Last Week’s Workouts

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Another week of workouts is done!

It’s hard to believe that the end of February is near.  Just like every other week so far this winter, the weather has been all over the place.  I was hoping for more snow for great skiing and snowshoeing while my kids have school vacation, but we’ve had more ice/freezing rain/snow mix than anything.  It seems this week was nothing but dealing with ice, slop and rain. Not the greatest conditions for having fun, for running outside or for taking Max for walks.  He is so freaking strong and loves to pull.  I’m not sure he had much time on a leash before us.  With all of his pulling, I’m thinking he’d be great at skijorning…that is if we had enough snow. Sigh.

Last week’s workouts


30 minute run, 9:19 avg pace

strength training:

DB bench press

DB pull over

SL reverse lunge w/ KB press

Lateral lunge with row and balance

Bench step ups with KB carry

Anti-rotational cable pull

TRX inverted row

TRX fall out

TRX mountain climbers

Banded pull ups

Eccentric pull ups

Med ball slams


For some reason I could not fathom staying at the gym to run after I was done lifting.  It was a total time suck, but I made it home to get a quick 30 minute run in before getting ready for the day.  The sidewalks were glare ice so I purposely chose roads that I knew would be clear of snow and very little traffic.  Of course, I forgot about the ice when I cut across a small section of sidewalk and then wiped out.  Thankfully, it was a slow motion, graceful fall so I didn’t hurt anything.  Lesson learned: stay at the gym to run when you know the roads/sidewalks are icy.


4 mile treadmill hill climb

1 mile @ 1%

0.5 mile @ 3%

0.5 mile @ 12%

0.5 mile @ 5%

0.5 mile @ 10%

0.5 mile @ 5%

0.5 mile @ 2%

I woke up to single digits and zero desire to deal with it, especially in the dark. On days like this, I’m glad I have a treadmill option in my basement.  It’s not glamorous but it gets the job done. Plus, it gives me a chance to work on elevation since I can’t get to the mountains every week for training.

Morning Flow Yoga @ Bending Bodhi


30 minutes Stepmill

strength training:

cable flys

single arm pulley rows in squat position

DB skiers

banded pull ups

eccentric pull ups

med ball slams

mountain legs

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50 minute run, 9:16 avg pace

We got about 4 inches of snow overnight with a little freezing rain.  The kids had a two hour delay for school so that gave me an opportunity to run in the daylight.  That was nice but it also meant there was a lot more traffic so I stuck to side roads.  The side roads were a mix of salt, sand, unplowed sections and just a mess that makes running feel like a slow jog but at a really hard effort.  Kind of like running in soft sand – SO fun.  In case you didn’t get it, that’s me being sarcastic.  I like running in fresh snow but not when it’s soft and mushy. The section pictured below is the best the whole run was…and that was in the cemetery.  Yes, I will run in the cemetery when the roads are crap.  You don’t have to worry about any traffic, right?

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5.24 mile run, 8:51 avg pace

My brain is so used to piling on the layers for a run that it doesn’t know what to wear when it’s in the mid 30s – so warm!  Kyle and I both misjudged what to wear. A long sleeve with a shell jacket was too much clothing.  Note to self – a t-shirt would have been better.  In addition to the warmer temps, it was nice to see a lot of the ice gone.  No one needs that much ice!

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7.5 mile run, 9:11 avg pace

I originally had planned on taking Saturday as a rest day but then the forecast called for snow and eventually rain mix on Sunday.  That didn’t sound like fun so I opted to run Saturday in sunshine and temps in the mid to upper 30s.  The first few miles felt good but then my legs felt like lead, my lower back ached and I just felt so sluggish.  I had been feeling off the past few days (not sick but not 100% either) so maybe that’s what hit me.  I decided to bail on hitting 10 miles for the day. There was no point in pushing it.

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Rest day except for some easy yoga and lots of recovery tools to make my legs feel human again. We didn’t get any of the predicted snow just cold, heavy rain. Yuck.

How was your week in workouts?

Linking up with Hoho and Wendy for the weekly workout wrap up.

15 comments on “Last Week’s Workouts

  1. You’re the second person I’ve read who said running in snow is like running in sand! I agree! Hoping this bad weather passes and we can all run freely without worrying about slipping.

    1. It is so much like running in soft sand. You have to work extra hard and feel like you are going nowhere. Spring will be here…sometime.

  2. Glad your fall was graceful and not painful. Our weather also all over the map. Loved Thursday’s weather but yeah, dressing can be so hard. Today was supposed to be in the high 50s, then raining, ultimately damp and 40s. Hope you kick the non bug

  3. I had to laugh at your “slow graceful fall.” I’ve had some slow falls, but they were very NOT graceful, though they seemed like they took three minutes to finally reach the ground. I have not hardly run in any snow all winter because it’s been so cold (and icy). One the few occasions I have gotten outside, it’s been wet and sloppy. yadda yadda yadda.

    1. In mind, it was super graceful. But to the people that were waiting at the stoplight who witnessed it, I’m sure it was anything but graceful.

  4. It’s been a really challenging winter for running for sure! We get snow but then freezing rain on top of it. I don’t ever remember getting the kind of ice we have this year. You had a productive week despite the weather challenges!

    1. I usually expect winter running to be a challenge but more so with snow and cold than ice. At least with snow, I could wear my snowshoes to run or x-country ski. Ice is good for nothing!

  5. I totally feel the same way about February. I know it’s a short month, but it did seem to go by rather quickly. I can’t believe that March starts on Friday!

    Great job on your workouts this week despite the weather! I can’t imagine trying to run in the snow, but I picture it as a cross between trail running and CrossFit.

  6. We’ve had a similar winter – not much snow (especially snow to actually do things in) but lots of ice and slush. It beats up my body so much more also! I’m not a huge fan of it and ready for spring at this point. I hope you get some non-icy runs in soon!
    I’ve totally considering taking Ollie skijoring, except I’m not sure what would happen if he saw a squirrel or something!

    1. The beginning of a skijorning race frightens me. The dogs take off so fast are just crazy. And of course the threat of a squirrel would be horrible. Hopefully, the course would have a really, really wide trail so there would be time to stop before flying into a tree.

  7. Angela.. The Last Week’s Workout” posts are amazing to go through. Its has a lot of variations and ideas which can be implemented for overall workout.

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