Tuesday: 7 Miles, 5 with Kim
I ran 2 miles on the 'mill before meeting up with her for a few miles on the Lakefront. I felt dehydrated after the 2 miles, and brought some water along for the outside portion. My water bottle froze shut in no time and I wasn't able to drink any water during our run. As soon as I stopped running (to order coffee at my local Caribou) I was overcome with a feeling of intense nausea, started shivering, and almost fainted. I had to sit in the shop for over 10 minutes to warm up and gather myself before I could think about walking a few blocks home.
Took a rest day because of Tuesday's come to Jesus meeting. Figured it would be counter productive to attempt a hard workout after a workout that took so much out of me.
Thursday: 7.5 miles. 4x1 mile repeats at 6:58-6:50
Felt awesome. Could have done 1-3 more mile repeats.
Friday: 5 miles. "Hillz on the 'mill."
Nothing special here. 8x Hillz for breakfast.
Saturday: Easy 5
Felt "off" all day Friday so decided to postpone my LR to Sunday. Had a fever Saturday night. Went to bed very early.
Sunday: LONG RUN! 16 miles, 2:09. Miles 8-15 @ GMP 8:00-7:47.
Was on the 'mill by 4:45 to start this run. It was slow going the first half, but once I restarted the tread after 60 minutes, the GMP went by quickly. Watched Curling the entire time and still don't have that game figured out- probably would have helped if I listened to the broadcast and not my iPod. Felt fantastic during this run despite the gym being a roasty 70 degrees for the 1st hour.
The only person who can get me to run outside when it's 0 deg. Notice Kim's eyelash/brow frost.
After Tuesday's health scare I decided to not run outside anymore until the temperature is above 32. L has also told me i'm not allowed to run outside until it's warmer too. And I'm ok with that. Feeling like complete shit all day post easy 5 miler is just not worth it. The past few long runs outside left me feeling completely depleted and terrible the rest of the day. Your body works extra hard in extreme cold. I read an article that mentioned the Hanson team takes to the tread in extreme cold. So if the elites don't run outside, WHY THE HELL would I stress my body like that?
- It snowed a little last night, so I'm sure the path had some slippery areas. It would be devastating to tweak a muscle or fall due to running in slippery conditions.Something preventable.
- As "boring" as the 'mill is, at the end of the day my body is acclimated to warmer temps better than had I been running outside in sub freezing temps all winter. I ran the Miami Marathon in 2012, and was so used to running in 30's in Chicago, that the race was extra hard due to the humidity and high temps (and injury). The 10k I ran in Brasil was a similar experience. It's impossible to "race" (your full potential) in much hotter temps than you're training in.
The little bear was very cute this week...
Random snow burst during the week.
CB and his "teeth"
At the end of the day I love running, and don't need to run races to stay motivated. I'm cutting back on the average 13 races a year I've been currently doing in favor of training well for a few solid PR attempts. I could care less about race "bling" and certainly don't need another ill fitting t-shirt. This is the year where I continue to keep running fun and go cautiously aggressive to attain some crazy goals both inside and outside of running.
COWABUNGA! 6 weeks to go!