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Marathon Training Monday #9: Winter Has Arrived!!

Hi Friends:)

sunrise on my way back from my Tuesday morning swim!

I am currently wearing several layers of fleece and flannel and laying under a blanket as I type this. Because we went from bearable November temperatures in the 50s to December temps in the 20s and 30s. I am freezing my butt off, friends.

I also continue to be SO RIDICULOUSLY BUSY. Parent teacher conferences were this week, and that on top of my normal load of tutoring, volunteering, and fundraising left me feeling pretty rough. I haven’t really had the time to get a full night of sleep in…I’m not sure how long.

when you forget your apple watch during a spin sesh 🙁

I pushed through a couple of workouts, though, and I’m looking forward to getting caught up on sleep and work over my upcoming vacation!

Here’s how the week worked out:

  • Monday: 3 mile run + Leg Lift
  • Tuesday: 30 minutes swimming 
  • Wednesday: Barre Class
  • Thursday: 3 mile Treadmill Run+ many miles of walking during parent teacher conferences
  • Friday: Rest
  • Saturday: 8 mile team run!
  • Sunday: Yoga
    • Total Weekly Milage: 14

The next few weeks are going to come with some big jumps in milage for me, and I’m psyching myself up and making sure to stretch and roll out on the reg. I am so excited to be running double digits on the weekends again, but it’s also nerve wracking to be for real marathon training during the icy winter months.

I can handle shorter distances on the treadmill, but the treadmill is too boring for long runs. When I’m training during this time of year, I find myself glued to my weather app every week, carefully scheduling my long runs in between ice storms, snow storms, and sub-zero arctic cold fronts. I’ve gotten pretty good at this form of flexible training, but  it requires a whole lot more organization than training in the spring and fall.

Besides scheduling your training runs thoughtfully during these cold months, my other tips are as follows:

  • Wear gloves. Even if you take them off after 10 minutes. Wear them.
  • Wear a hat or headband. You lose a lot of body heat from your head, so this is a super important feature. Invest in a hat and gloves that are super washable so you can throw them into the laundry each week; this stuff gets pretty sweaty, but it’s still totally necessary!
  • If it JUST snowed, wear Yaktrax . These things grip the snow like it’s nothing. They’re comfortable for up to about 5 miles, then they start to feel weird, though.
  • If it just ice-stormed, don’t even bother to attempt to run outdoors. Yaktrax won’t help, and there’s no reason to risk it!
  • If it is below 15 degrees, it’s not safe to run outside. I have learned this the hard way a few times. When the fluids in your nose turn to icicles, you know you’re not in a good place. I stick to the treadmill and choose the “warmest” day of the week for my longer run.
  • If it’s over 15 degrees, you can run… but you’ll need insulated leggings, top, and a warm jacket. On that note…
  • Invest in insulated gear! I have 2 warm jackets, a vest, a few insulated tops and bottoms. They’re made of thicker, softer fabric than my other gear, and they really help keep me warm!
  • Don’t forget to hydrate. I tend to sip on warm fluids during this time of year, because cold water sounds terrible to me when it’s below freezing. Herbal tea is great to get some hydration and some warmth into my system.

I hope these tips are somewhat helpful! Look out for my weekly Teacher Tuesday post in the morning!