A lot of training has occurred in the two weeks since my eighth grader and I decided to do a 17K trail run. Seeing as I’ve never run a distance even close to ten-and-a-half miles and the race is just 11 weeks away, I’ve got a lot to do if I want to keep up with my zero percent body fat teenager.
But there’s the thing: I’m not sure if you’ve heard anything about this on your local news station, since they’re usually so reserved about weather stories, but there’s a bit of a chill in the air. Have you heard?
So instead of traditional training, I’ve opted for activities more suited for sub-freezing temperatures. I’m sure they’ll be just as effective in preparing myself to get beaten by my loving son.
On especially frigid days, I haul a good three or four logs into the house and build a fire. I then insist that the kids continue to bring in more firewood because it wouldn’t be good to interrupt the crucial rest period while sitting by the fire drinking wine. Muscles need to rest, you know?
Registering for 5K races is also an important part of my cold weather training. Oh, yes, I’ve registered for many 5Ks recently. They all take place in the spring, when normal people go outside.
One time I even scraped the ice from my car’s windshield.
Lest I imply that I haven’t done any actual cardiovascular training, I will admit that every day I run all the way from the car to the yoga studio. While carrying a mat. Both ways. Although I do get a good workout practicing power yoga, I really only go because it’s warm there. They don’t realize this, but many of us would go to the studio and mop floors if it meant we could mop the floors in the hot yoga room, set at a toasty 85 degrees.
No, baby, it’s not cold outside. It’s a freaking polar vortex, which is no place to exercise.
The 2014 Traprock 50k will be held Saturday, April 19 at Penwood State Park in Bloomfield. For more information go to www.traprock50.com.