Even though I didn’t have typical training cycles this year, I still had some pretty intense periods of training. The winter is a good time to cut back, and this week I decided to back off a bit this month and make it my December off-season. It’s been harder to get outside early when it’s pitch black until 7 am, and the cold makes stroller running trickier. Oh, and we might get a snowstorm this week!
Weekly Run Down: Starting the December Off-Season
- Monday: Strength Training + 3.5 Treadmill Miles
- Tuesday: Rest Day
- Wednesday: Strength Training
- Thursday: 3 Miles + Core
- Friday: 3.1 Miles + Mobility
- Saturday: 7.3 Miles
- Sunday: 3.1 Miles + Core
Stroller Running in the Winter
It was pretty cold for most of the week, especially in the mornings. On the days we went for stroller runs I tried to push them back a little bit. I prefer going first thing, and obviously I can’t wait around too long because of work. I bundled up Grayson in all his layers and I think he was nice and toasty. It’s so much work to get him ready for a run in the cold! (And I thought it was alot of work getting myself ready for a run in the cold!)
I wasn’t doing as many stroller runs last winter so I didn’t have to deal with the cold and other elements as much. And I think we are going to be doing less stroller runs because of the weather, especially if it snows and the sidewalks don’t get cleared.
One nice thing about running less is I put more of my energy into strength training. I have more time, so I’m not tempted to rush through the exercises. And I don’t feel like I have to “save” my legs for a run. I’m thinking I’ll push myself a little more with lifting heavier weights this winter!
Saturday “Long” Run
My Saturday run wasn’t as long as usual, just 7.3 miles, but it was a pretty good one. Since I was running less I started later than usual, but it was still pitch black out the whole time, and really foggy. But 38 degrees felt like a heatwave after the colder weather we had this week!
I ran 1 mile easy, then alternated 1 mile hard/1 miles easy for the rest of the run. It went by pretty quickly!
Snow in the Forecast!
So right now there is the chance of a snowstorm here on Wednesday. I’m hearing we might get like 8-12 inches! I am not sure how that will impact my running, but I know there won’t be any stroller runs for awhile if we get that kind of snow. I might have to suck it up and get on the treadmill a few times, but we’ll see!
On Sunday we were planning to do a stroller run. When we got outside and started running I noticed that the front wheel of the stroller wouldn’t lock correctly. It was moving too much and shaking even in the locked position. We went home so Rob could look at it.
It seems like we need a new part but we don’t know what it’s called or where to buy it. So we have put in a ticket to Thule and hopefully we hear back soon! Once all that got figured out I headed out for a solo run. It was 55 degrees and sunny! I got to leave my neighborhood which was a nice change. (I’m always running in the dark or with the stroller). It felt great!
And that’s a wrap for this week! Follow me on Instagram as the week unfolds in terms of snow and stroller drama, and as I continue my December off-season!
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- How were your workouts last week?
- Any snow in the forecast for you?
- Are you adjusting your training this winter?