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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?