Monday - Charlestown, RI - 8 milesIt was about 10 degrees out and my wife helped motivate me to get out the door to start the year right. Ventured over to Carter Preserve and ran a mix of the usual trails. Just enough snow on the ground to provide a nice crunch. Chilled at first in just my cold compression tights but eventually I warmed up everywhere except my elbows which always fare poorly when the weather is especially cold. Do they make elbow warmers for such occasions?
Tuesday - South Kingstown, RI - 6.5 milesAb Ripper X (15 minutes)
Started the day with a return to the Ab Ripper. I mean to restart these morning workouts or die in the attempt!
I'm working from home this week and went over to DuVal at lunch for some crunchy trails. Not as cold as yesterday but I was still chilled for the first couple miles. Right towards the end as I'm approaching the cemetery I tell myself to keep my eyes on the ground - my stumbles always seem to come right at the finish line. It didn't matter though, I still managed to bend my right foot backwards on a rock. Pissed that once again I have summoned the Jank Monster™ to derail my efforts. I hobbled along for a few steps and then was able to shamble the final stretch to the car. It was very tender afterwards. I'll almost definitely need to take it easy for a couple days. Curses.
Wednesday - 0 milesYeah, the ankle hurts. As does my pride. I had hoped to get in a run today before the storm dumps on us tomorrow but it is not to be. Looks like I'll have to be content with dragging in firewood as my day's effort. My whole right foot is very swollen. Luckily being in my snow boots seems to stabilize it so I won't be able to shirk my upcoming shoveling duties.
Thursday - 0 milesThe latest blizzard has arrived and I've got the basement cookin' at 80+ thanks to the wood stove. Amazingly we haven't lost power which is a welcome break. My foot is still very swollen. Walking around isn't bad but I've got to continue to take it easy so that I can make a quick recovery. Dammit.
Friday - 0 milesA goodly amount of shoveling yesterday and another big round this morning. Plow guy came in the night so we're in good shape post-storm. Foot swelling is finally going down. I was looking forward to some snowshoe exploring in my new Dion's at, say, Carter or DuVal but it is not to be...
Saturday - Charlestown, RI - 3 milesAnkle remains sore and a bit swollen but I would not be denied another day. Strapped on my snowshoes and hiked three miles in Carter Preserve, breaking trail most of the way. Kept the pace easy and other than the wind chilling my nether regions as I battled the drifts in the grasslands I was very comfortable in the cold temps.
Sunday - 0 miles
Mileage: 18 miles
Time on Feet: 4 hours
Elevation: 1,993 feet
This ankle injury is an annoying way to start the year but I'll be back to running soon. Anyway with the decent snow we got and my apathy towards roads I may just be looking at more snowshoeing for the time being anyway.