stillness. I like to pray when I run and it's hard not to praise God for such a gorgeous sunrise.


Yep, even when it's only 40 degrees out I sweat like a farmer in July. A closer look of this picture (which you do at your own risk!) makes it look like my sweat is frosty...or maybe I need to shave. hmmmm

That's one of my TMB Endurance Bands I'm wearing there. Stayed put under my ear warmer headband and I look mahvalous if I do say so myself - well aside from my big chin and facial hair problem but not even a super cool headband can fix that.

It was a great run and a wonderful way to start a crazy (but fun) weekend!


Teamarcia said...

I too love arctic temps but cold + dark= hard for me to get out there. Great job!

Kovas Palubinskas said...

It's nice to run in the cold and dark, as long it's neither tto cold or dark. I rode my bike for almost a year in the dark, before finally getting a headlight - so nice to see where I'm going. :)

The Green Girl said...

My headlamp is my friend, too.


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