Who else got to start off the new year with bitter cold temperatures and maybe even a snow storm? Seems like almost everyone has had this extreme weather lately. It did not seem like a very nice way to say to “welcome to 2018”.
I started out the week and new year with a cold run. The week before I had run on Saturday and Sunday in cold temps as well, so this made for the 3rd day in a row. At least on those days I was off from work and could run in the daylight. After my run Wednesday (in the dark) I was pretty much over running outside in that kind of weather.
We weren’t affected much by winter storm Grayson- just a dusting of snow (maybe an inch but it was hard to tell because the wind blew it around so much). It was really the cold and wind that was bad. I worked from home on Thursday and even though it probably would have been fine to drive, I was so happy to stay in sweatpants all day.
The worst part of working on Friday was the 2 block walk to and from my car. I basically had a scarf wrapped around my head and just had to do all I could to not get blown into the street. I was joking with a coworker that it’s ironic that I complain about walking to my car but I will voluntarily run outside in cold weather.
Oh, and remember that treadmill I told you about? It’s supposed to come on Tuesday, just in time for the weather to warm up.
Monday: 6.3 miles in the cold
A New Year’s Day run that was around 9 degrees. I wore so many layers that it was difficult to actually run. The amount of laundry I did over those 3 days of running in the cold is unreal.
Tuesday: 20 minutes spin bike, mobility and strength training
Back to reality meant back to strength training after a week off. I’ve been starting my workouts with the bike because it’s so cold in the basement. It felt good to get back to other workouts after some time away.
Wednesday: 5 miles in the cold
I braved the cold once again and actually thought it would be much warmer than it was. (They were claiming Wednesday would be a “warm” day that week.) I’d say 10 degrees is still pretty cold. At this point is there really much of a difference between really cold and really, really cold? It’s all bad.
Thursday: 30 minutes spin bike, mobility and strength training
This was the day we were supposed to get a winter storm. We were just west of where it got bad, but in the morning it was snowing and really windy and cold. I’m sure the roads were kind of icy too because it was such a small amount of snow. I had planned on keeping my workout indoors anyway so it worked out fine.
Friday: 10 minutes bike, 20 minutes yoga for runners
It was about -5 with the windchill and I could hear the 40 mph winds outside and had no desire to run. I decided to change things up by joining in Rachel’s Burpees, Planks and Push-Ups challenge. I’ve been avoiding burpees ever since did BBG last winter which felt like burpee overload. But I realized I may not be running outside for a couple of days so might as well try something different. I had to play catch-up because I missed the first 2 days so I did 30 burpees (broke up into sets of 10), 20 push-ups, and a 90 second plank.
I also tried this Yoga for Runners DVD that I got for Christmas. I used the 20 minute conditioning workout which is meant for cross-training days. i found it to be pretty easy but a decent flow to get me moving and stretching in some different ways.
Saturday: 45 minutes spin bike, push-ups and core
On Friday afternoon I felt like I was getting sick again. (I never felt like I got 100% better, but I was feeling pretty good Tuesday through Thursday). There was no way I was running in what felt like -8 degrees when I was already under the weather. So I hopped on the bike and just took it easy for 45 minutes. I finished up with some core work including 30 push-ups for the challenge.
I thought about running but it was still cold and I really want to get better, especially because we are going to Florida next week!
I’m happy with these workouts considering all I want to do lately is curl up under a blanket near the fireplace. I always feel better after I exercises, but it sure is hard to get moving this time of year.
What’s it been like near you lately?
Were you able to start off the year with some good workouts, or did the weather interfere?
Are you participating in the Burpees, Planks, and Push-Ups challenge?