This week Ohio and the rest of the Midwest were greeted with frigid and dangerous temps, which leave runners with the decisions of run outside, seek a treadmill, or sleep in all together. For me I layer up and head outdoors hoping I don’t become an ice statue. Believe me making that decision is sometimes very difficult to do…
Luckily with working from home I have the option to modify my running times throughout the day, which in turn can add a few degrees temperature wise versus running early morning. Now only if that sun would cut through the clouds. As the year draws to a close I’ve decided to cut my mileage back a tad, while still aiming to complete my #200MileChallemge, prior to beginning my marathon training in Jan. I have three marathons and a half scheduled in the first quarter of 2017.
This week I was disappointed that I did not get any speed or hill work in. I have to say since this is my first full winter running, this week was by far the most difficult. Due to lack of sidewalks in my area, I was forced to run loops in my neighborhood. Therefore as you can imagine anything above 8 miles becomes very painful. Just so you have a gage, 1 loop is roughly 3.5 miles.
Monday: Cold and I mean cold temps (5*F) and I managed to get in another 8 miles split up by two 4-mile runs.
Tuesday: my morning run consisted of navigating ice and cold frigid temps where I knocked out 4 miles.
Wednesday: Cross training and strength workout.
Thursday: 6 mile frozen run through the neighborhood.
Friday: Day off
Saturday: 14 mile painfully boring run in the neighborhood. I think that was about 4.5 loops…UGH!
I ended up logging 40.5 miles for the week where I think I’ve memorized every address in my neighborhood. No wonder why the sheriff’s have been patrolling as there was a crazy guy frosted over running throughout.
As far as my #200MileChallenge I am 80 miles away, which will have me cranking it up a notch. So much for tapering!
- So how did your training go this week?
- Do you run indoors or outdoors in cold weather?