I think I have reached the point in winter where I am starting to count down the days until spring while also realizing that the weather is just extremely unpredictable and it’s pretty much impossible to plan out any sort of workout schedule. Typically I will look at the forecast for the next three days or so, and plan around that. This weekend I had planned to run a virtual 10k for the Zooma Run Love Challenge, but by Thursday I realized that the weather on Saturday and Sunday would not be conducive to any sort of fast running. I wasn’t trying to set any PRs, but I did want to push myself being that I haven’t done any harder runs in quite some time.
I ended up running the 10k on Friday morning, which was cold (10 degrees) but not windy. It was hard to get my legs moving fast but I was able to speed up as the run progressed. I was never so excited to get home and get inside to the warmth. Oh, and for the first time this year I saw the sun starting to rise as I was finishing my run! Spring must be right around the corner! I was going to take a picture, but my phone was dead from the cold.
I ran a mile warm up, and then did lots of loops around the other side of my neighborhood (which is kind of hilly) to cover the 10k. Overall my pace was around 8:06, but my first couple of miles were more like 8:30 and then I got down to 7:45ish by the end. I was really glad this wasn’t a real race because my 1) my legs just did not warm up enough to go fast 2) I wouldn’t have wanted to stand around at the beginning or end and 3) I wore so many layers that I probably ran with an extra 10 pounds of weight on me. At least that’s what it felt like.
On Saturday I ended up staying inside and doing yoga. I thought I would head out for a few miles, but as the morning went on the wind got stronger. Just the sound of it was intimidating so I decided I wouldn’t run. After grocery shopping and some cleaning, I curled up on the couch with a blanket and some hot tea and watched the marathon trials.
Ok, so a quick rundown of the week:
Monday: 4 miles, core work
Walk: 3 miles Push-ups: 20
Tuesday: 3 miles (in a little bit of snow), core work
Walk: 1.6 miles Push-ups: 30
Wednesday: Total body strength training
Walk: 2 miles Push-ups: 20
Thursday: 4.2 miles, core work
Walk: 2.25 miles
Friday: 7.2 miles (1 mile warm up + 10k)
Walk: 2.2 miles Push-ups:15
Saturday: 30 minutes yoga
Walk: 2.8 miles
Sunday: 5 miles, core work
Walk: 1.5 miles
Total: Run: 23.4 Walk: 15.3 Push-ups: 4 days
Yearly Mileage: 250/2016
Honestly I feel like I can handle the polar vortex cold weather, as long as it doesn’t snow (or sleet). I don’t want to be out there for hours, but I feel like I can make it through a few miles when it’s really cold. I don’t think I have run in anything colder than 5 or 10 degrees, with wind chills down to -15, and hopefully I never will. Blizzard conditions or icy roads/sidewalks are a different story.
What is the coldest temperature you will run outside in?
Have you ever done a virtual race?
Did you watch the Olympic trials?