Greetings from Minnesota my lovely readers! It’s snowing today (what’s new?) and the temp is hovering just above 0. They’re forecasting well below zero and -30 windchill this weekend, so we’re trying to prepare ourselves for the onslaught.
Especially at the farm, this kind of weather is no fun. We’re extra careful at monitoring our baby calves to make sure they stay warm enough, and we feed the youngest ones 1.5x their normal milk amount because they need the calories. (Actually we do that most of the winter, but it’s especially important in weather this frigid.)
It’s also critical to make sure we monitor water pipes, close doors and inside areas wherever we can, and check our manure system and pumps. When things freeze up, let’s just say it’s not fun. And who wants to be fixing in weather like that? By next week, I should have an official re-cap of just how cold it got.
Now it’s time to moan about my post title subject. Over the last week, I’ve been having lots of little aches and pains. After each of my runs, I record the mileage, time and a few comments about how it went. Here are a few excerpts from recent runs.
- 1.8.2011 – 7.07 miles, treadmill – “felt tired at start, stopped every 2 miles to stretch tight right hamstring. Felt pretty good at end.”
- 1.10.2011 – 3.1 miles, treadmill – “felt sluggish and right calf and left foot were sore on and off.”
- 1.12.2911 – 4.57 miles, outside – “nice sunny day, sore left front top leg joint (sort of groin area). Also sore right leg behind knee. Still went well.”
Okay, am I falling apart or what? Normally I might have a sore or tight spot to note a few times a month, but these past 3 runs have all involved some aliment. What’s even stranger is that it’s usually not the same areas. At the time they are definitely real sore spots, but by the next run usually the pain has migrated elsewhere.
I’m not too worried as long as these things clear up, but today my “left front top leg joint (sort of groin area)” is still feeling pretty stiff. It’s a kind of awkward area to ice or stretch, but I’m trying!
I hate to complain when I know there are plenty of people dealing with serious injuries, but I just feel like a nutcase. Am I partly imagine these aches and pains and letting my mind run wild?
In any event, I probably need to do more cross training. I’ll plan to take a few days off of running, and see how I feel Saturday. By that time it should be -30 windchill, just right for a nice outdoor jog. (Yeah right.) I’ll probably have to seek refuge on the treadmill.
Even though I already talked about it above, here’s a recap of yesterday. I normally don’t feel the need to justify my pace, but I have to add that this run wasn’t as slow as it looks. I had to take my time picking over ice, stomping snow off my shoes, and wading through a few sections of sidewalk where the snow was at least 6 inches deep.
I finally reached some quiet neighborhoods where I just ran in the melted off section in the middle of the road unless I saw a car coming. I hope I’m not giving runners a bad rep because I was careful – I promise!