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Snowshoeing and Hot Chocolate

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Chapter 1: Eating Too Much and Losing Weight

For the past 11 days I didn’t exercise much. I had too many aches and pains. I also ate exactly what I wanted. I drank beer and went out for barbecue. I ate brownies and cookies. I didn’t log a single entry into my SparkPeople nutrition tracker. I was bad! I also lost 3 pounds! I am still trying to figure that out!

Chapter 2: Running in Terrible Conditions

Yesterday I went running. I covered 3.75 miles in about 40 minutes. My training pace was 10:40 minutes/mile. I suppose I should be happy. The conditions sucked! The temperature was 14 degrees F. The running surface was snow-packed and icy. I did not have fun and was sucking wind pretty badly.

Chapter 3: Winter Sports

Like most people I have been watching the Olympics. Then it struck me -- why should I watch winter sports on the TV when I live in a Colorado winter wonderland. I can be on a Lift at Breckenridge in less than an hour. I thought I should go out and hit the slopes. Unfortunately, my wife put my ski boots in the shed, which is a black hole. I could only find one boot. The other boot is floating in outer space.

I wanted to do some Nordic skiing but I left my cross-country skiing skis at my brother’s house in Summit County. Two down, one to go!

I did have my snowshoes handy. My wife loves snowshoeing. I am not that excited about snowshoeing. I like speed and skiing is fast. Snowshoeing is not fast. At least I could find my snowshoes. I threw my snowshoes in my truck and called my Beagle.
As a local, I knew where to go to avoid other winter sports enthusiasts. I spent 2 hours snowshoeing at over 10,000 feet elevation in 10 degrees F. According to a SparkPeople, I burned over 1,600 calories. Another site dedicated to snowshoeing put the calories burned at 1466.

Here was my day. I actually had a really good time snowshoeing.

This is me in my cold weather garb. You would never guess that my ancestory is German, Dutch and Swedish.

I just pulled out of my driveway. This is the street where I live. Snow depth is about 8"

Anticipation of a great day.

Climbing up the trail - untracked paradise!

This is colder than it looks!

Mountain meadow. 10,000 feet elevation.

My tracks in the forest.

Lucas swimming in the snow.

Lunch time - Beef Jerky and a Nutrigrain Bar.

Fanny pack with food, water, Coke-a-Cola, first aid kit, matches, fire starting sticks, knife, compass, survival solar space blanket, parachute cord, and cell phone. However, the cell phone doesn't work here.

Lucas waiting for his lunch. He got a bit of Beef Jerky and a dog biscuit.

Deep in the woods. Very quiet!

Back at the truck and civilization!

Hot chocolate with marshmallows and whipped cream (250 calories). A perfect ending!

I still want to find my other downhill ski boot. I also want to get my cross-country skis from my brother. However, snowshoeing will do for now.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

HEALTHY4JEANNE 3/14/2010 11:14AM

    Great Day! I love snowshoeing , my husband bought me a pair this year. My husband does not snow shoe with me, I go with my 4 year old labby he loves it.
The perfect ending would have been some peppermint snapps in the cocoa, I really am not a big drinker, but I have to have one of those a year! Especially after a 1600 calorie burn.

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MEAGANNAOMI 3/11/2010 10:57PM

    Wow, how beautiful! What a lovely work-out atmosphere! It might not have been the activity you were craving, but at least you got out there and went for it!


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HARRINGTON5 3/9/2010 9:57AM

    I love reading your blogs. The pictures are beautiful and so is Lucas! It sounds like you have found your soul mate in your wife. How wonderful to have someone that shares your same adventures. You certainly are prepared when you go out. I don't know that I would be in such good humor if I lived in that much snow. Thank you for the picturesque blog.

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DEUSMACHINA 2/24/2010 2:02AM

    What amazing pics! It's so beautiful! And even colder than it looks, eh?? Brrrrrr! Thanks for the walk!

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FOOTBALLTRENT 2/23/2010 12:50PM

    the pics are great

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ELYMWX 2/21/2010 11:46PM

    Awesome pictures!

For me, snow like this is a dream, or a memory, from my childhood...
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Here I live in the Vancouver area, right at the "Winter" Olympics, and the jokes are all about how Vancouver could hold both the Winter and Summer Olympics at the same times - more efficient that way because there would be only one set of opening and closing ceremonies.

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IRONGRANNIE 2/21/2010 10:49PM

    Oh man! That was awesome!!! I am sitting here and its 37.5 (99.9) outside and I am NOT going out and look what you did!!! I am still not going outside..... there is only so much clothing you can take off........

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LIGHTSEEKER73 2/21/2010 10:48PM

    OMG! I am soo jealous!!! I need to get me some snowshoes!!!

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ERIN1022 2/21/2010 9:55PM

    Oh man, that looks so cold! It also looks awesome.

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GAZELK 2/21/2010 9:40PM

    Wow, what a beautiful, fantastic day! My brother has been wanting me to go snowshoeing with him. If I had places like this near me, I'd go in a heartbeat. I'm so jealous.

I too like skiing because it's faster, but I've recently heard of shoeshoe running, which sounds kind of interesting.

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    Great pics! Thanks for sharing.

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Incoherent ramblings - I want to be a grown-up

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

I went running today. I generally list a summary of my run in terms of distance, time and pace. I also list temperature, wind chill and humidity. I note the location and altitude. I keep track of my performance with my Garmin timer. Here is a less scientific summary of my run:

Time: Darn near dark
Location: Icy nightmare hell
Training Goal: Keep moving to keep my brain from freezing (unsuccessful)
Total Distance: One foot in front of the other until I collapse (not very far)
Ave Pace: Slow and slower than slow
Company: Alone (No one else is so stupid to run when birds refuse to fly)
Total Time: Eternity of pain
Weather conditions: Cold, damn cold
Elevation: Nosebleed zone
Post workout meal: Beer and chocolate chip cookies (Comfort food)


I forgot to tighten my right shoe lace before I started running. My foot was swimming inside my shoe. I didn't notice my shoe lace was loose until my frikin foot exploded!

You ask, "Hey Bruce, when did you start running?" I answer, “During the Nixon administration." You ask, "When did you learn to tie your own shoe laces?" I answer, "I will let you know if I ever do!"

Someday I may become a grown-up!


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GAZELK 2/14/2010 12:37AM

    LOL. I had to laugh, because I've had the same experience. In the winter, an untied shoelace is almost the worst thing that can happen to your run. You're bundled up like the Michelin Man and have to do something surgical like tie your shoe, which requires stopping, removing gloves, etc....sucks big time.

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HARRINGTON5 2/11/2010 2:09PM

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It doesn't sound like much fun, but it sure cracked me up to read it! Don't be so hard on yourself. I thought you were just striving to put a little laughter in our day.

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Sniffle...that was hysterical. Thanks for the laugh at your expense...I needed that!

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JADERUNNING 2/10/2010 6:14AM

    Company- I was right behind you! I was thinking "this is insane" but I kept on going. Glad to see you out there!

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JUSTMISHY 2/10/2010 2:23AM

    Who wants to be a grown-up! It's highly over rated! Thanks for the laugh!

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BOOPSTER69 2/10/2010 1:26AM

    Ditch "grown up ville" we are all having more fun here! Thanks for the blog! emoticon

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ELYMWX 2/10/2010 12:15AM

    When people ask your wife "how many children do you have" how does she answer?

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IRONGRANNIE 2/10/2010 12:03AM

    Why? You are much more entertaining the way you are ;)

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Travel Advisory: Cold and Blowing Snow - Time to Run!

Monday, February 08, 2010

My training program called for a 5 mile run today. We had 9" of show accumulation and more snow is on the way. I decided to drive to the Platte Canyon High School track. First the track is the only place where I live that is flat. I also figured that the black surface of the track would have less snow. The conditions were challenging:

Date: Sunday, February 7th, 2010
Time: 2:30pm
Location: Platte Canyon High School Track
Total Distance: 5.3 miles
Total Time: 60 minutes
Timed Distance: 5K and 5 miles

5K Time: 30:12
5K Pace: 9:44 min/mile

5 Mile Time: 53:42
5 Mile Pace: 10:45 min/mile

Company: Alone

Weather Condition: Cloudy, Temperature 18.1 °F, Feels Like 7.9°F, Wind 8.1 mph WNW, Humidity 98%, Cold with Blowing Snow

Elevation: 8,047

I enjoyed running in these conditions. I expected to wear a little trail on the track. The snow drifting over the track obliteration my footprints. I read this article on-line about running in the cold. The guy that wrote the article was giving advice on how to dress for cold weather. He said he went running in frigid conditions of 40 °F! What? 40 °F is a heat wave! I took some photos of some real cold.

Stadium and Track

98% humidity makes it foggy and really cold!

Nice and soft running surface

My footprints in the snow

Snow drift around my bag

The snow made it difficult to keep up a good pace. Overall, I had a good time and still made it back to see the Superbowl kick-off. I have some advice of my own about cold weather running:

(1) Keep moving or you will freeze;
(2) Wear fleece gloves so you can wipe your runny nose on a soft surface; (Ok - I know that is gross!);
(3) Bring a towel; and
(4) Hydrate before you leave home, but pee three times before you leave. (This one is obvious - think about it)

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GAZELK 2/8/2010 11:07PM

    I like running when it's snowing and don't mind the cold, but I don't like to run in snow depths of more than an inch. It feels like you work twice as hard to get the same distance. If you ran five miles in those conditions in that time, you did way better than I do.

It's my normal running day but it' snowing here tonight with about 5 inches on the ground, so I stayed inside and worked out with the Wii instead.

As for the hydrate but pee part of your blog...I still haven't figured that one out yet. I always have to go 30-45 minutes into my run no matter what. I'm just glad I'm a guy so it's pretty easy to go if you find somewhere a little private.

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USFBULL 2/8/2010 3:45AM

    Nice cool conditions, LOL Looks like a great place, not crowded and plenty of hills. Whew that looks cold. emoticon Jeff

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Run until it hurts

Saturday, February 06, 2010

I am training for some upcoming 5K races. I have a training program that I downloaded running.about.com. I looked at many, many training programs and settled on the "Intermediate 5K Program".

Of course, I completely ignore the program. My wife finds my desire, and inability, to follow a training program quite humorous. She is a good runner. She tells me, "Just run". This would be good advice if I were a better runner. Here is my running log over the past two days:

Thursday, February 4th, 2010, 5:00pm
Temperature: 28 degrees
Elevation: 8040 ft
Total Distance: 4.25 miles (Warm-up, Timed 5K, Speed Work, Cool-down)
Timed Distance: 5K
Time: 31:28
5K Pace: 10:05 min/mile
5 x 200 Timed Repeats

Comments: My left knee hurt. I kept going anyway. I never claimed to be a grown-up, or have any common sense. My timed distance run of 5K was a disappointing 31:28. But my speed work was really good. I did five 200M intervals. I would do a fast 200M followed by 200M walk (5 x 200M). My Garmin 305 pace measurements for 200M repeats were as follows:

1st: 6:28min/mile
2nd: 6:23 min/mile
3rd: 6:26 min/mile
4th: 5:05 min/mile (running as fast as I can)
5th: 8:49 min/mile (OK- I was exhausted)

I think I have a fair amount of speed. I would like to trade some speed for endurance. I am working on endurance. But I run really smoothly when I pick up the pace. I like short bursts of speed.

Friday, February 5th, 2010, 5:00pm
Temperature: 26 degrees
Elevation: 8040 ft
Total Distance: 2.5 miles (Warm-up, Timed 2 mile, Cool-down)
Timed Distance: 2M
Time: 17.58
Pace: 8:48 min/mile

Comments: My knee felt better. Lots of ice and a handful of Advil work wonders! I decided not to run very far. I was actually happy with a sub 9 min/mile pace. My training program says I am supposed to rest today (Saturday, Feb 6th). I actually may follow the program today, but maybe not.


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GBOOMER 2/7/2010 7:45AM

    Sounds to me like you know what you are doing. Every training table isn't right for every person all the time. Maybe your body/mind is smarter than the training table.

I have to be careful with my knees too. It is hard to know which twinges are serious and which are not. If I stopped at every twinge I would have to give up running (and just about any other sport too.) But, so far so good, I'm still running and my knees are doing ok.

Good luck. I enjoy your blog posts!

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GAZELK 2/6/2010 9:34PM

    You are faster than I am. I think your wife is right--just run and have fun and the speed will come naturally. I never thought of myself as a fast running until I lost 30 pounds. Now, I have moments where I feel like a rabbit.

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ELYMWX 2/6/2010 8:22PM

    I'm just starting to figure out a training schedule for myself - 42 weeks to a half starting from a reasonable fitness level walking. Thanks for the link - yet another set of these silly tables to read through!
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Of course, I'm probably also going to have difficulty following a schedule - I think I've gotten too used to walking every day and I've yet to find a schedule that even mentions the possibility of going for hour-long walks on the "rest" days. If you ever get those calculations set up for predicting injuries, let me know, huh? I might need it...

What do they say about us? The only difference between the men and the boys is the cost of the toys? At least we appear to have wives that understand and will put up with us. I found mine in the engineering lab during school, and we were going out for 5 years before we got married so she knew what she was getting!

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SAMGERBINE 2/6/2010 3:38PM

    Good for you on your progress :)

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Cheeseburger in paradise

Sunday, January 31, 2010

I have been doing a lot of running lately. I ran 8 miles yesterday, uphill both ways! I figured I burned about a million calories.

I can justify any self-destructive behavior. Just watch me!

My wife and I made a sojourn to see my daughter, Katie, at the University of Northern Colorado today. My wife wanted to take Katie to Red Robin for lunch. My wife and Katie ordered grilled chicken salads.

Salad! I don't want no stinking salad! I had been waiting for this for weeks! I ordered a Bacon Cheeseburger, French fries and strawberry lemonade! Jimmy Buffett's lyrics were ringing in my head!

"Tried to amend my carnivorous habits
Made it nearly seventy days
Losin' weight without speed, eatin' sunflower seeds
Drinkin' lots of carrot juice and soakin' up rays

But at night I'd had these wonderful dreams
Some kind of sensuous treat
Not zucchini, fettucini or Bulgar wheat
But a big warm bun and a huge hunk of meat "

Cheeseburger in paradise
Makin' the best of every virtue and vice
Worth every damn bit of sacrifice
To get a cheeseburger in paradise"

This song could be our National Anthem! I got to tell you that was a really good cheeseburger. Total calories for a "big warm bun and a huge hunk of meat" was a measly 2,491, more or less! Maybe more - but I don't care!

I was pretty sore after my run yesterday. After I ate the gigantic cheeseburger I was completely cured of all aches and pains. I ate the Cheeseburger for medicinal purposes!

I told you I can justify anything!


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FOOTBALLTRENT 2/23/2010 12:51PM

    Too funny man!

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JADERUNNING 2/6/2010 9:34AM

    That is too funny! When I run long and hard runs - all I think of is food! Nice greasy bacon, swiss, mushroom burger seems to top the list. On hot days I think of strawberry daiquiris!

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KAYAKID 2/3/2010 3:25AM

    emoticontime for a nap after that meal!LOL

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DAVIDMU89 2/1/2010 3:11PM

    It is a correct balance of proteins and carbs. Therefore , I say it must be eaten

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ELYMWX 2/1/2010 1:56AM

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