Saturday, January 31, 2009


Split the workout today. 10 miles this morning in the beautiful sunshine and warmer temperatures. Felt so good to sleep in.

Ran another 5 this evening to stretch things out. Feeling good.

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Last Man Standing

The Three Blind Moose went to training camp but only one came back without an injury. It was a really good time and the weather was very cold. Below is my video contribution.

Tuesday: 15 miles
Wednesday: 12 miles
Thursday: 10 miles (slippery on ice).

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Too Tired to Post

Back to the grind after a great weekend running with Marc and Mike up in Strong for the annual winter training camp. There was a lot of laughs and some good miles in the freezing temperatures and I hope to post about it soon. But once I got back into the office, all my creative energy went to that and I'm about to drop off asleep any moment now. So a quick update since the last post:

Thurs: 18 miles in freezing cold
Fri: rest day (travel to Marc's house)
Sat: 8 miles AM in freezing cold, 6.7 miles PM in freezing cold.
Sun: 9 miles in freezing cold.
Mon: 10 miles in freezing cold.

Cold out.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Moon, Stars, and Snow?

Odd skies this morning. The stars were out, the moon was bright, and a fine snow filled the air. It was being blown in from a cloud bank to the east. 12.5 miles with the final 1.5 with Eric. 15 yesterday.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Well now...

Early Saturday morning, somebody wrote:

"Sorry Andrew but..."

The message was accompanied by a dire temperature forecast for Saturday night. I immediately replied:

"I can't believe it! Is Joanne behind this?"

Somebody wasn't planning on showing up on Sunday for the long run. Somebody was going to leave me to run in the cold by myself. I had half a mind to conduct an intervention until Jon sent me the following:

"I really like windchill and aspire to a ridiculous case of frostbite... What do you say, Andrew, do you want to suffer on Sunday?"

So, with somebody missing, Jon and I met up at the usual spot Sunday morning. And the weather was gorgeous. Temps in the teens with a light snowfall gently settling on the road.

Somebody missed a fine run.

Sunday: 13 miles
Monday:10 miles (not so fine in a snowstorm / sleetstorm)

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Boat School Run


Friday, January 16, 2009

Dressing for Success

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Black Ice

10 miles on a slippery highway this morning.  Surprised me as the temp was 38 degrees and it was raining.


By the time I left for work the rain turned to snow and what a wonderful commute it was.  One car off the road but nobody inside.


15 miles yesterday.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Paradise City

Ran 6 miles yesterday @ ~9:00 pace. Some of it with Eric.

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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Running the causeway

Ran 10 miles this morning out the causeway and back.  Felt good after mile 8.

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Friday, January 02, 2009

Seeing is Believing

And I believe I can not see through the ice on my glasses.
The cold north wind made today's run very difficult in terms of comfort.  I was warm enough with my face mask and multiple layers of clothing but unfortunately with each breath I put another layer of ice onto my glasses.  I could not see with them on and I can not see with them off.  I seem to forget this little fun fact at the beginning of each winter and I was reminded again.
So the workout was a real chore and after six miles I estimated that the marginal cost of each mile was approaching the marginal benefit as it was taking me a long time to run each three mile loop.  Next time I think I'll layer the nose up with Vaseline and have the mask just cover my mouth.

6 miles @ 9:15 pace.

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Thursday, January 01, 2009

Happy Frozen New Year

Woke up to a very cold day this morning but no run for me.  My right ankle started talking to me around the 6.5 mile mark yesterday so I cut the run short and took today off just in case.  I'll try again tomorrow and it looks like I won't miss the bitter wind chills as the artic air is hanging around.  I've laid out every stitch of running gear I own to combat the expected chill.
Changing the template to a simpler version to try something new.  I am also going to try to post some more pictures this year like Mike does.  Perhaps he would like me to run like he does too but one thing at a time.  I'm trying some auto-posting via that Ernesto mentioned recently.  I don't think I have quite the hang of it yet but I like it so far.
In 2008 my running was a see-saw as usual.  I had two good races.  The 10k in Orrington last April and PEI in October.  I am hoping to have two good marathons this year.
I didn't read the 50 books in 2008 like I tried but I got in 43 which isn't too bad.  The list:
1.  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - J.K. Rowling
2.  Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight - Alexandra Fuller
3.  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling
4.  Fast Track - Suzy Favor Hamilton & Jose Antonio
5.  The House of Intellect - Jacques Barzun
6.  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - J.K. Rowling
7.  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - J.K. Rowling
8.  Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling
9.  Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen - Fay Weldon
10.  Science and Culture - Gerald Holton
11.  Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict - Laurie Rigler
12.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling
13.  This is Reading - Frank G. Jennings
14.  By Order of the President - W.E.B. Griffin
15.  The Monastery - Sir Walter Scott
16.  Close Combat - W.E.B. Griffin
17.  Wild is the River - Louis Bromfield
18.  The Post Modern Condition: A Report on Knowledge - Lyotard
19.  Run Strong - Kevin Beck
20.  It Takes All Kinds - Louis Bromfield
21.  Time Bandit - Johnathan & Andy Hillstrand w/Malcom McPherson
22.  The Two Cultures & A Second Look - C.P. Snow
23.  Early Autumn - Louis Bromfield
24.  Science and Thought in the Fifteenth Century - Lynn Thorndike
25.  The Black Dwarf - Sir Walter Scott
26.  Old Mortality - Sir Walter Scott
27.  Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
28.  Falconer - John Cheever
29.  Theory of Knowledge - A.D. Woozley
30.  American Scholarship in the Twentieth Century - Merle Curti
31.  Goodbye Mr. Chips - James Hilton
32.  Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen
33.  Winds of War - Herman Wouk
34.  War and Remembrance - Herman Wouk
35.  Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
36.  Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
37.  Mansfield Park - Jane Austen
38.  In Secret Service - Mitch Silver
39.  Emma - Jane Austen
40.  Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
41.  Persuasion - Jane - Austen
42.  Lady Susan - Jane Austen
43.  German Thought and Culture in England: 1700-1770 - Garold Davis
Currently reading: The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott.  It is very good.
Mileage for 2008 was around 2300 miles.
Yesterday: 7.3 miles @ 8:42 pace.