* "I heard it was ..." That was the talk around the office since Tuesday afternoon about the weather. The rumor in the Lynchburg area about 30 inches ran rampant, but you know what? It wasn't too far from the truth. A few hours away it's still snowing, and some of those areas already have 30 inches. Here we got about a half a foot of snow, a lot of sleet, some freezing rain and then another inch of snow. This afternoon it's sunny, the roads are in great shape and the snow was pretty easy to just push off the vehicles. It's actually kind of nice. But the softness of the snow right now will quickly change with temperatures dipping to the mid-teens the next two nights. * Since my 10-mile struggle the other night, I've had two good runs. A watchless 4.1-mile journey with my dog on Thursday and then 7 miles today. Today's run was in a light snow, through a few very lightly covered back roads. It was kind of peaceful actually.
* Running 20 miles or more a week consistently is very hard to do. Running 20 or more good miles is even harder. But for the third week in a row, I've done that. While I did struggle a bit the other day, I had a good week overall. For the five weeks this year I am just under 100 miles, averaging 19.68 miles a week. I might get in a short run tomorrow that would increase that even more. It's early, but that actually has me on pace for more than 1,000 miles for the year. That's another thought for another day though.
* I bought new shoes. (A quick shout-out to Holabird Sports for an awesome transaction even though the shoes were out of stock for a day.) I opted to stick with Brooks Ravenna (the color to the right). With this weather, though, I've only gotten one run in them. For this pair I vow to do a better job with counting how many miles I get in them. I haven't been doing that much lately and I need to figure out if I'm getting good enough mileage in my shoes.
I stuck with the Ravenna line because they work well for me. I debated on whether or not to go back to Asics, but I've worn my previous Ravenna shoes since early September. That's five-plus months of somewhat low mileage until recently, but they've been through two races, a lot of rain, over mountains, through the snow (including today) and they're still holding up. They'll continue to be good shoes for messy trails and bad weather for the next month or so. If it ain't broke, don't fit it, right? It's no offense to Asics, but Brooks just last longer for me.
* There are six weeks and a day until the Shamrock Half Marathon. I sure hope this weather pattern changes by then. That race, by the way, sold out a while ago at 8,000 registered runners. It's weird to say this so far out, but I'm more ready for this race than I've ever been. With six weeks to go, I have time on my side to get faster and stronger and put more effort into it than I ever have. The work remains, but I'm ready, eager and willing to do it. I haven't been able to say that too confidently before.