I ran on snowshoes with Bart for an hour in the Box Shop woods this morning. The "Box Shop" was a factory that went out of business and left behind a big polluted mess. The town of Parsonsfield owns the land now and has done a lot of work to clean it up and turn it into a recreation area. I try to carry out a little bit of junk every time I go there.
I have been getting stressed out over this weekend's snowshoe race, even though I told myself all along that it was just for fun. While I was out this morning, I tried to figure out why I was getting nervous about the race. I realized that it was because I was trying something I had never done before and it was something I didn't think I would be very good at. Well, when I put it to myself that way, I saw how stupid those reasons were and I immediately stopped dreading it and started looking forward to it.
As for the snowshoe jaunt this morning, I worked hard and had fun. I am still a slow and clumsy snowshoe runner. To prove the point, my 14-year-old dog beat me back to the Jeep, I think he is something like 98-years-old in dog years. Notice how he tries to look so bored, like he has been waiting there for hours. Show off.
After the snowshoe run, I ran 2 of my scheduled 3 miles at marathon pace on the treadmill. After working so hard on the snowshoes, the treadmill really got my heart rate up! It felt like I got a really good workout in this morning. And I still have snow shovelling to do, yipee!
I took some time to look ahead at my work schedule and had to make changes in my 2009 race plans. I posted my new preliminary race plan in the right hand column. As with everything in life, it is subject to change.