All I have to say about this week is I am so ready for us to get back to normal cold weather winter temperatures. This below 0 weather is not the norm for winter in Virginia. It looks like we’ve got another really cold week ahead of us, but hopefully after that it will start to warm up a bit. The 20’s would be a nice change….
Monday- Took advantage of the day off of work for MLK Day, and went for an 8 mile run in the morning.
Halfway through my run my feet went completely numb. I stopped and loosened my shoelaces, and also stretched my achilles tendons which were very tight. Slowly, my feet woke back up and I took off running back down the trail.
I also tried out the PowerGels that I got in this month’s StrideBox. The flavor was fine, and they were gel-filled inside. However, I found them very difficult to chew, more so than Shot Bloks. I don’t know if they were just tough to chew due to the cold temperatures, though.
Tuesday- A blizzard moved in on us early Tuesday morning and lasted throughout the day. At one point it was snowing so hard, you couldn’t even see the mountains behind our house.
The dogs had a blast playing together outside and eating all of the snow off of the deck. I chose to stay inside as much as possible, and did a Jillian Michaels No More Trouble Zones workout. It had been over a week since I last did this workout, and I could definitely feel that.
Thursday- Randomly decided to do my 10 mile long run after work, after joking with Barry that eating spaghetti for dinner Wednesday night meant I should be doing my long run. I guess the idea stuck. I ran on the treadmill, since it was below 0 outside with the windchill. I discovered that a towel over the treadmill display screen helps the miles fly by.
Saturday- I was supposed to meet up with Kim for a run, but we rescheduled to Sunday due to the 40 mph winds we were having. I really didn’t want to go, but wasn’t going to say anything if she still wanted to go. I was so relieved when she texted me suggesting we postpone to Sunday. Instead, I tried out the other Jillian Michaels DVD I bought over the holidays- the Burn Fat Boost Metabolism workout.
This one was another winner. It was set up as a 5 minute warm-up, seven 6 minute circuits, and a 5 minute cool-down. All you needed for this one was a mat. The workout was a mixture of core work, strength moves, calisthenics, and kick boxing, and it definitely got my heart rate up and had me working.
Sunday- I met up with Kim for a 3 mile run on the Dora Trail. The weather was much more favorable, so I was glad we postponed.
Total Miles: 21 miles