This past week was a very interesting week. With New Year’s Day on Monday, I headed back to work on Tuesday. Tuesday and Wednesday were regular school days, with the only exception being that everybody was watching the weather. Overnight Wednesday night into Thursday, it snowed less than an inch, but with how cold its been here lately, in addition to there being high winds, it was enough for school to be canceled. Then Thursday evening we received notice that school was also closed on Friday due to the dangerously low wind chills that we were forecasted to have. The very cold temperatures remained throughout the weekend, and it took lots of self talk to bundle up anytime that we needed to leave the house.
Needless to say, all of my workouts were done indoors last week. Not only am I a wimp when it comes to dealing with the cold, but the sidewalks in our area had too many patches of ice last week. It was just not worth the safety risk to try and run outside. Thankfully, my gym never felt overly crowded, despite it being the first week of the new year. I’m not sure where all of the New Year’s resolutioners were, but I was quite happy that the gym wasn’t as packed as its been at the beginning of January in past years. It made it much easier to get all of my workouts in.
Monday, January 1st
Since I completed an 8 mile run last Sunday, I kicked off the week and 2018 with cross training and weight training. I spent 40 minutes on the elliptical followed by 30 minutes of full body weight training.
Tuesday, January 2nd
Despite the New Year’s gym crowd, I still managed to run on one of my favorite treadmills at the gym. Score!
Wednesday, January 3rd
Since I had an appointment at the chiropractor after school I took the rest of the evening off from working out.
Thursday, January 4th
With Thursday being the first day of Disney World Marathon Weekend, I decided to participate in the indoor virtual 5k race, as the 5k race was held at Disney that morning. I even dressed up for the occasion and wore the “Run Now Wine Later” tank that I wore in November 2016 for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon. After my run I walked another mile.
Friday, January 5th
With the wind chill well below zero for the majority of the day, I was too cold to do much that day. It wasn’t initially planned, but I wound up deciding to make Friday a rest day.
Saturday, January 6th
Even though Saturday was another very cold day with the wind chill again below zero for most of the day, I finally found motivation to do an at home strength training workout Saturday evening. I spent 30 minutes focusing on my lower body and abs.
Sunday, January 7th
I moved my long run for the weekend to yesterday, and am so glad that I did. I started off my long run slow, and slowly increased my pace with each mile. Even though I was worried about how the run would go, especially since it had been incredibly cold multiple days in a row and I had struggled with my 8 miler last Sunday, this run wound up being a great one. I felt strong throughout my run, ran perfectly negative splits, and managed to run the last mile in 9:40! After my run I walked an additional mile.
Total Weekly Mileage – 18.62 miles (0.10 miles less than week 2)
Total Princess Half Marathon Mileage – 55.26 miles
QOTD: Do you enjoy running outside in the cold weather, or do you run on the treadmill when it is cold outside?