In Houston, it snows about once every 4-5 years. Snow that actually sticks to the ground is an even rarer occurance. For this reason, as a kid, snow is an exciting wonderful thing.

Now, living in Virginia, I’ve come quickly to hate the snow/ice. It’s not so much the snow that gets you, it’s the ice. It makes running on anything but plowed streets either impossible or incredibly difficuly.

That’s where I’m at now. Trying to sludge through the ice/snow and get my runs in. When I was a kid, I always wished it snowed more. I felt like we were missing out on the snow ball fights and snow men building. Now, I’m kind of glad we didn’t have the massive amounts of snow everywhere else got. It made the snow every couple years exciting, new, and something to look forward to. Up north, it’s pretty much something you dread.

I tweaked my achilles a little bit so I’ve been limited to one run a day for the past couple days. I don’t think it’s a big deal. I just need new orthotics which are on the way.

So, not much to update.

No indoors for me. I’ll open up in outdoor season with the plan for a 5k at Raleigh Relays.

Congrats to my teammate Moises for a PR in his first competitive mile in years. He ran 4:03 at the New Balance games.

Other than that, there was an interesting article on the BBC sports webpage. It goes over the championship races in Beijing and has data on every 100m of each event. There are some interesting things that can come out of such data. Maybe, the most important is that we need to remember to train for races, not just time trials.

When I have time, probably next post, I’ll post some theories as to why the African’s seem to be able to change gears and finish at faster speeds than most westerners.

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