What a week, especially when it came to the weather. I started the week off with yet another snow day, after having had snow days on both Thursday and Friday the previous week. When we finally returned to school on Tuesday, the day flew by both due to the two hour delay that we had due to ice ,as well as the result of trying to play catch up with my students after three snow days in a row. Then by Thursday the temperature was 59 degrees! And yesterday the temperature struggled to get out of the 20s. This weather is just nuts!
I did my best to take advantage of the nicer weather, and managed to complete two of my runs outside. I cannot wait for it to warm up again because running on the treadmill is getting a bit boring. Despite the roller coaster weather, I managed to have a very productive week of training.
Monday, January 8th
I took advantage of the snow day and the fact that it was nowhere near as icy as school transportation officials had predicted. After spending a couple of hours at school working on getting caught up in my empty and quiet classroom, I headed to the gym where I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical, did 30 minutes of full body weight training, and ended my workout with 5 minutes on the stair master.
Tuesday, January 9th
46 degrees felt incredibly warm after more than a week of freezing temperatures. I took full advantage of the mild winter weather and ran outside for the first time since before Christmas. The run was far from a great one, especially since I was almost hit by not one but two cars, but it was so nice to just enjoy being outside, and post run I walked an additional 1.40 miles.
Wednesday, January 10th
After an incredibly stressful day at work I opted for an unplanned rest day. Relaxing on the couch with my little man was a much more appealing idea that evening than working out was.
Thursday, January 11th
Since it was 59 degrees outside I was able to run outside again. My body struggled during this run with running outside as opposed to on the treadmill where I’ve been stuck running lately, but a slower run outside was definitely better than a faster run inside.
Friday, January 12th
Since I had back to back runs on my schedule for Saturday and Sunday in order to help prepared me for running the 10k and half marathon on back to back days next month at Disney, I took a full rest day on Friday.
Saturday, January 13th
I debated for a couple of hours whether to run outside or inside, but ultimately decided that because of the 20+ mph winds plus the temperature in the low 20s that running inside was the better decision. After completing an easy but speedy 3 miles I did 30 minutes of full body weight training.
Sunday, January 14th
With the wind chill in the single digits Sunday afternoon it was back to the gym where I completed my long run on the treadmill. Sometimes long runs on the treadmill can be a huge mental and physical challenge, but this run was far from that. I really focused on pacing myself and took it extra slow during the first couple of miles of my run in order to help prevent physical burnout. My conservative approach to my run really paid off, as I felt strong from start to finish and managed to run some speedy splits for a long run. I finished up my time at the gym with a mile long cool down walk.
Total Weekly Mileage – 25.71 miles (7.09 miles more than week 3)
Total Princess Half Marathon Mileage – 80.97 miles
QOTD: How has the weather been in your neck of the woods? Are you also experiencing roller coaster winter weather like we are here in Northern Virginia?