Monday, January 17, 2011

Ain't that Special

The weather was hard last week.  We had snow.  It melted a bit.  Then it froze.  The result was havoc on a city deep in the south.  I found it amusing that even the locals made fun of the City of Atlanta for not having enough equipment.  I was waiting for those same people to volunteer their income to make more purchases.  People love to complain about their government.  They key word being "their".  The kids were out of school all week, which I thought was a great idea.  The roads were just too dangerous.  We lost a young vibrant woman in a senseless accident blamed on ice.

Most of my running for the week had been done on the treadmill.  By the time the weekend arrived, I was determined to get my run in outdoors.  It was supposed to be fairly warm, with a high in the fifties.  The problem was that the sidewalks and trails just would not thaw out.  I thought, to be safe, I would head down to the Silver Comet Trail to run.  I brought my Saucony trail shoes just in case.   When I arrived, the trail head was covered in ice and snow.  I quickly changed out of my K-swiss and into the Sauconys.  It was a smart decision.  Parts of the trail were clear.  Parts had tire tracks in it from a four wheeler. Parts of it were just blah.

Once I got started, I decided I needed to throw any time goals out the window.  It took a lot of concentration to keep my ankles from going in directions they were not meant to bend.  I passed a few  slower runners on the trail, and one guy on a mountain bike passed me, but he turned around at about mile 4.  I, however, continued  another four miles or so out past the Floyd Road trail head.  A few elderly people were out walking, but none were feeling particularly friendly.

I decided after turning around, that I would begin to pick it up a bit.  The air was warming.  More and more of the trail was turning to slush.  The McMillan pace calculator said that my half marathon race pace "could be" 8:35 miles.  I was happy to keep the pace below 9:09 (sub-2 hour half mary).  I rattled off miles 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12, with the final mile being slightly up hill all the way.  I was spent.  My ankles and feet were sore.  Surprisingly, my legs felt pretty good.  It's been a long time since I ran 12 miles and felt so good afterwards.

That night, after I got out of the shower, I decided to check my body fat percentage with wet feet.  Yea. A small technicality I neglected on my last weigh in.  I'm pleased to report that my body fat percentage dropped 4 points, to 19 percent, with wet feet.  I did it twice to be sure.  It would seem wet feet help the current run through your feet.  So...  just like that, I dropped 7 pounds of fat.  Don't be jealous...

Wes

15 comments:

teacherwoman said...

You guys have had some crazy weather - crazy for the south that is. yuck.

Lisa said...

We get more snow than you do (normally) and even a few inches is paralyzing when the city isn't prepared for it. And it seems Atlanta is appropriately prepared for snow given that you rarely get it. Anyway, I digress...

Good job on the running

Michelle said...

You guys have had some crazy weather for sure! Good for you getting your run done in those conditions!

Colleen said...

Great job on the run. And I'm so doing the body fat test tomorrow with wet feet! :)

Lily on the Road said...

Hopefully that craptastic weather is far behind you...and below us! Winter running is an art, not very graceful nor speedy but definitely and art.

Good job on dropping the fat...I'll have to remember to wipe my feet the next time...see if that helps!

Jon Gilchrist said...

too late....I AM jealous..but am damn proud of you with the fat and weight loss

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

VERY nice on the body fat % success!! Wet feet is the best way to get an accurate result. You are one smart Ironman.

I am looking so freaking forward to summer. Am SOOO over the winter stuff!

Jess said...

Reading this reminded me I needed to go wet my feet!!! Doh!! Going to do my BF reading again. Here's hoping for a lower number!

Jess said...

I read that last week every state, except FL, got snow! Even Hawaii got snow (in their mountains)! What a wild weather year!

Darrell said...

cool to feel good after a 12 miler. I'll send you some 80 if you send me some 50.

Kim said...

this snow is really pissing me off! :) look at you speedy and skinny gonzales!

Karen said...

Snow is a force of evil fornus in Southern England too... Not much equipment or idea how to deal with it... Although after last winter we did get better this, apart from Heathrow airport that is.... Anyway... Great for getting out,,, and what is this about wet foot weigh in... I am going to try that and see what it does to my body fat percent.... Thanks for that tip :)

Joe said...

A solid set of miles in those conditions, Wes. Nicely done. In trail shoes, to boot!

My Life and Running said...

7lbs of fat dropped just in a snap... go Wes! SO trying the wet feet trick asap.

Chad said...

It makes me appreciate how well the take care of snow removal here. It is a great idea to use the trail shoes in the snow. I did the same thing and the added traction is huge. Great job on the 12-miler, Wes. I hope the weather gets a little better for you guys soon.