With my first half marathon in one week, I needed to get out there and run… no matter what.
And there were several very cold days and the bike paths were still covered with ice/snow.
I sometimes wonder WHY I signed up for so many half marathons that require me to train during the winters of upstate NY?
- Sunday – After a successful frigid 12 miler the day before, I was hoping to continue to get some fresh air on the trails.
Nope, freezing rain and sleet… I did some stuff around the house (including laundry and repotting my plants) and then hit the mall for some exercise.
- Monday – #nevermissamonday. Of course, I had to run. Another chilly day but after last Saturday, it seemed balmy lol.
- Tuesday – Normally I would have run today but it was supposed to be warmer on Wednesday so I just switched today to a rest day.
I did venture out after work since we now have some extra hours of daylight..
So back to the mall for a walk. Ours still close early (7 pm) so if you go after dinner, it’s pretty empty.
- Wednesday – Still cold but what can you do? Winter in the NE!! (and you know how I feel about treadmills.) So I scheduled a late lunch and took to roads hoping that the wind had died down.
- Thursday – Temps were gradually getting higher but again not what you would call “unseasonably warm.” I keep trying to vary my running routes (which is not easy when the normal paths are still dicey).
Oops. I double-booked myself so I walked at 5 pm with a friend at the outside mall and then at 6:45 back to the indoor mall for a walk (a different mall than Tues) with my BFF.
- Friday – Rest Day Friday due to possible long run Saturday and freezing temps.
Mah jongg night to exercise the brain (instead of the legs).
- Saturday – Sub zero wind chill temps forced us to postpone the run until Sunday (when it would be a little warmer and sunnier.)
But my running friend, who was recovering from an injury, asked me to do a slow 3 mile loop at UAlbany in the afternoon.
Unfortunately, she chickened out and crazy me decided to instead bundle up and take to the trails. First I headed to one with an amazing waterfall but the trail was way too icy (even with nano spikes & poles).
Then I drove to one closer to my house.
It was great to get some fresh air after being cooped up on Friday.
And in the evening the hubby & I went out to dinner to celebrate our anniversary (which was the next day.)
- Sunday – Last long run before the big day. Only 8 miles on my “plan.” Plan in parentheses because after 53 half marathons, I don’t have a plan lol. My running group has shrunk for various reasons (snowbirds, illness, injury) but Karen and Stan agreed to tackle the freezing temps with me.
Today (January 16th) was also an important day in my life:
and in my running life:
I also celebrated the calm before the storm with a hike:
This Coming Week on the Run–
- Monday – DAY OFF – rest day – rain/snow? – hike?
- Tuesday – run
- Wednesday – run
- Thursday – run
- Friday -rest day, walk, mah jongg
- Saturday – rest day, NYC bound (Train, Broadway show…)
- Sunday – Fred LeBow Half Marathon
This Coming Week on the Blog –
- Tuesday – 2021 Goals Update and 2022 Goals
- Friday – Super Hero Muffins
I encourage you to do the same. Grab the graphic, drop your link on the host blogs and play along! Please be sure to always comment on the HOST’s blogs, as well as visit and comment on as many other blogs as you can.
Happy Running! How is your running going? Any in-person races planned? Have the cold temps forced you indoors or do you run outside anyway? Please share.