Last Week’s Workouts

Last week’s workouts were all about cutting back. On mileage that is. Despite it being an “easy” week, I still felt like I was working hard. The weather is 99.9% to blame. With two snowstorms that forced two days of school cancelled, I had to move around my workouts and do what I could with what I had.


Another snow day! Ron and I were both called off from work and school was cancelled. We spent the day playing outside in the backyard and eventually ventured out to Kingman Farm trails. As you can see from the pic below, the kids were taking a rest break. Which they do often.

Before the day got started, I did a strength training workout in the basement. There were lunges of all varieties, squats, planks, and push ups.

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Easy 5 miles with Lori and Ryan.  The roads were still a little snow covered and slick from the storm the day before. I guess that made some drivers angry.  We had a car lay on the horn and flip us off for some reason.  We weren’t even in his lane! Not sure what his problem was. Ryan thought maybe his ex-wife was a runner.

After dropping the kids off at school, I hit up my favorite Morning Flow yoga class. Runner’s Lunge saves my legs yet again.

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Planned hill repeats. Actual = treadmill run because Lori hurt her back. 6 miles easy

I didn’t want to do hill repeats solo at zero dark thirty so I opted for an easy treadmill run. My thought was that I’d do the repeats on Thursday after my morning yoga class. Mother Nature had other plans.

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Snowstorm, Ron delayed opening, school cancelled

Planned hill repeats, Actual = hill repeats in the cemetery

I woke up Thursday morning to my phone ringing.  I thought for sure it was a 2 hour delay. Wrong.  School was cancelled. Wtf?!?! The roads were quite slick early in the morning but were clear by 9:30.

Since I’d be home with the kids all day and Ron had a delayed opening for work, I had a short window of when I could get my run done outside.  My usual hill was out of the question – too icy. Other options required running on busier streets to get there, which I didn’t want to mess with. My last option was the cemetery. It’s not a very big hill, but it’s a hill. And the road was plowed. I didn’t have to worry about traffic and cars didn’t have to worry about me. Problem solved.

10 x 30 sec hard effort. I then looped through neighborhoods to end up with 7 miles total.


I had a planned rest day but I wanted another quality strength workout in for the week.  I did this workout minus the run portion.

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I met up with my running buddy, Sarah, who was my go-to gal for Boston training. We now live 40 minutes away from each other so we meeting up is always a treat. The miles ticked away easily as we got up on everything. My breathing felt off for the entire run. I felt like I couldn’t take a deep breath.  I thought maybe it was because we were talking non stop for the whole 10 miles but I continued to feel that way for the rest of the day.

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If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you probably saw that I ran the Six03 Endurance Back 9 5k snowshoe race.  Holy freakin’ hard! Snowshoe running is hard. Trying to “race” is 10x harder. It was my third time running with snowshoes and my first race.

My breathing was still feeling wonky but I think I would have felt the same even if I was feeling 100%. The best way I can describe how I felt during the race was chaotic. My heart rate was through the roof, my breathing was shallow, and my feet seemed to have a mind of their own. I don’t think I heard anything other than my heart beat in my ears for the duration of the race. For the rest of the day, I could not stop coughing because my throat felt so weird. Fingers crossed I’m not getting sick!

The course was challenging, no doubt, with mushy snow, icy snow, and a totally narrow path. It’s kind of intimidating when you have someone right on your heels – do I let them pass or are they just tailing me?

Of course, this girl makes it look easy, taking home the win for first woman. She did tell me it wasn’t the best course for my first snowshoe race attempt. I’m on the fence if I want to try it again.  Can I calm the chaos in me? Or is that normal? Are you supposed to feel like everything is spiraling out of control? Lol. There’s another race coming up on Saturday…we’ll see!

Last week's workouts } happyfitmama.comSmiling because I thought I was done. But wait! You must run up and over a big snowbank to finish. So cruel!

This week’s workout are when things get serious. The mileage ramps up and so does the intensity. Thankfully, it looks like the weather will at least be on my side. No snow in the seven day forecast and warm temps makes for clear roads to run!

How was your week in workouts?

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





24 comments on “Last Week’s Workouts

  1. You guys had some snowy weather this week! We finally got most of our snow to melt, although there is still a lot of snow where it really drifted good, I was so happy to finally get to run in tanks and a skirt this week. Great job with the snow shoe race, that would be difficult, but fun to try something new!

  2. Ugh – the snow is such a pain! I’m hoping that you get a break in that nonsense. I love the comment about “his ex wife is probably a runner!” LOL!!

    And look at you bad assing around in snowshoes!! You LOOK amazing so I guess that’s half the battle?
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    1. I sure didn’t feel amazing running the race! Someone snapped a pick of me mid race and thankfully there wasn’t snot flying out of my nose and me gasping for air. Lol!

  3. I’ve never tried snow shoeing- it looks awesome, but definitely intense! And wow- so many days off school! I hope this is back to a normal week for you. It definitely makes it trickier to get all the training in.

  4. We had such beautiful weather here within the lasts week I thought every where had a warm spell. I guess not if you guys had school cancel because of the snow. Great job on still getting in your workouts even with the not ideal weather.

  5. Hahaha I like the theory that the ex-wife of the angry driver was a runner. I’ve encountered some belligerent runners too, recently. Hopefully the sun and warmer weather will help give their mood a makeover ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. Congrats on the snowshoe race Angela! What an awesome endurance workout! All the snow and icy roads are really hard to deal with right now, especially as a runner. Congrats on getting all your running done anyway. I have encountered so much road rage towards runners in the last few years – it’s scary. People get so mad sometimes when they see a runner.. what is that??
    I hope the weather will be okay this week and you get your running done with no extra snow.
    Awesome work as usual!!

    1. My ideal winter would be plenty of snow on the trails and ski slopes but the roads completely bare. Not too much to ask for, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. I don’t even know what to think about running a race in snowshoes! But hey it does sound like a lot of fun!
    All the beautiful snow sure makes a pretty backdrop too!
    What is up with the driver flipping you off? People just crazy I tell ya, just crazy!

    Thanks for linking up with us !

  8. Both those snowy hill repeats and snowshoe race sound so hard – way to crush it! Running the small hills in Bend felt hard in the snow and ice and I can’t even imagine doing fast repeats on them. I hope you enjoy some warmer temperatures and clearer roads this week!

  9. Great job this week getting in your workouts with two snowstorms and kids at home. A snowshoe race sounds like so much fun but WOW what an incredible challenge! It must be a killer workout! It is wonderful your running buddy didn’t move too far away. You can easily meet in the middle for a long run. I hope your weather is better this week. Thanks for linking, Angela!

  10. The snow shoe are sounds so fun! I feel your pain on the snow days, same here!! Thanks so much for linking up at Sunday Fitness & Food ๐Ÿ™‚

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