I woke up this morning and got ready for my long run. I peaked at the weather to know how to dress and saw this.
Yes, 2*F. And it wasn’t even super early – 9:00. This was made even more remarkable by the fact that the forecasted low for the day was 17*F. Damn you weather man. Regardless, I decided to bundle up and head out. Armed with my CWX tights, a double layer on the top, hat and gloves, I headed out. My goal was 10 to 12 miles. I did 10 last week, so I really wanted to increase it to 12 this week.
When I first started the run, I didn’t think I was even going to make it 10 miles. It was freezing. The coldest run of the year. My skin was tingling and my fingers went numb. Luckily, after I got moving, I began to warm up.
Eventually, I made it to the 6 mile mark, turned around and headed back home. The second half seemed to go better than the first. Maybe it was because I was past the halfway point. Maybe it was because it finally warmed up to double digits.
As I approached the house, I saw Jennie running towards as she got started on her run. So, I turned around and ran another 3.25 miles with her to turn my 12 mile day into a 15 mile day. Definitely worth it.
Overall, my training this week has been great. I feel like I am finally back in a groove after vacation. I am still not following a strict schedule but I am pretty much doing at least one, if not two, activities a day. There have even been a couple of three-a-days where I did a swim, bike, and run with Jennie.
Despite the number of activities, I am trying to keep the intensity level to a minimum on the swimming and biking. Running, however, I am still trying to get in a speed workout here and there to keep my legs fresh. I really need to get a structured marathon plan in place for this spring before it gets any later. Maybe the will be tomorrow’s project.
I hope everyone is having a great weekend!