Half Marathon Training: Week 6
Well here in CT we are prepping for a blizzard coming our way. Forecasters are using words like “historic” and “crippling” so we’re all a little on edge here. The temperature has dropped from a balmy 35 yesterday to a bone chilling 18 right now. Needless to say, my planned 9 miler this morning didn’t quite go as planned. I made it to mile 5.5 before calling it over.
The problem, for me on today’s run and on any run below 20 degrees, is my legs. I clearly need to get a different plan on for my lower body attire for the below 25 range of temps. I can make it a good three-four miles in what I have now, which is essentially running tights and a pair of sweatpants over them, but I must need to get something insulated or something for these colder runs. I’m not going to be able to pull a 10 miler on my treadmill, there’s just no way.
This run this morning was absolute misery. While I felt warm with my gloves and layers and headband, my legs grew more leaden the entire time I was out. Plus, the sweat on my face would feel like ice whenever the wind blew, which was about 50-60 % of the time. Such a strange feeling to feel warm and cold at the same time. It really slowed me down. I didn’t even think about pace for the last two miles. I walked some of it, drank water, and just slogged through. I could tell people who passed me in their cars thought I was stupid: we’re in disaster prep mode here, and who is this chick running in temps below twenty? To be honest, I felt kind of stupid too. But whatever. My plan is to make up the four miles I didn’t get in on the treadmill tomorrow morning, if we don’t lose power (please don’t let us lose power).
Other than today’s run, however, I am seeing progress. I ran 4.5 miles yesterday and it was truly awesome. I am at the point in my training where these shorter runs feel so much easier than they did just a few weeks ago. It was truly enjoyable.
Here’s what the rest of the week looked like:
Tues: Rest Day
Wed: HIIT class
Thurs: 4.7 miles at 12:47 pace
Fri: Kickboxing and strength training classes
Sat: 1 hour of shoveling of heavy, wet snow
(was supposed to go to yoga, but the snow prevented that from happening)
Sun: 4.6 miles at 12:37 pace
Mon: 5.6 miles at 13:15 pace