It’s been a weird couple of weeks training-wise. Washington has had one storm system after another and it has not been runner-friendly at all. I guess this is the first real winter that I’ve had to train for a January race, and I’m thinking I’m not too impressed. One thing’s for sure… we’re getting our money’s worth out of that treadmill.
Anyway, I’ve kept it going, I’m just not putting in the mileage I want. I have been nailing my interval training though, pretty much every single time I get on the treadmill. Hehe, it’s the only thing that entertains me while I’m on it. I have noticed that my breathing is getting better at a faster pace, so that’s relatively encouraging, but I won’t know how it holds up until I can get back out on the trail to test it out.
Today was long-run Sunday and it was rainy and windy, of course. Shortly after I woke up, I heard a chainsaw buzzing in the neighborhood. I couldn’t believe that someone would be using a bloody chainsaw on a Sunday morning at 7! I looked out to investigate… yet another downed tree blocking the road. <sigh> I’ll be happy when we get back to normal. While The Motivator was very… brave… to face the unnatural weather elements no matter what, I chose to stick to my beloved treadmill. I aimed for two hours… ha. After one hour, I called it quits.
One neat thing I’ve been testing is the Charity Miles app. I’m super pleased with it (my tweets say I walked, but it should say I ran…, I just never thought to change the wording). This app works inside or outside, so that’s bonus. At 25 cents a mile, it’s win-win. While 5 miles may only be $1.25, over time it will add up, and I think one of my next goals will be to try streaking. You know, take the Runner’s World Run Streak challenge. At least 1 mile every day for 365 days. I think that’s totally doable. Even on rest days, it shouldn’t be difficult to tackle at least 1 mile. The treadmill and I are the best of friends now (or bitter enemies), so I think it can be done. There are actually some people who have been streaking since the 1980s! That impresses the hell out of me! When AJ graduates from high school in 2023 (anyone feel old besides me?), he can tell all his friends that his mom has been “streaking” since 2016. Yeah, that might be kinda cool.
And speaking of the boy, he just recently had his very last elementary school Christmas concert. He’s in the above picture, 4th from left, back row. Yes, definitely one of the tallest in the school, but I think a couple of girls may possibly be taller. He’s on to middle school next year, but I’d be okay if he stayed this age forever. 🙂
Your turn! If you have an upcoming race, how is your training going? Ever run into wicked winter weather that slowed you down? How do you deal with it?