Happy Wednesday! Anyone else in survival mose last weekend/this week?! It’s been hella cold here and we got quite a bit of snow yesterday. I’m already over winter and it just started. It makes running outside a little less enjoyable but we just need to layer up and get it done, right? When I stepped into the shower after my run on Sunday, I was literally screaming. My body was so frozen and the hot water felt like it was ripping through my skin. I probably should have waited a bit to return to a somewhat normal body temperature but I was just dying for some kind of heat. I have a lot of trouble keeping my legs warm while running, even in fleece-lined tights. My upper body felt good for the most part – I wore a tank, a fleece-lined pullover and the lulemon First Mile Jacket (aka the best item I’ve invested in this season). It was expensive ($248) but it is the only thing I’ve been able to find that actually keeps my core warm.
Anyway, let’s talk training! I’ve been getting some questions about what I’m training for and when my next race is. To be honest, I’m not actually registered for anything until Chicago in the fall BUT I do still want to run a spring marathon. I initially had my eyes set on Ottawa but I am also keeping my options open as there are a few marathons happening in May. I decided to somewhat follow the plan that Jonathan is on since he is training for a spring race as well (Mississauga) and we do some runs together so it just made sense.
I should probably do a race leading up to the marathon as well. The Chilly Half (March 5th) is coming up and so is Around the Bay (March 26th). I don’t know if I should do one (or both) of those. Help! I hate racing in the cold so maybe I’ll skip Chilly and hope it warms up for ATB. I don’t know. I’m just going to keep on training and then hopefully make decisions before registration closes.
Last week I hit 35 miles (56 kilometres), my biggest week in a very long time! There were two speed sessions, a long run (10 mi/16 km) and a couple of easy/recovery runs. The speed work was challenging for me but also a nice change from all the monotonous running I did in 2016. If I want to run fast, I need to…RUN FAST. There’s no way I’m going to improve this year if I don’t start stepping out of my comfort zone. I’m crazy motivated right now (typical for the start of the new year…) and hope that this feeling continues so that I don’t end up like this guy:
So that’s that! Other than training, what have I been doing?? Buying furniture and art for my walls (when does it end?), visiting friends with babies, eating a lot of falafel, and refusing to take down my Christmas tree.
Anyone else still have their tree up??