Greetings from cold and snowy Central Illinois! Since I’m on Spring Break this week, little man and I are spending the week here visiting my parents. School has been incredibly stressful lately, so I’m very thankful for a week off from work. We’re happy to be visiting here, though we’re sad that my husband wasn’t able to take the week off and join us.
The theme of this past week was dealing with Mother Nature and what was hopefully her last attempt at winter weather this season.
Monday, March 19th
Even though I had just completed a long run the day prior, the weather was absolutely beautiful (it was sunny and 60 degrees!), and I knew that the week ahead would be filled with nasty winter weather. I decided that I needed to take advantage of the nice weather, and decided to park my car at home and then walk to/from daycare with the stroller to pick little man up. We both appreciated the ability to get some fresh air and the chance to enjoy the mild weather during our almost two and a half mile walk.
Tuesday, March 20th
Although I had planned to go to the gym after school, the weather had other plans for me. Since it had started snowing and sleeting early in the afternoon, I decided that it was best to skip my trip to the gym in order to get home sooner than later. At home, I did do 35 minutes of strength training, with some assistance from my little training partner.
Wednesday, March 21st
About five inches of snow fell throughout the day. The only place to go was outside to shovel and play in the snow.
Thursday, March 22nd
Although I had a second Snow Day on Thursday, the weather was much more favorable for getting out and about. I spent my morning at home working on lesson planning and grading, and was at the gym by mid-afternoon, where I ran five miles on the treadmill and did 40 minutes of full body weight training.
Friday, March 23rd
After school, I kicked off my Spring Break at the gym. I spent 30 minutes on the elliptical followed by 25 minutes of full body weight training. It felt incredible to start my week off with a good old sweat session at the gym.
Saturday, March 24th
Little man and I spent Saturday traveling to Illinois. I was incredibly worried about traveling solo with him, especially since my hometown in Central Illinois was under a Winter Weather Warning until 10 p.m. that night. I called the airline first thing in the morning, but since a travel advisory hadn’t been issued despite the weather warning that had been issued, we weren’t able to change our flights without incurring a hefty change fee. Our flight from D.C. to Chicago arrived there without any issues, but when we boarded the plane in Chicago for our short flight south, the pilot told us that he would do his best to get us there. Everybody’s patience on the flight was tested, as just as we were about to land (we were only a couple hundred feet off of the ground) we went back up into the air. We had to circle the airport in order to wait for the weather to calm enough for us to be able to safely land, and to wait for the runway to be replowed. Once we finally landed the jet bridge was iced over, and it was deemed to be too unsafe for us to deplane by stairs. After about 30 minutes the ground crew had finally deiced the jet bridge enough for it to be able to be moved towards the plane. It felt so good to finally be able to get off of the plane, and my heart was so happy as I watched little man run into his grandparents’ arms. The travel headache had been worth it.
Sunday, March 25th
Because of the snow and ice, there was no way that I could safely do my long run outside. Thank goodness for my Gold’s Gym travel pass, as well as my parents and sister who watched little man, so that I could still complete my long run for the week. I felt incredibly strong from start to finish, and slowly increased my pace during my run. It felt amazing to finish my 12.5 miles and see my average pace be in the mid-10s. My fingers are crossed that I’ll feel just as strong on race day in four weeks. After my run I completed a one mile cool down walk.
Total Weekly Mileage – 23.74 miles (3.04 miles more than week 3)
Total Loudoun Half Mileage – 79.92 miles
QOTD: Were you also blessed with winter weather last week?