Cold VS Cold

By Skip

I got up early this morning anxious to test my knee out and see how everything felt. I wanted to keep the run relatively short but yet still put on a little bit of distance so I could start working through some of these issues I have been having.  My goal was 4 miles and guess what?  4 miles I did.  I was very cautious and kept quite a slow pace (9 minute pace average) and it really was not until about mile 2 (oh great, halfway point!) until I started to feel problems arising in my knee.

I immediately began to concentrate on what I was doing and thought that my striking of the foot was a little off so I stated running with high heels (that does not sound right does it?).  Let me explain for those of you laughing out loud with that distorted picture in your head.  What I meant to say was I changed my running style so that my heels went higher than normal into the air, causing me to slow my cadence a little and really concentrate on how my foot left the ground and landed.  Basically an exaggerated stride so I could mentally break everything down in slow motion… well, in my mind at least.

It worked!   As soon as I did that, about 15 seconds later, all pain went away!  After the pain had subsided I carried on and I had to repeat the same procedure about 8-10 more times before I was finished.  It certainly was not the most graceful day but I did make it through and when I had finished my knee felt fine.  This feeling of “starting all over again” really sucks because it feels like all of my hard training I put in last year, especially all the run training I did towards the end of the year, was lost and wasted.  I have to remember that for the next off season and try to make adjustments.

Another challenge I was up against when I woke up this morning is that it was about 40 degrees with a nice breeze… needless to say, for South Florida, that is cold!  The funny thing is that today felt just as cold as when I had run in Wisconsin a few weeks ago and it was only 17 degrees then! How can 40 feel the same as 17? I was wearing the exact same thing for clothing.  I don’t get it.

I thought it would be interesting to research a little bit about cold weather and cold places.  Enjoy some of this research that I came across while composing this article:

The United States alone has recorded some impressive and bone chilling colds. In January 1971, Prospect Creek Camp in Alaska, recorded a temp of -79.8 F. In January of 1954, Rogers Pass in Montana recorded a low of -69.7 F. These were fleeting extremes however; average temperatures for the winter are much less extreme. The lowest average winter temp for the US is -15.6 F on Alaska’s Barter Island.

It gets better….

On the continent of Asia in Eastern Siberia, lies the town of Oimyakon, located on the Indigirka River. Populated by 4,000 people, it is the coldest permanently inhabited place on Earth. Here, some of the world’s coldest temperatures are recorded every year; they average about -60 F, sometimes falling to -90 degrees F.

One more for you….

Well now, you say, that has to be horribly cold. NO place could be worse than that, right? Wrong! The spot that is worse is the south pole. At the South Pole, there is a land mass, the continent of Antarctica, so large that it accounts for nearly ten percent of the world’s entire land mass. It is a barren ice and snow covered land, where average temperatures are 35 degrees F colder than those of the North Pole. Antarctica holds the record for the world’s lowest recorded temperature, a whopping -129 degrees F, at Vostok Antarctica, on July 21, 1983. The average annual temperature there is a chilling -57.5 degrees F. And what was the highest temperature ever recorded on Antarctica? How about a balmy 5.5 degrees F.

Source for above weather statistics:

Filed in: Half Marathon, Injury, Running • Thursday, January 13th, 2011

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