Like most of the country, we started to have some real winter weather this past week. It started with snow on Sunday morning, which fell for about 2.5 days straight. There was some ice mixed in too. For most of the week the sidewalks were snowy and icy, plus it was cold and windy out. This meant I was training on the treadmill!
We did have a reprieve on Friday/Saturday, before more snow moved in today. Looks like it will be another tough week until it melts again!
Weekly Run Down: Training on the Treadmill
Monday: Strength Training + 4 Treadmill Miles
Tuesday: 6.2 Treadmill Miles (with hill intervals) + Core
Wednesday: Strength Training + 4 Treadmill Miles
Thursday: 6.3 Treadmill Miles + Core + Mobility
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: 8.5 Miles with 3 x 1.5 Miles at Threshold
Sunday: 4 Treadmill Miles + Core
Training on the Treadmill for a 5k
I’ve really started to lose my motivation for doing a 5k thanks to the weather. After 4 good weeks of training, my workouts just weren’t the same this week. I cannot run as fast on the treadmill- I worry I will fly off. So I did some hill intervals and increased my speed as I felt comfortable, but it was not even close to what I would do outside. This coming week will probably be more of the same. Even if I could run outside, I probably couldn’t do speedwork because of the patches of ice that end up all over the streets and sidewalks.
In some ways I would probably do better training for a marathon in the winter, when I don’t have to worry about running fast, but just about getting the miles in. Then again, I don’t think I would want to be doing 20 milers on the treadmill!
Long Run Workout Outside
I finally got outside on Saturday, so decided to do a harder run. My legs felt fresh after so many days of easier runs. I started with a mile warm up, then ran 3 sets of 1.5 miles around a 7:30 pace. These tempo runs have been done at more like a 7:40 pace in past weeks, so I was happy to see faster times. I guess this week was kind of like a taper!
Not sure what this next week will bring, but it may look alot like last week. If I can just get outside for even 1 run, I’ll make that my workout day and that will have to be good enough. Gotta love training for races in the winter weather!
Have you had to take your workouts indoor lately?
Have you been dealing with winter weather this week?