Very random "Three Things Thursday" thoughts one month into my marathon training plan and one week away from Valentine's Day.
Things that don't go together
Ice, Ice, Baby
I mentioned my Sunday long run along the Cherry Creek Trail. Probably a whole blog story here when I run out of ideas to write about, but there really is a science around running on snow and ice. Not just the equipment and clothing (see Cold Nipple Calculator,) but the constant monitoring of where your feet will land. One of the best "diggers" I ever took was winter training in Colorado with a "tumble and roll" off a snowbank onto the pavement. Since then, I've tried to become better at spotting the conditions as I see them by foot strike. Black ice, smooth ice, powder, packed powder, and my favorite, "Captain Crunch" ice. Cap'n Crunch ice is that crunchy stuff on top of pavement--safer than black or smooth, but not as good as packed powder. All of it not good for running posture as you're not supposed to run looking down unless it's a trail run or you're scanning for ice.
Don't Mess with Tradition
New England Confection Company (NECCO.) Same thing...you'd hand them out to someone special as if it was random, but you really went through the sayings to make sure you were sending the right message. Each year, I look forward to buying a box or two for myself and more for my wife and kids. I bought my first box this year and found they didn't taste quite right. I figured I was "duped" and bought a copycat brand. My wife bought me a six pack of what she thought was the genuine real deal conversation hearts and same thing. "These things taste like crap!" Being a crack journalist, I researched NECCO's site and discovered that "The new Sweethearts® have been re-formulated to be softer and more fun to eat." They also added more flavors. I was fine with the flavors they had. I was okay when they added blue diamonds to "Lucky Charms," but more like you took something great and turned it into crap. Who changes a 100 yr old recipe that people enjoy? You don't see them trying to fix or modify the fucking candy corn at Halloween do you? Some marketing dude should be fired. #disappointed
Did I really just write a running blog that included references to both Lucky Charms AND Captain Crunch? Yes, but not by design. Random three things Thursday...