I think the entire running community across the states took a hit this week with the weather. I watched as all of my running friends in Charleston had to deal with 6 inches of snow and awful ice. Up here in New York we were dealing with temperatures in the negative 20-25 degree range. You know its a strange week when both Charleston kids and Rochester kids have no school due to winter weather!
Monday: Happy New Year!! I spent my New Years day hanging with the family. I don’t normally take Monday as a rest day but since Christmas & New Years both fell on it, I changed it up a little. I spent the day in sweat pants and my new favorite Sarah Marie Design Studio sweatshirt.
Tuesday: Hill sprints on the Treadmill. I actually don’t mind when I have a specific workout on the treadmill. Shhhh, don’t tell anyone. Hill sprints include a .5 mile warm up and then I increase the incline to 5% for around 300 meters. It’s not exact, sometimes it’s only 200 meters and sometimes I go for 400 meters. Then I bring it back down until I’ve recovered. That also is just by feel, no exact measurement but usually close to around 200 meters. I did 7 hills with a short cool down, adding up to 3.1 miles total.
Then I went to Hit and Ripped circuit training class. We really worked on squats & lunges which was great for me in strength training. The key to the Chicago Marathon is simply staying healthy between now and then.
Wednesday: 2.1 warm up run on the treadmill before I went to Turbo Kick class. This is a class that really gets my heart rate up and it incorporates a lot of leg work as well. Cross training for the win!
It was pretty cold Wednesday night but I want that Lululemon, which means I need to get my butt outside. I bundled up for a 5.2 mile run around my snowy/icy neighborhood. It was 14 degrees but there wasn’t any wind, so it actually felt warmer than that.
Thursday: Snowy purposeful run. I had intended on getting in more mileage but it was truthfully bitter cold out. I managed 2.6 miles in the snow and even helped out a girl who had slid off the road and was stuck in a snow bank. Those winter cleats come in handy when you need to kick a bunch of snow away!
Friday: Cold day! The kids had school cancelled due to the temperature being -25 degrees outside. It ended up being a day where I strength trained around the house and skipped out on a workout because I didn’t even want to leave the house and walk into the gym.
Saturday: It was still well below zero on Saturday and our local group run was cancelled. At a certain point, you have to take runners safety into serious consideration. You can get frost bite within 10 minutes in temperatures that low and I wasn’t about to risk it. I headed for the gym and got in 5 progressive miles.
Saturday afternoon we went out with friends to the Wine and Chocolate festival here. There was tons of wineries as well as dessert places with free samples. I had the most delicious glitter cupcake, yummy honey wine, and lots of chocolates!
Sunday: I ventured out. I waited until it was closer to the afternoon so that temperatures were just above 0. The run wasn’t bad when the wind was to my back, but the minute I turned around and got hit with the frozen tundra, I regretted my decision. I managed 6.3 of my 10 miles before my body was seriously cold and I headed inside. I debated back and forth going back out but ultimately football and a hot shower won the battle.
Week 3 in the books!