My week in workouts saw the return of snowy and downright cold runs later in the week. And it saw the return of searching for vert on the treadmill. It’s climbing season once again!
10 min ARC trainer hills warm up
30 min Stepmill intervals
I’m back up to 30 minutes of Stepmill time and I also increased my “anything but running” time workouts to 40 minutes total. 30k training starts in a few weeks so I’m still building a solid base.
65 minute trail run with Jen
The mild weather melted a ton more snow. Jen and I weighed our options if we’d need spikes or not but ultimately decided to start without and put on as needed. We kind of didn’t listen to ourselves because we needed them at the beginning of the run and when we returned back to the trail head. That’s where all the ice was. The middle part was all dirt. We slipped our way through the first few miles of ice (carrying our spikes, mind you), enjoyed the dirt and then smartly, put on our spikes for the last few icy miles. No falls were had so it’s all good!
20 min Stepmill intervals
25 min Treadmill hill climb (666 ft elevation gained)
61 min run with Kyle
I woke up to fresh snow coming down hot….errrr, cold? The plows had not been out yet so I laced up my trail shoes in hopes for some traction. As soon as I started out, I was sucking wind thanks to the wind blowing the snow right in my face. I had my buff over my nose but that wasn’t helping much. Neither was the snow blinding me. If it had been daylight hours, goggles would have been a good idea.
Kyle and I trudged along in the snow as best we could. Thankfully, it wasn’t slippery. Of course, we both got a phone call at the end of the run that school was cancelled for the day. If only we’d known so we could have slept in a little bit! Oh well.
6 mile run
Even though I had a short window of time for a run in the morning, I still procrastinated. The temp was in the upper teens but with the wind chill in the single digits, it felt a lot colder (real feel, 6 degrees). Despite the cold, it was a gorgeous bluebird morning. My favorite thing after a storm when thy sky is ridiculously blue. It was also super slippery out thanks to our wacky winter weather of snow on Thursday and heavy rain that turned to snow and wind on Friday. The roads and sidewalks were like a skating rink. I slowed things down and managed to find decent footing with no falls.
10 mile trail run with the crew
I’m glad I had a crew to meet up with for a trail run Sunday. The temp was 3 degrees. Three degrees. I would have definitely procrastinated if I was running solo. The good news was that there was no wind. The bad news was that the snow/rain/ice storm from Friday left the trails a crunchy mess. The crust on the snow made for some difficult running and very loud running. Nobody was talking because we couldn’t hear a thing over the crunchy snow/ice.
We were so excited that we could put together ROY G BIV! 🙂
I had to work super hard for that run. It was “only” 10 miles but if felt like an effort of at least 15. Winter running makes for strong spring running, right?
How was your week in workouts?
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