I can not remember a winter in the past where I have actually stuck to a running program! I am so excited that I have already logged 75 miles of running in January alone, and I wanted to share a recap of my week of winter running with everyone!
This week coach had me running every day except one. It was a bit of a challenge planning it all out and making sure I woke up early, but I am amazed at how my body recovers now since I eliminated all processed foods and sugars. No more limping around and barely being able to walk. After most long runs, a night wearing my compression pants does the trick and I am ready to go the next morning.
It has not been that hard to get outside for me either, well, on the weekends anyways. Last Sunday we ran some back dirt roads in the worst conditions I have ever ran in. It was cold and snowing with high winds. Running in packed snow sure does change things up muscle wise and even though I was cursing the run the entire time, I felt much stronger after. This weekend it was still a bit icy, and cold, but at least there was no pelting snow or ice.
During the week though, it has been a challenge for me to get outside, as I typically like to do my runs first thing in the morning, i.e. really early like 5 am and I am so groggy it is hard enough to get out of my warm bed let alone outside to try and run on icy streets. Even though I have Due North All Purpose Traction Aid and Yaktrax Run Traction Cleats for Snow and Ice it is still tough for me to do spadework in these conditions, so I typically just give in and use the treadmill to get my running in.
I have also been doing RedCord therapy since November at Empower Physical Fitness to help my imbalances. Check out the pic below, it is where I am doing a plank while my feet are suspended and moving in a patten alternating knee to chest! More on that though in another post, let’s just say it is the best core workout I have ever done! I have been going 2 times a week for an hour each time.
My week ended up being very productive fitness wise!
Sunday 11.6 Miles of Blizzard
Monday 4 Miles of Treadmill Safety & Hour of Redcord
Tuesday Upper Fix, gotta get in some upper body and more core!
Wednesday 5 Miles Treadmill
Thursday 7.2 Miles Treadmill
Friday 5 Miles Treadmill & Hour of RedCord
Saturday 5 Miles Ice, Ice Baby
Sunday 9 Miles of Hills
I am really looking forward to Spring when it will be easier to get outside all of the time and I am also looking forward to all of this training paying off when it comes to race day!
How have you been doing with your workouts in the cold weather?