Monday, March 12, 2007

Singing in the Rain


To be honest there wasn't much singing yesterday. But there was rain. Yes indeed, there was rain. A lot of rain. Five non-stop hours of rain in a teasing parade of weather systems that were an ode to all things damp, a symphony of drizzle, scotch mist, downpour, mixed with light patters and showers and all of it overlaid with grounded cloud banks of fog and mist. Oh lovely precipitation!

In short it was a typical winter day in Vancouver; cold, wet, and miserably gray. Temperature-wise it would have been a great day to run if we hadn't been soaked from head to toe, and dressed as we were in technical fibres, the slightest cross breeze snatched up every hint of body heat you ever thought of combusting. That combined with runners that actually and literally sloshed made the entire enterprise something less than ideal.

Jeff Galloway had suggested a very easy pace on Sunday and accelerated walk breaks. But Seymour was away on official government business so I was left to tend his little 4:15 flock. Also known as a pace group. We went out at a comfortable pace. At the end I tacked on an extra 8 or 9 K. In just under five hours I covered just under 25 miles at an average heart rate of 124.

Looking relentlessly for a silver lining, I did manage to note on my Polar that I had burned in the neighborhood of 3,500 calories, or the better part of a pound of fat.

My ass, well, my hips actually, are a little stiff this Monday morning. Posted by Picasa


Anonymous Pedro said...

Good going Vince, I know all the 4:15 people will have benefitted from your presence, even if some may not admit it! ;-)

9:07:00 PM  
Blogger Scooter said...

Burned off a pound, now if you don't take in any calories, it'll stay off! (yeah, right!)

10:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for leading us on our run this Sunday Vince.

We were expecting a lot more stories about the adventures and mishaps of Seymour though. You were too kind.

I am sure we will all take your advice about Gels to heart.

You could jus as well be the Gel Nazi as the Pace Nazi!

11:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your capacity for grinding out mileage leaves me shaking my head. Do you really think it benefits you in the marathon?

1:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sore hips/butt - sounds like piriformis soreness. Here's out to relieve it.
Start by lying on your back with your legs bent.
Cross your RIGHT leg over your left so your right ankle rests about midway up the thigh (your left foot still on the floor) in a figure four position.
PUSH YOUR RIGHT knee away from you until your arm is straight.
Alternatively, you can grab the shin of your left leg and pull it up off the floor toward your chest while pushing your RIGHT knee away from your body.

Or just sit yer' ass on a tennis ball and massage your butt and hips.


9:39:00 PM  

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