Fog Running

This was my face at the end of the run: red and dewy.

This was my face at the end of the run: red and dewy.

For a while I got out of the habit of running because of a sore achilles tendon that I didn’t want to aggravate. Now that it is a new month I decided I’d better get back in to the habit since it’s still a New Years resolution and I still have eleven months to go. Between trying to give my ankle a chance to heal itself and a series of morning seminars during last week I avoided running for four straight days. It turns out that four days is enough time to get out of shape.

During today’s around the block I was winded before I made it to the first corner (a fifth of a mile, for those who are keeping score). I think I probably had a valid excuse, though, because it was so foggy that I could barely see 100 yards in front of me; and if four days is enough time to get out of shape then eleven months of living in the desert is more than enough time to “forget” how to run in humidity. By the time I made it home I was literally dewy faced.

I used to love running in the humidity; particularly when it was both hot and humid. I realize this sounds like it is about as much fun as a pelvic exam but once you wrap your mind around the idea that you’re going to be a sweaty mess it is a very satisfying way to flush any stress out of your system. It’s like going for a run in a sauna.

Running in the fog is nothing like this.

Running in the fog is like running through wet cobwebs. It sticks to your face and it tastes like dust. But what it lacks in comfort it makes up for in bad-assery because there is nothing like running through fog to make you feel like Batman.

Nanananananananananananana BATMAN!

So I’m starting to get back up on my feet. I’ve been putting an ice pack on my ankle every day but I’m not sure if it is helping. Have you ever had to ice an achilles tendon? Is there a “right” way to do it? I’m looking for advice.

~ by Gwydhar Gebien on February 4, 2013.

One Response to “Fog Running”

  1. Manda

    I don”t know how to respond to you on your blog so I’m writing this email instead. If your ankle isn’t swollen anymore that you should put heat on it and make sure it is well “warmed up” before running. The icing is only if it is swollen. I hate sweating! Fog sweating sounds miserable!!! But I LOVED your photo of the flower : )

    Just wrote you a letter so I won’t go on with any news…it’s coming by snail mail.

    Love you,



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