After the disastrous Week 2 I really needed a better week for Week 3 and I think that happened. I was finally able to get out and run on Monday. My office building was closed due to unplowed streets and parking lots so I got the day off. I was scheduled for 2 miles and I decided not to attempt to make up the 16 miles I had missed over the weekend. The roads were plowed near me but the conditions were still pretty bad and due to the extremely large piles of snow getting around corners was scary. My plan builds pretty quickly and I didn’t want to push myself to make up miles when I know it will never hurt that I missed those miles. AND – did I really miss them? Running miles missed but shoveling miles done!
So I headed out on my street and then headed towards the hospital. I’ve mentioned before that the hospital is cleared during storms and typically a safe place to run. I was surprised at how bad it actually turned out to be. The path for the ambulances was good but the rest was pretty messy. I did a loop but had to slow down in quite a few locations to jump over snow or run through icy sections. It was worse than I expected but this storm really was huge for us. I ended at 3.11 miles. So I did more than the 2 I needed but not so much to set me back for the rest of the week.
Tuesday I went back to work and was glad to be out of the house. I did 2 miles that night after work. I was scheduled for 4 miles on Thursday but had a dentist appointment after work. If the roads weren’t covered in snow I would have run in the dark when I got home but there was just no way to safely run. It’s pretty dicey during the day because of the piles so I couldn’t take a chance at night. No treadmill here and I just didn’t manage to get on the elliptical. Do you always leave the dentist with a headache? I do. My head was pounding and I just didn’t have it in me. I shouldn’t have skipped working out but it felt good at the time.
Since I do not think I’ll be seeing the trails for a while I had to find roads for my long runs this weekend. Kim invited me to run on Saturday. I’m sooooo glad that she did. I had 12 miles planned and she had mentioned that she would be up for 5 or 6. I decided to go early and run my extra miles ahead of time. There is a super secret road here where runners go when there is snow everywhere else. It’s normally plowed and about 1.5 miles long so it’s decent for going back and forth to get a long run done. It’s not really secret…it’s one of those worst kept secrets. Runners know about this spot. I ended up running 7 miles before Kim arrived and then I did some high knees to stay warm right before she showed up. It was wonderful to know that I only had to make it through the first two loops by myself. I then ran the extra mile to get to 7 because I had started a little too early. Once Kim joined me the run was so much better. No more lonely miles. Kim likes to do 3:1 intervals which was perfect. I like the structured walk breaks. I never do that on my own but it is a really good way to train. During the race I will be walking/hiking. I don’t think I will plan to do it based on set intervals. For trail running I’m not sure if structured intervals work as well. I will need to walk the hills. There is no point in even trying to run those hills. I will try to line up my walking with the hills and the aid stations and then run as much of the flat sections as I can. Anyway, I’m so glad that I was able to run with Kim. Looking forward to it helped me getting through the early miles and having her by my side helped me finish the rest of the run.
Today I decided to just run from my house and see where I could find roads clear enough. I was treated to a beautiful sunrise when I went out but I didn’t stop to take a photo. I’ll have to keep that as a memory. It was warmer today but there was still ice on the roads. I ran out of my neighborhood and through the hospital. I really didn’t feel like doing hospital laps so I tried another street. It was icier than I wanted and I kept having to slow down. A crazy thing happened….I said “morning” to a lady walking two dogs. She recognized me and yelled my name. I looked back and realized it was someone I had run with during summer DTP. I had no idea that she lives so close to me. I told her we should run together sometime since we are so close. Because of the ice I ended up heading back to my neighborhood. I came in with about 3.5 miles and I knew I would have to run every single road to get to 8 miles. So I did that. The main road is a high spot so I went down and then back up each street. So.many.hills. Towards the end it became really painful. I was walking bits of the hills. And I was struggling to just stay upright.
Back on my street I had to run past my house to get to 8 miles. I had so much trouble calculating how far I had to run to get to the correct distance. I was counting on my fingers to make sure I wasn’t messing up the math. I even talked through it out loud to make sure I was doing it correctly. Math while running is hard!
In fueling news….I’m trying new things and it’s going well so far. I’ve been doing Fig Newtons. 2 at time. I can easily fit 2 bags of 2 in my skirt pockets and still have room for other stuff. I had some Clif Shot Bloks that I got with a goodie bag of running stuff and I tried those yesterday. I think they were actually easier to take than GU and my stomach was ok. I think I need to alternate food and GU or shot bloks. Fig Newtons give calories but I think the other stuff has electrolytes that I need. I’m still just drinking water. I drink nuun for recovery but I haven’t tried it while running. (No one is paying me to mention these products….this is what I really use. I’m not trying to sell anything.)
So I would say Week 3 was way better than Week 2.