Saturday, January 28, 2012

Freeze Your Thorns Off 5K Race Report

a.k.a. Game of Thorns
a.k.a. how to run with an ingrown and broken toe nail
a.k.a. This is where the running turns around baby!

I've kept to my running schedule since my bull-shitake run two weeks ago.  And it's been basically consistent crappiness interspersed with bought of sheer loserdom.  So I needed a run to turn it all around.  And this one was it baby!

Today's run was a complex 2.9 mile warm up, 3.2 mile virtual race, plus 1 mile stagger home.  Did I mention I operated on my toe last night at 4 in the morning?  My toe cracked on my run yesterday, and I pulled out the broken piece, but there was a piece left in and it began to grind into the fat cheeky part of my big toe while I was sleeping.  And at 4 am I couldn't take the pain and dug the rest of the nail out.  Taped the toe up with gauze, rubber bands and put two tight socks on the foot and went for the run.

The pain made me run in a funny way.  And when I uploaded my track from the Garmin I discovered the thorny problem.

Here's the interactive route if you want to take a look:

I think if I could figure out which way the "s" and "z" go I could open up a GEO-Writing business.

Here's the summary:

precipitation freezing rain and blowing snow
tempfeels like -4°C (16 °F)
windsgusting to 54km/h (34 m/h)
distance5.1 k (3.2 mi)
HR126 bpm

Thanks for another wonderfully directed race Adam!


Kate Geisen said...

That's the cooolest thing I've ever seen (so cool it deserved an extra o). If you faked the Garmin track in some way, please don't tell me.

I think all of us who ran in actual freezing temperatures deserve some special bonus. :)

Paul said...

What? Andrew fake a GPS track. Oh No..he's a nerd...he was out there looking like a total spaz I'm sure 8)

Very cute.

From the weather looks like you did freeze your thorns off! Yoikes!

Keep up the training!

XLMIC said...

I think I'm on the same bull-shitake program you just dumped :( I need to pull it together. Maybe I'll head out for a stagger in the name of Adam's race tonight?

I love how you spelled out the name of the race with your route to get the mileage to come out correctly ;-)

Unknown said...

New follower..... Great blog.

Rose @ Eat, Drink, and Be Meiri said...

This is amazingly awesome.

Jill said...

Dr. Opala, no complaining about broken toes or frozen tundra, gale-force windy runs!

Unknown said...

Whoa! Running with a fresh toe wound... AWESOME!!!

Unknown said...

you ran on a broken toe and still managed such good 'handwriting' on your garmin track? you are a rock star!

Unknown said...

you ran on a broken toe and still managed such good 'handwriting' on your garmin track? you are a rock star!

Ewa said...

Can I just steal Jill's comment and be done with it?

Oh, I'll just add that you are funny.

There, see, comments delivered as promised. ;-)

Unknown said...

Wow, I have been reading everyone's blogs that did this virtual race. Heck, I wanna freeze my thorns off next time around.

Shawn said...

Dude...that's gotta hurt, way to suck it up!!

Suzana said...

This is the best thing I've seen all week!!!
Haven't seen you posting on DM.. hope the toe is okay!

Paul said...

Ok big guy, you think we don't notice you are off the air?

Sure, ur bizzy with ur startup and ur fancy life and trying to sell ur company to facebook or whatevah but we wanna know:


Vicky Cook said...

That is so funny! and the award for the funniest blog ever goes to....! :D