What do I say about last week’s workouts?
I was sick for part. It was freezing. There was hella snow. And I didn’t run inside once all week. If it wasn’t for the Strava/Lululemon 40/80 Challenge, I probably would have run inside for almost all of my runs. And I most definitely would have done some miles inside if I was running longer. Five miles in sub zero temps is ok. Ten miles is no bueno.
Side note: I think this is the first Last Week’s Workouts post that I’ve done with zero pictures of me actually running. It was WAY too cold for setting up my phone. And my phone battery never lasted long either.
Planned: run + strength training
Actual: Recovering from flu like virus that left me in bed all weekend and part of Monday. Not exactly how I wanted to ring in the new year.
Morning Yoga Flow @ Bending Bodhi Yoga – It had been two weeks since I did yoga because of the pinched nerve in my neck and the holidays. It felt good to stretch it out especially when the studio felt warm and cozy on a chilly day.
Run: 4 miles
With a temp of 9 degrees and a real feel of -5, I really wasn’t looking forward to this run. But I knew I had to suck it up and just get it over with. Besides, it was ONLY 4 miles. It’s not like I was going to be out there for hours or anything. It wasn’t as cold as I anticipated and the fresh air was refreshing. My brain psychs me out more than anything when it comes to cold.
PT exercises in the evening: clamshells and bridge with band + planks
I’ve slipped in prehabbing a little. I’m making a commitment to doing clamshells, bridges and planks every other evening while watching TV.
First day in the gym of the new year. I thought it was going to be mobbed with all of the January Joiners. I was surprised that it was actually quieter than usual. Maybe it’s the cold weather? Or maybe it’s busier in the evening? I’m sure it will pick up at some time. But that’s ok. We’ve all been a Joiner at some time, right?
30 minutes Arc Trainer
15 minutes Step Mill
Bulvarian Split Squat
Single leg deadlift
TRX inversion row
TRX push up
KB around the world
Single leg ball bridge
The day of the snowstorm/Bombogenesis/Bomb Cyclone/Nor’easter/Snowstorm Grayson/whatever you want to call it. The kids didn’t have school. Work was closed. Everyone was told to batten down the hatches and buy all the milk and bread you can. Kidding. But that’s really what happens.
Snow day = two-a-day kind of running day.
In the a.m., I met up with my friend Amanda for 3.6 road miles before the snow started falling.
Around midday, I met up with Mary and her dog, Una, for 3 miles of snowshoe running. The snow was coming down fast and heavy by then. The wind has also picked up. Snowshoe running is freaking hard on a packed or groomed trail. But when you are running in fresh powder with a squishy crust underneath, it’s brutal. You think you have some fitness but then your legs turn to jell-o and your heart rate shoots through the roof.
Ski googles are not just for skiing!
I was thankful for the midday run because my kids were driving me bonkers. They need to get back to a regular schedule NOW.
PT exercises in the evening
Since the storm had passed during the evening Thursday and the roads were clear, I ventured out to the gym. I was shocked to only see 5 cars in the parking lot. I guess everyone didn’t snowblow the night before like we did.
30 minutes bike
10 minutes step mill
Single leg squats
Single leg deadlifts
DB chest press
Reverse grip row
TRX single leg inversion row
TRX push up
TRX mountain climbers
Pull up prep shrugs + bar hangs
Med ball wall squats
KB around the world
With kid activities on Saturday mornings, fitting in a run either has to be done super early or pushed to some time in the afternoon when there’s a lull in plans. When I woke up to howling winds, I knew there was no way I was heading out for a run before taking my daughter to gymnastics. I looked at the hourly forecast and saw the warmest temp of the day was going to be around 2-4 p.m. I bundled up and hit the road with the temp at 6 degrees and the wind chill at -14. Surprisingly, it wasn’t as cold as I thought considering my toes were numb from walking from my car to my house (about 10 feet) earlier in the day.
The good news is that I busted out 5 miles and felt comfortably warm the whole time.
The bad news is that my GPS watch died at 1.8 miles from the cold.
WTF?!?! I’ve never had that happen before!
Usually I wouldn’t care but I’m doing the Strava/Lululemon 40/80 Challenge. I purposely ran outside because treadmill miles don’t count. Ugh! Oh well. It’s not like I was going for the highest mileage award or anything.
Even though I’m a morning runner, I knew that I wasn’t going to do my run until the mid afternoon on Sunday. Two reasons: 1. It was -5 degrees with a real feel of -20. 2. It was the first day of ski club for my kids.
Ski club promptly was cancelled when the coordinator realized that the wind chills were even worse at the mountain.
It just so happened that my friend Kristy messaged me about running in the afternoon. I was planning on going out solo but I gladly agreed to meet up and even put out an invitation to other friends. The cold weather has everyone hibernating but running with friends makes it a little more tolerable.
It was great to catch up with Kristy and Kyle while enjoying the WARMTH of 14 degrees and almost zero wind. The blue skies and sunshine made things even better. You know you have been living in the tundra when 14 degrees feels good.
7 miles running
Balance training on the Bosu Ball + Pull up prep exercises (pull up shrugs and eccentric pull ups)