the grin of winter insanity

the grin of winter insanity

Post by John Hurle » Fri, 28 Dec 2012 09:55:07


Lets face it most of us long distance runners probably have a tenuous
grasp on reality even on our good days.

I was out today in near blizzard conditions about 4 or 5 inches
( drifting around a little ) new snow ... pretty soft stuff ( 27
degrees so big flakes ) on the trail.

It does make the legs heavy after a while running through all that
stuff but fun for a change.

Anyway I was out today about 3:30 pm ... saw no one running anywhere.
On the trail for 3 1/2 miles turned around and about 1 1/2 miles on
the way back saw another ( younger ) running coming my way on the
trail.

Two sets of foot tracks coming his way ( my original set and now
his ).  As he approached he just pointed down at my tracks.

The clear question was "hey I have been running for a while now seeing
these tracks ... are these from you?".

I just nodded and he grinned and I grinned back.  No words ... no
waves ... just the grin of winter insanity ...

No body else around anywhere in our nice metro park trails!

 
 
 

the grin of winter insanity

Post by Nun Give » Fri, 28 Dec 2012 18:08:42

Quote:

> Lets face it most of us long distance runners probably have a tenuous

> grasp on reality even on our good days.

> I was out today in near blizzard conditions about 4 or 5 inches

> ( drifting around a little ) new snow ... pretty soft stuff ( 27

> degrees so big flakes ) on the trail.

> It does make the legs heavy after a while running through all that

> stuff but fun for a change.

> Anyway I was out today about 3:30 pm ... saw no one running anywhere.

> On the trail for 3 1/2 miles turned around and about 1 1/2 miles on

> the way back saw another ( younger ) running coming my way on the

> trail.

> Two sets of foot tracks coming his way ( my original set and now

> his ).  As he approached he just pointed down at my tracks.

> The clear question was "hey I have been running for a while now seeing

> these tracks ... are these from you?".

> I just nodded and he grinned and I grinned back.  No words ... no

> waves ... just the grin of winter insanity ...

> No body else around anywhere in our nice metro park trails!

More snow fell last night. My prints from yesterday were quite
gone. I only ran a mile and half though I walked several more.
Oh I did run a hill also almost forgot. I was in town and few were
stirring.

 
 
 

the grin of winter insanity

Post by Doug Frees » Fri, 28 Dec 2012 22:05:35


##Lets face it most of us long distance runners probably have a tenuous
grasp on reality even on our good days.

I was out today in near blizzard conditions about 4 or 5 inches
( drifting around a little ) new snow ... pretty soft stuff ( 27
degrees so big flakes ) on the trail.

It does make the legs heavy after a while running through all that
stuff but fun for a change.

Anyway I was out today about 3:30 pm ... saw no one running anywhere.
On the trail for 3 1/2 miles turned around and about 1 1/2 miles on
the way back saw another ( younger ) running coming my way on the
trail.

Two sets of foot tracks coming his way ( my original set and now
his ).  As he approached he just pointed down at my tracks.

The clear question was "hey I have been running for a while now seeing
these tracks ... are these from you?".

I just nodded and he grinned and I grinned back.  No words ... no
waves ... just the grin of winter insanity ...

No body else around anywhere in our nice metro park trails!##

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I live in any area which normally gets  lots of snow so we learn to adapt
and run in it.  It doesnt mean I wait until a foot hits but a few inches
can be fun. As long as I can get reasonable traction I find running in snow
fun. If I find myself working a lot harder with each step, I will lessen my
mileage.

Before I retired I would often run at 5 am in the snow and the only prints
were four legged and the occasional paper boy. Gave  me a sense of what
critters roam the neighborhood.

Many of my running friends will don snow shoes or XC skies.

-d

 
 
 

the grin of winter insanity

Post by John Hurle » Sat, 29 Dec 2012 00:19:49

Doug:

# Many of my running friends will don snow shoes or XC skies.

Lots of fun running in new snow with regular running shoes ... snow
shoes not required!

At least until the new snowfall gets to the 6 inches mark ... running
in more than 6 inches causes serious muscle burning in the legs and
calves and thighs.

Always fun when one can fly right by the very slow cross country
skiers.

I suppose in some locations there are people that can move reasonably
well in xc skies but I never see them.

When the endorphins hit one can even pick up speed while going thru
the xc bunch and holler out "coming thru!" ...

 
 
 

the grin of winter insanity

Post by Sericinus hunte » Sat, 29 Dec 2012 02:56:18


...

Quote:
> Always fun when one can fly right by the very slow cross country
> skiers.

    I always enjoy passing mountain bikers on rocky NJ trails.

Quote:
> I suppose in some locations there are people that can move reasonably
> well in xc skies but I never see them.

    I did. Two days ago in Moscow suburb forest. Skiers are pretty
tough here. I could only beat a skier when going steep uphill.
    And it was -20C which called long forgotten memories of my
early childhood.
 
 
 

the grin of winter insanity

Post by Dot » Sun, 30 Dec 2012 10:06:12


Quote:

> ...
>> Always fun when one can fly right by the very slow cross country
>> skiers.

> I always enjoy passing mountain bikers on rocky NJ trails.

>> I suppose in some locations there are people that can move reasonably
>> well in xc skies but I never see them.

That's cuz they're moving too fast for you to see.

Quote:

> I did. Two days ago in Moscow suburb forest. Skiers are pretty
> tough here. I could only beat a skier when going steep uphill.
> And it was -20C which called long forgotten memories of my
> early childhood.

I just got back from a ribbon cutting for new nordic trails. They had
some relay races - both hs and open, I think - or maybe they were all in
the same race. The guy who designed the trails is a former Olympic
skier. He was at the ceremony but didn't ski. He also holds the Mt.
Marathon race record. These are the recreational ski trails, but there's
supposed to be competitive (world class) trails put in eventually.

I had enough sense to take my snowshoes and go up the snowshoe /
bushwhack trail - didn't even go on their multi-use groomed loop. (snow
hasn't really set up yet this year and didn't want to mess up their
trails) Their race was on the ski-only trails.

Last few days have been near freezing, so too warm.

--
Dot
"Surrender to the run and allow it to take you, rather than trying to
control or force an outcome."

 
 
 

the grin of winter insanity

Post by Dot » Sun, 30 Dec 2012 13:29:53


Quote:


>> ...
>>> Always fun when one can fly right by the very slow cross country
>>> skiers.

>> I always enjoy passing mountain bikers on rocky NJ trails.

>>> I suppose in some locations there are people that can move reasonably
>>> well in xc skies but I never see them.

> That's cuz they're moving too fast for you to see.

>> I did. Two days ago in Moscow suburb forest. Skiers are pretty
>> tough here. I could only beat a skier when going steep uphill.
>> And it was -20C which called long forgotten memories of my
>> early childhood.

> I just got back from a ribbon cutting for new nordic trails. They had
> some relay races - both hs and open, I think - or maybe they were all in
> the same race. The guy who designed the trails is a former Olympic
> skier. He was at the ceremony but didn't ski.

oops, apparently he did ski. (just looking at tv video)

  He also holds the Mt.

Quote:
> Marathon race record. These are the recreational ski trails, but there's
> supposed to be competitive (world class) trails put in eventually.

> I had enough sense to take my snowshoes and go up the snowshoe /
> bushwhack trail - didn't even go on their multi-use groomed loop. (snow
> hasn't really set up yet this year and didn't want to mess up their
> trails) Their race was on the ski-only trails.

> Last few days have been near freezing, so too warm.

--
Dot
"Surrender to the run and allow it to take you, rather than trying to
control or force an outcome."