Last Week’s Workouts

Last week's workouts |

Remember when I said I wish we would get more snow?

Guess what?

Wishes really do come true!

Last week my kids had 2 snow days and 2 two hour delays. Do the math and you’ll realize that they were home more than in school.

And today is another snow day with a good ol’ fashion blizzard. I even got called off from work.

Why not get ALL of winter weather in a two week period?

Despite the weather, I still got a solid week of training. I strayed from my training plan a little but I think I still put in a ton of effort. That counts for something, right?

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Monday: 45 minutes bike trainer, 30 minutes strength training

Cross training day! After a weekend of running, I always look forward to something different. And my joints appreciate it too. Hitting the bike for some no impact cardio always feels good. I followed it up with weights and balance work.

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Tuesday: 7.28 miles

Tempo Tuesday is back!  It’s been forever since I did a tempo workout.  I’ve never been a huge fan of tempos. Frankly, they scare me more than a speed workout. My plan called for 3 miles at half marathon pace. I haven’t raced a half in over 2 years so I had no clue what pace to aim for. I thought 8:00-8:15 would be good.

Lori and I met dark and early for a snowy run. We picked a “flat” route which really isn’t flat because there is no such thing in our town.  It was the first time I had programmed a workout into my watch. I think it gave me a little anxiety to hear the beeping if I was running faster than my prescribed pace. But when I didn’t hear it, I didn’t like that so I kept running fast enough to hear beeps. I know, I’m weird.

Actual pace: 7:55, 7:49, 7:41

I was shocked to see that because the first mile actually felt harder than the third.

Wednesday: 5 miles

The snow continued on all day Tuesday and then switched to freezing rain overnight. Rather than dealing with a sloppy mess and a skating rink, I opted for the treadmill. This run was painful. I wanted to poke my eyes out from boredom. I go through periods of doing OK with the treadmill and not minding it and other days hating every single minute.

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Thursday: 5+ miles snowshoe run

A Nor’easter blew in on Thursday morning. Basically the whole state shut down. Ron was called off from work so I was free to run whenever. Jess, Tony and I agreed to meeting up for trail fun. This was only my second time running in snowshoes. It’s hard AF when it’s a packed trail. But breaking your own trail in at least 4 inches of fresh snow? Hard AF x 1000. The snow was coming down fast. The wind was blowing. I was sucking wind. It was so fun!

My plan called for 8 miles with Fartleks. Not exactly the workout that was planned but I think I worked 10x harder. Oh well.

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Friday: Strength training, Candlelight Vinyasa/Restorative Yoga

My plan called for a complete rest day but I had only got one strength training session in for the week. I got in a solid 30 minutes weights/balance exercises before heading into work.

In the evening, I enjoyed a wonderfully relaxing restorative yoga workshop at Bending Bodhi.

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Saturday: 14 miles

Guess what? It was snowing, cold (13 degrees) and windy again on Saturday morning. Lori and I were going to run long on Sunday but at the spur of the moment switched back to Saturday. The roads were snow covered and sloppy. I wore my YakTrax for a little traction at least. It was helpful but my feet were still slipping. We kept the pace slow and steady because there was no way we could pick up the pace in that crap. It was a welcome relief to find patches of pavement to get back to a somewhat normal pace. But then a car would come and you’d have to jump back into the cookie dough snow. I was never so happy to be done with a run. Fourteen miles felt like 30.

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Later that evening we met up with friends for a moonlight snowshoe walk. It was cold AF but so fun. Especially when the skies cleared and the full moon came out.

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Sunday: 5.5 miles

Thankfully today was a recovery run because the roads were still just as sloppy as yesterday. See above for what slop looks like. I kept things s-l-o-w and worked out the soreness in my left glute. I’m not sure if it was from the weights on Friday or from Saturday’s run. After talking to a bunch of people yesterday, I think it might be from the run. Almost everyone that ran Saturday had sore glutes. Coincidence? I think not.

Another week down.

I’m looking forward to a cut back week in mileage and hopefully less snow on the roads but plenty on the trails.

How was your week in workouts?

Linking up with Ilka/Angela and Hoho/Tricia for the weekly workout wrap up.



15 comments on “Last Week’s Workouts

  1. I’ve been dealing with the same snow issues here of course, however, since I need the heat training for Cuba, I’ve been on my treadmill. I have to say, since I’ve been doing relatively short runs (read: less than 8 miles) with speed and incline intervals, it hasn’t been too bad.
    LOVE your snow runs and the moonlight walk – how cool was that moon?? OMG!!! Good luck today! Thankfully we only have a 2 hour delay. Whew.
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  2. OK. Confession. Now I’m feeling guilty for the fact my long training walk run for the marathon was kind of derailed because it was 86 here. Record-breaking hot. And I complain :-) :-)

  3. I’ve marathon trained in the winter and it is NOT fun! I love a good snow run, but when you have to do a long run in those conditions–it really makes you dig deep and question your sanity. Hopefully you will warm up this week and get rid of some of that snow. And all those tough miles will make you more than ready for 26.2!

  4. I don’t mind the snow but I’d take a snow day over a two hour delay any day of the week. It messes up our entire schedule :( At least I got my workout in this AM before they woke up!

  5. Those trail runs and yaktrax runs are deceptively tough! You had a really awesome week, especially for the crazy weather and snow! Mine was a cut back week and I was thankful- I had zero desire to get out there… hopefully not too many more snowy icy mornings.

  6. Haha! So happy your wish did come true! I’m sure your kids were super happy about the snow!!
    Your speed work on Tuesday was simply WOW! Excellent pace, especially in such hard conditions! Are you currently in training for a race or is it just to keep you in excellent running shape?
    That moonlight snowshoe walk is such a sweet idea!!
    Awesome training log as usual.
    Have a great week Angela!!

  7. Great job of training during a snowy and icy week! I can’t imagine how difficult a snowshoe run must feel. But, I’d definitely give it a whirl. And the moonlit snowshoe walk sounds beautiful too. Thanks for linking on the Weekly Wrap!

  8. Sounds like a great week! I love that you got in the snow shoeing too!! I a hoping to do a little of that before the winter is over. Thanks so much for linking up at Sunday Fitness & Food.

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